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Seahawks sign Chris Carson: Fantasy football fallout for 2021

We take a look at the fantasy football impact as Chris Carson signs with the Seattle Seahawks ahead of the 2021 NFL Season.

Running back Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the football against the defense of the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lumen Field on January 09, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Running back Chris Carson showed the Seattle Seahawks enough for them to re-sign him to a new contract as he is likely to lead this backfield as we get closer to the 2021 NFL season. Seattle likely still needs some help on the offensive line and get things squared away with their star quarterback Russell Wilson, but they checked Carson off their offseason list of things to do.

RB Chris Carson signing: Fantasy football impact

This is great news for Chris Carson’s fantasy owners, and it’s probably the best spot for him to land in this free agency period. He received the bulk of the carries for this team each of the last three seasons, and that should continue. Though his carries went down last year likely due to a foot injury, the Seahawks still trust him to get about 15 carries per game. He has proven to be a workhorse running back in an era where the workhorse running back is pretty rare.

In 2020, Carson played in 12 of 16 games and finished with 141 carries for 681 yards for 4.8 yards per carry with five rushing scores. He also caught 37 of 46 passes that went his way for 287 yards with an additional four receiving scores. Last year’s second leading rusher Carlos Hyde is no longer on the roster, and this backfield consists of former first round pick Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and Alex Collins. Barring an injury, Carson should lead this group in rushing in 2021.

Overall, this is positive news for those who own Carson in dynasty leagues, and he should produce running back No. 2 numbers on a weekly basis with a decent number of volume in this offense, and he could be on the fringe of No. 1 running back production.