Fellow wide receiver Mike Williams (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's playoff game against the Jaguars, which could lead to more opportunities for Carter.
Analysis: Carter bumped down to fourth on the Chargers' wide receiver depth chart with everyone healthy down the stretch, but the return man showed he can contribute on offense when injuries struck during the regular season, topping 50 yards on five different occasions. With Williams sidelined, Carter figures to slot in third on the depth chart behind Keenan Allen and Joshua Palmer.
Jan 13, 2023 10:02 AM EST
Carter caught three of his five targets for 43 yards and also lost a fumble during the 31-28 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: Carter had his most productive performance since Week 13, filling in for Mike Williams who left the game early with a back injury. The 29-year-old finished second on the team in receiving yards behind Keenan Allen but also had a costly fumble in the third quarter.
Jan 10, 2023 10:48 AM EST
Carter caught two of his three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 31-10 trouncing of the Rams.
Analysis: The Chargers were in thorough control of the outcome by the third quarter, so it was a little surprising to see Carter not get a bit more opportunities in junk time. He's been one of the more reliable returns in the league this season, as he's tallied at least 20 punt return yards in each of the last six contests.
Jan 3, 2023 12:59 PM EST
Carter caught one of his two targets for 15 yards in the 17-14 win over the Titans on Sunday. He also lost 10 yards on his lone carry.
Analysis: Carter has played a combined 28 offensive snaps since the return of both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. At this point, the speedster's value lies solely in leagues which also account for return yardage as Carter tallied a combined 70 yards on kick and punt returns.
Dec 20, 2022 7:50 AM EST
Carter did not gain positive yardage with his lone reception in the 23-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: The return of Mike Williams (ankle) officially ended any sort of fantasy viability for Carter, who played just 12 offensive snaps after playing at least 40 since Week 2. Expect Carter to make noise simply as the team's returner moving forward.
Dec 13, 2022 11:28 AM EST
Carter caught one of his two targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Carter set a new season low for both targets and catches and failed to surpass 20 yards receiving for the fourth time this year. Despite coming off his best game of the season and Justin Herbert throwing the ball 47 times, the 29-year-old receiver was unable to get involved in the passing game. With both a tough matchup against the Dolphins and Mike Williams (ankle) potentially returning this week, Carter's production should not be expected to increase.
Dec 6, 2022 10:45 AM EST
Carter recorded seven receptions on 10 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-24 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Despite the presence of Keenan Allen, Carter turned 10 targets into seven receptions -- both of which were season highs. His performance was highlighted by a 33-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter, and he also chipped in catches of 13 and 12 yards. Carter's role will likely fade once Mike Williams (ankle) is able to return, though it's unclear when that may be.
Nov 27, 2022 7:52 PM EST
Carter caught all three of his targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Chiefs.
Analysis: The return of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams figured to relegate Carter back to his return duties, but the speedy receiver immediately returned to a prominent role after Williams suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. Expect Carter to continue to be a mainstay in the Chargers' three-wideout packages until the duo of Allen and Williams is completely healthy.
Nov 21, 2022 8:40 PM EST
Carter (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs.
Analysis: With both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) sidelined the last two contests, Carter put up a combined 9-117-1 line on 10 targets while playing at least 82 percent of the offensive snaps. Carter joined his fellow wide receivers on Week 11 injury reports, going LP/LP/FP like Allen and Williams due to a rib injury. While Carter has been cleared to play this weekend, Allen and Williams are questionable. As a result, if one or both happen to sit out again Sunday, Carter could be in line for another decent dose of passes from quarterback Justin Herbert.
Nov 18, 2022 1:56 PM EST
Carter (ribs) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: The same applies to both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) and if one or both of the Chargers' top two wideouts are able to return to action Sunday night against the Chiefs, Carter's workload could take a hit in Week 11, assuming he's active. In this past weekend's loss to the 49ers, Carter caught all four of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown while seeing action on 50 of a possible 58 snaps on offense alongside Joshua Palmer (55 snaps, three catches on eight targets) and Michael Bandy (49 snaps, zero catches).
Nov 16, 2022 4:26 PM EST
Carter caught all four of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Carter was the recipient of a wide-open touchdown to begin the Chargers' opening possession, but the speed receiver was relatively held in check from that point forward as the 49ers limited any subsequent big plays. Carter's been an offensive factor with both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) sidelined, but both receivers could be returning soon, which would relegate the 29-year-old back to his typical special teams duties.
