Seahawks Fantasy News

How Percy Harvin's departure shuffled the Seattle receiving corps

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:40pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's role changed the most Sunday as he moved back to playing primarily in the slot with Percy Harvin no longer around. It was one of several adjustments for the receivers.

It was Baldwin who had to make the biggest adjustment to accommodate Harvin, moving from the slot position he played primarily his first three seasons to playing more on the outside.

Carroll said it was no coincidence Baldwin thrived being back in the slot. “He’s played a lot of outside stuff for us, which he does fine, but he’s always been really difficult to cover inside,’’ Carroll said. “He’s got a great sense for it — he and Russell have a good chemistry and I think that was pretty obvious that that was back in our favor. Hoping we’ll continue to get that from those guys.’’

Without Harvin, rookie Paul Richardson on Sunday played as the other outside receiver, and essentially the No. 3 receiver overall, and was on the field for 42 snaps. He responded with four catches for 33 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Baldwin was a 4for4 preseason favorite, and it looks like he's going to make some noise after returning to the slot. Richardson is now on the deep league radar as he replaces Baldwin on the outside.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:39pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills are signing former Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner, according to a league source.

The Bills needed help at running back with injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Tanner has visited the San Francisco 49ers this year and previously worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

Tanner spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys and rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards. He recorded 21 special teams tackles.

Fantasy Impact:

Tanner will be behind Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:19pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The St. Louis Rams released wide receiver Austin Pettis on Monday, citing roster concerns elsewhere.

Pettis was inactive for Sunday's victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported that Pettis missed a meeting on Saturday. He caught 12 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown this season. He made 11 starts in four seasons with the Rams, who drafted him in the third round in 2011.

The Rams also released wide receiver Emory Blake from the practice squad.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:33pm - [Full Article]

New Jets WR Percy Harvin has already met with their offensive coaches. He planned to speak more with them Monday, after his first practice with the Jets, who on Friday traded a conditional draft pick to Seattle for him. By Wednesday, he expects to have a better feel for his role in Sunday’s home game against Buffalo, and beyond.

It is safe to say, though, that Harvin wants a somewhat different role than the one he occupied in Seattle’s offense. Harvin said Monday that the way Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell used him became a source of frustration.

“It definitely was,” Harvin said. “Not that I didn’t like what I was doing. I just wanted to do a little bit more as a receiver. I wanted to get downfield just a little bit more than what I was doing. That definitely caused frustration a little bit.”

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin, in five games this season, had 22 catches for 133 yards (6 yards per catch) and 11 rushes for 92 yards (8.4 yards per rush), with a long run of 51 yards. The Jets are in need of a playmaker like Harvin so it could be a good fit. A healthy WR Eric Decker (hamstring) on the other side will be a big help too. A big key, however, will be QB Geno Smith getting him the ball. At this point, owners can at least be optimistic Harvin could be getting the ball in his hands more than he did in Seattle.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers could have running back DeAngelo Williams back on the practice field Wednesday, coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

Williams has missed the past three games with a high ankle sprain suffered in the first half of a Sept. 28 loss at Baltimore. The team’s all-time leading rusher hasn’t participated in practice since.

Williams walked through the locker room Monday with no visible signs of a limp, but there was tape on his right ankle.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart played in Week 7 in the loss to Green Bay so it's possible both backs could be active for Week 8, an early afternoon home game against the Seahawks. Stewart rushed 13 times for 50 yards while Newton added seven rushes. If Williams plays, the three would likely split carries.

Marshawn Lynch beyond unhappy Percy Harvin traded

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 12:36pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Seahawks apparently traded Percy Harvin in large part because he became a problem in the locker room. But trading him may cause problems in the locker room.

Seahawks running back Marshawyn Lynch, a friend of Harvin’s, indicated on Twitter that he wasn’t happy about it, and according to one report, Lynch’s feelings go beyond just “unhappy.” Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Lynch almost didn’t get on the team bus for the trip to the airport for Sunday’s game at St. Louis because he was so upset about Harvin getting traded.

Fantasy Impact:

As long as Lynch comes to his senses and continues to play, it should be good news for Lynch owners. As the story points out, Lynch should be a beneficiary of Harvin leaving, as losing Harvin makes Lynch a more integral part of the Seahawks’ offense. But Lynch isn’t an easy person to keep happy, and his personal friendship with Harvin apparently trumps any benefit of getting the ball more, the story continued. It looks like Lynch will be ready to go this week but you may want to follow this story if you're a Lynch owner.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. OC Darrell Bevell said that he needs to do a better job of getting the ball to Lynch. Lynch has seen 15 or fewer carries five times since 2012 and in the following game he has averaged 20.4 carries.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Jets WR Percy Harvin (thigh, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week. He has been traded to the Jets, so he won’t play a game this week. See the associated news item for the fantasy impact of the Harvin trade.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle, out) has been ruled out for Week 7.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Seahawks TE Luke Willson (groin, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 7. Willson was a midweek downgrade so desperate owners should look elsewhere for a spot start at the TE position.

Glazer: Seahawks send WR Percy Harvin to the Jets

Friday, October 17, 2014, 5:38pm

Jay Glazer, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick.

Fantasy Impact:

This came out of nowhere. NFL trades are a rare occurrence, especially ones that involve a major name like Harvin. His departure opens up some snaps and targets for the other receivers on the roster, namely Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette. It's also a blow to Russell Wilson's stock, as he has one fewer explosive weapon in a passing game that is already struggling with the big play. Baldwin was a preseason 4for4 favorite, and he should be able to get his season on track as the team's most dependable receiver. Kearse will also have weekly sleeper appeal. As for Harvin, his usage may go up, but it's unclear if OC Marty Mornhinweg is creative enough to utilize him effectively.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. OC Darrell Bevell said that he needs to do a better job of getting the ball to Lynch. Lynch has seen 15 or fewer carries five times since 2012 and in the following game he has averaged 20.4 carries.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Rams RB Zac Stacy (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Stacy’s injury may open the door for Benny Cunningham and/or Tre Mason to see additional snaps in what has devolved into an ugly RBBC in St. Louis. Complicating matters, the matchup with the Seahawks isn’t good.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. We doubt this is anything to worry about.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle) was ruled out for Week 7.