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How to handle Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny in Week 13 fantasy football

Penny’s performance from Week 12 now has this backfield looking more like a time-share. We break down how to approach the Seahawks RBs vs. the Vikings.

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny celebrates his 58-yard touchdown run with running back running back Chris Carson during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

After dominating the Seattle Seahawks backfield for most of 2019, Chris Carson took an unorthodox backseat to Rashaad Penny in Week 12 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. Carson and Penny essentially split snaps (35-30), though Penny was the more productive of the two. Carson had eight carries for 26 yards and four receptions for 31 yards. Meanwhile, Penny went off for 129 yards on 14 carries with one TD in the victory. Now almost half of those yards came on a 58-yard scamper, but it’s still notable Penny had more carries.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Seattle Seahawks running backs

So the Minnesota Vikings have one of the best rush defense in the NFL, allowing under 100 yards per game on the ground (94.2). Because of that, it’s difficult to approach both Carson and Penny in the most important week for your fantasy football team.

Normally, I’d tell you that Penny out-carrying Carson is an anomaly and don’t worry, Carson should go back to seeing around 15-20 carries. But now that isn’t as clear, plus the matchup isn’t ideal. I’d say the one saving grace is the Seahawks could be without top WR Tyler Lockett and Carson was active in the passing game, while Penny was not. The Seahawks’ plan before the season was to use these two as a tandem in the backfield, so with Seattle thinking playoffs, maybe Carson will see fewer touches.

I think in PPR leagues, you have to start Carson given what he’s capable of: 20+ touches and 20+ fantasy points. Penny was probably a trendy waiver claim and has some appeal as a FLEX in deeper formats, but that’s it. He’d need to break a long run or get double-digit carries to return value in all formats, since he wasn’t really targeted in the passing game.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Carson: Start in PPR leagues.
Penny: FLEX in deep leagues, otherwise bench him.