The former wide receiver played only one year at running back for the Fighting Irish, but he sure made the most of it and looked like a natural. The senior hybrid eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground while averaging 6.6 yards per carry with the addition of 11 TDs. In the process, he gained national recognition and solidified himself as a mid round draft pick. The Seattle Seahawks took a flyer on him late in the 3rd round in hopes that he can help replace the production of a retired Marshawn Lynch.
Undrafted free agent Thomas Rawls erupted on the fantasy scene last season as he ended the season with over 800 rushing yards in place of an injured Lynch. In the 6 games that he was given double-digit carries, he surpassed 100 yards four times and even went over 200 yards against the 49ers. This just goes to show the fantasy upside Rawls possesses as he’s expected to be given the feature back role with the departure of Lynch. So how does Prosise fit into the offense?
Behind Rawls, C.J. Prosise should see the bulk of the carries – unless of course, Pete Carroll decides to give more of a workload to Christine Michael, which I doubt. Carroll likes players with unique skill-sets such as Prosise, so you know he’s going to implement him into the offense one way or another; whether it’s in the backfield or outside at the line of scrimmage. Remember, Prosise is one of 3 running backs drafted by the Seahawks in this past NFL Draft, along with Alex Collins and Zac Brooks. Despite the loaded backfield, Prosise should see a steady workload due to his versatility.
Despite his lack of experience in the backfield, Prosise stepped right in last year and looked like a natural at the position. He’s an ascending player still with untapped potential. He presents the body type and overall skill-set to be an every down back, although he’ll have to improve his awareness in pass protection. His speed and receiving ability will provide a nice change-of-pace behind Rawls’ power running style and bring another dimension to the offense, which is sure to get him onto the field during his rookie year.
From a fantasy standpoint, I don’t think Prosise is worth it just yet. He still has some thing to learn at the position, and while I expect a big play here and there from him, his time on the field isn’t guaranteed and he’ll need to earn it by showing consistency. In dynasty leagues, I’d definitely take a flyer on him due to his upside and untapped potential he presents. He presents even more value in PPR formats due to his receiving ability and background as a receiver.