Sidney Rice Fantasy News

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:23pm

Seahawks - [Full Article]

With the Seahawks officially wrapping up training camp yesterday, Seahawks.com's Clare Farnsworth doles out his annual camp honors where he labels wide receiver Percy Harvin the camp's Most Impressive Player.

Doug Baldwin won Best Offensive Player.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers, driven by his #11 FP/T (1.48). The Seahawks recently locked him up to a lucrative long-term contract, which indicates that they view him as a starter. If that’s the case, he should continue to post WR3 numbers in that role, and he has considerable upside playing with the injury-prone Percy Harvin. Baldwin only played 74% of his team’s snaps in 2013.

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Seahawks WR Sidney Rice retires at age 27

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:21pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

After seven injury-filled seasons, Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has had enough of the NFL. The 27-year-old has decided to retire, the Seahawks announced on Wednesday.

Rice missed the final eight games of the Seahawks 2013 season after tearing his ACL in a Week 8 win over the Rams. Rice was then cut by Seattle in February in a cost-cutting move that cleared up $7.3 million in 2014 cap space for Seahawks. However, Rice returned to the team in April when he signed a one-year deal.

The receiver's injury history played a large part in his decision to retire, "I was just thinking about things I've been through in the last few years," Rice told the team's official website. "I've hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It's something I've always battled through and came back from, But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road."

Fantasy Impact:

We wish Rice the best of luck in his future endeavors. It's a pragmatic move by a player who sees the risks involved with continuing his career given his history of concussions. His departure should shore up Jermaine Kearse's snaps and opens the door for rookie Paul Richardson to see a role as a deep threat.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Golden Tate had an outstanding season in 2013 and parlayed that into a big-money deal with the Detroit Lions. But a Seahawks three-receiver formation of Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Jermaine Kearse can be better with Harvin instead of Tate.

Fantasy Impact:

Sidney Rice, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood are also in the mix, but this beat writer apparently believes that Jermaine Kearse will be the firstr to see snaps in three-WR sets.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In case some people thought Seahawks WR Paul Richardson's long touchdown receptions earlier were just a rookie-camp phenomenon, the wide receiver from Colorado put those thoughts to rest at Day 2 of the Seahawks' minicamp Wednesday.

Richardson showed off his blazing speed again, running right by two defenders to make a leaping catch on a 55-yard touchdown throw from Russell Wilson.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson is going to have a tough time getting on the field behind Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Jermaine Kearse, but he has blazing speed, so he could see some snaps as a deep threat.

Bevell: Doug Baldwin likely to start at split end

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:06am

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, asked who will replace WR Golden Tate, said Doug Baldwin will move to the “X” or split end position this year, while also still playing some inside. Percy Harvin will play primarily the Z, or flanker, spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers, driven by his #11 FP/T (1.48). The Seahawks recently locked him up to a lucrative long-term contract, which indicates that they view him as a starter. If that’s the case, he should continue to post WR3 numbers in that role, and he has considerable upside playing with the injury-prone Percy Harvin. Baldwin only played 74% of his team’s snaps in 2013.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:05am

ESPN NFL Nation - [Full Article]

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson can really run: That’s not a surprise, but the rookie receiver from Colorado has not disappointed anyone. This guy can fly.

Just in the days the media have been on the sidelines watching, Richardson has burned defenders on four deep throws for touchdowns. He did it again Monday, a 50-yard TD from Russell Wilson to Richardson when he had 5 yards on rookie defender Dion Bailey.

When the Seahawks have Percy Harvin and Richardson on the field at the same time this season, opposing teams will worry about getting beat over the top. They have to account for their speed and won’t be able to cheat up near the line of scrimmage.

Consequently, it will open things up for the other receivers, like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and the tight ends, along with running backs on swing passes in the flat.

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin and Baldwin are likely to start, with Kearse and Sidney Rice rotating in, but Richardson could get snaps as a rookie due to his ability to stretch the field.

