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Michael Carter

#2 RB,


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126 FPTS

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24 yrs


5'8'' / 201 lbs


North Carolina

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Ends 2023 as Conner's main backup

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-02

Carter compiled 30 carries for 187 yards and 24 catches (on 31 targets) for 101 yards and one touchdown in 15 games between the Jets and Cardinals during the 2023 season.

After racking up 338 touches in 30 contests for the Jets to begin his career, the 2021 sixth-round pick took a back seat to Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook in New York to kick off this past campaign. Carter subsequently was cut loose by the Jets after Week 10 and promptly was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals. From that point on, he was the Arizona running back called on most behind starter James Conner, averaging a healthy 6.8 yards on 22 rushes. Carter has one year remaining on his rookie contract, so he and Emari Demercado likely will serve as the team's top reserve RBs in 2024.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 15 1112.40.9924th470.44.946%
Away Outdoor 14 96.10.6286th200.12.748%
Away Retractable Dome 1 19.60.6948th490.03.833%

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2021 22 NYJ 14 11 154 29th14763944.454%133139%363250
2022 23 NYJ 16 10 126 39th11440233.533%73028%412880
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Scores first TD of season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-02

Carter compiled 61 yards on seven carries and a six-yard touchdown on his only target during Sunday's 35-31 win in Philadelphia.

Carter accounted for three of the Cardinals' six longest plays Week 17, all of them runs (21, 18 and 16 yards). Thus, his other five touches resulted in only 12 yards from scrimmage, but he made his only catch count with an end-zone visit to kick off the scoring in the third quarter. Carter seemingly has been alternating with Emari Demercado (no carries, one catch on three targets Sunday) as the Arizona RB to be the primary option behind starter James Conner, who again dominated with 27 touches for 133 total yards and two TDs. Considering the lack of consistent work, Carter will be tough to trust in the team's season finale Sunday versus the Seahawks.

Accounts for six touches Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-18

Carter tallied three carries for 27 yards and three catches (on three targets) for 10 yards during Sunday's 45-29 defeat to the 49ers.

On a day in which the Cardinals racked up 234 rushing yards, Carter made the most of his sparse touches, including a long rush of 19 yards. Both he and fellow reserve running back Emari Demercado earned 18 offensive plays, but the latter was far more productive to the tune of five touches for 70 yards from scrimmage and one TD. James Conner again led Arizona's backfield with 36 plays and 17 touches for 89 total yards and a rushing score, so Carter remains second or third fiddle, at best, at the position on the Cards.

Nets 25 rushing yards Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-05

Carter recorded four carries for 25 yards during Sunday's 24-10 win at Pittsburgh.

With fellow running back Emari Demercado departing early due to a neck injury, Carter was the only other Cardinals RB not named James Conner to see action Week 13. Carter's 19-yard run on third-and-6 late in the second quarter kept an eventual TD drive alive, and he now may be the team's No. 2 back moving forward considering he's averaged 5.5 yards on his eight carries in two appearances for Arizona.

Notches four touches in team debut

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-28

Carter recorded four carries for 19 yards and reeled in all four targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 37-14 defeat to the Rams.

In his Cardinals debut, Carter took on a surprising snap share (38 percent) behind starting running back James Conner (42 percent) while ranking ahead of the returning Emari Demercado (20 percent). Carter actually outproduced Conner in total yards, 34-32, on two fewer touches, and Demercado was a distant third in the category with three touches (all carries) for 15 yards. Arizona may have been easing Demercado back in after he missed the previous three contests due to a toe injury, but the breakdown of reps between the three bears watching to see if Carter may be the preferred No. 2 RB option ahead of Demercado, starting Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Set to make debut with Arizona

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-26

Carter is active for Sunday's contest versus the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals official site reports.

Arizona claimed Carter off waivers from the Jets on Nov. 15, but he didn't have enough time to learn the playbook before the team's Week 11 game four days later. With a week and a half under his belt, though, he'll be among the two options behind starting RB James Conner along with Emari Demercado (toe), while Keaontay Ingram is a healthy scratch.

Healthy scratch Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-19

Carter (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Houston.

After the Jets waived him Tuesday, Carter was claimed by the Cardinals on Wednesday, but the brief time to get acclimated to a new offense won't allow him to be available for his new team right off the bat. With Emari Demercado (toe) also out, Keaontay Ingram and Tony Jones will be the reserve running backs behind top option James Conner in Week 11.

Has chance to play Saturday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-17

Carter may be a part of the Cardinals backfield Sunday at Houston with Emari Demercado (toe) ruled out for the contest, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

James Conner owns Arizona's backfield when healthy, and he proved as much this past Sunday against the Falcons after a stint on IR, handling 63 percent of snaps and turning 16 carries into 73 yards. That left only three rushes combined for Keaontay Ingram and Tony Jones, and with the team claiming Carter off waivers Wednesday, his presence may result in Jones not being elevated from the practice squad this week. On the season, Carter averaged 4.8 yards on his eight carries and also hauled in 15 of 20 targets for 68 yards in nine games for the Jets.

Gets picked up by Arizona

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-15

The Cardinals claimed Carter off waivers Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Despite having James Conner (knee) back in the fold as of this past Sunday against the Falcons, the Cardinals are exploring all options to round out their backfield depth. Carter didn't get much work in nine appearances for the Jets this season, but he did average 4.8 yards on his eight carries and also reeled in 15 of his 20 targets. Behind Conner, Carter will join Emari Demercado (toe) and Keaontay Ingram as reserve RBs on Arizona's active roster.

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