Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week 8 Start/Sit...

We're tempted to tell you to sit 'em all, but we won't. In reality, the Seahawks are at a crossroads. The inconsistent 49ers, the below average Rams and an upcoming tough schedule for Cardinals present the Seahawks an opportunity. Barring another special teams disaster or botched replay situation, Seattle has a real shot to win the West. It starts this Sunday in Carolina. Seattle's offense must protect Russell Wilson. The defense must put pressure on Cam Newton and stop the Panthers on third down. You must win your week as the fantasy playoff push begins now!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
The one thing Seattle has going for it is Wilson. The Panthers defense ranks a putrid 27th (26th vs. the run and 21st vs. the pass). If Wilson has any protection, he should be able to get the short passing game going and have a few nice runs. Even under siege against a decent Rams defense, Wilson put up respectable fantasy numbers. With Seattle's season already on the line, look for Wilson to gut it out with a respectable day of 2 TDs (1 on the ground, 1 in the air).

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Lynch should gain no less than 60 yards and find the endzone at lease once. The Panthers defense gives up 5+ yards on first downs and Seattle wants to run.

Doug Baldwin, WR
Baldwin wants to be the guy and showed plenty of heart vs. the Rams. Baldwin may not find the endzone against Carolina, but should be valuable in PPR leagues.    

Jermaine Kearse, WR
With the ousting of Harvin and the rise of Baldwin, Kearse becomes the next man up. He may not be a great play in PPR leagues. However in a standard league placing emphasis on Touchdowns, this is the guy you want. If you're dealing with byes/injuries, Kearse makes a nice "what the heck" flex.

Sit
Paul Richardson/Kevin Norwood, WR
These guys both have potential in an offense looking for identity. Richardson could become what Seattle wanted in Harvin. His small frame and inexperience are a concern. Grab and stash if they're on your waiver wire.

Cooper Helfet, TE
Think Lockette....he could go off again....or not.

Defense
Start
KJ Wright, LB
If anyone in the LB corps benfits from Wagner's absence it's Wright. Against a running QB, Wright should have some decent tackling (and sacking) opportunities. I don't love this matchup  against one of the better passing teams, but he's the guy at WIL and that's where the IDP numbers are.

Anyone Opposite Richard Sherman, CB
Is it Burley? Lane? Who know, but that's where the balls going. With an 8 TD to 3 INT ratio, odds are decent an INT could come Seattle's way. If Lane starts I love this. If it's Burley (or anyone else), meh.

Earl Thomas, S
There's to much fire and pride. Look for Thomas to take this defense on his back.

Sit
Seattle DE/DT
If and when Seattle provides a pass rush, I'll recommend them. Until then, move along and enjoy Chris Clemons/Red Bryant highlights in Jacksonville.

Richard Sherman, CB
All he does is make plays when teams throw at him. Teams don't so he won't.  

Kam Chancellor, S
Until he heals, stay away.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Week 7 Start/Sit

A bad game against Dallas, dirty laundry about Harvin aired. How much worse could it get?

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
After arguably one of Wilson's weaker performances against a subpar Cowboys defense, Wilson should fare better against a defense torched by Kaepernick the week before. If Wilson struggles through air, the Rams rank toward the bottom of the league against the run. The  subtraction/distraction of Harvin should get Wilson and the offense back on track. Look for 2 TDs via Russell. 

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Did you listen to Bevill's press conference? He heard the 12s, saw Lynch's agent's tweets, and is ready to get back to basics! The Rams always scheme well against the run, but we can't imagine Lynch gets any less than 60 yards and a rushing TD. The Rams defense has struggled vs the run and would be surprised to see a sudden stoutness emerge this week.

Doug Baldwin, WR
Angry Doug Baldwin has spoken! Percy is gone. The offense is refocused and Baldwin has something to prove. We like it when Baldwins angry! Take a chance at your flex on Cris Carter's favorite receiver!

Steven Hauschka
Even if Seattle struggles to find the end zone, field goal range shouldn't be a problem. Surrending 9 points per game to kickers makes Hauschka an automatic start.

Sit
Percy Harvin, WR
He loved the jet sweep so much...they made him a Jet! Lord have mercy...so long Percy!

