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Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON GAME 2 WRAPUP: CHRIS CARSON BECOMING A PLAYER OF INTEREST IN SEATTLE BACKFIELD

-The Seattle Seahawks had arguably the most crowded backfield in all of fantasy football heading into training camp, consisting of a three-headed mess that included Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and C.J. Prosise.  The assumption all along was that Lacy and Rawls would split first and second downs, while Prosise would man third down due to his pass catching ability.  However there is a fourth addition to this trio by way of seventh-round pick Chris Carson who rushed for 27 yards on 6 carries, while also catching one ball for 17 more.  Head coach Pete Carroll has raved about Carson all summer and the fact he ran with the 1's is very telling.  Lacy meanwhile has just 30 yards on 10 carries and is showing a severe lack of burst.  No one wants to go down the Lacy road in fantasy football again so Carson is someone who should now be on very late round radars.  There are still a lot of guys ahead of him on the depth chart but we all know Carroll beats to his own drum so nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

-Russell Wilson was tremendous Friday as he completed 13-of-18 throws for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Wilson has proven all the naysayers wrongs and is a firm top 5-8 fantasy football QB this season despite the fact Carroll wants to go back to being a run-heavy offense.  The only potential caveat here is the fact Seahawks LT George Fant is out for the year with a severe ACL injury and one of the most overlooked negative parts of fantasy football is a bad offensive line hurting the skill players on offense.  

-Dalvin Cook is the man.  The Minnesota Vikings rookie back rushed for 40 yards on 7 carries, while adding one catch for 10 yards.  Already arguably the best pass-catching back not named Alvin Kamara coming out of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cook is the clear starter now for the Vikings who should be picked in the third round.  The only concern is losing goal-line work to Latavius Murray but first the latter has to get health which has been a challenge.  


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