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RB Rashaad Penny - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 220Born: 2-2-1996College: San Diego StateDrafted: Round 1, pick

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Penny was impressive splitting the work with Mike Davis and it raises the question of whether Penny can take over the lead role while Chris Carson is ailing and not give it back. Like Lamar Jackson, he should be aggressively added to play defense against opponents even if he is not needed on your team.

General News (Wed Nov 14): still has rookie moments in the classroom, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. "He'll always be involved in the plan," Schottenheimer said. "We're hard on him. We're excited about him. He's still a young player. He still has those times in the meetings where it's like, 'Rashaad, are you listening?' like most young players do. The season is long."

Week 11: vs Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Welcome to fantasy relevance Rashaad Penny, at least for one week. In the absence of Chris Carson, it was a split backfield last week between the rookie Penny and Mike Davis with Penny as the star of the show on the ground. Penny had looked sluggish in every outing leading into last week, even warming the bench as a healthy scratch in a couple of those games. Last week, however, Penny more than doubled his rushing yardage total from any other week while also scoring his first career touchdown, appearing to have shifted into another gear as he ran very well despite the talented Rams defense. Mike Davis got the start last week and also looked sharp averaging over five yards per carry, but his role may begin to shrink with the emergence of their first-round pick and expected return of Chris Carson. Russell Wilson has also started to pick up his ground game, especially last week as he amassed a season-high 91 rushing yards from a combination of scrambles and designed running plays. After rushing for more than 20 yards just once in his first five games, Wilson is now averaging 42 rushing yards per game over his last four outings. With the Seahawks continuing to employ a run-first approach, it will be interesting to see where this backfield goes once Carson returns from his hip injury. He was a game-time decision last week, but reports indicate he will be ready to suit up in this one. While Carson should lead this backfield when healthy, the emergence of Penny alongside an effective Mike Davis could yield to more of a committee approach that would make this backfield one to be cautious with for fantasy purposes. The Packers had another poor showing in run defense last week as they allowed the veteran Frank Gore to average over six yards per carry for 90 rushing yards with the Dolphins totaling 131 rushing yards on the day. On the season, Green Bay ranks as a below average run defense allowing just over 120 rushing yards per game and the 11th most rushing yards per game to running backs. They have allowed over 80 rushing yards to a running back in over half of their games, including three of their last four outings. This defensive line has plenty of talent on the interior, but they have weaknesses on the outside with Clay Matthews acting as a pure pass rusher while Nick Perry is actually banged up and questionable to play. Speaking of injuries, the Packers had three defensive backs exit early with injuries last week. It appears safety Kentrell Brice will miss this week in addition to three cornerbacks all with questionable statuses coming off the short week. With the strength of Seattle's offensive line more on the outside at tackle than on the interior, look for some zone runs to the edges as they try to take advantage of what could be shoddy tackling from the Packers this week given their injuries and struggles against the run.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs LAC 12 4 11 0 3 3 13 0 0 2.4
10 at LAR 27 12 108 1 0 0 0 0 0 16.8
11 vs GB PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 1 * * * *
11 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay * 9 * * 1 * * * *
11 vs GB PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 1 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 10 vs LAR (12 / 108 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny looked like he was playing Tecmo Bowl on the Seahawks second drive, in which he saw his first carries, following his blocks and finding open field with ease. He ran for 38 and 18 yards respectively, the second one going for a TD. Yes, in a part time role, Penny looked very much like he had arrived. On multiple occasions, Penny flashed a subtle move that got him extra yardage, showing an overall poise that he either is just now finding, or that he has finally had the opportunity to show. The overall take here has to be that he has earned more playing time, but with the large caveats that he will most definitely share carries with the Davis/Carson combo, including ceding most passing plays to Davis. His long term upside is (finally) looking quite healthy, however.

2018 Week 9 vs LAC (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

At the start, all three backs - starter Chris Carson, Mike Davis, and Penny - played a role in the opening drive. He looked fast and elusive on his first carry, a 9-yard scamper to the left. This is proof that the Seahawks had plans to get him the ball, at least. But when Carson left the game with an injury, it was Davis that benefitted, while Penny got only a few token carries.

2018 Week 6 vs OAK (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Although he played sparingly in the first half, it's a positive sign that the Seahawks got Penny some reps at all. With Carson and Davis sharing most of the load, Penny took over in the final frame, with the team staked to a 27-3 lead. He's not worth a fantasy roster spot right now, but the team clearly wants to utilize his talents. As such, Penny is still a worthy Dynasty league stash.

