Rashaad Penny Injury Update Boosts Chris Carson Fantasy Outlook for Rest of Season

Jason Schandl
Rashaad Penny in a Week 2 matchup against the Steelers.
Rashaad Penny in a Week 2 matchup against the Steelers. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
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Not long after going down with a knee injury Sunday night, Rashaad Penny's season has been ended. He suffered an ACL injury against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 and will be shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season.

That could be a blow to the Seattle Seahawks' offense, but it's also a boost for Chris Carson's fantasy outlook.

This is awful timing for Penny, who had just started to see a significant increase in his workload. He played 49 percent of the Seahawks' offensive snaps in Week 12 and 47 percent in Week 13, turning a combined 33 touches into 236 yards with two touchdowns.

On the other side of the coin, Carson barely eclipsed a 50 percent snap share in those two games, averaging 18.0 touches per game. That was down from 22.7 touches per game on a 75 percent snap share over the first 10 weeks.

Carson notched 18 touches on Sunday night, and while that doesn't look especially impressive, the game flow did him no favors, as Seattle spent much of the night trailing, forcing them to lean on the run less than usual. He also still saw an 82 percent snap share in the game.

His matchups get more favorable moving forward as well. The Seahawks are 5.5-point favorites in their Week 15 matchup with the Carolina Panthers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and then in Week 16 Carson gets an Arizona Cardinals defense that has allowed top-12 fantasy production to opposing RBs.

Penny's injury quickly brings Carson back into the conversation as a must-start RB option for the remainder of the fantasy football playoffs.

Our Week 15 PPR fantasy football rankings have him slotted in at RB11 against Carolina.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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