The Seahawks offense struggled mightily due to injuries. A season that saw them sign an offensive lineman who hadn’t played tackle previously. With a healthy offensive line, can this offense regain it’s identity?
You know how I haven’t made a thread on Russell Wilson yet?
Let’s change that. The 2016 Russell Wilson thread starts with this GIF. pic.twitter.com/frs7chVhoy
— Jonathan Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) July 17, 2017
Russell Wilson had a rough season. Dealing with knee and ankle injuries with a Swiss cheese offensive line is a bad combo. Combine that with a revolving door at running back and his stats make sense. With a healthy offensive line that added Luke Joeckel, Wilson should return to his status as a top 8 fantasy quarterback. The running ability is a key for Wilson’s value so his health is key. Being drafted at the beginning of round eight is sold value for Wilson. Derek Carr is being drafted two rounds ahead of Wilson and offers only slightly more upside.
100+ Targets, 75% Catch Rate.
Did it in 2015 and 2016. Only to do it both years.
— #Swamalytics (@Moonlightswami) July 10, 2017
Doug Baldwin has become one of the most reliable fantasy receivers. His touchdown numbers decreased due to the Seahawks offensive issues. With 94 catches and over 1,100 yards, Baldwin is worth the second round price tag. Feel confident drafting Baldwin, knowing he’s a candidate for 90+ catches and a double digit touchdown threat.
After a disastrous 2015 season, Jimmy Graham restored his fantasy value in 2016. With nearly 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns, Graham showed flashes of his past greatness we grew accustomed to watching him in New Orleans. Now in his third season in Seattle, Graham should continue to get better.
With a healthy quarterback and offensive line, the offense should operate smoothly. Creating more scoring opportunities for Graham can only help his fantasy value. Being drafted as TE5, Graham offers the most upside after the top four guys. Delanie Walker and Tyler Eifert are being drafted right after Graham but have more concerns.
Eddie Lacy landing in Seattle is not the reincarnation of Marshawn Lynch. C.J. Prosise is the lone Fantasy bright spot in that backfield.
— Justin Lonero (@JustinLonero) July 14, 2017
The running back position in Seattle is a disaster for fantasy owners. After Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise missed time with injuries the Seahawks added Eddie Lacy.
BUST: Eddie Lacy
Lacy is the most skilled of the backs but comes with extreme risk. Lacy is being incentivized by weight clauses in his contract to get in shape this offseason. Besides his weight issues, Lacy has dealt with injuries and a decline in production since his rookie year.
Lacy is being drafted in round five, but is unlikely to live up to that value. In Green Bay, defenses were worried about Aaron Rodgers lighting them up, giving Lacy more room to run. With Seattle, defenses are looking to stop the run first, which will make things difficult for Lacy.
Lacy will get the most carries and goal-line work, just don’t expect him to be someone you can count on.
SLEEPER: C.J. Prosise
After transitioning from wide receiver to running back at Notre Dame, Prosise is the perfect passing down back. Prosise has a chance to see a high number of touches if Lacy and Rawls continue to deal with injuries.
Being drafted in round 13 after Rawls and Jeremy Hill is real value. Grab him late in your draft and wait for the inevitable Lacy injury.