Seahawks Fantasy Backfield Crowded With Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic
By Zach Brunner
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The Seattle Seahawks may have just made Russell Wilson the league's highest-paid quarterback, but that likely won't change anything about their offensive identity in 2019. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Seattle is still a running team, following a season where the Seahawks had a 55.6-44.4 run-pass split.
Since the departure of Marshawn Lynch, there has been a revolving door in the Seattle backfield. With a deep running back stable but no clear lead dog, this might be a backfield to avoid in 2019 fantasy football. And with so many options, here's a who's who in the Seahawks' backfield that hopefully helps fantasy owners make the right choice when it comes to draft time.
5. C.J. Prosise
There were high expectations for C.J. Prosise in Seattle, but he seemingly never panned out. He has the skillset to be the receiving back for the Seahawks, but simply can't be trusted to stay on the field. Prosise has never played more than six games in a season, and finished last season with one carry for minus-3 yards. He's not worth drafting in any fantasy league unless he moves up the team's depth chart.
4. Travis Homer
Travis Homer, a 2019 fifth-round selection out of Miami, could carve out a short-yardage role for Seahawks. He's an explosive back that averaged at least 5.9 yards per carry in each of his three collegiate seasons. He could develop into an effective compliment to starter Chris Carson, but again isn't a fantasy option right now.
3. J.D. McKissic
J. D. McKissic is the clear No. 1 receiving back of this group. In 2017, he totaled 34 receptions in 13 games for Seattle and his role is likely to remain the same in 2019. With most of the touches likely going to the top-two options on this list, McKissic is nothing more than a deep PPR league bye-week fill-in.
2. Rashaad Penny
In his rookie season last year, Rashaad Penny averaged 4.9 yards per carry (YPC) on 85 attempts. While he totaled just single-digit receptions last season, the back has reportedly slimmed down, which could make him more of a pass-catching threat in 2019. With Penny listed as the team's back-up running back, he should be considered a high-end handcuff for Carson.
1. Chris Carson
And now the man likely to lead the Seahawks' backfield in 2019. After finishing in the top-five in rushing yards (1,151) in just 14 games last season, Carson has solidified himself as the lead back for Seattle. He averaged 17.6 rushes per game in 2018, proving he can handle the bulk of the carries and thrive in that role. However, he doesn't catch the ball much, totaling just 20 receptions last season. Still, as long as Seattle continues to be a run-first team, Carson is the running back to own in 2019, with RB2 value heading into training camp.
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