RB Chris Carson - Seattle Seahawks

6-0, 218Born: 9-16-1994College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 7, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 7): Carson's fumbles are behind him now as his tough running set the tone for the Seahawks in the win over the Rams.

General News (Fri Oct 11): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 10): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 9): played 62 offensive snaps in the Week 5 victory over the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, Oct. 3. Rashaad Penny played just 12 snaps in his return from injury.

Week 6: at Cleveland Browns

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FBG says: Great matchup. The fumbling concerns that plagued Chris Carson earlier this season seem to be past him as he has not fumbled in the last two games after fumbling in each of his first three games. The Seahawks have leaned heavily on Carson over the last two weeks as Rashaad Penny has been dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him limited to just six carries last week in his return after missing two weeks. Carson has taken the incremental carries and performed extremely well with it as he has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last two games on an average of 24.5 carries per game. Carson does lack explosiveness that some other backs have, but at 222 pounds is a downhill runner who is tough to bring down. On the offensive line, this is an offensive line that is not going to have any Pro Bowlers or All-Pro's but is designed to run block especially at the guard positions in Mike Iupati and D.J. Fluker. After a great start to the season, the Browns rushing defense has fallen apart over the last two weeks. The biggest problem for the Browns has been the inability to replace linebacker Christian Kirksey who was injured during the Jets game and is out for the season. Since Kirksey was injured, the Browns are allowing 6.5 yards per carry and gave up an astounding 245 yards and two touchdowns last week to the 49ers. On the defensive line, this is a unit that is designed for the pass rush and is not designed to stop the run particularly at the defensive end positions as both Olivier Vernon and Myles Garrett lack run discipline needed to contain the off-tackle runs. This should be a matchup that will be extremely difficult for the Browns as expect the Seahawks to run right at rookie linebacker Mack Wilson who has had a rough start to the 2019 season in filling in for Kirksey.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at PIT 43 15 60 0 3 3.0 27 0 1 7.7
3 vs NO 37 15 53 0 1 1.0 -2 0 1 4.1
4 at ARI 48 22 104 0 4 4.0 41 0 0 14.5
5 vs LAR 62 27 118 0 2 1.0 5 1 0 18.3
6 at CLE 24 124 1 4 4.0 35 0 0 21.9
6 at CLE PROJ-Dodds * 22 * * 2.6 * * * *
6 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 23 * * 2.0 * * * *
6 at CLE PROJ-Bloom * 22 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Chris Carson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 5 vs LAR (27 / 118 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)

Without any truly long carries, Carson had a very effective game on the ground, pounding the ball for 4.4 yards per carry. Carson was not used much in the passing game until the final drive of the game, in which he first bobbled a 5 yard pass into the end zone, but managed to corral the ball for the game winning TD. His best runs were in the second half -- which seems to be a trend - as he turned a broken left run into a first down and more on the right side, and a little later showed off his agility working through a crowd up the middle, going untouched for a 10 yard first down. Most impressive is that he is showing a maturity in his running style, reading blocks well and staying patient when necessary, without losing his power game.

2019 Week 4 vs ARI (22 / 104 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

It's safe to say that Carson fully redeemed himself for his fumble problems over the first three games. He had a great game all around - by the numbers and on the field. He proved to be not only reliable holding on to the ball, but showed both power and speed, while catching several passes out of the backfield and finding/making room to run. Carson played almost the full first half, including for the two-minute drill, as the Seahawks clearly were committed to giving him the ball. Unfortunately, he was spelled twice by CJ Prosise - both times in the red zone. This felt like coincidence, but it's hard to tell, since Prosise is typically their best pass catching back. For what it's worth: Without Carson, the drive stalled and they had to settle for a field goal. With him, the momentum was palpable, and it seemed inevitable they would end up with a major. There were several individual plays worth mentioning - a nice spin move that got him outside for the first down; his vision helping him to get the short yardage first down; and most impressive was a reception in the fourth quarter that was essentially a dump pass. Carson was draped in coverage but broke the tackle, beat two defenders with his speed, and powered through a fourth Cardinal for a first down. He kept running hard til the end, and in fact did find the end zone on a short play that had him cutting all the way to the outside to make it in, but it was called back on a penalty. A few plays later, Prosise vulture a score. Even with Rashaad Penny coming back next week, Carson clearly has the trust of his coaches and should continue to get the bulk of the carries.

