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Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Preview

2018 Projections

Note: all points are calculated with PPR scoring
Team Reception Breakdown

Russell Wilson: 309.2 total, 19.3 ppg (330/550 passing, 3905 yards, 30 TD, 13 INT; 590 yards rushing, 1 TD, 3 fumbles lost)
It looks like Wilson might finally be getting the complementary run game Seattle has been lacking since Marshawn Lynch left…just in time for the Legion of Boom to be broken up. With many of the key pieces of the once vaunted defense either gone or wanting to be (looking at you Earl Thomas), it’s hard to picture the Seattle defense being quite the force we’re used to seeing. If the defense is letting up points again, then we’re going to get another season of Wilson putting the team on his back. New OC Brian Schottenheimer does like to run the ball so Wilson’s pass attempts shouldn’t start ballooning, but the heavy reliance on Wilson’s play will more than likely result in another top 5 fantasy finish. Draft with confidence.

Chris Carson: 140.3 total, 8.8 ppg (175 carries, 753 yards, 5 TD, 1 fumble lost; 20 Rec, 170 yards, 0 TD)
J.D. McKissic: 89.5 total, 5.6 ppg (25 carries, 103 yards, 0 TD, 0 fumbles lost; 40 Rec, 332 yards, 1 TD)
Rashaad Penny: 86.6 total, 5.4 ppg (125 carries, 525 yards, 3 TD, 1 fumble lost; 10 Rec, 81 yards, 0 TD)
C.J. Prosise: 51.0 total, 6.1 ppg (10 carries, 44 yards, 0 TD, 0 fumbles lost; 20 Rec, 206 yards, 1 TD)
Another year, another jumbled mess in the Seahawks’ backfield. Penny was drafted with the intention of being the feature back Seattle has been missing since Marshawn Lynch, but then Chris Carson had an excellent camp by all accounts. Penny’s broken hand didn’t help his cause. Carson will open the year as the lead back and will probably maintain lead back duties even as Penny works his way in throughout the year. Beyond that, McKissic and Prosise are both excellent receiving backs. Prosise will be the top scatback when healthy, but given his history it likely won’t be long before McKissic is at the plate. Ultimately, the take away here is that Carson is a RB4, Penny is a late round flyer who might work his way into relevance by the end of the year, and McKissic and Prosise are best left on waivers.

Doug Baldwin: 248.0 total, 15.5 ppg (80 Rec, 1080 yards, 10 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Tyler Lockett: 186.7 total, 11.7 ppg (55 Rec, 897 yards, 7 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Brandon Marshall: 93.3 total, 5.8 ppg (30 Rec, 333 yards, 5 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
The nice thing about Wilson putting the offense on his back is that someone has to catch those passes Wilson is throwing. Baldwin has been the WR1 for some time and should continue to be heavily targeted. He’ll be right on the cusp of WR1/2 status in fantasy and will consistently score you solid points. Lockett, meanwhile, is being slept on. He’s scored 40-50 catches the past 3 years despite being either the WR3 or playing through injury while sharing WR2 duties. This year, he’s healthy and has the WR2 spot all to himself. He’s also a known deep threat in an offense that likes to take deep shots. He might be a bit boom-or-bust, but I would expect him to have a solid WR3 season for fantasy and should be a weekly flex consideration. It looks like Marshall is locking down the WR3 spot. He won’t be targeted nearly as much as Jimmy Graham was last year, but he likely will fill a similar red zone role. He won’t amount to much cumulatively, but could provide some touchdown-dependent value.

Nick Vannett: 96.1 total, 6.0 ppg (35 Rec, 371 yards, 4 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Ed Dickson: 47.6 total, 3.0 ppg (15 Rec, 206 yards, 2 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Not that this was an inspiring group to begin with, but Dickson struggling to recover from injury is not helping matters. He should reclaim the starting role once fully healthy, but in the meantime blocking tight end Vannett is in line to catch passes. Regardless of who is starting, they are best used as a desperation bye week fill-in. They are not worth drafting.

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