After bringing some much-needed order to the Seattle backfield by securing the starting RB role Chris Carson broke his ankle on Sunday night.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 2, 2017
It’s another crushing blow to many fantasy football players. We can do one of two things. Cry in the corner uncontrollably until our wives yell at us to man up(Just me?). Or we can try to determine if Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy or C.J. Prosise will be able to take the reigns and run away with the starting role. Rawls and Lacy have both spent time this season as healthy in-actives. C.J. Prosise is battling injury concerns, again, and missed Sunday’s game against the Colts due to an ankle. None of the three have given us much reason to believe that they’ll be productive fantasy performers this season. Into this breach perhaps there is another contender on the roster we can turn to. J.D. McKissic.
Who? Exactly. McKissic is a little fella, coming in at 5’10” and 187 pounds, but he can do some big things on the football field. Things such as this stellar TD catch below.
— Sports Degens (@TheSportsDegens) October 2, 2017
Prior to the start of the season when examining the Seattle running back situation, I had this to say about McKissic:
“Dynasty leagues, in particular, require a fair amount of speculation, so imagine if you will, Thomas Rawls is injured or ineffective, C.J. Prosise takes over as the lead back, and Alex Collins comes in to do the dirty work on the goal line, leaving McKissic as the team’s passing-down back. That is not that crazy of a scenario, and in that role, you could probably see a hair under 100 fantasy points which isn’t bad when the bye weeks and injuries hit. There are riskier sleepers out there than McKissic, and pretty much nobody else is going to know anything about him.”
As noted earlier neither Thomas Rawls, Lacy or Prosise have done much to distinguish themselves so far this season. Looking at the workload, courtesy of NFL.com, the only remaining healthy running back on the roster to exceed 3.4. yards per carry is McKissic. It should be noted that Seattle’s offensive line is terrible and Rawls hasn’t been given much of an opportunity as yet. I’ll also note that if C.J. Prosise can ever get healthy he is the most talented and complete back on the roster.
Some of the names have changed and the situation hasn’t played out exactly as I thought it would, but McKissic has still landed in a spot where he can be the passing-down back, at a minimum. This is a role McKissic is ideally suited for.
McKissic is the all-time leader in receptions in the SunBelt Conference – all-time…as a running back – with 289 career catches. He averaged over 10 yards per reception over his 4-year college career. He was a UDFA by the Atlanta Falcons before eventually being picked up the Seahawks. McKissic might be washing cars for a living this time next year, but if you are a fantasy owner who likes super deep under the radar players, this is the guy for you. In most if not all dynasty leagues Rawls, Lacy, and Prosise are owned, McKissic is largely unowned. After the splash TD reception McKissic had and Carson’s injury Sunday night I’d expect his ownership levels to rise signficantly after waivers run.
The Seattle backfield is one of many in the league that is a danger zone. If you own Rawls or Lacy if someone is willing to buy high on either of them then make that trade. If Rawls or Lacy has a big game I would look to sell immediately. I still believe in Prosise’s all-around ability, both pass catching and rushing, enough to hold onto him. Make sure you put your bids in on McKissic because this may be the last week he’ll be available on the wire.