When it comes to Chris Carson, think of his hip, hands and butt. That's because if Carson's hip isn't ready for training camp or if his hands can't hold on to the football, his butt will be on your Fantasy bench. If you recall, Carson notched his second-straight season with over 260 touches, 1,300 total yards and nine touchdowns -- and a top-15 finish in Fantasy -- but also fumbled six times. If he can't cut that out, the Seahawks have Carlos Hyde and rookie DeeJay Dallas lined up to replace him until former first-rounder Rashaad Penny is ready to play. It makes Carson riskier than ever, though the obvious upside keeps him in the Round 3 conversation. Aggressive drafters will consider taking him as soon as late Round 2 simply because he has the chance to keep delivering strong Fantasy numbers at running back, and it's a thin position once you start looking for No. 2 guys. Expect Carson off the board by 35th overall -- anytime after that is a steal. Whether or not you want to be the one who rolls the dice on him is up to you, but his upside is appealing compared to other No. 2 rushers like Melvin Gordon, James Conner and Todd Gurley.
Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Carson (hip) isn't with the Seahawks due to personal reasons, Omar Ruiz of NFL Network reports. Carson is tending to a "couple family situations," hence the reason for his absence. On the health front, Carroll told Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times that Carson is "fine physically," which means he's likely past the season-ending hip fracture he suffered last December. When he's been available to the Seahawks, Carson has ripped off 1,000 yards on the ground in back-to-back campaigns, and his pass-catching ability has translated to 96.9 yards from scrimmage per game during that stretch. Once he's back with the team, Carson shouldn't have a problem staving off Carlos Hyde (shoulder) for reps in a backfield that is expected to be without Rashaad Penny (knee) to start the season.
The Seahawks still intend for Carson (hip) to be one of their primary offensive weapons in 2020, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. The team drafted DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round and signed Carlos Hyde (shoulder) to a one-year contract, providing some backfield depth behind Carson and Rashaad Penny (knee). Carson and Hyde are expected to finish rehabbing their respective injuries this summer, while Penny appears in danger of starting the regular season on the PUP list. A healthy Carson won't automatically match last year's averages of 18.5 carries and 3.1 targets per game, but it's at least within his range of possibilities. The Seahawks had initially hoped to sign Devonta Freeman, whose insistence on a larger contract inspired an audible to Hyde. A tough competition for backup work seems more likely than Hyde, Dallas, Penny or Travis Homer mounting a serious challenge for Carson's lead role. GM John Schneider mentioned Carson a few weeks ago, noting that the running back's recovery from a December hip fracture is going well, putting him on track to be ready for the start of the season.
Seahawks GM John Schneider reiterated Thursday that Carson (hip) is doing well and should be ready for the start of the season, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Carson avoided surgery after his season-ending hip fracture in December, while backfield mate Rashaad Penny faces a much tougher rehab process after he suffered a torn ACL and other damage in his left knee. It's a good sign for Carson that the Seahawks haven't devoted significant cap space or premium draft capital to their backfield, with the offseason additions thus far limited to fourth-round pick DeeJay Dallas and undrafted rookie Anthony Jones.
General manager John Schneider said Carson (hip) should be ready to start the 2020 season, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Carson is rehabbing after suffering a season-ending hip fracture Dec. 22, but he's expected to start running soon and should be cleared fully at some point during the offseason. If he's indeed able to get up to full speed in time, the 25-year-old running back will likely be in line for bell-cow duties because Schneider was pessimistic about Rashaad Penny's (torn ACL) prospects of being ready in time for the season opener. Travis Homer will likely be back for his second year, and the team has discussed keeping Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Prosise (arm) around for the 2020 season.
Carson (hip) said Tuesday that he hopes to resume running soon, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. "I've got to meet with the docs and all that," Carson said. "But it should be soon." Carson said his recovery is going as well as he could have hoped, maintaining that he won't need surgery. He suffered the season-ending hip fracture Dec. 22, two weeks after backfield mate Rashaad Penny tore an ACL. Coach Pete Carroll has been optimistic about Carson's recovery, noting that an extended period of rest should allow the running back to return to full strength at some point this offseason. Penny, on the other hand, is headed for a lengthy rehab process after Dec. 20 surgery, facing an uphill battle to be ready for Week 1 of 2020. Elsewhere in the Seattle backfield, 2019 sixth-round pick Travis Homer remains under contract, while C.J. Prosise (arm), Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin can become free agents during the offseason.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/21||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|8||11/01||San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|10||11/15||@Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|13||12/06||New York Giants||17||17.75|
|14||12/13||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|15||12/20||@Washington Football Team||30||22.75|
|16||12/27||Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|17||01/03||@San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
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