The Seatle Seahawks are boring as heck. Yeah, yeah, they just won the Super Bowl. Still boring. It’s true that their defense is amazing and probably the only defense ever that you can get away with drafting in round two (don’t actually do that), while their running game is insanely punishing and effective.
Actually, check that, the Seahawks are kind of amazing. Especially when you look at Russell Wilson, who hasn’t even thrown more than 407 passes in either of his two seasons, yet he’s finished as a top-10 quarterback in fantasy football both times. This, while having training wheels firmly locked to the sides of his legs as a rookie and all the while playing in a super run-heavy scheme. Wilson doesn’t even get that many designed runs, either. He just naturally is a real problem for defenses once he gets out in the open, as he’s extremely elusive and petty darn fast, as well. That’s helped equate to over 480 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons, as well as five total touchdowns.
Wilson even rushed for three scores in one game as a rookie. Absurd and awesome.
Before I get too carried away, let’s take a quick step back and look at all the lovely Seahawks that play their little fake hearts out for you in real fantasy football. Or real hearts and fake football. Whatever. Here goes:
Russell Wilson – Quarterback
I already pumped him up like a Thanksgiving Day parade balloon, but here’s some more meat for the middle of this fantasy burger: this dude has twice been a top-10 option as he’s being drafted as the 15th best fantasy quarterback on average. Stop treating him like Andy Dalton and show him some respeck. This guy is a legit QB1 already. Just imagine if the Seahawks actually (gasp) pass the friggin’ ball.
Marshawn Lynch – Running Back
Lynch held out, then he didn’t. Then he got a little extra money to drive his ugly skittle-dumpster face into the ground. He’s a gross human being with a sweet tooth, but he’s probably better known as a masher with tiny little legs that just don’t quit. Lynch could easily break down like crumbled cheese over your girlfriend’s salad, but that’s really the only knock on him. Over 1,000+ yards and 10+ touchdowns, per usual. Please and thank you.
Robert Turbin – Running Back
Turbin is a solid talent, but his value hinges to Lynch going down for good. If that doesn’t happen, he’ll split the scraps with the more talented Christine Michael. That won’t equate to anything close to consistent value, while he’d only have moderate RB2 value (at best) in a time share if Lynch ever did die from a Skittle overdose.
Christine Michael – Running Back
The Shirley Michael hype has died down a bit, but odds are the Hawks would use him more than Turbin if Lynch got broken in half. For now, he’s just a backup with talent and upside. He’s not a bad handcuff if you have a deep bench, but for now he’s got a limited role. He’s more of a dynasty hold.
Percy Harvin – Wide Receiver
Harvin is as fragile as glass. He’s missed 22 games over the past two years and is in a run-heavy system. Even with some extra value on running plays, he’s probably looking at something close to Golden Tate value. Tate caught a whopping 65 balls and five touchdowns in 2013 and was fantasy’s 28th ranked wide receiver. Quit drafting Harvin as your sneaky WR1.
Jermaine Kearse – Wide Receiver
Kearse has flashed some good speed and nice play-making ability, but he’s nothing more than the third or fourth option in a run-heavy offense. He could randomly double his 2013 production (save for the touchdowns), but even that isn’t going to get him to consistent WR3 value. The offense just doesn’t give him enough wiggle room. You’re grasping at straws if he’s on your roster.
Doug Baldwin – Wide Receiver
Baldwin has probably maxed out with just over 50 receptions and 700-800 yards, but as the true number two option in Seattle, he could post slightly better numbers in 2014. He’s still only a WR3 at best, and even that is probably pushing it.
Paul Richardson – Wide Receiver
Richardson is fast as balls, but he’s small, is a rookie and plays in a run-first offense. He’s also not starter. Do I need to go on?
Zach Miller – Tight End
Miller was once a solid playmaker with decent speed, but injuries and a weak role have robbed his fantasy appeal. He’s never caught more than 40 balls or five touchdowns in Seattle. He’s a TE2 at the very best.
Luke Willson – Tight End
At this point Willson is arguably the superior pure receiver when compared to Miller, but he’s just a backup. He could see a bigger role, but after catching just two balls last year, that’s basically saying nothing. He’s not on the fantasy radar.
Seattle Seahawks – Team Defense
Seattle lost some depth but added some back in other places and still retained most of their star players. They’re going to continue to be the best defense to own. I don’t like reaching for defenses, but if you like where your team is at you can pull the trigger on them in round 10 or 11. No other defense is worth that reach.