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RB Thomas Rawls - Seattle Seahawks

5-9, 216Born: 8-3-1993College: Central MichiganDrafted: ---

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Summary

The Seahawks expected Thomas Rawls to be ready for 2016 training camp after suffering a season-ending ankle injury during a promising rookie year. That optimism didn't translate to practice or playing time last preseason and when he finally took the field, an early-season fibula injury in Week 2 cost Rawls another 9 weeks. He never got going upon his return. A quick, agile, and physical runner when healthy and behind a competent offensive line, Rawls averaged less than four yards per carry last year and delivered just one 100-yard game against Carolina in Week 13. Rawls is not guaranteed a featured role in 2017, and even significant playing time could be a challenge, thanks to free agent Eddie Lacy and second-year talent C.J. Prosise. Rawls offers fantasy RB1 upside if the offensive line takes another step forward with new tackles, Lacy doesn't live up to his incentive-laden deal, and Prosise doesn't build a two-week tear in 2016 where he earned 234 yards from scrimmage. Because fantasy owners will likely plant their flag with one of Rawls or Lacy as the lead back, the average draft position on one, if not both, options will have upside baked into the figure. Rawls is currently the starter on the depth chart, but expect a three-way time share. (August 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 42, 22, 26, 28, 39, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44, 44, 44, 46, 47, 47, 47, 47, 50, 56, 60
Overall Redraft - 102, 58
RB Redraft PPR - 44, 26, 28, 28, 39, 42, 43, 43, 44, 44, 45, 46, 46, 47, 50, 54, 54, 56, 57, 58, 60
RB Dynasty - 39, 32, 37, 44, 44, 44, 54
Overall Dynasty - 89, 53

Stats and Projections

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2015 SEA 13 147 830 4 11 9 76 1 1
2016 SEA 9 109 349 3 17 13 96 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 120 * * 14 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 125 * * 12 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 140 * * 9 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 115 * * 24 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 131
RB: 46
Overall-PPR: 128
RB-PPR: 46

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Latest News

Seahawks | Thomas Rawls to miss preseason game (Thu Aug 17, 03:20 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) will be sidelined for Week 2 of the preseason with a minor ankle ailment. RB Eddie Lacy will start in his place.

Our View: Rawls has been getting the number one back work, so here's a chance for Lacey to show he should be getting more of those reps. Lacey is already going off the board and drafts well before Rawls. Lacey's ADP is 73 overall (29 back taken) while Rawls is being selected as the 131 player overall (46 back selected). That makes this running back battle crucial to watch for anyone thinking of investing in the Seattle backfield.
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Seahawks | Chris Carson getting some first-team work (Wed Aug 16, 02:55 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson is clearly ahead of Alex Collins, according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia, who adds Carson took first-team snaps along with Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise on Tuesday, Aug. 15, while Thomas Rawls got the day off.

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Seahawks | Thomas Rawls the No. 1 running back? (Wed Aug 9, 05:54 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls appears to be the clear No. 1 running back right now ahead of RB Eddie Lacy, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Lacy worked exclusively with the second-team offense in practice Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Our View: This is not reflected in current ADP, and would be a surprise after the Seahawks signed Lacy in the offseason. Perhaps it has to do with Lacy's recovery from ankle surgery, but that shouldn't be affecting him that much at this point since it happened in 2016. Rawls runs hotter than Lacy, and he might well hold onto this lead, with CJ Prosise also getting a lot of touches. Right now, Lacy should be avoided, Rawls looks like a value, and Prosise is a role player.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Green Bay Packers
2vs San Francisco 49ers
3@ Tennessee Titans
4vs Indianapolis Colts
5@ Los Angeles Rams
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7@ New York Giants
8vs Houston Texans
9vs Washington Redskins
10@ Arizona Cardinals
11vs Atlanta Falcons
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Los Angeles Rams
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17vs Arizona Cardinals