by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The Seahawks running back rotation was always going to be an interesting story, but preseason injuries have helped to further complicate things. First let’s look at the performance in the all important third preseason game from Friday night:
- Eddie Lacy – 4 carries for 21 yards
- Chris Carson – 8 carries for 46 yards; 2 catches for 44 yards
- Thomas Rawls – DNP
- C.J. Prosise – DNP
Carson, who was a seventh round draft pick, has taken advantage of his opportunities and earned a spot on the final 53-man roster. The big question is where he fits into the depth chart, especially early in the season. While you would think he’ll be #4 initially, how long that lasts is a completely different question and a lot more complicated:
Thomas Rawls – He sat with what has been labeled a minor ankle injury, and expectations are that he’ll be ready to roll for Week 1. That said he’s coming off an injury plagued sophomore campaign, where he was limited to 9 games and averaged just 3.2 yards per carry when he was on the field.
C.J. Prosise – He hasn’t been capable of staying on the field since being drafted, and the consistent missed time is quickly going to become frustrating to the coaching staff. He has the potential to be a PPR monster, but he needs to get reps and stay on the field. Unfortunately that’s hardly a given.
Eddie Lacy – We all know his history of weight issues and he only played in 5 games last season. Even if he stays healthy he’s two years removed from fantasy viability and may never return to that form.
Does Carson necessarily have more talent than the three names listed above him on the depth chart? Nope, but he’s making the most of his opportunity. Maybe he needs injuries to get a shot in the regular season (and that’s not far-fethched), but maybe not. It’s not like any of the three above him are locks to produce like elite RB and Carson presented himself well in the preseason dress rehearsal. Don’t overlook that or his opportunity at the very tail end of your draft.
Draft Day Strategy:
- Thomas Rawls (Average ADP – 117.2) – In the ninth round or later, he’s a “gamble” well worth taking
- Eddie Lacy (Average ADP – 83.0) – Too many questions to select in the first eight rounds, so at this price we’d pass (especially since Rawls offers more upside)
- C.J. Prosise (Average ADP – 134.4) – In PPR formats he is worth the gamble, but too many injuries to think he’ll make much of an impact
- Chris Carson (Average ADP – Undrafted) – Given the questions on the depth chart, those in deeper leagues should take the flier in the final round
Sources – ESPN, Fantasy Pros
Make sure to check out all of our 2017 Preseason Rankings: