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Chris Carson excels with increased role in Seattle’s offense

With Rashaad Penny on IR the Seattle backfield belongs solely to Carson and he’s making the most of it

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson carries the ball during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Carson finished the game with 24 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He added one reception for 4 yards for a final total of 26.7 fantasy points.

In a Week 15 match-up with the Carolina Panthers, Chris Carson has racked up 56 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. Carson is averaging 5.1 yards per carry in the game and has a long run of 23 yards for 11.6 fantasy points.

C.J. Prosise has carried the ball 5 times for 20 yards in today’s game as a true back-up on this squad. He does not play the complementary role that Rashaad Penny did in Seattle. Penny’s workload had been building, as he received 14 and 15 carries in the two weeks prior to his first quarter injury in Week 14. It was becoming a split backfield situation in Seattle and Carson’s fumble troubles throughout the season were not helping his case.

By a twist of fate the Seahawks’ backfield now belongs to Chris Carson and he has taken advantage of that thus far. In a run-heavy offensive scheme, Carson should continue to get plenty of work and provide a solid floor with significant upside for fantasy owners. With the possibility of 20+ carries in each game, Carson is a must start in all formats going forward.