RB Mack Strong - Seattle Seahawks

6-0, 235Born: 9-11-1971College: GeorgiaDrafted: ---

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Week 15: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Great matchup. Chris Carson has spent most of 2019 as fantasy's most dependable bell cows, and his outlook opens up even more with Rashaad Penny on injured reserve with a torn ACL. But it's worth noting Carson's ball security issues, and the possibility he sees his workload managed just a bit anyway. Penny had cut steadily into the ground game before going down, and those 33 snaps and 15 rushes per game won't just be absorbed into Carson's workload. Rather, it's fair to project C.J. Prosise (and perhaps a mid-week addition) to take on some of that. For his part, Carson has been adequate throughout the year, averaging a workmanlike 4.3 yards per attempt and 81 a game. The runners - including quarterback Russell Wilson, who's running five times a week - operate behind a good-not-great line, one built much more for road-grading than for pass blocking. All told, regardless of personnel or efficiency, it's hard to bypass volume like this in fantasy football. Carson comes with his warts, but remains one of fantasy's most dependable assets - and Prosise could work his way into Week 15 value as well. The Panthers' 2019 collapse hasn't snuck past its run defense, which is close to rock bottom at this point. They've allowed 6 different runners to record 50+ yards over the past 3 weeks, averaging 7.3 per rush and scoring 6 touchdowns along the way. Last Sunday, even the Falcons' anemic run game found success, with the plodding Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill consistently grinding through a front seven that looked winded. The root problem here is on the second level: linebackers Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson have been up-and-down in space, and the secondary has offered little run-stopping help in the box. Kuechly remains a great defensive quarterback, but he's spent the year trading off strong games with shaky ones. Too often, he and Thompson are washed out of the lane, and even struggling runners have been able to capitalize. And they likely won't get any Week 15 rest with the Seahawks' run-focused attack on the docket. The Panthers line will need to dominate in the trenches to give Kuechly, Thompson, and the crew room to pursue and strike.

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

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

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Schedule

15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Arizona Cardinals
17vs San Francisco 49ers