The Seattle Seahawks are playing the best football of any team in the league (minus the Panthers). They’ve won four consecutive games and have outscored opponents 73-13 the past two weeks. This team is peaking at the right time.
However, during their 35-6 win in Baltimore this past week, Thomas Rawls was forced out of the game in the first quarter with a broken arm and torn ligaments – injuries that will keep him out the rest of the season. Rawls has emerged on the scene as an undrafted free agent has been highly productive in Seattle’s backfield – providing a strong, physical runner. Rawls leads the league in yards per rush and has over 800 rushing yards to his credit. The Seahawks will surely miss his production.
The injury to Rawls leaves Seattle’s backfield even more banged up, as Marshawn Lynch hasn’t played in nearly two months after undergoing surgery on an abdominal injury. Pete Carroll still lists him as “week-to-week” and his return is still in question.
Expected to fill in the vacant backfield is the combination of DuJuan Harris and veteran Fred Jackson. Harris is expected to receive the bulk of the carries, while Jackson will chip in as well – mostly as a 3rd down back. Seattle also went out and re-signed Bryce Brown shortly after Rawls’ injury to bolster the backfield.
It looks like DuJuan Harris will step up as the lead back in Seattle. He went on to compile 18 rushes in Rawls’ absence, racking up a measly 42 yards with a long of 6 yards. Regardless, a starting RB are always tempting in the fantasy landscape. He garners a spot in the FLEX this week, though it’ll be a risky move in a late playoff stretch. Try to go for more reliable options if you can.