| C.J. Spiller latches on with Seattle -- Wed Sep 28 7:49 pm --|
C.J. Prosise expected to miss another three weeks
|RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks have signed free-agent running back C.J. Spiller, coach Pete Carroll said in a conference call Wednesday. The deal will be for one year and has been made official by the team. To make room on the roster, the Seahawks waived running back Terrence Magee. Thomas Rawls (fibula) is expected to be out several weeks. Third-down back C.J. Prosise is dealing with a hand injury and won't be fully healed for three more weeks, Carroll said. (ESPN.com)|
FF Today's Take: The stars have aligned for Christine Michael to shoulder the workload in Seattle for the near future. He should dominate the workload in Week 4 but remains a low end RB2 against a Jets defense that has given up the fourth fewest fantasy points to running backs. With the cupboards barren of any competition, C.J. Spiller will likely be used in passing situations as soon as this weekend.
| Thomas Rawls could be out a month -- Mon Sep 26 5:30 pm --|
Hairline fracture in his fibula
|Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls has a hairline fracture in his fibula, per a source informed of the tailback's injury. Rawls has already missed a week and could be out for a month, Rapoport added.
Rawls sat out of Sunday's 37-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Christine Michael performed well in his place, rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as the Seahawks rolled to their second win of the season. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Michael has done absolutely nothing to give the Seahawks any reason to go away from him and earned the right to continue to start once Rawls returns. Until that happens, however, Michael should be treated as a low-end RB1, including next week versus the New York Jets.
| Thomas Rawls gametime decision -- Fri Sep 23 4:10 pm --|
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tells KIRO Radio 97.3 FM that running back Thomas Rawls’ status for Sunday’s game against San Francisco is uncertain due to the leg injury he sustained last week. “He wasn’t able to practice Wednesday, Thursday, so we’re just hoping by the weekend he’ll have a chance to play,” Carroll said during his weekly conversation with Dori Monson. “We won’t know until then.” (KIRO Radio 97.3 FM)|
FF Today's Take: Christine Michael is looking more and more like the starting running back for Seattle in Week 3 with solid RB2 value. The Seattle/San Francisco matchup is a late-afternoon kickoff on Sunday.
|Thomas Rawls to start Week 2 -- Wed Sep 14 5:00 pm --|
Seattle RB back in the starting lineup
|Thomas Rawls has made it all the way back.
On Wednesday Seahawks coach Pete Carroll declared Rawls the starter for the Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams. (Herald.net)|
FF Today's Take: Rawls and Christine Michael split the workload in Week 1 with Michael getting the start. This week, roles will be reversed with Rawls being the lead back of the committee. Rawls is worth a look as an RB2 against a Rams defense that gave up 88 yards and two TDs to Carlos Hyde in Week 1.
|Christine Michael to start; Rawls, Graham to play -- Fri Sep 9 8:15 pm --|
Michael carries RB1 upside in Week 1
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects tight end Jimmy Graham to play on Sunday against the Dolphins. He also expects running back Thomas Rawls to play, but Christine Michael will get the start. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Rawls barely participated in pre-season games and will apparently be eased into the season while Michael gets the start. Michael has RB1 value this week against the Dolphins. It remains to be seen how much Graham (knee) will play. His questionable usages makes him a TE2.
|'No Question' Rawls plays in season opener -- Wed Aug 31 5:20 pm --|
|Rawls' recovery from a broken ankle, which ended his season last December, is going along as planned. On Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Rawls will be out there for the Seahawks' season opener against the Dolphins two Sundays from now.
"He continued to have a great week," Carroll said, per ESPN. "There's no question that he looks to be able to play in the opener."
FF Today's Take: Thomas Rawls continues to be a tantalizing option for fantasy owners after the first two rounds are completed. Despite the rosy picture Pete Carroll continues to paint for fantasy owners, there is real risk in drafting a running back coming off ankle surgery with a violent running style. Additionally, the news surrounding the latest version of Christine Michael continues to fuel speculation that his potential is beginning to translate onto the field. Considering DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart offer similar upside and risk a round or two later, Rawls' is slightly over-valued heading into the year.
| Rawls, Prosise progressing -- Mon Aug 15 5:20 pm --|
Rawls takes part in team drills; Prosise, Jimmy Graham do not
|Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls continues to do more at practice. This is the first time all summer he has participated in team drills. C.J. Prosise (hamstring) is practicing for the first time but has not participated in team drills. Jimmy Graham is out here but not participating in team drills. (Sheil Kapadia on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Rawls appears to be on the right track, but Christine Michael's emergence may keep him from living up to his fourth-round ADP. Prosise would seem to have the passing-down role in this offense locked up, but he'll need to take part in team drills at some point in order to guarantee it. Owners should treat anything Graham does this year as a bonus; the road back from a torn patellar tendon rarely comes without significant setbacks.