Why You Want Rashaad Penny on Your Dynasty Fantasy Football Team
Rashaad Penny is an intriguing dynasty asset. Many will think only of his injury struggles and maybe look to sell him for whatever they can get. This is a mistake and we will dive deeper into why that is. Rashaad Penny is a great buy-low candidate in dynasty fantasy football leagues, and here is why:
Rashaad Penny Athletic Profile
Rashaad Penny has workhorse size and athleticism at 5′ 11″ and 220lbs. He ran a 4.46 at the combine giving him a 92nd percentile weight-adjusted speed score. He is shifty and can also run with some power. In college, he had a 98th percentile dominator ranking and ran for 7.8 yards per carry, placing him in the 96th percentile. Penny has a lot to offer to the Seattle Seahawks, which may be why they chose to spend the 27th overall pick on him just a couple of years ago. He is still just under 25 years old as well, which is a big plus in dynasty fantasy football.
Rashaad Penny had a very productive college career for San Diego State. Breaking out his junior year, Penny rushed the ball 136 times for 1,018 yards and 11 TDs. He added 224 yards on 11 receptions with 3 receiving TDs. Once the spotlight was on him and big things were expected coming into his senior year, he did not disappoint! The former Aztec got a workhorse load in his 13 game season, carrying the ball 289 times for 2,248 yards and 23 TDs while adding 135 yards on 19 receptions and 2 scores through the air.
A Future Dynasty Fantasy Football MVP?
Although injury-plagued, Penny has been an efficient runner in the NFL. He averages 5.2 yards per carry on the 155 attempts he has seen thus far in his career. He has totaled 804 rushing yards but more impressively 335 of those have come after contact, showing his ability as a runner. The Seahawks eased him in since they had Chris Carson as their lead back, but last year it looked like the backfield began to shift a bit towards Rashaad Penny prior to his injury.
He went from seeing 32 percent or less of the offensive snaps to 49% in week 8 and 47% in week 9. In those two contests, he went for 129 yards rushing and a TD on 14 attempts in week 8 and 74 yards rushing on 15 attempts with 4 receptions for 33 yards in week 9. Just as he heated up the injury struck. Now Penny is back and we will see what week 17 and the playoffs have in store for him. This kind of production can win you a league all by itself if the player is procured rather cheaply. This makes Rashaad Penny a possible future dynasty fantasy football hero.
Rashaad Penny has had issues staying healthy in his young career. He has missed 23 games due to injury, 18 coming after 2019’s ACL/ meniscus tear. The good news is Seattle did not rush him back and is easing him back into their RB rotation. This has given him plenty of time to heal and as we know 2021 will be the year he should be at full strength again. Many injury experts say the second year post ACL surgery players seem to be hitting on all cylinders again.
His previous injuries were a finger fracture (preseason 2018), a knee sprain (week 14 2018), and a hamstring strain (week 3 2019). These were all minor except the ACL/ meniscus tear, so I feel comfortable taking a gamble on him staying healthy. He isn’t going to cost you a lot of capital in your dynasty fantasy football leagues, so it should be worth it to try and get him in at least one league.
The Seahawks starting RB is a valuable fantasy asset with the volume that they tend to see. With Carson and also Carlos Hyde hitting free agency in 2021 the Seahawks RBs under contract will be Penny and Deejay Dallas. Penny being a first-rounder still has 2021 under contract and a fifth-year option in 2022 if the Seahawks decide to exercise it. Contract year players are great to target I dynasty fantasy football.
Deejay is a solid player but more of a 3rd down back in my opinion. If Penny can stay healthy and receive carries at the rate Carson has the past few years, then big numbers could be in store and his stock will skyrocket. The time to buy is now, and if you wait until this offseason the cost will only increase.
As of now, Penny has an average startup ADP of 182.5 per Dynasty League Football (DFL). This is even behind Dallas, who has a startup ADP of 172. With his low value, he can be had for cheap. Below are some recent trades I found on DFL’s website.
- 2021 2nd for Rashaad Penny
- Mike Davis for Rashaad Penny
- Mike Davis, 2022 4th, 2023 4th for Rashaad Penny and Curtis Samuel
- 2021 3rd and 4th for Rashaad Penny
- 2021 4th and 2022 5th for Rashaad Penny
- Collin Johnson and a 2021 4th for Rashaad Penny and a 2021 3rd
At these prices, even if he doesn’t hit, you would not be set back. The upside far outweighs the risk. I myself sent Cole Kmet for Rashaad Penny earlier this season. BUY!
In conclusion, Rashaad Penny is currently one of the cheapest possible dynasty fantasy football RBs for 2021. He has the draft capital, he has the opportunity ahead of him, and if Carson does not resign, then the job is more than likely his. Injuries have been an issue this far in his career, but he will be two years removed from his ACL tear for the 2021 season. Don’t second guess it, go out and make a move to acquire the Seahawks 2021 RB1 at dirt cheap prices before it is too late!
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