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|With Chris Carson being the proven starter in the offense, Rashaad Penny has to be considered simply an upside play in this Seattle offense. Penny did not touch the ball often enough to be a meaningful fantasy contributor in his rookie season and that may very well be the case again this season. While his athletic measurables would seem to indicate that he'd be a capable pass catcher out of the backfield, the truth is that Russell Wilson simply doesn't pass to his running backs very often. No back in a Russell Wilson NFL offense has ever reached 40 receptions in a season and it's unlikely that Penny - or any of the backs currently rostered - can reach that number here in 2019.
With passing game contributions being essentially a non-factor, Penny's best chance of being a fantasy producer in 2019 really comes in the form of an injury to Carson. It'd be hard to classify Penny as a strict handcuff considering that he does have the potential to take over the role if Carson struggles, but the chances of him being an early-season contributor are very slim.
The upside with Penny is that he is almost certainly the more physically talented player between him and Carson, so Seattle may end up handing him the keys to the backfield at some point this season. In that case, Penny does have low-end RB1 upside, or at least solid RB2 potential in an offense that's led by a quarterback who's as efficient as Wilson is. He'd have serious touchdown upside attached to a heavy workload if he became Seattle's starter, which is absolutely within his range of outcomes this season.
| Rashaad Penny out for the season|
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 9, 4:15 pm
|Pete Carroll said Rashaad Penny will miss the rest of the season after injuring his ACL last night. Carroll said he hasn’t heard about the MRI results but that the doctors “could tell it’s a significant injury.” (Brady Henderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Penny had just started getting significant playing time two weeks ago and now will be lost well into next year if his ACL is torn and surgery is required. Chris Carson will move back into workhorse role with C.J. Prosise mixing in on third downs. The Seahawks play at Carolina and home against Arizona in Weeks 15 and 16.
|Rashaad Penny back in the mix?|
HC suggests bigger role coming for second-year RB
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 25, 4:55 pm
|Carroll on Chris Carson's fumbles: "Chris is a guy who is a big part of our team and we’ll do everything we can (for him). ... Competition is a beautiful thing and no reason not to get (Rashaad Penny) back in there next week. We'll get those guys hammering away." (The Seattle Times - Adam Jude)|
FFToday's Take: Carson and Penny pretty much split snaps in Week 12 after the former's ball-security issues popped up again. To be fair, Carson recovered the one fumble charged to him. Either way, we've seen this movie before: Carson is one of the better backs in the league and Penny has looked good from time to time. Penny might see a few more carries after running for 129 yards and a score versus the Eagles, but he'll remain a risky upside RB3 option in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings.