RB - SEA
The Seattle Times writes that despite the recent signing of Carlos Hyde, Chris Carson will still be the team's "primary running back" in 2020.
Carson is still rehabbing his hip injury but is expected to be ready for Week 1. The Hyde signing is more about Rashaad Penny (knee), who could miss the first six games of the year while being placed on reserve/PUP. Carson totaled 1,230 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2019.
Seahawk's GM, John Schneider, said that Chris Carson is doing great and he expects him to be ready for the start of the season.
Schneider said this in a radio show on Thursday afternoon just after saying that he expects backup running back Rashaad Penny to start the season on the PUP list, boding well for Carson's early-season fantasy value. Penny and Carson each suffered serious lower body injuries in Weeks 14 and 15, respectively. As for Carson's competition while Penny is out, the Seahawks drafted DeeJay Dallas in the fifth round this year but he's still listed behind Travis Homer on the depth chart and not expected to do much this season. It appears as though the backfield will once again be Carson's for the taking, at least until Penny returns from injury. Carson started 15 games last season, reaching the 100 yard mark six times and scoring in seven while amassing 1,496 scrimmage yards and nine total touchdowns. Over his first three seasons in the league, Carson has seen an uptick in rushing attempts, yards, targets, and receptions, with health concerns and fumbles being his weakness. If Carson is able to protect the football early in the season, there's a chance that he cements a heavier workload for himself throughout the year. However, the risk of Penny returning and cutting into his workload makes his long-term value questionable.
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll is optimistic that RB Chris Carson will be fully recovered from the hip injury prior to the beginning of the upcoming season.
Carson injured his hip late last year, but not before he put up a monster fantasy season in 15 games. He rushed for 1,230 yards on 278 carries (4.4 avg.) and seven TDs, to go along with 37 receptions for another 266 yards and two TDs. Carson has really come into his own these past two seasons, racking up over 1,000 yards on the ground in both. The former 2017 7th-round pick out of Oklahoma State is always out to prove the doubters wrong, and there’s no doubt he’ll look to do so again in 2020 as he comes back from the hip injury. Even with the looming presence of backfield mate Rashaad Penny, who is also making progress from a torn ACL he suffered last year, Carson is poised for another great fantasy season in a run-heavy offense lead by OC Brian Schottenheimer. He’s currently ranked #16 in FantasyPros consensus RB rankings, cementing him as an RB2.
The Seahawks said that running back Chris Carson is making progress from his hip injury but still is very limited. However, the team does expect him to be ready for the start of the season.
Obviously, Carson being ready for the start of the season would only help his value, but this is a situation that should continue to be monitored to make sure Carson is ready to go for Week 1. The Seahawks have been one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL, which benefited Carson in 2019 before his injury. It will be interesting to see how the team addresses the position in free agency and the NFL Draft, if at all, as this could be a sign of things to come for incumbents like Carson. Carson is currently the RB14 based on our early expert consensus rankings.
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