Monday, February 2, 2015

Is What It Is

Like many, I was shocked. The circus catch by Kearse seemed to spell certain victory; destiny was on our side. In the end, a call that will go down in the pantheon of bad Super Bowl calls will haunt Seattle and the 12th man forever. Today we are left with what could have beens and a Patriots team that benefited from defensive breakdowns closing a 10 point 4th quarter lead and again, a bizarre pass play that both Carroll and Wilson desperately wish they had back.

Resolute to avoid sports media today, I relented and allowed myself  to listen to our Seattle sports stations and boldly ventured into the frightening world of the Twitter-verse where I knew many a New England troll lurked. Twenty-four hours later, I once again find myself believing. When we look at the NFL landscape, we are truly blessed to have the team we have. We have the youngest core of players; leaders many teams envy. We have a true franchise Quarterback who knows who he is and is humble. We have a young defense; many of whom are under contract. We have a core of Receivers who feed off of criticism, believe in each other and selflessly give up big numbers to support the run. We have BeastMode who I believe returns and retires a Seahawk; a truly once in a lifetime Running Back ala Earl Campbell. We have a non-meddling, quiet owner who generously trust and pays our players. A GM who mines and finds those Richard Shermans and Russell Wilsons. We have a coach that inspires the players and the fans. For those years of wallowing in the Kingdome while the Mirers, Gelbaughs, and Stouffers took our teams to new depth under the ownership of the infamous Behrings who attempted to make us the LA Seahawks; we are now in a great and dynastic time. Did we just win back to back Super Bowls? No. We did however hoist the Lombardi in SB 48 and against all odds made to and nearly hoisted in SB 49. We are not falling off, we are only rising. Somehow, I think our players; our team like it this way. Easy is not this teams way. They want the toughest challenges, the craziest competitors and always believe and always compete.

It's okay to feel down. We are the fans, but take heart and take solace in the team that fought and nearly won yesterday. They believe this is only a speed bump and they believe (and so do...and heck, so do the oddsmakers) we will be back as soon as next year for Super Bowl 50.


This is our time! Believe Seattle and Go Hawks!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

U Mad Bro 2: Electric Bradyloo

Like much of the national media....we admit it; we have no clear feeling about this game. So many experts last year picked Denver and their record setting offense to destroy Seattle and Peyton Manning to ride off into the sunset. This year, there is a genuine split. Unlike last year, there's so much more drama leading up to the game.
  • Can Seattle be the first repeat winner since the last one; ironically the Patriots featuring Belicheck and Brady
  • Will Brady join four win QB club? 
  • How does Lynch react to a week of relentless media criticism? 
  • How do the Patriots react to yet another scandal and ongoing league investigation for cheating?
  • Does Sherman play with a baby on the way?
Bias aside, we are in for one of the greatest chess matches since Super Bowl XXIII when Sam Wyche took on his protege, Bill Walsh. Pete Carroll and Bill Belicheck are two of the greatest coaching minds in the game today. They draft and acquire players from nowhere. They run unconventional schemes. They trust their players to execute and those players run through fire for them; and by the way, Belicheck replaced Carroll in New England on Carroll's recommendation to owner, Bob Kraft.

Fun stuff aside, this game comes down to one thing, the running game and which defense bends and which one breaks first.

We're homers of course. Look for a repeat!

Seattle Seahawks 24
New England Patriots 17


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Week 17...You're still playing?!

If you're one of the unlucky shlubs still playing....our condolences and shame on your commissioner! Fortunately for you, this game is still meaningful for home field advantage and the Rams always play Seattle tough! It also means we won't recommend Tavaris Jackson or Bryan Walters for your Fantasy Bowl (which would feel wierd). Good luck and Go Hawks!

Russell Wilson, QB
In the previous meeting in St. Louis, Wilson had over 100 yards rushing and 300 yards passing. The Rams are always a formidable opponent, but Wilson just had his way with a top ranked Cardinals defense playing for and surrendering the division and home field advantage. Look for the Rams to stimey Seattle early and Wilson and the Hawks to explode (again) in the second half . Wilson should be a low-end QB1 with some nifty runs and a couple of TD passes.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
We may not see Beast Quake 3, but there's no way you sit him. Beware, if Seattle builds a sizeable lead, Turbin and Michaels could cut into his production.

Doug Baldwin, WR
With Kearse out, Baldwin is Seattle's definitive WR1. Coming off a 100 yard receiving game, Baldwin serves as a nice flex option and we're predicting a trip to the end zone against a 19th ranked pass defense.

Luke Willson, TE
Yes! We are finally (and perhaps regretfully after Sunday) hesitantly recommending a Seattle TE. Seattle found something against the Cardinals and with Kearse ailing look for Seattle to try it again. Willson is not much of a blocker, but shows flashes of being a great receiving TE. This is a risky recommend, but could be a sneaky start.