Seattle's WR corp not named Doug Baldwin.
Take the week to see who emerges. If you're in a pinch, look to Kearse, but expect nothing.

Luke Wilson, TE
I'd rather take my chances with Owen Wilson!

Defense
Start
KJ Wright, LB
As BWags replacement, KJ should have a solid, but not spectacular week (think Larry Foote for you IDPers!)

Whoever starts opposite Sherman
Austin Davis is no Rodgers or Romo for that matter, but he's smart enough to not go after Sherman. Start whoever is the opposite beit Burley or Simon.

Earl Thomas, S
He'll be busy helping out the BMax fil-in and ailing Kam.

Sit
Bobby Wagner, LB
He's out. See KJ Wright.

Seattle DT/DEs
Missing Clemons & Red...please come home soon.

Richard Sherman, CB
With a potpourri of backups starting opposite of Sherm, he serves no fantasy purpose. 

Kam Chancellor, S
When he's healthy he's a fantasy force. He's not healthy. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cowboy Up! It's Week 6 Starts/Sits

Week 1's collapse against the 49ers seems like a lifetime ago for a Cowboy team surging since. This week presents the biggest test as Dallas faces a stout Seattle Defense, Potent Offense and of course the 12th man! For Tony Romo, Seattle represents something of a house of horrors; a place where bad things happen to this seemingly good guy. If things go according to Seattle script, Romo may not be this rattled since he ditched Jessica Simpson at the Dallas IHOP.

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
After a huge MNF performance against Washington, Wilson faces an 18th ranked Cowboys defense giving up a league worst 6.5 yards per play. Wilson may not equal his 122 yard rushing performance, but could come close. He should also find Harvin (and maybe one TD counts this time). Look for 1 rushing TD and 2 through the air.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
See Wilson....Lynch is going to have a huge day running it up Dallas's gut.

Percy Harvin, WR
See Wilson....This time, the TDs will count!

Sit
Luke Willson, TE
Outside of his one big play in Washington last week, he did very little else. He's not doing much here.

Baldwin/Kearse, WR
Between the 2 of these guys; Baldwin's your better bet. You can do better though. 

Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Always start your studs! Romo will be sacked. Dallas will run DeMarco Murray...alot! Wagner maybe find himself matched up against Witten as Dallas looks to the San Diego strategy with Gates vs. Seattle. Tackles abound!!

KJ Wright, LB
Wright is a feast or famine IDP guy. See Wagner above...I believe this could be a good week for KJ.

Malcolm Smith, LB
See Wright/Wagner....a good what the heck IDP flex or desperation play if you need someone due to byes or injuries.

Byron Maxwell, CB
Romo, like every other QB is attacking Maxwell (not Sherman Mr. Jones). Look for a heavy dose of Dez Bryant vs. Maxwell. He'll have his work cut out, but the tackle numbers should come fast and furious. Also, look for a Romo duck or two which provides Maxwell at least one INT.

Earl Thomas, S
Thomas should give you plenty of tackle numbers and a possible Romolicious INT.

Sit
Richard Sherman, CB
Jerry Jones says they're going after Sherman. Dallas fans should thank their lucky Star (star...get it) he's not coaching this game. For all the boneheaded Favre wish-he-was plays Romo makes, he's smart enough not to challenge Sherman.

Kam Chancellor, S
He's questionable. He's not looked quite right and even if he plays, he'll be in some kind of timeshare.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Are You Ready for Some Week 5? Starts/Sits

Our apologize to everyone for week 3 against Denver. We took our own bye before the bye due to life and admittedly frustration over the NFL's handling of various abuse cases pending. We're not over that, but we are more fantasy football focused again; thanks to the folks that contacted us. You're fandom is what drives this blog!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
The good new is Wilson faces a 14th ranked pass defense that's given up 7  TDs in the last 2 games. The bad news, Wilson faces an 8th ranked run defense. This limits Wilson's ability to scramble and the loss of TE, Zach Miller's blocking presence means fantasy owners have to pray for open receivers and quick releases in the inevitably collapsing pocket. Look for a solid, but not spectacular night from Wilson. I predict 3 passing TDs at most, but this to be more of a Lynch and Hauscka affair.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Carroll looks to minimize hits on Wilson, hence BeastMode! He faces a solid front, but should wear them down like he has with even the stoutest of defense. His fantasy numbers may come from the the passes in the flat. I see 1 to 2 rushing/passing TDs.

