No surprise, the Seahawks are really good at running the football. The difference the past two weeks is it’s not being done by just one player.
The duo of Chris Carson
and Rashaad Penny
has run through two of the better run defenses in the league in the past two weeks.
They combined for 155 yards in the win over Philadelphia with Penny rushing for a career-best 129 yards. Last week against Minnesota, the Seahawks rushed for a season-high 218 yards as a team, which included 102 from Carson and 74 from Penny.
It was the third time in Carroll’s tenure the Seahawks had two running backs rush for at least 74 yards in the same game.
Seattle had 167 yards rushing in the first meeting with the Rams.
As ESPN's Brady Henderson notes, Carson played 39 of the Seahawks' 75 offensive snaps Monday night compared to 35 for Penny.
That marked the second straight game with a near-even split in playing time between the two -- a major departure from Penny's first season and a half. It was 31 for Carson and 30 for Penny the previous week.
That split, and the Seahawks run-heavy approach, both can be viable plays. But will either be high-end prospects this weekend?
According to FantasyPros' Mike Tagliere, the Rams have been the fifth-worst matchup for running backs from an efficiency standpoint, as they’ve allowed just 0.73 PPR points per opportunity.
Tagliere went on to note if we take away Christian McCaffrey
‘s absurd performance in Week 1, they’d look even better.
There’s been just nine running backs all year who’ve finished better than the RB30 against the Rams, with eight of them totaling at least 15 carries.
Given all that, Tagliere views Carson as a lower-end RB2 and Penny as a flex play (which is also reflected in our FSP Staff Rankings
Meanwhile, Tyler Lockett
failed to catch any of his three targets on Monday Night Football.
As ESPN's Mike Clay noted, though Lockett may not have been 100 percent healthy, he did play 88 percent of Seattle's 75 offensive snaps and the rough night brings him to three-consecutive duds.
Lockett was held to 26 yards on four targets in Week 10 and 38 yards on two targets in Week 12. It's worth noting that the down games have come against San Francisco, Philadelphia and Minnesota, who rank 30th, 31st and 26th in fantasy points allowed to the slot.
Of course, life won't be much easiest with Jalen Ramsey shadow coverage likely in Week 14.
Clay believes Lockett remains a top-20 fantasy receiver even after the recent slump (Lockett currently sits at WR21 on this week's Staff Cheatsheet
), so he'll be hard to bench except in the shallowest leagues.
One last note here. ... Jacob Hollister
continues to provide fantasy-relevant totals at tight end as he has 28 targets over his past four games, surpassing double digits in three of those four outings. As ESPN's Field Yates put it, "Hollister has earned a prominent role in a really, really good offense."