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By: Jake Rajala

The Seattle Seahawks are one of the most polarizing NFL teams in OTAs. They will have a battle royale for the starting QB position – between the two young, rollercoaster quarterbacks in Drew Lock and Geno Smith. Their RB position is quite fascinating, as well. Per The Seattle Times, the Hawks are missing their top two veteran RBs at the moment in Rashaad Penny (minor hamstring injury) and Chris Carson (neck injury), so they’re leaning on a unique RB trio (DeeJay Dallas, Travis Holmer, and rookie Ken Walker) to handle the workload at the moment.

The Seahawks also witnessed Alfonso Smith leave for a position at the University of Miami. Per Field Gulls, he was the senior executive advisor for the Hawks and he opted to accept a position at Miami as an assistant in the Hurricanes athletic department. Smith is of course an alma mater of the U, as he was a RB stud for the Hurricanes.

The Seahawks may have some slight changes on their roster, but they will certainly strive to make magic happen with new faces this summer. According to Devin Csigi of Field Gulls, he forsees Tyreke Smith, Tariq Woolen, and Bo Melton being underrated players that could shine in 2022.

The Hawks will definitely need rookies to step up to the plate next season, but they will also really want Jamal Adams to return to his normal form. Adams set the single-season sack record for a safety in 2020, but he wasn’t able to provide success in any category last season. It would also help the Hawks defense if they could bring back Carlos Dunlap (8.5 sacks in 2021). If Dunlap doesn’t return, they will expect even more production from Uchenna Nwosu, who recorded 5 sacks a season ago.

3 RB sleepers in Dynasty

Who is the top RB sleeper in dynasty?

By: Emerson Beery

Fantasy football managers have always had a love, hate relationship with their running backs. On one hand, they can absolutely be the most important part of your championship team, but on the other hand, it is the most volatile and injury-prone position available.

Fantasy owners are in a constant scramble to fill in for bye weeks, and injuries which can be the difference in making the playoffs or not in your league. In this article, I will highlight sleepers, outside of the consensus top 30 running backs drafted, who could provide upside going into the 2022 campaign. These are great running backs to draft to back up your top-tier starters, or if you’re taking a zero RB approach and looking for some later-round players with upside.

James Robinson

James Robinson has been one of the more amazing stories in the NFL and fantasy over the last couple of seasons. He went from UDFA to fantasy stud in 2020. He accounted for over 1400 all-purpose yards, and 10 touchdowns on his way to an RB7 finish. After creating high expectations, his 2021 season did not go as expected, however. Robinson was a part of the Urban Meyer disaster, was inexplicably benched multiple times throughout the year, and ultimately tore his Achilles in Week 16 versus the New York Jets.

This was not what fantasy managers foresaw after Travis Etienne went out for the season with a Lisfranc injury over the Summer. After a dip in value as a result of Etienne being drafted, James Robinson vaulted back up fantasy managers rankings after the injury news.

Ultimately, after a hot start to the season, however, and four straight RB1 finishes from Weeks 3-6, Robinson struggled with consistency. This was due to minor injuries, and landing in Urban Meyer’s doghouse midway through the year. His snap percentage only reached over 65% one time week eight onward. He eventually landed on IR with his torn Achilles. Why am I buying at his current dynasty value? I’m willing to throw away the whole last year for the Jaguars as Urban Meyer was one of the worst coaches in NFL history. Each report highlighted a coach that was completely out of his depth and one that was toxic to the locker room. Every Jaguars player deserves a pass for last year, as they couldn’t have been put in a worse position to succeed.



James Robinson’s ADP is also low because of the risk his Achilles tear poses to his 2022 season and the assumption that Etienne will be the lead back. Cam Akers, George Pickens, and other athletes have amazed us with their quick return to the field in recent years. I believe this is becoming more the norm than an anomaly, and I Expect to see James Robinson on the field early in the 2022 season. When he does return, he will still at worst be a heavily involved second RB like Kareem Hunt. We have yet to see Etienne in NFL action though, and there is still a path toward becoming a starter again for the Jaguars. His ADP as a mid-tier RB3 according to most sites is very cheap for a running back of his caliber.

