DeeJay Dallas Start/Sit Week 12: Can Dallas be a trustworthy starter against Washington?

With several Seattle RBs are out due to injury, can fantasy managers rely on DeeJay Dallas and start him on Monday Night Football vs. WAS?

With Monday Night Football set to kick off in a few short hours, fantasy football managers needing a comeback win could turn to an unlikely name in the Seattle Seahawks’ backfield — running back DeeJay Dallas. As Seattle heads into MNF with several RBs out due to injury, can you start Dallas tonight as he could see a more significant workload than usual?

Seahawks RBs have been plagued by injury this season

Unfortunately, the injury bug seems to have found its way to Seattle. With Chris Carson (neck) on the injured reserve and out for the season after undergoing surgery, the last thing the Seahawks needed was additional injuries to their backfield.

2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny (hamstring) and Travis Homer (calf) have both been ruled out ahead of Monday Night Football. Neither player has made a massive impact on the season. That’s especially true for Penny, who has played in just four games this year. Penny and Homer have combined for 28 rushes for 109 yards with no touchdowns. Of the two, Homer was the only back to have seen any work in the passing game, hauling in 11 of 12 targets for 72 yards.

DeeJay Dallas should see an increased role on Monday Night Football

The Seahawks will enter Monday night with Alex Collins and Dallas as their active RBs. Despite his workload in recent weeks, Collins has been less than inspiring. He has seen 10 or more carries in every game since Week 4 but only has one outing (Week 6) above 50 rushing yards.

He is also a non-factor in the passing game, having seen 1 or fewer targets per game since Week 5. This is where Dallas could be an integral piece in the Seahawks’ game plan against Washington.

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While Dallas has only seen the field on 61 snaps (11%), he has at least been efficient on his touches compared to Collins. On 14 carries this year, Dallas has totaled 60 yards (4.3 per carry) and 1 touchdown. He’s also caught 9 of 10 targets for 72 yards out of the backfield.

In fact, he is coming off one of his better games in his short career. In Week 11, Dallas played on a season-high 37% of Seattle’s offensive snaps, rushed 4 times for 25 yards, caught 1 of 2 targets, and scored his first TD of the season. Given Collins’ inability to do much with the lead role, little is stopping Dallas from disrupting Collins’ workload and asserting himself into a more prominent role tonight.

Should fantasy managers start Dallas on Monday night?

Odds are, if you are still waiting to fill that final spot on your fantasy roster, your options are limited. All but two teams have already played, and players on those rosters are locked. Based on last week’s usage, a changing of the guard might be taking place in the Seahawks’ backfield. Dallas scored the TD, saw his highest usage since Week 6, and was called on in several high-leverage moments. The issue? We have no idea what is going on with Seattle’s offense from week to week.

They’re 3-7 as a team and lack an offensive identity outside of Russell Wilson trying to find Tyler Lockett or DK Metcalf on deep targets. As a team, they’re 23rd in the NFL in rushing, averaging 98.4 yards per game. On the one positive side of things, Washington is not the stifling defense we saw last season. Coming into the week, they were No. 19 in fantasy points allowed to RBs at 23.28 per game. They are allowing the second-most fantasy points overall at 100.45 per contest.

Washington offers Dallas and Seattle a great matchup

If the Seahawks ever needed a get-right game, this is it. Given Washington’s inability to stop the pass, we could see Seattle move the ball at will with their wideouts. This should open things up for guys like Dallas, whom I expect to contribute in the passing game. Washington has allowed a league-high 8 receiving touchdowns to RBs this season — more than half the fantasy points they give up to RBs have come through the air.

Neither Collins nor Dallas is a safe play. Both are in the low-end RB3 to the mid-RB4 range. But Dallas might have the higher ceiling between the two if he gets involved in the passing attack. With that said, he has the lower floor as well, given his volume is not guaranteed. He’s a risky starter, but if you need a last-minute fantasy play, Dallas is as good of a shot as you can find in this game.

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.


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