Thomas Rawls

Thomas Rawls

Height: 5' 9"Weight: 215 lbsAge: 24College: Central Michigan

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
6th easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #138
Best / Worst #84 / #241
ADP #143


Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy to split workload?

Seattle Seahawks beat reporter Bob Condotta believes running backs Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls will "take a fairly equal share of the base down carries" in 2017.

Fantasy Impact

Since Marshawn Lynch retired following the 2015 season -- he recently un-retired and was acquired by the Oakland Raiders -- the Seahawks' backfield has been a volatile unit. Entering 2017, expect very much of the same. Although they signed Lacy as a free agent this offseason, Rawls, a similar style back, remains in the mix for carries and could split the early-down workload with the former. For the third down role/ primary receiver out of the backfield, expect that role to be handled by C.J. Prosise, who showed promise last season before being lost to injury. From a fantasy football perspective, Lacy should be the first RB coming off draft boards in upcoming fantasy drafts, but be sure to handcuff him with Rawls as neither one of them could be trusted to remain healthy or produce on a consistent basis. As for Prosise, he should be targeted around Round 10 or later, but should garner greater value in PPR scoring formats.

Thomas Rawls expected to enter 2017 as backup

Byron Drahold of the USA Today's Seahawks Wire is suggesting that running backs Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise will enter 2017 as complimentary backs to Eddie Lacy.

Fantasy Impact

Lacy signed a one-year deal with Seattle in March and is the Seahawks' presumed starting running back entering 2017. For Rawls and Prosise, they both are expected to open the campaign in complimentary roles. Rawls, who shares a similar rushing style to Lacy, will likely open the year as the latter's top backup, while Prosise should assume the role of the team's primary receiver out of the backfield due to his versatility and pass-catching skill-set. Expect Lacy and Prosise to garner the most fantasy value coming out of Seattle's backfield to begin next season while Rawls may be forced to rely on an injury to occur to the backs ahead of him to see any significant fantasy relevance.

Thomas Rawls disappears after opening drive

Thomas Rawls rushed 11 times for 34 yards in Seattle's 36-20 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact

Rawls rushed six times for 29 yards on Seattle's opening drive, but that was about all he was able to contribute. There weren't many opportunities for him once the Falcons started having their way with Seattle's defense. The opportunities he got didn't amount to much behind Seattle's abominable offensive line. Rawls is a talented player, but questions about his durability and blocking will make him a risky target in 2017.

Thomas Rawls sets franchise playoff rushing record

Thomas Rawls rushed 27 times for 161 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 26-6 win over Detroit. Rawls broke the Seahawks' playoff rushing record set by Marshawn Lynch (157) in the 2014 NFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact

Rawls' performance was a bit of a stunner considering he had 56 rushing yards in his three previous games combined and just one 100-yard game all season. He had 107 yards at halftime and carried Seattle's offense for much of the game. C.J. Prosise is close to returning, so Rawls could see some extra rest when the Seahawks travel to Atlanta on Saturday.

Thomas Rawls expected to start Saturday

ESPN's Ed Werder expects Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls to start in Saturday's Wild Card Round matchup against the Detroit Lions. However, the NFL Insider believes that Alex Collins has earned some opportunities in the postseason.

Fantasy Impact

For Saturday's Wild Card matchup against Detroit, Seattle's running game will be held down by Rawls -- the expected starter -- and Collins -- the capable backup -- until C.J. Prosise is available to return from his shoulder injury next week in the Divisional Round, should the Seahawks advance. Facing a Lions defense that finished the regular season ranked 25th in fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs, both of Seattle's running backs are risky options for playoff leagues and DFS formats. However, Rawls will serve as the most reliable option of the duo due to his presumed workload.