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Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: CHRIS CARSON RB SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Already the injuries are starting to pile up before a snap that even counts has been played for 2018 fantasy football.  Any injury of course at this point in the drafting season will throw the rankings at various positions into a state of flux such as what is going on with the Seattle Seahawks backfield this week.  We are referring to the broken finger and injured hand sustained by the team's 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny will miss the next 3-4 weeks as a result and thus also miss out on crucial development time as the kid tries to acclimate to the speed of the NFL.  The flip side to Penny's absence though centers on the fact that 2017 seventh-round pick Chris Carson will now move into the starter's chair and thus, be given the opportunity to build on what was a very intriguing performance both in preseason and in four regular season games a year ago.  Amid almost zero expectations coming into last summer, Carson ran wild as he became head coach Pete Carroll's new favorite player.  With incumbent starter Thomas Rawls quickly getting hurt, Carson rushed for 208 yards on 49 carries (4.2 per), while also adding 7 catches for another 59.  Small sample size for sure but Carson showed good speed and he has been a guy who can both run and catch the football going back to college.  Now that Carson will be getting a chance to start in place of Penny for in all likelihood Week 1, those in PPR formats should especially be interested in where this goes.  Now as far as Penny is concerned, he has a Michael Turner game in that he is a good power runner but struggles to catch the football.  Add in an upright style that could lead to injuries and Penny is not someone I was big on coming into the summer.  Carson meanwhile should be bumped up a few spots on your cheat sheets as we all know opportunity is everything in today's game. 


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