Seattle Seahawks: Fantasy Options for Week 2

Todd Pheifer@tpheiferAnalyst IIISeptember 13, 2012

Seattle Seahawks: Fantasy Options for Week 2

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    The Seattle Seahawks have some very good players, but I do not know if you would call them a team that has a large number of go-to fantasy options. There is obviously potential, but there are not a lot of Seahawks on top 10 fantasy lists. 

    That does not mean that Seattle is devoid of fantasy options. Playing fantasy football is about taking risks and hoping that certain players step up and have productive games against particular teams.

    Are you feeling lucky?

    As the Seahawks get ready to host the Dallas Cowboys, here are a few fantasy options to think about for Week 2. 

Russell Wilson

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    We do not have a lot to go on when it comes to rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. 

    Against the Arizona Cardinals, he had some drives that looked quite good. However, he also looked like a rookie at times, as some of his throws were a bit rushed. His numbers (153 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) were not particularly spectacular. So far, he is no Robert Griffin III. 

    Could he throw for 250 yards and a couple of touchdowns against the Cowboys? Certainly.  However, you wonder if Pete Carroll will keep Wilson in the mode of game manager. He may not get the opportunity to consistently sling the ball down the field. 

    Hopefully, Russell won’t rack up a lot of yards rushing because he is running for his life from DeMarcus Ware. 

    Consider Wilson a risky option for now. 

Marshawn Lynch

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    Back problems. Not a good phrase to hear if you are talking about a running back.

    You could argue that if everyone was healthy, Lynch is perhaps the best fantasy option on the Seahawks. However, he is struggling with back issues and his status may be a week-by-week decision. 

    I imagine a few fantasy owners that did not read the injury list on Sunday of Week 1, or got a little nervous, may have put Robert Turbin in the lineup.  If they did, they were rewarded with a grand total of five rushing yards and two receiving yards. 

    Even if Marshawn is in the lineup, I would expect Dallas to stack the box and dare Wilson to throw. If the offensive line can give Russell some time or if he can get out of the pocket, he may open up some options for Lynch.

    Realistically, Marshawn may be a game-time decision, both for the Seahawks and for fantasy owners. 

Braylon Edwards

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    So far, it looks like the Seahawks made the right move in adding Edwards to the team. 

    The veteran receiver had five catches for 43 yards, and after one game, he is officially Russell Wilson’s favorite target. Now, will Braylon be pulling in 10 catches for 100-plus yards and a couple of touchdowns?


    Wilson spread the catches around a bit against the Cardinals, and he did not even get a ball to Ben Obomanu. Therefore, I would assume that he is not going to drastically increase the balls thrown to Edwards. 

    If Edwards can pull in 4-6 catches and actually find the end zone, he may be a solid option in some leagues. In general, wide receivers can be so hard to forecast. 

Sidney Rice

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    Welcome back to health, Sidney Rice. Did I just jinx him?

    Four catches for 36 yards is not spectacular, but Rice was the only receiver to pull in a touchdown catch against Arizona. His status against the Cowboys is also uncertain, as Sidney is battling knee issues. Teams can be a bit cagey when it comes to injury details, so prognosticating becomes a challenge. 

    Rice remains a tempting fantasy player because the potential is there. Despite the injury history, there is talent, and Sidney has the skills to be a top receiver. 

    There is always a fear with a player like Rice. If you sit him, he may pull in 10 balls.  If you play him, he may get hurt and give you nothing. 

    For now, Rice is a high-risk, high-reward option. 

Zach Miller

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    Fans were pretty excited when the Seahawks jumped in and signed Zach Miller in 2011. After all, Miller was a Pro-Bowl talent and the Hawks needed a tight end.

    Unfortunately, 2011 was not a great year for Miller. The former Raider only caught 25 balls and got into the end zone exactly zero times. 

    He made three catches for 40 yards against the Cardinals. Is that a sign that Wilson and Miller will start making a regular connection? Many NFL teams are starting to use sets that include two tight ends, but it is a little early to know if that will develop with the Seahawks. 

    I would not expect Miller to produce a lot of points this week. The potential is there, but we just have not seen it quite yet.