Percy Harvin, WR
Looking for Harvin? Grab a milk carton and you're likely to find him. Since week 1 he's been more of a decoy than a legit threat. Things should change this week. In an effort to keep Wilson upright; look for end rounds and quick passes over the top of a "who's that guy" legion of nobodies in Washington's backfield. He should be a good for at least one TD.

Doug Baldwin, WR
His numbers here won't be spectacular, but solid enough as Washington's focus will be on Harvin and Lynch.

Stephen Hauschka, PK
The way Seattle plays away, it's nice to have a reliable kicker. This could be a big night for Seattle's kicking game.

Sit
Jermaine Kearse, WR
He could be a sleeper, but only if you're desperate.

Ricardo Lockette, WR
Lockette is a nice surprise, but at this point consider him too boom or bust for starting. If you're desperate, you could do worse.
Luke Willson, TE
If Zach Miller; once a pass-catching TE1 phenom for Oakland isn't a vertical threat, his backup isn't about too. Don't believe the sleeper hype....stay sleepy.

Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Tackle and sack opportunities abound with Alfred Morris and pocket QB, Cousins.

Byron Maxwell, CB
Avoid Sherman, throw at Maxwell. INT and tackle opportunities abound! Did we mention Cousins 4 interceptions in week 4?

Earl Thomas, SS
Thomas is a tackle, INT threat. His shadow looms large on the field and a DB1 always worth starting!

Sit
Richard Sherman, CB
In real life, Sherman is amazing. In fantasy; he's poison.

Kam Chancellor, FS
Injury reports make me leary. Start at your own risk. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week 2: Start/Sit

Week 2 brings us to sunny San Diego! If the Chargers struggled against the Cards defense, Seattle D ought to make the San Diego QB cry a River (too cute?)!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB 
We boldly predicted Wilson on the verge of FF QB1 territory last week and we were right. Wilson faces a pass defense ranked 24th against the pass with a nicked Brandon Flowers. They can be had and yes, Russell will! Look or 2 passing TDs and some short yardage runs.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
This offense churns through Beastmode! Lynch is a pure RB1; a reincarnation of Earl Campbell. Lynch faces a 16th ranked (vs) rushing defense. They're not terrible, but I see no reason for Lynch to not score at least once at the goal line.

Percy Harvin, WR
On the ground or through air...Lord have Percy! If Tate thought Seattle would miss him, he underestimated Harvin. He's no pedetrian and is a threat on punts, kickoffs, running plays and receptions. He's always the X-factor and you're always starting him, period!

Doug Baldwin, WR
Our apologies for last week. We boldly predicted Kearse would rise and Baldwin would fall. Baldwin is locked in as the number 2 receiver in this offense, If you play PPR, Baldwin should get you some reception points this week. We caution you to not raise expectations though, Baldwin is the third option behind Harvin and Lynch.

Sit
Ricardo Lockette
You're tempted...so are we. Available on a multitude of waiver wires, he's always worth a desperation flex, but it's week 2 and you're not that decimated and desperate yet!

Jermaine Kearse, WR
We bought into Kearse lock, stock and barrell as Wilson's new number 2 and we were wrong. Look for Wilson to look for Baldwin. 

Seattle TEs
If we're curbing your enthusiasm on PPR potential like Baldwin, we have no reason to sugar coat the inconsistent and often blocking role of the Seattle TE.

Defense
Start
Michael Bennett/Cliff Avril, DE
I believe each come away with a sack and an earful from always talkative Rivers.

Bobby Wagner, LB
If NFL antiques like Larry Foote and Abraham can rattle Rivers, BWags should be down right terrifying. Look for at least one sack and ample tackling opportunities with the Chargers wanting to rely on their ground game. Oh yeah, there's also that guy Antonio Gates he'll find in the flats.

Marcus Burley, CB
Confession. I'd never heard of this guy and was trying to figure out what he was doing on the field. Look for Rivers to go after him early and often. This could be bad for the Seahawks, but good for your IDP stats!

