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What to do with Chris Carson in the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL playoffs

We go over the fantasy football and DFS outlook of Chris Carson ahead of the Seahawks Wild Card matchup against the Rams in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown against Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 30, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks split their season series with the Los Angeles Rams, winning one and losing the other, but both were low-scoring affairs. In fact, Seattle didn’t break 20 points in either game. That’s life against the Rams defense, and it stands to reason that their offensive players are risky picks for fantasy football this week. Despite that, Chris Carson does have some limited appeal.

Fantasy Football analysis: Seahawks RB Chris Carson, $5,900

Carson had 69 yards on 16 carries and three receptions for 10 yards the last time these two teams met, in Week 16. He missed their first game of the season, in Week 10, but the Seahawks did get one rushing touchdown from backup Alex Collins in that one.

The upside for Carson in this one is pretty limited. One thing that helps his appeal is that the Rams are giving opposing backfields an average of five catches and 37 receiving yards per game, and they’ve allowed running backs to score two receiving touchdowns in their last three games.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Carson’s no more than an RB2 this week. He’s the second-most expensive running back for Saturday’s games in DFS, but it’s a pretty steep drop between the top option (Jonathan Taylor) and him. He’s an acceptable RB2 or a Flex in DFS.