Steven Hauschka, PK
Last week was an aberration. Look for a solid bounce back.

Sit
Offense
Jermaine Kearse, WR
Kearse is ruled out...but we're sure he was never your WR1.
 
Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
The Rams are ranked 6th in fantasy points given up to LBers. Any questions? LB1 all the way this against 96 year old journeyman Hill!

Avril/Bennett, DE
The Rams and Seahawks share a dubious honor in being near the bottom protecting their QB. The real difference here is the QB. Wilson's young and agile. Hill at 34 has travelled the NFL living life on various benches. While Avril/Benett are not always the most IDP predictable tandom, each should see at least one sack and tackles on the Running Backs.

Byron Maxwell, CB
He's the opposite guy to Sherman. Any questions?

Chancellor/Thomas, S
Automatic Starts!

Sit
Richard Sherman, CB
Nothing lasts forever. Sherman has had a good recent IDP run, but Shaun Hill for all his short comings is too smart to throw at Sherman.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Week 16 is for the Birds!

If you're here, you're mostly likely in your Fantasy Championship game; for a few, you're playing in one of those unfortunate, week 17 leagues. Either way, congratulations!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
This week we make Wilson a low-end QB2. He'll be safe and playable, but recommend another QB if you have better options. While the Cardinals offense is pathetic...and that's being nice, the defense is one of the best in the league ranking 13th overall. They're 6th against the run and that is key as they were able to contain Lynch and will look to force Wilson to throw more than run. Look for alot of short passes and Wilson's running yards to be at no more than 50. He should have a passing TD which is the key to victory in this low scoring game.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
The Cards pinned him down giving way to Wilson in Seattle. Look for the opposite in this game. Our gut tells us Arizona is spending to much time scheming for Wilson. While Arizona spends it's time obsessively containing Wilson, this leaves open, straight open lanes for Lynch up the gut. Lynch and Haushka should be Seattle's biggest factors Sunday Night. Look for Lynch to have over 100 yards and a TD.

Steven Hauschka. PK
Lynch and Hauschka will be scoring MVPs of the game. Look for a lot of Seattle's points to come from Hausch.

Sit
Seattle WRs
Someone should emerge as Arizona looks to stop Wilson running. If you know who it is, please email us and will hire you on as one of our crack fantasy analysts! The pay is zero, benefits are zero, but the fame and fan adoration is priceless!

Seattle TEs
Moeki's a gametime decision, leaving Luke Willson as the primary TE. Don't do it.

Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Noticed the Wagner and Chancellor effect? Huge in real life and huge in IDP land. They've made this defense whole again and reliable in your fantasy league.

KJ Wright, LB
He just got paid more than he expected and will show his appreciation to the front office.

Avril/Bennett, DE
Avril just got paid and Bennett has shown us recently why Seattle (and other teams after the SB) coveted him so much....and they're facing Ryan Lindley and possibly Logan Thomas if they're really lucky.

Sherman/Maxwell, CB
The Cards will employ a conservative game plan with low percentage, short passing attempts. That said, they'll want to try to get Fitzgerald involved. In Ryan Lindley's career starts, he's thrown 0 TDs and 7 INTs. If the Cards can't get the ground game going and Seattle builds a lead, Lindley will be forced to throw, making the Seattle LB and CBs IDP slot machines for scoring. Did we also mention the Patrick Peterson/Sherman feud...Sherman likes to best those who can't best themselves....ala Crabtree.

Chancellor/Thomas, S
See Sherman/Maxwell

Sit 
Nobody! Seattle faces a third/fourth string QB, a second and third string RB and their WR2 is questionable. Any Seattle IDP players you have, you start!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Week 15 Harbaugh Farewell Tour Starts/Sits

Welcome and congratulations! You're one step closer to fantasy glory! Let's get ya set as the Hawks get ready to take on the Niners and possibly the final game featuring Harbaugh and his many temper tantrums as their coach.

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
Wilson should be solid, but not spectacular against a sliding defense forced to compensate for a struggling offense minus stalwart Patrick Willis. His legs will be the difference as we project a good day running the ball and 2 throwing touchdowns.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
The Niners can be stout, but Lynch (spelled by Turbin and Michaels) should eventually wear them down for 80 yards on the ground, some nifty bubble screens and TD.

Doug Baldwin, WR
A steady PPR guy, look for Baldwin to stick it to his former college coach one more time on his way out of Santa Clara. There may not be a TD, but alot of solid short to mid range catches on the day.

Steven Hauschka, PK
Automatica!

Sit
Seattle TEs
We really see a fantasy future in Moeaki. We're still hesitant to advise him or Willson though in the heat of your fantasy playoffs.

Defense 
Start 
Bobby Wagner, LB
How much did Seattle miss this guy!?