Seahawks lock up Doug Baldwin through 2016

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 1:47pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Financial terms were not released, but a source told ESPN.com's Terry Blount that the deal will pay Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin a minimum of $16 million over three years, and possible $19.5 million overall if achievable bonuses are reached.

Baldwin has consistently produced since joining the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2011. He led the team's receivers in catches (51), yards (788) and touchdowns (four) that season, and last season ranked second in receptions (50) and yards (778) and tied for first with five touchdowns.

He was particularly effective in the playoffs, his 24-yard catch on third-and-3 early in the fourth quarter of the divisional round helping stall a Saints rally and set up the decisive touchdown, and his 51-yard reception in the NFC Championship Game win over the 49ers setting up the Seahawks' first points after they trailed 10-0. He finished that game with six catches for 106 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers. The contract indicates that the Seahawks view Baldwin as a starter, and if that's the case he's likely to continue to post WR3 numbers in that role.

Sidney Rice should be ready for Week 1

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:42am

The Spokesman-Review - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Sidney Rice should be fully recovered from a torn knee ligament by the time the Seattle Seahawks start defense of their Super Bowl title, general manager John Schneider said Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Who will play opposite Percy Harvin in Seattle's two-WR sets? Will it be Rice or Doug Baldwin, who was very productive last season after Rice went down? Click here for Senior Editor John Paulsen's take on this (and other murky situations around the league).

Sidney Rice returns to Seattle on a one-year deal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Sidney Rice agrees to terms with the Seahawks, per league source. One-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice's return puts a big dent in Doug Baldwin's upside. Baldwin was looking like a nice late round sleeper as a starter for the Seahawks, but his playing time is in some jeopardy now with Rice in the mix. Russell Wilson gets another weapon in the passing game. Rice should be fantasy relevant provided he stays healthy.

Sidney Rice (ACL) cleared for football activity

Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:40pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

WR Sidney Rice has been cleared for football activities by Dr. Andrews, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice was the #8 WR back in 2009, but that seems like a long time ago. The 27 year-old is capable of posting top 50 numbers if he lands in a starting role in a good situation (and can stay healthy).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Free agent WRs Santonio Holmes and Miles Austin are getting hurt by a deep wide receiver draft class. We've entered the phase of free agency where these guys are worth the risk at a bargain rate.

Fantasy Impact:

Sidney Rice is also available but may need to get medically cleared. There are certainly teams with needs at the position but it looks like going the route of the draft is going to be their first option.

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answered a question about the team's WRs.

There’s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They’re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They’re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their two starters.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints still have plenty of weapons, assuming they sign TE Jimmy Graham. There's also Pierre Thomas out of the backfield. The piece also says the team is comfortable with Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and with a deep WR draft there's no need to panic.

Lions sign Golden Tate to five-year contract

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:36pm

Tim Twentyman, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Golden Tate just agreed to a 5-year deal with the Lions.

Fantasy Impact:

Tate finished as the #35 WR in 2012 and #29 last season, so he's a proven commodity that should remedy the Lions' WR2 issues. His FP/target numbers (4th-highest in 2012, 29th in 2013) indicate that he should thrive in a bigger role. He's joining an offense that has 1,374 pass attempts in the last two seasons, which is nearly 67% more than the Seahawks have attempted in the same span. He obviously won't be the top target in Detroit, but if he sees the usual 18% of targets (typical for a WR2), it would result in 123 targets, a 25% jump from his 2013 totals. The Lions may run a bit more this season, but Tate's arrow is certainly pointing up. In Seattle, Tate's departure currently leaves Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse atop the depth chart. The news is certainly good for Baldwin and Kearse. Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including the postseason). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers.

Friday, March 7, 2014, 10:59am

Tom Pelissero - [Full Article]

Sidney Rice is on track to be cleared for the start of his new team's offseason program in late April, I'm told. Coming off ACL injury.

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:44pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Seahawks are releasing WR Sidney Rice, per league source. Rice signed a five-year, $41 million contract in July 2011.