CJ Prosise is a running back drafted in the third round of the 20016 draft by the Seahawks, selected 90th overall. While the Seahawks have invested quite a bit in him, they aren’t the type of team that hands players starting roles based on their pedigree. Rather, playing time is earned in Seattle. Prosise has done well in his time back from a hand injury, playing two games thus far. Last week against New Orleans he rushed 4 times for 23 yards and added 4 receptions for 80 yards. While this is easily his best game of the season, it should be a sign of things to come.
Consensus Ranking and Projected Stats
For week 9, Prosise is ranked as the 73rd Flex PPR player overall, and the 25th running back. His projections for the week:
Receiving: 2.0 catches, 18.0 yards, 0.1 TDs
Rushing: 4.8 carries, 18.5 yards, 0.1 TDs
Total Points: 6.7 PPR points
Current Week Match-up
This week, the Seahawks host the Buffalo Bills on the Monday night primetime game. The total Vegas over/under is set at 44, a middling total on the week. While this would seem to be a low scoring game, both offenses have been humming recently. Buffalo has allowed the 13th most fantasy points to running backs this season, and the Seattle offense is starved for playmakers. Even with Graham, Baldwin, and Michael, Seattle has struggled to produce big plays. Pete Carroll has been noted as saying that Prosise will be “a lot more involved for us down the stretch”, and that he “should be getting more work than on third down”.
An explosive runner with soft hands, look for Prosise to get work on third downs and some mixed in carries. While he may not get many touches this game (about 8-10 touches), look for Prosise to make them count, especially in a PPR league.
Comparable Flex Starters
I’ve analyzed some comparable flex starters, along with a brief description of why I like them more or less:
WR Sterling Shepard, New York Giants. Projected PPR points – 5.5 points
Shepard had an incredible start to the year, showing some of the talents that the Giants coveted when they drafted him. In his first three weeks, he had yardage totals of 43, 117, and 73. In his past 4 weeks, he has posted receiving yardage amounts of 30, 14, 24 and 52. Expected to start opposite of OBJ, Shepard has struggled with the rest of the Giants passing game. Coming off a week 8 bye, the Giants face the strong Philadelphia pass defense in an important divisional tilt. I expect Shepard to struggle further in this match-up.
Conclusion: Start Prosise over Shepard
WR Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers. Projected PPR points – 7.1 points
Kerley had started to look like a viable fantasy option during weeks 4+5, where he compiled 14 catches for 190 yards/2 TDs. However, since then, he has cooled considerably. One of the primary reasons is the change in quarterback from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick. With Kaepernick, Kerley has 4 catches for 27 yards/0 TDs over two games. Coming off their week 8 bye, the 49ers play the New Orleans Saints. While owners can hope for some garbage time production, it’s not very likely, as the 49ers have looked awful overall this year. Keep Kerley on your bench.
Conclusion: Start Prosise over Kerley
Record to Date:
Player Projections: 3 – 4, 1 N/A
Start/Sit Recommendations: 10 – 3, 3 N/