The Seahawks offense isn’t as exciting as it once was with Brian Schottenheimer as the OC, but their intentional focus on the ground game has yielded some great results. Because of it, we probably should target the Seahawks running game in next year’s fantasy draft, but it will be tricky figuring out who to draft between Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny – we have all offseason to figure that out. Mike Davis’ contract ends at the end of this year, and with two capable backs on the roster, he might not be re-signed. It will likely be the Carson and Penny show, but the split between the two remains to be determined.
Seattle had the highest rush percentage at 52.77%, and the next highest was Tennessee at 48.4%. The Seahawks’ also had the 2nd highest rushing attempts and was first in rushing yards per game, despite Seattle not necessarily having one of the best defenses in the NFL to control game script. Even so, they controlled the ball in most games, ending 6th in total time of possession. This deliberate play calling methodology is something we should expect to continue going into 2019.
It’s tough to argue against Carson leading the Seahawks backfield once again in 2019; his 3.36 yards after contact per rush was the 3rd most of any back with 150+ carries, and he was able to sustain it with his 247 carries. He was a fantasy darling in red zone opportunity; 7th in red zone attempts, 5th in attempts inside the 10 behind Gurley, Kamara, Barkley, and McCaffrey, and tied for 4th with Kamara behind Gurley, Barkley, and Conner when it came to rushing attempts inside the 5-yard line. He handled 87% of the Seahawks’ rushing attempts within that 5-yard mark.
Penny’s draft stock can give him a bigger role than Carson deserves taken away from him, but there’s no doubt that this will be a 1-2 punch next year; the question is whether both can maintain RB2 or greater status for the entire season.