Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Football Outlook

The Seattle Seahawks capped of their impressive 2013/14 season with a Super Bowl championship. On offense they relied on their running attack which had the highest percentage of running plays for an offense at 54.79 %. This turned out the 4th most productive rushing attack in the NFL at 136.8 yards per game. Marshawn Lynch carried the bulk of the load amassing 301 carries for 1257 yards and 12 TD’s. The passing game,  led by Russell Wilson, took a backseat and only averaged 202.2 yards per game, good for 26th in the NFL.  Scoring wise however, the Seahawks finished 8th with 26.1 points per game.

They will have a full season of work out of Percy Harvin, but will be without Golden Tate (Lions).  Wilson should continue to develop and Lynch is entering a contract year, but could be held back some if they decide to go with a running back by committee approach, giving Christine Michael more than 18 attempts like last season.


Russell Wilson


Wilson should receive a boost in the passing game with a healthy Percy Harvin.  His wide receivers are interesting despite, the loss of Tate.  Jermaine Kearse looks to be productive and is very fast to go along with Doug Baldwin.  They also addressed receiver in the draft selecting Paul Richardson from Colorado, who has great speed and a possession receiver in Kevin Norwood from Alabama.  The speed in the receivers provides solid big play potential despite Pete Carroll’s offenses in Seattle being conservative.  Wilson will still make plays running the ball and has the ability to improvise in the passing game because of his mobility.  More valuable in Non-PPR leagues.  We Talk Fantasy Sports ranked him 13th in their QB rankings.

Marshawn Lynch

To begin the 2014 season there were reports of Lynch not attending the mandatory mini camp and even talks of retirement which all appear to be a negotiation ploy for a new contract.  Lynch is 28 and has a lot of mileage on him, especially during his time in Seattle.  His yards per carry went down last year and his yards per game were the lowest as a Seahawk (78.6), though not by much.  He did have his highest reception total which is positive, but not likely to be repeated.

This offseason, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell stated that they would be a “running back by committee” and spoke highly of Christine Michael who was their 2013 second round pick. Michael was the “4th” running option in 2013 behind Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin for carries. Turbin is more of a power back while Michael has breakaway speed (his nickname is Turbo). We’ll have to wait and see but there are indications of a lesser workload for Lynch in 2014. Even if Michael will eat some carries from Lynch, Lynch would look to be the clear option for goal line carries so touchdowns should drop even in his yards do.  More valuable in Non-PPR leagues.  We Talk Fantasy Sports ranked him 9th in the RB rankings.

Percy Harvin

Harvin only caught one pass for 17 yards in the regular season for the Seahawks but you saw his playmaking ability in the Superbowl with two rushes for 45 yards and a kick return for a touchdown. Harvin was able to spend most of his year learning the offense on the blackboard and now with an offseason of gaining chemistry with Russell Wilson, he will be stepping onto the field as their top wide receiver.  Percy has never been a 1,000 yard receiver in his career, which is concerning, but he also receives carries on the ground and has the ability to turn a play into a touchdown at any given time.  More valuable in PPR leagues.  We Talk Fantasy Sports ranked him 24th in their WR rankings.

This article was written by James Rucker of Draftletes.  For a complete breakdown of the Seattle Seahawks, check their Fantasy Showcase.  Be sure to follow James on twitter @Draftletes

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