Kam Chancellor, S
About as much as they missed this guy!
Earl Thomas, S

Richard Sherman, CB
One of the few matchups where we'll say why not? Whenever Sherman faces his old coach, magical things happen. Since this could be the end of the Harbaugh era, look for Sherman to shove the dagger a little deeper. Look for Kaep to foolishly challenge Sherman, again ala Mediocre Crabtree.

Byron Maxwell, CB
Often overlooked member of the LOB and thrown to even more...Maxwell is a safe DB to plug into your IDP lineup against a struggling QB.

Sit
Absolutely nobody!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Week 14 Battle of the Birds! Fantasy Playoff Starts/Sits

'Tis the stuff of legends...an overlooked QB promised a draft by the Eagles. That promised QB promised a Superbowl. That QB delivered...to Seahawks....whoopsie.

Offense 
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
For the first time in weeks, Wilson finally faces a team without a competent Middle Linebacker. The Eagles also lack competent DBs ranking 25th against the pass. While the defensive line shows improvement, look for Wilson to scramble out of the pocket, playing a dink and dunk game on the Eagles. He's a safe, solid QB2 this week.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Compressed spine or not, Lynch will play. While the Eagles run defense has improved over the past few weeks, Murray still accumulated 80 yards on 20 carries which is good, but not great. Lynch benefits from the running threat of Wilson and a competent complimentary back in Turbin. Look for a rushing TD and plenty of catches in the flat.

Steven Hauschka, K
This could be another week of multiple kicks.

Sit
Seattle WRs
In theory, start Baldwin. This is the playoffs though! He could get ya 13 or 7. Surely you didn't get this far with him, Kearse, Walters, or Harvin for that matter.

Seattle TEs
We had a bit of an argument over making Moeaki a super sleeper and there's a gut feeling he could be that. If you're desperate for a TE, but strong elsewhere, it may payoff. Be warned though...Seattle TEs are a risky start and we technically told you to sit them.


Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Sanchez likes throwing to the flat. This gives Wagner plenty of tackle opportunities for tackles. Look for the Eagles to also take to the ground with McCoy. If there was any doubts on Wagner as an IDP LB1, look at the Hawks with and without him. Always start your studs!

Byron Maxwell, CB
When you start opposite of Sherman, you start on our fantasy team. Any questions?

Kam Chancellor, S
See Wagner...and look for Sanchez to throw at least one pick his way. A healthy Kam...is a DB1 Kam.

Earl Thomas, S
Automatic start.

Sit
Richard Sherman
Only Kaep is foolish enough to throw at Sherm. Even Butt Fumble wouldn't do this! Avoid temptation 

Seattle DTs/DEs
If you can solve the IDP riddle of this rotation, you need to come work for us!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week 12 Start/Sit...Please Hawks don't blow it!!

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Offense
Start 
Marshawn Lynch, RB
The only thing working in Seattle's offense is BeastMode. Arizona's number three against the run allowing 5 TDs this season. The Skittles stunt by the Cardinals last year at Century Link should motivate him to taste the rainbow down their throats. Look for 120 yards and a TD.

Doug Baldwin, WR
If playing in a PPR format, Baldwin is a decent low-end flex. He's also the only receiver in the Seahawks offense worth starting...barely. He'll play a key role in the short yardage passing game, but wouldn't count on any TDs this week.

Steven Hauschka, K
Outside of Lynch, the kicker has been the other reliable component in the Seattle offense.

Sit
Russell Wilson, QB
We're advising another week of sitting Wilson. After 4 wildly inconsistent weeks of low passing numbers (under 200), and spotty protection; Wilson faces a defense that's only allowed 2 TDs in the past 3 games and a ball hawking secondary. If Wilson holds any value, it'll be in the ground game, but he's a risky start and only startable if you're desperate.

Seattle WRs not named Doug Baldwin and TEs
2 rookies, inconsistent Kearse, flukie Lockette, hanger-on Bryan Walters...we miss you Golden Tate and Percy Harvin. The TEs....you ask because you're new here. 

Defense
Start
Michael Bennett/Cliff Avril, DE
It' time for some sacks and we can't imagine lifetime backup, Drew Stanton is unsackable. Gotta DE spot to fill this week? This should be a good week.
 
Byron Maxwell, CB 
Because Drew Stanton will avoid Sherman.

Earl Thomas, S and Kam Chancellor, S 
This is the first week we're recommending both Safeties. Stanton and Palmer were/are journeymen and  backups for a reason and Arizona has won because of defense. Stanton will be picked and both safeties hold decent idp value this week for both INTs and tackles.

Sit
Bobby Wagner/Brock Coyle/KJ Wright
Rumor has Wagner maybe back...if he's not does Coyle start? Is KJ Wright the starter? Until we know, we can't make a recommendation.

Seattle DTs
A heavy rotation of the waiver wire wonders and practice squad extraordinaires...with a light sprinkling of viable starters.These are sad times indeed.

Richard Sherman, CB
See Maxwell