Nov 13, 2022 9:09 PM EST
Carter (illness) caught five of six targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Carter finished with exactly half the receiving yardage total of Joshua Palmer but still ranked second on the team as the Chargers played without Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle). He also retained his usual role as the return man on special teams, totaling 29 yards on three punt returns and 18 yards on one kickoff return. Carter's expanded role in Los Angeles' Justin Herbert-led passing game is intriguing, but even if the team's top two wide receivers remain sidelined in Week 10, getting open won't be easy against the stingy San Francisco secondary.
Nov 6, 2022 2:38 PM EST
Carter (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Given that Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (knee) are inactive Sunday, Joshua Palmer and Carter figure to lead the Chargers' Week 9 wideout corps. With increased opportunities likely on tap for Carter in that scenario, the 29-year-old - who has caught 19 passes on 28 targets for 229 yards and a TD in seven games to date -- represents a fantasy lineup option for those who roster Allen or Williams, or are seeking short-term WR help, with six NFL teams on bye.
Nov 6, 2022 8:37 AM EST
Carter is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest in Atlanta due to an illness, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: While Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (knee) have been ruled out for Week 9, Joshua Palmer has cleared the concussion protocol and is set to play for the first time since Week 6. Carter seemingly would be next in line for targets, if he's active, but an illness will follow him into the weekend. Assuming Carter is able to suit up Sunday, he'll enter the contest with marks of 12.1 YPC, 8.2 YPT and one touchdown on 19 catches and 28 targets in seven games this season.
Nov 4, 2022 1:15 PM EST
Carter caught three of seven targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: With Joshua Palmer (concussion) inactive, Keenan Allen on a pitch count in his first game back from a hamstring strain, and Mike Williams carted off in the fourth quarter after suffering an ankle injury, Justin Herbert's option were limited as he attempted to put together a late comeback. As a result, both Carter and Michael Bandy (a woeful one catch for minus-5 yards on six targets) set new season highs for themselves in targets, although neither had much to show for it. The Chargers get a timely Week 8 bye, which should at the very least allow Allen to resume his normal workload after another week of rest, but Carter could still end up handling a bigger role in the offense if Williams' injury proves to be serious.
Oct 23, 2022 7:00 PM EST
Carter caught three of his five looks for 17 yards in Monday's 19-16 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Both Carter and tight end Gerald Everett acted as quarterback Justin Herbert's security blanket on a night where the Broncos pass rush feasted on the opposing offensive line. The speedy receiver had lost playing time in consecutive weeks, so while Monday's outing might be a positive change of happenstance, it's more likely just the counter to what was a fierce pass rush. Keenan Allen (hamstring) hinted he could make his return next week, which would all but end Palmer's offensive snaps.
Oct 17, 2022 9:07 PM EST
Carter caught both of his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 30-28 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Carter continues to see plenty of playing time (59 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday), but after a three-game stretch to begin the season as a deep-threat specialist, the Chargers have simply used his speed as a decoy and in the process, limiting his average depth of target dramatically. Keenan Allen (hamstring) should be back soon, which in turn would likely dramatically cut Carter's playing time.
Oct 11, 2022 12:10 PM EST
Carter caught two of his three targets for 16 yards in the 34-24 win Sunday over the Texans.
Analysis: The days of Carter being a fringe fantasy play are likely over as Keenan Allen, who had missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, is listed as day-to-day heading into the Week 5 matchup against the Browns. During Allen's three-game absence, Carter never saw more than four targets, but after two straight weeks to open the season with receptions of 20-plus yards, the speedy receiver has largely been used as a gimmick option since then.
Oct 3, 2022 7:30 PM EST
Carter corralled three receptions for 31 yards and also lost five yards on a carry in Sunday's 38-10 drubbing at the hands of the Jaguars.
Analysis: Carter saw just four targets despite the Chargers attempting 45 passes in what quickly turned into a blowout. The speedy wide receiver once again took a backseat to Joshua Palmer (six catches, 99 yards) and also saw Jalen Guyton make some plays (two catches, 64 yards) before suffering a serious knee injury. Expect Carter to fall out of the rotation as soon as Keenan Allen (hamstring) is able to return, which could be as soon as Week 4 against the Texans.
Sep 25, 2022 8:05 PM EST
Carter recorded three receptions for 55 yards in Thursday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Carter was kept in check for most of the contest until the final drive when a clearly injured Justin Herbert lasered a pass to the speedy wideout for 35 yards, setting up a short touchdown pass to Joshua Palmer immediately after. Carter played a whopping 49 snaps with Keenan Allen (hamstring) sidelined and a similar type of workload could be on deck if the veteran pass catcher is forced to miss Week 3 against the Jaguars.
Sep 16, 2022 8:25 AM EST
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