Rashaad Penny Week 7 Fantasy Waiver Wire: Not Worth the Risk
With two Seattle Seahawks RB now out and Rashaad Penny the better option, Seattle is doomed to fail. Is it too strong of an opening line? I do not think so. I’ve been predicting the Seahawks’ demise for about two seasons, after years of watching GM John Schneider make horrible early-round draft picks while resting on the laurels of his 2011-13 draft classes. Now with questions regarding Penny and the rest of the backfield, what fantasy football the options left to managers?
The Seahawks are in a deep hole
The Seahawks’ only hope this year was quickly dismissed when Russell Wilson and Chris Carson were placed on the injured list, forcing them both to miss at least three weeks. Seattle is 2-4 and sits last in a division with two of the NFL’s top teams this year – the undefeated Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams 5-1.
Oh, and they don’t have a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft because of the Jamal Adams trade.
With Geno Smith taking the shots for the Seahawks, Pete Carroll returned to his racing ways. At least that was until Alex Collins was injured Sunday against the Steelers. So now what do we do? What should we expect from the Seattle backfield in the short term?
Rashaad Penny Waiver Wire: will the RB Seahawks have a role?
Looks like Rashaad Penny was drafted about seven years ago. In fact, it was in 2018 that Schneider decided to select Penny in Round 1 (with Nick Chubb still on the board, but I digress). As Collins faces a hip injury that has her status for Sunday in question, Penny is expected to return from IR.
Of the 54 possible matches, Penny has only played 28 (51.9%) of them. In those 28 games, he totaled 5 rushing touchdowns and exceeded 70 rushing yards on three occasions. It just didn’t live up to the capital project.
Behind Penny, Seattle will also likely use Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas. Seattle typically has a running back, as evidenced by last week’s split. Collins led the way with 20 runs, Dallas had 4 and Homer had 2.
However, given Penny’s perpetual fragility, it’s hard to believe that he will return from IR and handle a heavy workload immediately. Homer and Dallas need to take this into account, and if Collins can go, it gets even more complicated.
Basically this backfield looks like a timeshare that I absolutely don’t want to be a part of.
The game against the New Orleans Saints doesn’t help
Even though I felt I could identify a Seahawks running back who would see a workload worthy of throwing in fantasy football, I wouldn’t suggest them against the Saints.
If you look at the fantastic points awarded to the RB position by the Saints this year, that is misleading. They allowed the opposing running backs 15.7 points per game, the 10th worst in the NFL. But this is largely thanks to ephemeral work. The only team that has surrendered fewer rushing yards per game than the Saints (79.0) are the Buccaneers (54.8).
The way to beat New Orleans is in the air, not on the ground. But the Seahawks gave their running backs the fourth lowest number of targets in the NFL at 27.
Combine a perceived backfield timeshare with a horrific game, and I don’t want to be part of that Seahawks backfield in Week 7.