Monday, February 17, 2014

Seahawks Player Speculation and Destination Part 1

Whether maintaining a dynasty team or are preparing for a redraft league; it's never too early to plan. The following Seahawks are on the market and from a Fantasy Perspective 

Michael Bennett
Let's face it; Bennett wants Seattle to show him the money. Jared Allen is on the market. Bennett has his ring. Allen does not. At this point a title is the goal for the mulletted one. For Bennett, he want the cash. Some places he could land are: 
Jacksonville Jaguars
Gus Bradley is turning Jacksonville into Seattle-light. Bennett already knows the schemes and provides leadership to the rebuilding Jags. 

Chicago Bears
With his brother, Martellus Bennett a Bear and Chicago also a Super Bowl contender in 2014, Bennett could end here. The big issue for Chicago is money. Chicago just spent big money on Cutler. They need to pay Peppers. Bennett turns 29. It seems unlikely, Chicago will offer him much more money than Seattle. However, if ends up a Bear, his IDP value should remain high.

New England Patriots
The Pats are a rumored destination with the need for a third DE to use in their defensive rotation. While this is more speculative amongst than the sports writer community, it would be a logical choice. However, Bennett's personality is much more suited to a loose Pete Carroll than a tight-shipped, controlling Belichek. He would maintain his high IDP numbers in this system.

Golden Tate
Jacksonville Jaguars
Bradley knows Tate and Jacksonville is desperate for receivers.While I'm not sure Jacksonville would shell out the cash, it's a logical landing spot.

New York Giants
With the possibility of Nicks leaving New York; Tate will be one of many receivers considered. I see this as a less likely landing spot with so many receivers on the market. However, this landing spot would boost his fantasy value 

New York Jets
Jets GM, John Idzik is familiar with Tate as the former VP in Seattle. The Jets are in desperate need of Wide Receivers. Tate's value is dependent on the development of Smith at QB. If this is where he goes, consider trading him off your fantasy roster.

Detroit Lions
Speaking with a fellow fantasy footballer, this is the spot I'd like for Tate. If Tate ends up as a Lion, he becomes the Lions most legit number 2 since the acquisition of Megatron. On your fantasy team, Tate becomes an elite fantasy player. 

Sidney Rice
Jacksonville Jaguars
Bradley knows Rice and Jacksonville is desperate for receivers. Unlike Tate, Rice could be a more affordable option.

Baltimore Ravens
Rice's name has been linked to Baltimore as Baltimore has a history of acquiring bargain, veterans. This destination extends his career, but his fantasy value clearly plummets in the Flacco-led, Ray Rice run first offense.

New York Jets
Sensing a theme with Tate and Rice? Wherever Tate is rumored, Rice is the cheaper alternative. 

Zach Miller
The once mighty FF TE1 will be asked to take a pay cut to stay in Seattle. Jermichael Finley is rumored to be sniffing around Seattle. If Miller walks, here are some potential landing places: 

New England Patriots
This is nothing more than a hunch. New England had something special with Gronk and A-Hern. Miller can block and catch. His blocking skills have been put to good use, but his receiving skills were clearly underutilized. if he walks; New England is a perfect landing spot. From a fantasy perspective; Miller's FF value jumps to a high TE2; low end TE1 and a sneaky pick in your draft.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Seahawks in the SuperBowl...this is no Fantasy!

As many national pundits prepare the orange and blue confetti and crown Peyton Manning the greatest thing since sliced bread; Seattle (namely Sherman) quietly prepares to once again; to silence all naysayers and bring home Seattle's first Lombardi. While Seattle was winning on the field; many on the national stage were picking against them; even at home. Coming off their first road win in franchise history; it was the Saints primed for revenge at Century Link and many pundits foolishly believed they would wreak havoc on the Seahawks. Whoops. Next came the 49ers. They were going to silence the 12th man, march to the Super Bowl and annihilate the AFC opponent be it the Patriots or Broncos. Whoops.

In a Super Bowl filled with X-Factors (for both teams); the overall national narrative goes something like this:

"...how can Seattle handle Denver's receivers...."
"...how can Seattle stop Peyton Manning...."
"...Denver's defense is better than their numbers....they're improved..."

Do you sense a theme? It's never what Denver will face. There's nary a peep of Manning not facing a defense like this. Forgetful is the media that while Denver handled Blount; Blount is not Lynch and New England abandoned the run early more than Denver stopped it.

Seattle has to play Denver, but in the words of Pete Carroll; "they (Denver) has to play us". While pressures of legacy hangs over Manning and a game defining drop in the Super Bowl haunts Welker; Seattle continues in it's "why not us attitude" sans the pressures facing Manning and the older veterans on Denver's team. This game won't be easy. Manning is one of the greatest QB's in NFL history and the best currently playing in the NFL. However; Seattle's defense ranks top 5 in the pantheon of great defenses over the past decades.

Seattle believes and so do I.

Seattle Seahawks 34 
Denver Broncos 30


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Week 17 Start/Sit

If you're here looking for fantasy advice; congratulations and shame on your commissioner! No one should be playing a week 17 fantasy championship. That said, I too am one of those unlucky folks playing for league championship. I'd also like to apologize to anyone who played a Seattle offensive player last week. In their first home loss to the washed up (and yes he is...4 INTs) Carson Palmer; Seattle clearly overlooked a decent Cardinals defense and could not capitalize on any of the Palmer gifts. I am however proud of my Zach Miller prediction and Richard Sherman as an IDP play was music to my stats!

