Rashaad Penny’s Fantasy Football Outlook for the 2022 NFL Season

The Seattle Seahawks will look a lot different on offense in 2022, thanks in large part to Russell Wilson being traded to the Denver Broncos this offseason. But many of the playmakers from last season are still in the game, including running back Rashaad Penny, who plans to take over the starting quarterback role in Seattle in 2022.

With Chris Carson officially announcing his retirement in July, that opened the door for Penny to take over for good in 2022. He came on late last season, showing just how good he can be when he stays healthy and is consistently groomed.

Penny could become one of the best running backs in the league in 2022 if everything goes right. But there are plenty of question marks on Seattle’s roster given their hole at quarterback, and Penny has been injury-prone throughout his career so far. What could Penny accomplish for fantasy owners in 2022? Let’s take a closer look at his fantasy outlook and answer some of the questions surrounding him with the season right around the corner.

Rashad Penny’s 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

Prior to the 2021 season, Rashaad Penny had played quite sparingly throughout his career. He’s been changing pace behind Carson most of the time, but that’s assuming he’s not injured. Penny played just 27 games in the first three seasons of his career, and Seattle didn’t know what they had in their young quarterback as a result.

Penny appeared to be on a similar trajectory in 2021, but then fell apart late in the season. With Carson out and Penny finally healthy, Penny rioted in the league. From Week 13 on (92 CAR, 671 YDS, 6 TD, 7.3 Y/C), there hasn’t been a more productive running back in the league than Penny. In four of those five games, Penny has at least 19 fantasy points, which would make him the current RB1 if that production were consistent.

Penny’s ceiling is clearly one of the best fantasy running backs in the league. Many fantasy owners probably owe Penny a debt of gratitude for winning them a championship, considering he was still a free agent in most leagues before his Week 13 outing against the Houston Texans. And now that he has the starting quarterback role to himself, that should bode well for him and fantasy owners who may end up with him on their roster.

The problem with Rashad Penny has always been staying on the field, which immediately makes him a risky choice. Penny was great during that stretch leading up to the 2021 season, but it was the most consistent stretch he’s gotten in his young career. Will he be able to do what he did during those five games last season over the course of a full 17-game season?

Penny also doesn’t offer much as a receiver out of the backfield, which is why they drafted Kenneth Walker III in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He could lose out to Walker if he succeeds right away, which would be quite detrimental to Penny’s stock.

There’s also the Seattle offense. Geno Smith appears to be the frontrunner for Seattle in their quarterback competition right now, but he is significantly smaller than Wilson. If Smith, or whoever ends up under center, struggles to establish Seattle’s passing game, it will make it that much more difficult for Penny.

2022 could be the season where Penny puts it all together to become one of the best running backs in the league. But with all the question marks currently hovering around him, it’s hard to fully commit to him as anything more than a FLEX option heading into the season. Penny could emerge as a solid RB2 down the road, or maybe even an RB1 if everything goes right like it has in the last few weeks of the 2021 season, but until then it’s best to be cautious when it comes to Penny.

For this reason, Penny has fallen down many people’s draft boards, with some suggesting that Penny isn’t even a top 30 pick heading into the season. Personally, I feel like if Penny plays, he’s easily a top 30 guard. He still has a lot to prove, but he will be given the keys to the Seahawks’ starting quarterback role, and if he can stay healthy, he figures to be a dominant running back.

But going into the draft, it’s best to be careful with Penny. He should probably be a bench option to start, making him an option to be picked in rounds 10-12. Penny’s upside makes him a stunning draft pick, but it remains to be seen if he can be counted on for consistent production. The 2022 season should tell us a lot about Rashaad Penny’s future, but for now, don’t jump on the bandwagon and grab him earlier than you should.

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