Fantasy Football: Can Russell Wilson Continue to Deliver?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 2, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a first down in overtime against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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In a year that features two of the most productive rookie quarterbacks, there is a third that has been making noise. Can Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson continue to deliver?

Nobody is confusing Wilson for Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. In his past five games, he has 11 touchdown and just one interception. Very impressive numbers.

In the four previous weeks, Wilson averaged just 205.3 yards. That has pretty much been his story this year, as he has 10 games with fewer than 240 passing yards. Obviously, a low passing total like that doesn’t make fantasy owners happy.

This week against Chicago was a different story. Wilson tied his career high with 293 yards against a tough Chicago Bears team.

The fact that he helped knock off the Bears in Soldier Field makes the feat all that more impressive. Wilson also did an RG3 impersonation this week by running for a career-high 71 yards.

While Wilson hasn’t provided a ton of fantasy points on the ground, he has averaged 42.5 yards over the past four games. Wilson has yet to run for a touchdown. When you have a runner as effective as Marshawn Lynch, you’ll lose out on those one-year plunges.

The Seahawks don’t have an ideal schedule in the coming weeks as the fantasy football playoffs get underway. Next week, they face the Arizona Cardinals. They aren’t a great team, but they play the pass effectively. They have serious issues against the run, so Lynch should be busy.

In Week 16, the championship week for most leagues, Wilson faces the San Francisco 49ers. Obviously, it would be a serious risk to use him then.

If you don’t have a steady quarterback penciled in your lineup every week, Wilson is a decent option in Week 15. The Buffalo Bills are terrible against the run, so Lynch owners should be extremely happy, but they have issues defending the pass as well. This could be a nice spot start for Wilson.

More importantly for actual Seattle Seahawks fans, Wilson looks to be the real deal. The future is bright in Seattle.

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