The Seattle Seahawks and Fantasy Football
The Seattle Seahawks may be the most irrelevant team in the NFL as far as fantasy drafts are concerned. The Seahawks have only two consensus top 100 fantasy players in receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh and running back Justin Forsett. While Seattle does not have the big names every seasoned fantasy owner knows that waver wire gems are key to winning your league championship. Even the worst offense produces fantasy points and the Seahawks will likely be much improved over the debacle of last season.
Seattle's new regime has brought in a lot of new players with the idea of making the team better with competition. While roles on the team are yet to be defined there is a large number of sleepers that could contribute to your run at a fantasy championship.
Justin Forsett RB: Forsett is by no means a sleeper in fantasy this season. He is the favorite to win the starting job in Seattle and play behind a revamped line led by zone blocking guru Alex Gibbs. The quick Forsett is a solid third running back or swing player in 10 team or deeper standard leagues.
John Carlson TE: In most standard 10-team leagues Carlson could be a great second tight end. Last season Carlson was left block more often then Seahawks fans and fantasy football owner would have liked. Carlson still hauled in seven touchdowns in only his second season in the league. Carlson is an excellent late pick up if you miss out on an elite tight end or are looking for depth.
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TJ Houshmandzadeh WR: Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks' top receiver, has a lot to prove this season. A tumultuous 2009 should motivate the one-time impact fantasy wide out. He can be an excellent value with decent upside if he starts to fall in your draft.
Mike Williams WR: The once elite NFL prospect finally hit rock bottom and has come into Seahawks camp in the best shape of his career. Williams likely won't be taken in most drafts but he has shown enough so far to keep an eye on him. His size and speed provide Seattle with a big physical receiver that at the very least should be a red zone target.
Julius Jones, Quinton Ganther, Leon Washington RB: While I fully expect that Justin Forsett will win the starting position the person who becomes the number two back is worth keeping an eye on. Running backs are constantly getting hurt and Forsett has yet to be a feature back for a full season in the NFL.
Deion Branch, Deon Butler, Golden Tate WR: Certainly one player in this group will have a major role in the Seahawks passing game. While it is too early tell how much any of these guy will contribute they are all worth keeping in mind if you need to pick up a receiver due to injury.
Seahawks Defense: I don't have any scenarios in which I would draft Seattle's defense. They struggle to pressure the passer and create turnovers. Despite huge question marks the Seahawks defense has one major advantage: Two games with the St. Louis Rams.
Matt Hasselbeck QB: Hasselbeck will have to have success early both for the teams overall success and for his future with the team. With the team giving up a lot to acquire back up Charlie Whitehurst a fast start is important the incumbent QB. If the Seahawks start off well Hasselbeck could be a valuable back up in shallow leagues or possibly a starter in deeper or multiple QB leagues.
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