2017 Fantasy Football: Making Sense of Seattle’s Backfield

When the Seahawks signed Eddie Lacy over the offseason, it was a general consensus that he would be “the guy” in the backfield for Seattle. He met his weight goal and put in the extra work over the offseason, but so far he has only managed 5 touches and hasn’t even played in the past 2 games.

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After the first week, it looked like the Seahawks would go with a two-headed backfield consisting of Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy. Rawls, himself, has only received a total of 5 touches this season. Fast-forwarding to week 4, it looks like there are two new names to know in this backfield.

CJ Prosise, a second-year RB, has seemingly taken over the pass-catching role for Seattle’s running back committee. He has racked up 6 catches for 87 yards in the past 2 games. On the ground, Prosise has totaled 8 rushes for only 20 yards on the season.

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Rookie running back Chris Carson, has stepped into the lead-back role in the absence of Rawls and Lacy. He has racked up 31 carries in the past two games, totaling an impressive 127 yards. He has also quietly been involved in the passing game, with a total of 4 receptions for 35 yards on the season.

At this point, it is clear that coach Pete Carroll has decided to use the rookie as the workhorse back. On passing downs, it is reasonable to expect a heavy load for CJ Prosise, given he is healthy. Both Rawls and Lacy have been healthy scratches this season. As long as Carson and Prosise are contributing, do not expect any changes.

ADVICE

As of now, Chris Carson is the clear lead back in Seattle. He runs behind one of the worst offensive lines, but his elusiveness has proved he can still make an impact. Carson should be owned in all leagues, and can currently be considered a low-end RB2 with some major flex appeal. As for Prosise, his stats directly hinge on the nature of the Seahawks’ game. If they are playing catch-up, Prosise could really pad his stats. Otherwises, he has only been useful on passing downs. He is worth a roster spot, but don’t expect consistency at this point. As for Rawls and Lacy, you can leave these guys on the waiver wire until they start seeing the field on a regular basis.

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