James Conner

It’s hard to be called a sleeper when you just had a top 5 fantasy season for a running back. However, Conner is just that in dynasty leagues with an ADP ranging between RB30-39 according to most sites. I expect this to rise as most of the ADP data has not been updated since his re-signed with the Cardinals. Still, his dynasty value will be hampered by his age (26), and his injury history. Thus creating a buy point for managers despite his breakout season with the Cardinals. Conner was the featured RedZone back throughout the year, amassing 18 total touchdowns. He also showed his receiving ability averaging 4.8 receptions for 53.8 yards in weeks that Chase Edmonds missed due to injury. With Edmonds no longer in the picture, Conner figures to be the bell cow of a high-powered Arizona offense.



When drafting RBs early I look at attributes like age, injury history, and overall talent. Running backs that hit on all these marks are taken ate a premium, and rightfully so as so few meet this criterion. Where Conner is being drafted every running back has significant flaws due to one thing or another. Conner is slightly older and has missed 14 games over the last four seasons due to injury. All these concerns are baked into his cost though as a middling RB3. If I’m a competing dynasty team in 2022, I’m exploring buying Conner at his current cost, particularly from young rebuilding teams that view him as a declining asset. His price is only likely to go up over the Summer so buy now if you have the opportunity.

Chris Carson

Chris Carson has been amazing since taking over the lead Running Back duties for the Seahawks back in 2018. He has compiled three straight top 20 finishes for a back. Additionally, he has averaged over 4.4 yards per carry each of the last 4 years and is still just 27 years old. Carson’s inability to stay on the field however has led to a major dip in his dynasty ranking. Carson finds himself ranked as an RB4 according to most experts, ranked behind the likes of Kahlil Herbert, Chuba Hubbard, and fellow teammate Rashad Penny. Chris Carson’s fantasy ranking suggests that people believe he is going to retire, or that he is the clear #2 back to Rashad Penny. I don’t believe either to be the case and expect Carson to be a large part of this offense.



First, off-season reports suggest that Carson is rehabbing nicely and that he should be back for Summer workouts. This is great news as many feared a serious neck injury was going to put his career in jeopardy. Addressing the second concern, I believe that the fantasy community is coming under a little recency bias due to Penny’s late-season fantasy surge. He was the RB1 over the course of the final five weeks of the season and was the reason many fantasy owners won their championship. Penny scored nearly half of his career fantasy points in the final five weeks of the season. This is mainly due to the fact that Penny has missed 26 games in the last three seasons. Even when healthy, Penny has operated as the clear second back behind Carson. Penny is often injured and has been inconsistent his first four seasons in the NFL. This will provide Carson plenty of opportunities to overtake Penny in Seattle’s backfield. At RB44, Carson is basically free and is far too cheap for a potential starting Running back.

Free agent running back targets for the Seattle Seahawks

Who is the top free agent running back target for the Seattle Seahawks?

The Seattle Seahawks have missed the days of handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch and witnessing him carry defenders on his back. Lynch wasn’t Derrick Henry before Derrick Henry, he was the only RB that has ever unleashed a “beast quake”.

The Seahawks have had a quality rushing attack in moments after Lynch departed, but they haven’t had a consistent, lethal rushing game and running back. The Seahawks were on fire with their run game post-Lynch, as they were first in 2018 and fourth in 2019 in rushing yards per game. Although, they were then 12th in 2020 and 11th in 2021 in rushing yards per game. The outlook could be dimmer for the Seahawks rushing attack, as their veteran RB Chris Carson is coming off neck surgery and likely testing free agency. The aging Russell Wilson also can’t continue to handle a heavy workload in the rushing game. I expect the Seahawks to really target a quality RB to pair with Rashaad Penny given how important their rushing game is in the frigid NFC West.

Here are a few RBs that the Hawks could target in the 2022 free agency period.

J.D. McKissic

The Hawks could get a nice value pickup in J.D. McKissic. He can be a force in the run and pass game for Wilson. He may be looking to improve from his late-career production with the Commanders and join a stud offense like the Seahawks. He ousted 954 total yards in 2020 and 609 total yards in 2021. Washington has Antonio Gibson, Curtis Samuel, Terry McLaurin, so it could be a challenge to please the ascending McKissic.

Brandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden can be a nice RB2 that can break down defenses in the second half of games. He is 32 years old, but he still has gas and power left on his legs. Bolden will likely not return to the Pats in free agency, but he should transition to another quality culture and scheme fit. He is the great value version of Lynch, too. He also is a monster in the pass blocking area.

