Matt Hasselbeck has somehow fallen into the back of everyone’s mind. Yes, he is getting old. Yes, he has a new coach. Yes, he has had injury problems. But Matt Hasselbeck has been put into a great position to rack up some solid fantasy points this year. The inflow of new talent on the offensive side of the ball will take some pressure off the 34-year-old.
Key acquisitions of LenDale White and Leon Washington will add power and speed to the mundane running attack of old. Running attack? Where does Matt Hasselbeck play into this? New head coach Pete Carroll loves to pass the ball. He has a great resume when it comes to quarterback and receivers, and don’t kid yourself if you think flashy Carroll will play a “three yards and a cloud of dust” offense.
Along with the new running attack, which will take pressure off Matt, upgrades have been made in the receiving core and on the offensive line. 7 of the 16 wide receivers (including one Golden Tate) for the Seahawks have one year of experience or less. A youth movement has taken place to help old man Deion Branch (30) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (32) (not to mention 34-year-old Sean Morey). Help along the offensive line was a must this draft, and the upgrade was made with Russell Okung. The organization is clearly trying to help future quarterback prospects come into a stable situation. But Hasselbeck is a proven quarterback and now he is surrounded by some young talent, not to mention one Mrs. Hasselbeck. Consider picking him up if you are picking the 8th or 9th quarterback.
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