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The Seattle Seahawks offense has looked flat out awful for large portions of the season so far. They got back on track at home on Sunday during a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys.


Even so, they're still 27th in the NFL in offense, averaging 292.3 total yards per game -- most of that is because of a virtually non-existent running game. At 83.7 rushing yards per game, that's also the 27th-best (worst?) mark in the NFL. 


So what does all of this mean fantasy-wise when there isn't an abundance of points to go around for Seahawks running backs Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson? And, more importantly, who will be the more valuable fantasy player when they take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4?


Let's take a look at their stats through three weeks:
Chris Carson: 45 rushes, 177 yards,1 touchdown, 5 receptions, 50 yards
Rashaad Penny: 20 rushes, 43 yards, 4 receptions, 35 yards


After a quick glance, it's easy to see how much more effective Carson has been overall this season, but when we narrow it to just Week 3 numbers, it's even more pronounced. 


Carson in Week 3: 32 rushes, 102 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 22 yards
Penny in Week 3: 3 rushes, 5 yards

The Seahawks rode Carson in Week 3 with Penny getting stapled to the bench after he misplayed a handoff early in the game. Carson is averaging 3.9 yards per carry to Penny's 2.2, so it seemed like Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wanted to eliminate any possible mistakes for his then 0-2 team. 


Mission accomplished, Pete. 


After Week 3, it's easily Carson in the lead for the starting job, and that means he's the better play here by a mile. Maybe they'll work Penny back into the rotation as the season progresses, but at this point, I'd rather have Carson in my lineup.


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