Fantasy Football: Rashaad Penny Dynasty Stock Rising

NFL Draft Rashaad Penny

The Rashaad Penny dynasty value continued its rise on Thursday night when the Seattle Seahawks seemingly found their running back of the future. The San Diego State RB has the skills to produce on all three downs for a team that has been desperate for a reliable option since Marshawn Lynch left.

At 5’11” and 220 pounds, Penny is built much like Lynch. He has the bowling ball frame that will allow him to force contact and continue to move down the field. He is also built much like Melvin Gordon, who Playerprofiler.com has as his best comparable player.

Like Gordon and Lynch, Penny has impressive speed for a player of his size. Per Playerprofiler.com, he has an 88th percentile 40-yard dash time and 92 percentile speed score. Penny should have the opportunity to take over the feature back starting on day 1.

Player Profiler Penny

As much as I love Chris Carson, who flashed before dealing with injuries in 2017, he will get spot duty at best. Adding Penny in round one is a clear indication the Seahawks want more reliability from their feature back.

Beyond Carson is C.J. Prosise, another RB that has had issues staying on the field during his time with the Seahawks. The 23 year old still has time to get healthy and make an impact in Seattle. For a team that outside that has a mess at WR outside of Doug Baldwin, Prosise could make an impact at WR, a position he played during his time at Notre Dame.

Heading into rookie drafts Penny will be in the conversation for the 1.02 beyond Saquon Barkley, who should be the 1.01 in basically every format. Coming into the NFL Draft, he was a mid first round pick, averaging the 1.05 on DLF’s April Rookie ADP. This landing spot should almost assure he is in the top five and likely the top three.

Derrius Guice, who doesn’t have a home after day one of the draft will be in the mix along with Sony Michele, who went to New England even with his knee issue. It may be hard for anyone to trust a Patriots RB this early in rookie drafts but the New England using first round draft capital should give us some indication of their feelings towards the Georgia RB.

In Superflex, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, and Sam Darnold in some order likely leap Penny, Guice and Michele in some order. That would be my order for upcoming drafts, with Rosen being the top option. I love his fit in Arizona and think he will be the best QB from this class.

With Denver, Detroit and Indianapolis in need of RB help, they could take a RB and push Penny back, but as of now he is my 1.02 and owners who covet him should be looking to move up if they want to make sure he is on their roster heading into the season.

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