Would You Rather: Own Chris Carson or Rashaad Penny for the Fantasy Football Playoffs

Jason Schandl
Chris Carson runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13.
Chris Carson runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

When Chris Carson lost two fumbles and Rashaad Penny stepped up in Week 12, it created some uncertainty in the Seattle Seahawks backfield.

That clouded both players' fantasy football outlook, and we saw that cloudiness continue in a Week 13 "Monday Night Football" win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks' offense found a ton of success, and even though there was a relatively even split of the volume, both guys were able to earn 20-plus opportunities. That kind of workload will almost always make a back relevant in fantasy, but it's also not often an offense is going to provide 45 opportunities in the backfield.

Carson now has two of his three lowest snap shares of the season in the last two weeks. While his 102-yard performance may disguise it some, his fantasy value has officially taken a serious hit as a result of his fumbling problems (and Penny's strong play).

Penny's value hasn't exploded quite as much as his two-TD performance might make it seem, but with his two highest snap shares of the season in the last two games he's certainly received a boost.

Moving forward, the pair's fantasy value is going to be a lot closer than we've seen at any other point this season. However, Carson still appears to have the edge as the leader in the backfield, and in a more typical game (with fewer total opportunities available) the situation will be a lot murkier, with the potential that neither ends up with enough volume to generate huge upside.

Our Week 14 PPR fantasy football rankings have Carson at RB19 with Penny checking in at RB34.

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