2018 Week 5 vs LAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The disappearance of Penny was apparently collateral damage, due to Davis and Carson being so productive. He was active but played zero snaps, including giving back the kickoff return role to Tyler Lockett this week. One can't predict what is in the mind of the coaches in a situation like this, but Penny has showed he belongs at this level, and sooner or later, he'll get another chance. For now, however, he's purely a dynasty stash in fantasy circles.

2018 Week 4 vs ARI (9 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny came in as a change of pace for starter Mike Davis, and looked fast as he scooted through a hole up the middle on his first carry for nine yards. In the second quarter, he got an extended look on a drive and this time worked patiently and found a nice little seam outside to break through for a first down. Late in the game, Penny showed he can excel in short yardage situations as well, gaining a first down on a draw play out of the shotgun, when he again showed good vision and patience in waiting for the right moment to make his move. Skewing his numbers was a loss of 10 yards due to botched pitch. Also of note: Penny seems to have taken over kickoff return duties.

2018 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny got a few reps in, but the way the team leaned on starter Chris Carson in this game, it was likely just to spell their lead back. With his time, Penny gained a meagre 5 yards on the ground, with no catches, and one fumble that he was lucky to recover. In his short audition thus far, Penny seems to be a classic sideline-to-sideline runner - not the best way to endear yourself to the coaching staff. In short, Penny did nothing to impress, and will likely fill a similar role going forward, unless Carson falters.

2018 Week 2 vs CHI (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It seems they want to get Penny the ball, as he took over the lead duties in the second half. He didn't look entirely out of place, but also didn't exactly spark the team in the process. It was evident that he brings some speed to the table, but he was unable to break free or catch a ball to truly display his talents in that department. On one play, he was targeted on an incomplete checkdown pass and was simply not on the same page with Wilson as the quarterback tried to feed him a leading pass away from the defender. There were a few positive moments. He found a seam on one inside run, gaining ten, which showed what he can do when he finds a little bit of room; and almost made good on a cutback away from the called play (once it was clear he was going nowhere), but couldn't quite get free and settled for a gain of six. Overall, the game simply looked faster than Penny right now. He missed most of training camp, and so it's possible that he's not only getting up to speed, but the coaches are still figuring out how to use him.

2018 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Penny's numbers may not tell the tale here. He looked very good in space - catching the ball and running outside - but, did not really impress when given the ball between the tackles. The key takeaway 's here are simply that he looked healthy - and dangerous at times. After sitting out much of the pre-season with an injury, he may need some time to get up to game speed. The numbers here say he put up a dud, but the Seahawks clearly want to get him the ball, so he's one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.


Latest News

Seahawks | Rashaad Penny makes most of carries (Thu Nov 15, 11:51 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny rushed eight times for 46 yards in a 27-24 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 11.

Our View: Penny had a 30-yard run that covered about 70 early, but also seemed to tweak his ankle. He appears to be on the rise in this running game and should be one of the essential lottery ticket backups to carry into the playoffs.
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Seahawks | Rashaad Penny having rookie woes (Wed Nov 14, 10:10 AM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny still has rookie moments in the classroom, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. 'He'll always be involved in the plan,' Schottenheimer said. 'We're hard on him. We're excited about him. He's still a young player. He still has those times in the meetings where it's like, 'Rashaad, are you listening?' like most young players do. The season is long.'

Our View: The Seahawks play against the Packers at home on Thursday night. Penny finally emerged with his first 100-yard game last week but with Chris Carson cleared to play this week we may see the rookie take a back seat in the rotation.
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Seahawks | Chris Carson to start Week 11 (Tue Nov 13, 10:13 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) will continue to start despite sitting out Week 10 due to injury, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who offered no further details as to how Mike Davis or Rashaad Penny would be utilized in Week 11 versus the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Carson is the workhorse for the Seahawks when healthy. Even with Penny's breakout 100-yard game last week, he might be the one most negatively impacted by Carson's return. Against the Packers on Thursday night, Carson should post RB2 numbers for Fantasy GMs.
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Seahawks | Rashaad Penny breaks out (Sun Nov 11, 11:00 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny rushed 12 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in a 36-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10.

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Seahawks | Rashaad Penny needs more touches (Thu Nov 8, 10:08 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny needs to be 'more involved,' according to head coach Pete Carroll, and Carroll thinks it is only 'a matter of time' before Penny starts to contribute more.

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