Christine Michael listed ahead of Thomas Rawls on Seahawks' latest depth chart

Bob Condotta - [Full Article]

As Thomas Rawls continues to work his way back from injury, the team listed Christine Michael first on the depth chart.

When asked about the depth chart, Condotta said, "Really not sure I'd read THAT much into it. Probably mostly a nod to fact Rawls played just 3 snaps in preseason."

Rawls is now healthy. But HC Pete Carroll implied Monday that the team may still have a plan for easing him in some as he returns to full action — he had just two carries in the preseason, both in the last game at Oakland on Thursday — and won’t necessarily give him a maximum workload right out of the gate when the Seahawks play Miami Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

“Just progress, just make progress with him,” Carroll said. “I don’t want to rush him — this is his second preseason game in a sense. So we’ll see how he does. I’d love for him to carry the ball quite a bit in this game and then we’ll know where we stand going into next week. It’s just really bringing him along properly and carefully. We want to make sure we take care of him.”

Fantasy Impact: 

Unless we get more information, we're currently assuming that Michael will be the RB1 for Week 1, which leaves Rawls with a handful of carries as his primary backup. If Rawls looks good, he may assume a larger role in Week 2. Owners should not assume that Rawls will see a "normal" lead back workload until Week 2 or Week 3 at the earliest. Michael is shaping up to be an enticing Sneaky Start and cheap DFS play against a shaky Dolphins rush defense.

Filed Under: 2016, W1

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