2019 Week 3 vs NO (15 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Carson was boxed in for the first part of the game; the Saints were giving up nothing on the ground. Carson had just gotten going with a breakthrough 7th carry for a big gain, and then repeated the feat only to fumble at the end of the play, which was returned for a touchdown. After that play, Carson did not see the field much, whether because the Seahawks were playing from behind, or because he was in the doghouse, was hard to tell. Likely a combination of the two. This was Carson's third costly fumble in two games. If you're counting. Another not-so-good sign: when he did return after the fumble play, Carson failed to convert consecutive 1-yard third AND fourth down plays up the middle.

2019 Week 2 vs PIT (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Carson had a hard luck game, with two costly fumbles deep in his own territory. If you take those gaffes away, he looked good on the ground and also contributed as a receiver - even lining up wide for a hitch play. He seemed to be seeing the field well, but the Steelers did a formidable job of clogging the middle of the field. When the blocking was there, however, he took advantage. On his third carry, he followed the left tackle, who was pull blocking on a right side run, for a 24-yard gain. And so it went. Carson was either stuffed at the line, or put up a big gain, there wasn't much in between. After his second fumble, he was not on the field for the final drive as the Seahawks held their lead. Probably nothing to worry about, but if the fumbles continue to be a problem, then Rashaad Penny, who played well, would be in line to take more of the workload.

2019 Week 1 vs CIN (15 / 46 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 34 / 1 rec)

Carson's game was a real mixed bag. On one hand, there was no consistency in the ground game, which is evident by the final numbers. But... there were times when Carson looked almost unstoppable. He showed his speed on a jet sweep in the first half, catching the Bengals off guard and picking up ten yards before they could blink. He also proved to be an important passing outlet, which was not a part of his resume last season. A couple of highlight worthy plays include both TDs, first powering through easily and untouched on a goal line carry; then he showed his speed yet again, as he caught a short pass and not only eluded the defense, but simply bounced off a defender to keep running for the score. In the second half. Perhaps his best play was a short third down conversion late in the game. Carson expertly found the hole on a short yardage play, broke loose for a few more yards, and THEN, dragged a defender at least another five yards, ending with his longest run, just over 20 yards. One blemish is the fumble he committed in the second half, which dashed what little bit of momentum the Seahawks had mustered.


Latest News

Seahawks | Chris Carson runs for 124 yards, TD (Sun Oct 13, 05:27 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson rushed 24 times for 124 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns and he added four receptions for 35 yards on four targets.

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Seahawks | Chris Carson fully practices (Fri Oct 11, 05:34 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Seahawks | Chris Carson limited Thursday (Thu Oct 10, 07:27 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (shoulder) popped up on the injury report Thursday, Oct. 10, as limited.

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Seahawks | Chris Carson retains control of backfield (Tue Oct 8, 09:41 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson played 62 offensive snaps in the Week 5 victory over the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, Oct. 3. Rashaad Penny played just 12 snaps in his return from injury.

Our View: Penny should get worked in a little more as the season rolls on. He played a season-high 26 snaps against the Steelers in Week 2. Carson is still the lead back, but Penny should be getting some more work provided he can stay healthy.
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Seahawks | Chris Carson rumbles for 118 (Fri Oct 4, 01:26 AM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson carried the ball 27 times for 118 yards in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams. He also caught a five-yard touchdown pass.

Our View: Carson's fumbles are getting smaller in the rear view mirror and he is running with attitude and toughness to lead this rushing attack. He is firmly in the driver's seat as a fantasy RB1 heading into a matchup at Cleveland.
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