How Much Fantasy Football Value Does Rashaad Penny Have With The Eagles?
The Eagles backfield looks like a tricky one to project on paper in terms of fantasy football. Well, that’s what the fantasy “experts” will tell you. I’m just not sure that’s actually the truth. How much fantasy football value does Rashaad Penny actually have with the Eagles? Let’s have a chat.
If you read the Matthew Berry challenge post, you already know that he has Rashaad Penny on his love list. Actually has D’Andre Swift on his hate list, if you can believe that. I think Berry has it totally wrong. I’m not sure I’d go as far as putting Penny on my cheese list, but he’s clearly the third fiddle in this Eagles backfield. I’m not sure how you argue it.
Swift is going to have a mega role in this offense. Philadelphia wouldn’t have traded for him otherwise. If the Eagles didn’t think Swift was a massive upgrade over what they had, why make the move? I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Swift is going to have a big year.
It’s a matter of whether Penny has more value than Kenneth Gainwell. During the Eagles’ playoff run last year, Gainwell pretty much established himself as the starter. In his second season, Gainwell averaged 4.5 yards per carry. He also was the only Eagles’ running back to not play in the first preseason game. I don’t know who needs to hear this but Gainwell is pretty much a co-starter with Swift.
The depth chart paints a pretty good picture here. The Eagles will rotate these guys and Penny will get his opportunities. Based on history, he’s also the most likely to get injured. The Eagles will be careful with the touches he even gets. He’s also without question the worst pass catcher out of that trio as well.
I think Penny has value but it’s probably going to take an injury to Swift or Gainwell for him to get on the field in a significant way. I’d rank them Swift, Gainwell, then Penny. Frankly, I’m shocked if someone has it differently.