Carroll: Justin Forsett will start

Sep 2, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett (20) tries to elude Oakland Raiders linebacker Ricky Brown (57) during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Seahawks 27-24. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom

Per Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times:

Justin Forsett will start at running back for the Seahawks.

Forsett was quite productive last season in limited duty. He got 10+ touches in eight games and here’s how he fared:

W2, @SF: 11 touches, 92 yards
W10, @ARI: 22 touches, 149 yards, TD
W11, @MIN: 16 touches, 89 yards, TD
W12, @STL: 22 carries, 130 yards, 2 TD
W14, @HOU: 13 touches, 73 yards
W15, TB: 11 touches, 69 yards
W16, @GB: 15 touches, 74 yards
W17, TEN: 12 touches, 88 yards

That’s 764 yards on 122 touches or 6.3 yards per touch. Forsett isn’t a traditional every-down back, but working in tandem with Leon Washington, he should be able to handle 230-240 touches, which at his 2009 rate would equate to 1,400+ yards. If he gets that kind of workload, he’ll be a solid RB2 in PPR leagues.

The real question is — are the Seahawks committed to getting him 14+ touches a game?

If they’re not, they should be.

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