Delone Carter | Indianapolis Colts | RB
2012 Experience: 2nd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Delone Carter’s rookie year was a disappointment, but when you consider Peyton Manning missed the entire season, he played behind a poor offensive line and the Colts failed to win until December, it’s hard to blame him.
Where Carter need to be held accountable is his fumbling issues, and if can’t fix this issue, it will stain what could be a nice breakout year.
Stud quarterback Andrew Luck is in town and with the Colts bolstering the passing game with more weapons, life should be much easier for Carter. Factor in that new Head Coach Chuck Pagano is moving the offense towards a physical running scheme, and Carter clearly has a leg up over scat back Donald Brown in what should be a committee.
Look for Carter to get first dibs on being the starter in this offense, but if he should struggle, late round selection Vick Ballard could emerge as a replacement.
Currently Carter has fallen into obscurity in ADP trends going as the 60th running back off the board (Brown 38th), which is way to far down for a running back with legit starting potential. Consider Carter a nice late round stash, especially in deep leagues.
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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
My hopes of Delone Carter winning the starting job in Indianapolis went down the tubes when the team re-signed Joseph Addai. Carter should be the backup and will get some work, but he needs Addai to fall to injury before he becomes a relevant option for fantasy leagues.
The good news is that Addai is very injury prone so if you decide to nab the veteran at your draft, it is advisable that you look to Carter as a possible hand cuff. If Addai should go down, and Carter win a starting job, he would be a flex play option.
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2011 June – Outlook
Year after year, we see mid round to undrafted rookie running backs make an impact in their first season. Last year, LeGarrette Blount was undrafted but found a starting job with the Buccaneers after he was cut by the Titans. With Joseph Addai now a free agent the Colts are looking to fourth round pick Delone Carter to be their tough inside runner and possible goal line running back (think Earnest Graham) to go with speedster Donald Brown in the backfield.
As Colts.com writer Tom Rietmann points out in a recent article, Carter failed to fumble the football in his final 242 carries with the fighting Illini last season. Weigh in at around 225 pounds, Carter has a power compact frame as he’s only listed at a 5’9 height.
Brown disappointed fantasy owners last year with his inability to breakout after Addai was injured, and if he doesn’t get it together, Carter could be the runner with fantasy relevance in the Colts high scoring offense.
Look to Carter as a nice sleeper pick towards the end of your ten team standard league draft. I’m not sure if he will see a decent amount of catches because of Brown, so his value will be less valuable in PPR leagues.