So here are the picks!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
...and you thought you were playing Tavaris Jackson this week! We're sure the Rams will employ the Cards defensive scheme and keep Wilson in check. However, after a career low; Wilson showed coaches, fans and his teammates alike he's determined not to let this happen again showing up early and staying late. Did the Cards awaken the wrath of Wilson? Look for a man possessed to right last weeks wrongs.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
I'm not wild about this and while I have my doubts about the ground game; Lynch could play a key roll as a safety valve ala the dump pass.

Doug Baldwin, WR
Doug Baldwin should've caught the pass that bounced off the turf that was errantly ruled an interception. However, he didn't and Seattle lost on more than a final blown call even the head of officiating questioned. Baldwin is Seattle's number one receiver. The Rams defense trends towards giving number one targets 10 or more points. While Baldwin is not consistently targeted like a number one, look for him to play big and like Wilson, play for redemption in a do or die game.

Golden Tate, WR
This is purely a speculative pick, but while I question his production as a receiver in this game; I like what he could mean on special team. Seattle is desperate on special teams with unreliable Kearse, unspectacular (and suddenly fumble prone) Turbin and only a brief glimpse of Harvin (yeah, remember that guy?). He's our sexy flexy so play at your own risk.

Steven Hauschka, PK
Even Hauschka struggled last week; and how did this guy not get voted to the Pro Bowl? Look for a return to form this week.

Jon Ryan, PN
Don't know if our punter league is still playing, but this one's for you!

Sit
Jermaine Kearse, WR
You weren't really going here, right? If you were, he's gimpy so Ricardo Lockette awaits you on your waiver wire!

Ricardo Lockette, WR
If Kearse is out, Lockette is next man up. If Lockette is in yiour lineup, kiss your championship goodbye.

Seattle TEs
We hope you enjoyed our rare recommendation for TE. This week look for Willson and Miller to be blocking against a stout Rams defensive line.Unless you're in some strange league that scores for blocking, stay away!

Defense
Start
Seattle DST
If only these guys were on Offense last week.

Cliff Avril, DE
I like him for at least a sack this week.

Bobby Wagner, LB
Every week starter and another mobility challenged QB. With KJ Wright out, he'll continue to see the lions share of IDP points.

Richard Sherman, CB
If only he (still) played WR.

Earl Thomas, SS
Never sit a stud.

Sit
Chris Clemons, DE
See last week's post.

Walter Thurmond, CB
It's tempting, but look for Seattle to stay the course with Lane and Maxwell.



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Week 16 Championship Weekend!

For most it's fantasy football super bowl weekend! Congratulations! For a the less fortunate, you need to win this weekend to stay alive and play....well....your favorite rookies and backups in week 17. For you...good luck this weekend and our condolences for the next!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
On the ground or through the air! Russell Wilson is an automatic start this week. Sure, Palmer is rejuvenated, but Seattle's defense should revert greet the statuesque Palmer with "open arms" (AKA sacks) and revert him to his intercepting ways. This gives Wilson short fields and scoring opportunities aplenty.

Marshawn Lynch
Will he run it? Will he catch it? The New York game will force Arizona to account for quick dump offs (to Lynch). This should open up the ground game.

Doug Baldwin, WR
Don't make Doug Baldwin angry...you won't like it when he's angry (ala USA Today's dis Seattle's Wide Receiver core)! As Tate recieves the Patrick Peterson treatment, this leaves Baldwin open to one-on-one coverage with Arizona's lesser DB and LB cover guys. Baldwin will get it done from both the slot and deep receiving options.

Zach Miller, TE
I rarely recommend a Seattle TE, but Arizona allows one TE score per game. Miller scored against Arizona back in week 7. While a tepid recommendation, if you're desperate, this could be a decent play (please no nasty emails if the score goes to Luke Willson).

Steven Hauschka, PK
You're welcome!

Jon Ryan, PN
Yup!

Sit
Golden Tate, WR
Are we insane? Perhaps (and please yell at us if this loses your league championship). Known for the big play, but prone to the statistical up and downsies; I feel strongly this is the week of Baldwin and the Tight End. To hedege our bets, Tate could be a flex play, but he faces one of the league's best cover corners, Patrick Peterson. This limits his production.

Ricardo Lockette/Jermaine Kearse
Hands of stone and waiver wire does not a championship team make. If you're looking here; our prayers our with you.

Defense
Start
Seattle DST
See comments under Russell Wilson recommendation.

Bobby Wagner, LB
Ya got 'em? Ya play him! Gimpy Palmer makes a tasty target for Wagner!

Chris Avril, DE
If you drafted him late or plucked him off the waiver wire, congratulations! Ageless Avril has a favorable match up against Arizona this week.

Richard Sherman, CB
Carson Palmer should target Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz should be matched up with Sherman. Palmer has accuracy issues and Sherman loves a challenge. Fitz is the best receiver he's seen this year. Challenge on!

Byron Maxwell, CB
See Carson Palmer pick on Maxwell. See Maxwell pick off Palmer....and so it goes.

Earl Thomas, SS
Thomas is a solid play against errant Palmer throws and dump offs in the flat. Start him with confidence!

Sit
Chris Clemons, DE
I'm ready to admit it. Clemons is an absolute beast in "real" football, but a bust in Fantasy. There are too many mouths to feed across the line. Clemons no longer needs to be "the guy". There are plenty of sacks to go around.

Bruce Irvin, LB
I'm still not sure what to make of Irvin as an IDP play. He could make a huge play. He could roll a goose egg. Leave him on the bench and yell at us later if he has the game of his life.

Have a great week and good luck in what is hopefully your Super Bowl! I'll be back for week 17 for those of us in leagues crazy enough to play FF in the season fnale!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013