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Running Back, Seattle Seahawks

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Draft: 2018 Round 1 (27)
College: San Diego State
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 220 DOB: 1996-02-02 Age: 22
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#53 7 6.09

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 SEA 3 20 43 2.2 0 7 4 35 8.8 0 7.8 2.6
2018 (Projected) SEA   124 495 4.0 3   24 161 6.7 0 83.6  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
Seattle shocked many when they made Rashaad Penny the second running back taken off the board in April's NFL Draft, ahead of the likes of Darrius Guice, Sony Michel, Nick Chubb and others. While he didn't grade as highly as those backs on some expert boards, it's worth considering that Seattle made a strong investment in him with a first round pick, which almost certainly guarantees that he'll be given every opportunity to succeed in this offense.

Penny dominated in his senior season at San Diego State as the leading rusher in all of college football, rushing for a whopping 2,248 yards with a 7.8 yards per carry average. He finished his college career averaging 7.5 yards per game, albeit in a weak Mountain West Conference. Penny shows upper-percentile straight line speed and has also shown that he can make an impact catching the ball, although that is something he'll need to improve on to be an elite fantasy back in the NFL.

Seattle's offensive line issues continue to be a major concern. They did finally make a move during the season in 2017 to acquire left tackle Duane Brown, who quickly became their best offensive lineman, but the team really did not address the other positions across the line this offseason. That could be a problem for a player like Penny who, while explosive when given a crease, can struggle when holes don't open up quickly in front of him.

Another area that is a bit of a concern is that Penny does lack experience and technique in pass protection. This can often be a reason why rookie running backs are kept off the field, even when they are producing counting stats when given the ball. This could lead to more of a split backfield than many want to believe.

Still, Penny has first-round draft capital which is often enough to warrant a decent enough workload for him to be a valuable fantasy asset this season, particularly in dynasty formats where a case could easily be made for him to be the No. 2 overall player off the board.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Chris Carson
RB2RB2 Rashaad Penny
RB3RB3 Mike Davis
RB4RB4 C.J. Prosise
RB5FB1 Tre Madden
RB6RB5 J.D. McKissic
Seahawks Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Chris Carson may not share RB workload?
OC suggests team won't force touches to Rashaad Penny
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 6, 9:20 pm

Seattle Seahawks
All indications are that Chris Carson will be the starter, but Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday that he wants to get all the running back some reps in Sunday's opener at Denver. He later said some of that playing time could come on special teams and not on offense. Here was part of Schottenheimer's response when asked how first-round pick Rashaad Penny will be worked in assuming Carson starts: "We don't necessarily have, 'OK, gotta get this guy so many carries, gotta get this guy so many touches.' We'll just kind of see how the flow of the game goes. You're going to see them all, which is cool." (ESPN - Brady Henderson)

FFToday's Take: Coaches are masters of saying a lot without saying anything at all, and that feels like what is happening here. It sounds as if Carson starts out "hot" against Denver, he'll be given a chance to see 15-plus touches. C.J. Prosise will almost certainly see the bulk of the work on passing downs. Given the matchup and uncertainty of workload, it makes sense to sit Carson this week if you have the depth to do so.


Injury Baldwin, Penny expected to be ready for Week 1
Pete Carroll gives update on injured starters
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 21, 5:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said definitively today that receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) and running back Rashaad Penny (finger) will be ready for Seattle's Sept. 9 opener at Denver. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Taking injury information to heart from the Seattle head coach isn't recommended but it's still noteworthy. Baldwin has missed most of the pre-season with a knee injury but Carroll has consistently stated that the wide receiver will be ready Week 1. Penny may get some action the final pre-season game but has slipped in value recently as Chris Carson appears to be the frontrunner for the lead back role.


Rashaad Penny earning praise for pass protection
Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer impressed with rookie back
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 14, 8:18 am

Seattle Seahawks
Brian Schottenheimer said rookie RB Rashaad Penny has been "really smart" with his blitz pickups, an underrated facet of a running back’s importance to the offense that can earn him more snaps. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners have been burned time and again by drafting rookie backs who weren't ready to make the transition to the pro-style game, because they just don't see enough field time if they're not trusted in pass protection. Penny could surprise with an immediate role that's bigger than initially expected.


Chris Carson working as No.1 RB in Seattle
Two practices in
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 27, 2:04 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks’ second training camp practice is over. A good day for some of the young receivers, Marcus Johnson and David Moore. Chris Carson still working as the No. 1 RB. Seahawks are off tomorrow. (Brady Henderson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Let's not jump the gun and start dropping rookie Rashaad Penny down your rankings. The Seahawks have had a total of two practices and it's not surprising to see a veteran get the early nod on the depth chart over a rookie. Head coach Pete Carroll is known for painting the rosiest of pictures for all his players and he's done just that of Carson, talking him up much of the off-season. This is simply a situation to watch as camp moves along.



2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DEN L 24-27 7 8 1.1 0 5 4 35 8.8 0 4.3
2 at CHI L 17-24 10 30 3.0 0 2 0 0 - 0 3.0
3 DAL W 24-13 3 5 1.7 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.5

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