No. 3: Running Back Rashaad Penny
Here is another first-round rookie running back who I believe is extremely talented, but is primed to bust in the fantasy football world.
The Seattle Seahawks’ Rashaad Penny is currently being valued in the fourth round in fantasy drafts, which is insane, to say the least. Seattle has another running back in Chris Carson who has been running circles around Penny in training camp.
Who cares, the Seahawks spent a first-round pick on Penny. He has to start, right? Well, thanks to head coach Pete Carroll, not at all. Carroll is a firm believer in putting the best players on the field no matter how much “clout” a player has. For example, Carroll started Russell Wilson his rookie year right after signing veteran quarterback Matt Flynn to a big contract simply because Wilson was playing better than him.
Carson is the No. 1 back in Seattle, and it’s not even close.
Plus, Penny recently suffered a hand injury that included a broken finger, which he will have to have surgery on, holding him out for an indefinite amount of time. That is unfortunate for both him and his fantasy value.
I’ve already snagged Carson, the starter, in the late rounds in two of my leagues, while Penny, the backup, went in the fifth in both of them. Avoiding Penny and targeting Carson in the late rounds should be a strategy that every fantasy player utilizes in their drafts.