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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
#29 5 4.01

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 (Projected) SEA   189 755 4.0 4   26 174 6.7 1 122.9  

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
RB1RB2 Rashaad Penny
RB2RB1 Chris Carson
RB3RB3 C.J. Prosise
RB4RB4 Mike Davis
RB5RB5 J.D. McKissic
RB6RB6 Tre Madden
RB7RB7 Jalston Fowler
Seahawks Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Rashaad Penny gaining trust
Rookie handing pass-blocking assignments well
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jun 14, 9:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suggested Thursday (June 14) the team already trusts first-round RB Rashaad Penny in pass protection. (Seahawks.com)

FFToday's Take: The surprise first-round pick was arguably the worst in his draft class when it came to picking up the blitz, and the fact Seattle has addressed the topic multiple times publicly suggests the team knows it is an issue. Penny may be nailing all of his assignments so far, but the answer to whether or not he's really improved until the pads come on. The draft capital the Seahawks spent on the rookie means he should lead the team in carries by a mile, making him a worthy RB2 candidate in most leagues.



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