J.D. McKissic Fantasy Value: With Chris Carson Injured, Is He Worth Picking Up?



J.D. McKissic of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on August 18 in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic had a breakthrough game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

With C.J. Prosise inactive, the Seahawks called upon the 24-year-old on the practice squad to get some reps. He definitely made the most of them.

McKissic impressed out of the backfield, using his quickness and shifty ability to find the end zone twice in the game. He finished the game with four carries for 38 yards and a touchdown and showed his receiving ability with a 27-yard touchdown catch late in the game.

In a standard scoring league, McKissic finished with 18.50 fantasy points, and he figures to be a key player in Seattle’s offense moving forward.

Running back Chris Carson, who many predicted to be a fantasy threat this season, left the game during the fourth quarter after suffering a gruesome injury. His leg was put into an air cast, and he was carted off the field. The status of his injury wasn’t immediately known, but it looks like he could definitely miss a few weeks. The injury comes after C.J. Prosise hurt his ankle in a Week 3 game, and he missed the Colts game because of it. Thomas Rawls was also inactive for the game, but was a healthy scratch.

Sure, the Seahawks’ crowded backfield has just become even more crowded. But assuming Carson misses some time, McKissic is well worth the waiver wire pickup. His one catch in the game came between two Colts defenders, and he offers a high ceiling of potential through the air for quarterback Russell Wilson.

Then there’s his running ability. With just four carries in the game, he didn’t get to showcase a lot of it, but his speed once he gets along the edge makes him a matchup nightmare for many defenses.