Michael Carter Start/Sit Week 14: Should You Start the Jets’ RB Against the Bills?

Should fantasy managers start Jets running back Michael Carter against the Bills in Week 14? Here's our recommended play.

We saw a thrilling 20-17 battle the last time the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills met. In fact, it may have changed the outcome of the NFL season as Josh Allen suffered his elbow injury in the waning moments of regulation. Fantasy football managers are hoping we see several stars perform well once again in this rematch.

One Jets playmaker in the spotlight to produce is running back Michael Carter. We’re on top of all angles in this matchup for fantasy managers and bettors alike — let’s dive into whether you should start Carter against the Bills.

Should You Start Michael Carter vs. the Bills?

The Jets’ RB room continues to be a carousel as injuries have impacted the workload everyone receives. It doesn’t seem to matter who is touching the ball, though, as each back has been productive. With Carter off the injury report this week, we’re assuming he’ll be involved in a loaded timeshare.

There are a lot of mouths to feed in New York. Carter is ideally a passing-down option because of his ability to make defenders miss in space. He’s not especially powerful though, so his 3.7 yards-per-carry figure is a good indicator of his inefficiency.

We thought James Robinson would play a bigger role after being traded for, but he’s been ineffective and unhappy with his playing time. Since landing in New York from Jacksonville, Robinson’s played no more than 40% of snaps in a game and topped out with nine snaps last week against Minnesota. He complained about his touches after his third game with the franchise, then saw his playing time decrease more.

The real stud of the unit appears to be Zonovan Knight. The rookie has been explosive with Mike White as his quarterback, already totaling 159 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards in two games. He has great speed despite weighing 210 pounds and should be the RB1 for this team.

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It’s hard to know what to expect from this offense. Carter was effective in his last matchup against the Bills, rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown while adding 10 receiving yards. Robinson received 13 carries, the highest total yet with the Jets. This time around, however, I would expect most of the touches to go to Knight.

The Bills have allowed only 81.8 rushing yards per game this season, making them a tremendous unit in that area. But they’re vulnerable to scoring and receiving backs finding some success. The question is whether Carter will be a red-zone back or not, and it’s hard to imagine given that he’s the smallest back of the three and the fact that he’s RB38 in the red zone this season.

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With only 579 total yards and three scores on the year, Carter is a risky fantasy starter. The emergence of Knight as the best talent with Breece Hall injured is a significant factor in why I’m sitting Carter in leagues. I don’t think there’s a pathway for him to get the most valuable touches possible, barring an unlikely receiving touchdown.

It’s possible you need to start Carter with six teams on bye. I’d rather start Knight if he’s available off the waiver wire in your league.


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