Seattle has one of many backfields where the roles are not clearly defined. Since running back is one of the most important positions in fantasy football, it's wise to get as clear a picture as possible on every backfield.
When Rashaad Penny was selected in the first round, everyone seemed to pencil him in as Seattle's stud runner. Then head coach Pete Carroll gushed all spring about how great Chris Carson looked. Plus, C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic look the part of third-down backs. How much of a load can Penny command?
Hester: The first thing to discuss is that Pete Carroll's gushing tells us nothing. He gushes about all his players. Second, it stands to reason that Penny will be given a chance to be the starter. The team obviously likes him, as evidenced by them nearly drafting him at 18 overall (as opposed to trading down for him and still over-drafting him).
But Carson played well when given chances last season. He's not going anywhere. And neither player is a three-down candidate with Prosise and/or McKissic healthy. The team will score more rushing fantasy points than last season (easy to do with only one rushing score by their backs all year long). But how those fantasy points are distributed will be difficult to predict.
The best case for fantasy football is that we see/hear Penny overtaking Carson in training camp and preseason. Even with only two downs on a capable offense, Penny would project as an RB2. And if the Prosise/McKissic battle sorted itself out similarly, the winner of that would have PPR-flex value in certain weeks but not much more.
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