Byron Maxwell, CB
If your name is not Richard Sherman, the balls coming your way. Tackles and INT opportunities are plentiful!

Earl Thomas/Kam Chancellor,S
Thomas and Chancellor should have ample tackle and INT opportunities as the game wears on and Rivers starts winging it all over the field (as he does). 

Sit
Richard Sherman, CB
While the odds of seeing the bizarro Packers game plan again are slim, Rivers best bet is to avoid him. Rivers spoke of throwing his way. I'll believe it when I see it.

Good luck and Go Hawks!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Week 1...Mulligan Week

RIt's week 1. The "fake" season is over! The real season is here. Heroes become legend. Legends fall to Earth. Welcome! Week 1 is the great unknown; our mulligan.

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
It's no secret Seattle's offense runs through Beastmode. However, this preseason has shown the further maturation of Wilson in the passing game. Facing an average DB pairing of Shields and Williams and the ability to scramble for Touchdowns, I'll go out on a limb and proclaim Wilson as a borderline QB1 start this week in your fantasy league.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
It's no secret Green Bay will key on the run to stop Seattle. The good news is Lynch faces a defense that ranked 25th vs. the run last year minus BJ Raji. The Packers may stop Lynch early, but count on Lynch to  break them with a big run.

Percy Harvin, WR
All eyes are on Harvin. Look for a return to that magical Favre-era Harvin. He's rested and ready against an opponent he knows well. Harvin is a must start against a below average run defense (look for an end round run) and a pass defense devoid of it's past Woodson greatness.

Jermaine Kearse
In the absence if Tate, Kearse not Baldwin has garnered the "go-to" role for Wilson. He's a bit of a risky play in a run heavy offense, but someone benefits from the extra attention Harvin receives. Call it a hunch, but I believe it's Kearse. If he's our on your waiver wire, grab him. I guarantee you by week 3 he'll be gone.

Steven Hauschka, PK
This could be a tight game of long field goals. Hauschka is money. 

Sit
Doug Baldwin, WR
See Kearse

Seattle TEs
Unless something's changed in the off-season, only the most desperate team plays a Seahawk TE.

Defense
Start
Michael Bennett, DE
Remember former Seahawks 4-sack pummeling of Aaron Rodgers a couple years ago? GM Ted Thompson does not believe in investing in quality O-Lineman. Bennett is greater than Clemons. Me. Rodgers, this is Bennett's neighborhood and he'd like to welcome you with a couple nice sacks.

Bobby Wagner, LB
Wagner should be good to go for week 1. If you start any Seattle LB, Wagner is the guy. Look for Green Bay to try and get Lacy going early. Wagner will be there to him!

Jeremy Lane, CB
The trend of attacking Lane and avoiding Sherman continues here. Lane's proven tough against the likes of Brees, Kaepernick, and Manning. He's simply the lesser of 2 evils for a QB. Look for good tackle numbers and a rarefied pick from Mr. Rodgers.

Earl Thomas, S
Thomas provides ample tackle an INT opportunities. If your league awards special team play, he's become more valuable. 

Sit
Richard Sherman, CB
This has nothing to do with that bizarro Raiders preseason game. Rodgers is as sharp as they come and he knows to go opposite of Sherman.

Kam Chancellor, S
Kam should be good to go, but with limited preseason reps and continued trust in Jeron Johnson, reps could be split. He's always a great IDP and if you're in a bind he could be a decent start. However, I'd proceed with caution and recommend waiting until week 2. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Welcome Back and Random Thoughts!

The new season's upon us! So Seattle lost that first preseason game. Remember:
  1. It's preseason (This was lost on some Broncos fans and Media)
  2. Denver's intact starters barely beat a Hawks team missing 17 players including a patchwork offensive line. 
  3. Remember Seattle starts slow out of the gate. We saw it last year. We'll see it this year!
  4. ...and again....it's preseason!!
In the coming (preseason) weeks we'll see the rise and fall of many players. Unknown players will rise from obscurity (those last round deep sleepers you drafted). Others to be counted on; drafted in the first and second round will fall to injury pushing the fantasy world to the brink of frustration.

Sit back, relax and get ready.....The Seattle Seahawks Fantasy blog is back for another season!