The Seattle Seahawks are a true front running fantasy team, while the few viable fantasy options they have are elite players. It is really hard to find value in any Seahawks wide receivers but they do have a newly acquired tight end in Jimmy Graham who will always have fantasy value. Quarterback Russell Wilson is the best dual threat QB in the league and tailback Marshawn Lynch continues to impress year after year. These three guys can make an argument to go in the first three rounds of fantasy football drafts, but finding a lot of value beyond them in Seattle could be difficult.
After racking up 889 yards on 85 catches and 10 touchdowns in New Orleans last year, Jimmy Graham will look to put up similar numbers in Seattle, albeit on less targets. The Seahawks will find ways to get Graham involved on deep crossing patterns and play action looks. Graham should also be the go-to threat in the red zone for Russell Wilson to target.
Beast Mode (aka Marshawn Lynch) will once again be a top 10 fantasy running back and a great piece to build around. Lynch had an impressive 2014 campaign in which he rushed for 1,306 yards on 280 attempts and 13 touchdowns. Maybe more impressively was Lynch adding 367 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns on 37 receptions. Lynch will continue to be a fantasy force once again this year and can safely be selected in round one. Some even suggest he’s the #1 overall option, and while that’s a tad rich, it really is tough to find a safer player at an elite level.
Russell Wilson, the man who makes this engine run, has become a really dynamic quarterback in the NFL and a very exciting guy to watch play on Sunday. Wilson has put his name in the hat to be an elite QB1 in fantasy football after throwing for 3,475 yards with 20 touchdowns, while adding 849 on the ground adding 6 more touchdowns. He’s been inside the top 10 every year he’s been in the league and now he has an elite passing weapon for the first time ever. The Seahawks run enough to drop him down a bit in 2015, but he also has the upside to ascend to the top of his position.
Wide receiver is the weak spot for the Seahawks, as Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse remain the likely starters, while we could see guys like Chris Matthews and Tyler Lockett sprinkled into the first team offense. Baldwin and Kearse can both make plays, but both are relatively bland and probably would not be starter on most teams that like to pass the ball. Matthews could be a total game changer after surprising in last year’s Super Bowl, and while this offense won’t allow him to go nuts, he could be a real problem for defenses in the red-zone. Lockett is just a tiny rookie who is more likely to tear it up on special teams, but he should still be monitored. Paul Richardson can shred up the field, but he unfortunately is working his way back from a serious injury and can’t be safely drafted.
For special teams and defense, both kicker Steve Hauschka and the Seattle defense are top level options in fantasy football leagues. Seattle has a sound offense, but they don’t always punch the ball in the end-zone, which gives Hauschka a nice mix of field goals and extra points. He was fantasy football’s 5th best kicker a year ago and another top-5 finish wouldn’t be shocking. The Seahawks took a step back on defense in terms of fantasy production last year, as they were a tad sluggish to start the year. They rebounded down the stretch, though, and still wound up being the 6th best fantasy team defense. They’re normally a top-5 consideration and could very well be the #1 unit in 2015. Reaching for a defense before the final two rounds isn’t really encouraged, but if you do, Seattle is probably the defense to pick.
While the Seahawks may not have a lot of fantasy depth, they have a trio of players to target that will be gone pretty quick in the draft this season. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and Jimmy Graham will all have fine seasons and have a valuable role if you can roster them during your draft. If you can get Graham and/or Wilson a round or two beyond their ADP, all the better.