It took until Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season, but the Seattle Seahawks appear to have figured out what to do with Rashaad Penny in their backfield. He looked like he might be on track for something big with 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, but a hamstring injury sidelined him for two weeks. He got some work, but it seemed like his moment had passed.
Following the team’s Week 11 bye, that changed. In Week 12, Penny turned into the hot hand thanks in part to normal starter Chris Carson’s fumble issues. Penny led the team with 14 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown, while Carson had eight rushes for 26 yards. In Week 13, Carson returned to his starting workload, finishing with 23 rushes for 102 yards and a touchdown. However, Penny was busy as well, rushing 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. Carson left after a knee to the head, but returned and Penny still kept busy, adding four receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy football analysis: Seahawks RBs Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson
The Rams have given up the 13th fewest fantasy points to running backs, but it’s worth noting the Vikings were a top ten run defense when Carson and Penny unloaded on them. Russell Wilson is a key cog to the Seahawks offense, but they are a ground-based attack. We can’t say with certainty how the workload will be split, but one has to think it will be somewhat similar to what we saw on Monday against the Vikings. Carson will be the starter, but Penny will get enough work to be fantasy relevant. Carson is close to a must start, while Penny is worth strong consideration as a flex option.
Chris Carson: Start as RB2 in most formats, league sizes
Rashaad Penny: Flex start consideration