Phillip Lindsay

Phillip Lindsay could look to join a high-power offense on a prove-it deal and the fit between Seattle and Lindsay would make a ton of sense. It’s worth mentioning that Lindsay is the most underrated RB in free agency. He ousted a 1,000 yard rushing season in 2018 and 2019. He was in Houston, also known as Alcatraz, for 10 games in 2021, so he struggled a bit. He could still attract more money from elsewhere or return to his old home in Denver.

Three RB Targets For The Miami Dolphins

Who Will Help Tua Tagovailoa?

By: Euan Leith

By all accounts, the Miami Dolphins had a successful 2020 season. They leaped forward as a franchise to finish 10-6 and missed the playoffs on the regular season’s final day. Head Coach Robert Flores has a great thing going on in South Beach as they enter the new league year, but they could do with some upgrades on the offensive side of the ball.

Running back was a particular spot where the Fins lacked consistency. Five different ball carriers made a start in Miami’s backfield, and they had nary a single runner crack 600 yards on the ground or 1000 total yards.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa combined for five rushing scores last year. As a unit, the Dolphins running backs had 10. Adding a running back should be high on their list of priorities when free agency opens on March 17th, especially if the team wants to continue their current trajectory and make their first playoff appearance since 2016.

Aaron Jones

2020 team: Green Bay Packers

All signs are pointing towards Jones not playing for the cheeseheads when the 2021 season kicks off. Adding this type of three-down back to the Miami roster makes too much sense. There are ways to line this contract up to take advantage of Tagovailoa’s rookie deal without hamstringing the franchise’s cap space in the future.

Jones was a fifth-round pick in 2017 and will be looking to get paid in March. The former-UTEP product deserves a big payday after two elite seasons of production in the Green Bay backfield.

YearCarriesRush YardsCatchesRec. YardsTotal yardsTotal TDs
2019236108449474155819
2020201110447355145911

Wherever Jones plays next season, he will have the opportunity to produce just as impressive a statistical year. Miami is an ideal destination because they have a stable of complementary backs that could spell Jones as Jamaal Williams did for the two years.

Chris Carson

2020 team: Seattle Seahawks

This may be the most unlikely candidate to take his talents to South Beach because I believe Pete Carroll wants to get back to running the ball and I think he trusts Chris Carson. However, should a divorce be coming in the near future, I think the 26-year old would be an ideal candidate in Florida.

He is one of five players all-time (and the first since 1996) to be drafted in the seventh round or later and produce multiple seasons of 1300 yards from scrimmage with nine touchdowns. Those kinds of hidden gems don’t just grow on trees. Miami is looking for something special in their backfield, and I believe Carson fits that mold.

There seems to be a popular narrative that he is solely a runner, but that is false. He’s one of nine running backs in the league to catch at least 37 passes each of the last two years and one of six that achieved that plus ran for at least 500 yards both years.

What I’m getting at is Carson probably doesn’t have the name value or national popularity that Aaron Jones has, but he can be a Jones-lite version. Plus, it will allow the Dolphins to save some extra cap money and still utilize the talent they found in 2020 with Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin to rotate with Carson when needed.

Mike Davis

2020 team: Carolina Panthers

Davis is my favorite running back to add to this backfield. Although it would drive all the fantasy football managers in the world insane, having Davis in Miami makes a lot of sense. Kyle Shanahan has shown how rostering and consistently playing multiple running backs is a formula for success.

Davis, Gaskin, and Ahmed could become a lethal rotation of backs in today’s NFL. They can all run and catch the ball effectively, and it would magnificently disguise the Dolphin’s offense from a player personnel standpoint.

Pro Football Focus projects Mike Davis to receive a two-year deal for about $4 million per season. If you’re telling me that I can get a back for two years with his talent and then spend those savings on the rest of the roster, then it’s a done deal.

Conclusion

Miami has the luxury of going in several directions this offseason. If they want to go big at the running back position, several candidates can fill that void. However, if they want to discount shop, there will be plenty of running backs available to pair with the two young ball-carriers they already have on their roster.

My final prediction is they come over the top and offer Aaron Jones a big check to make him one of the faces of their offense for the next few seasons. A legitimate running game with Jones will immensely help Tua Tagovailoa by taking the pressure off to deliver the goods immediately.

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