Rashaad Penny Week 7 Fantasy Waiver Wire: Not worth the risk

With Chris Carson on IR and Alex Collins banged up, is Rashaad Penny the Seahawks' fantasy RB to pick up on the Week 7 waiver wire?

With two Seattle Seahawks RBs now out and Rashaad Penny the top option, Seattle is doomed. Is that too strong of an opening line? I don’t think so. I’ve been prognosticating the demise of the Seahawks for roughly two seasons, after years of watching general manager John Schneider make horrible early-round draft picks while resting on the laurels of his 2011-13 draft classes. Now, with questions surrounding Penny and the rest of the backfield, what fantasy football options do managers have left?

The Seahawks are in a deep hole

The only hope that the Seahawks had this year was promptly flushed down the drain when Russell Wilson and Chris Carson were placed on injured reserve, forcing both of them to miss at least three weeks. Seattle is 2-4 and in last place in a division with two of the best teams in the NFL this year — the undefeated Cardinals and the 5-1 Los Angeles Rams. 

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 snaps for the Seahawks, Pete Carroll has reverted back to his run-loving ways. At least, that was until Alex Collins got hurt on Sunday against the Steelers. So, now what do we do? What should we expect in the short term from Seattle’s backfield?

Rashaad Penny Waiver Wire: Will the Seahawks RB have a role?

It feels like Rashaad Penny was drafted roughly seven years ago. In reality, it was in 2018 that Schneider decided to select Penny in Round 1 (with Nick Chubb still on the board, but I digress). While Collins deals with a hip injury that has his status for Sunday in question, Penny is slated to return from IR. 

Out of a possible 54 games, Penny has played in just 28 (51.9%) of them. In those 28 games, he’s totaled 5 rushing TDs and has topped 70 rushing yards three times. He simply hasn’t lived up to the draft capital. 

Behind Penny, Seattle will also likely use Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas. Seattle typically features one running back, as evidenced by the split last week. Collins led the way with 20 carries, Dallas had 4, and Homer had 2.

However, given Penny’s perpetual fragility, it’s hard to believe that he’ll come back from IR and immediately handle a heavy workload. Homer and Dallas figure to factor in, and if Collins can go, it gets even messier. 

Essentially, this backfield looks like a timeshare that I want absolutely no part of. 

The matchup against the New Orleans Saints doesn’t help

Even if I felt I could pinpoint a Seahawks running back who would see a workload worth firing up in fantasy football, I wouldn’t suggest them against the Saints. 

If you look at the fantasy points allowed to the RB position by the Saints this year, it’s deceiving. They’ve allowed 15.7 ppg to opposing running backs, 10th-worst in the NFL. But that’s largely been on the back of passing 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 through the air, not on the ground. But the Seahawks have given their running backs the fourth-fewest targets in the NFL with 27. 

Combine a perceived backfield timeshare with a horrible matchup, and I want no part of this Seahawks backfield in Week 7.

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