Seahawks Fantasy News
QB Tyler Wilson impresses at rookie camp
Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:42am
Wilson showed off a strong arm, placing balls right on target time and again, be it swing passes, throws over the middle or well downfield.
“Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. “But throwing the ball, he’s done a nice job. I don’t have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy.”
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Hearing in Marshawn Lynch's DUI case set for May 22
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 10:42am
There have been some questions on the blog about Marshawn Lynch’s pending DUI case in Alameda County, in the Bay Area.
Specifically, there’s been some hand-wringing among the Seahawks’ faithful, with Seattle drafting Texas A&M running back Christine Michael in the second round that Lynch could possibly face a suspension in the upcoming season, depending on his outcome in court.
So drafting Michael could be a sign that the Seahawks wanted to protect themselves.
According to Teresa Drenick, assistant district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, Lynch has a May 22 court date for a motion to suppress evidence and a motion to dismiss the case.
Another date to keep in mind is June 21, when the case is set to go to a jury trial.
The case will weigh down Lynch's fantasy stock this summer as it's entirely possible that he faces a league suspension if convicted.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:33pm
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is a raw route-runner who probably will need many of his touches manufactured out of the gate, not unlike Percy Harvin did the past four seasons. That leaves Jerome Simpson as the starting split end and Greg Jennings as the flanker, with Jarius Wright a situational threat in the vertical passing game.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:52pm
Shanahan: RG3 will "set a record" in ACL recovery
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:40am
Two weeks after Dr. James Andrews, who performed Griffin’s surgery, referred to Griffin’s recovery as “superhuman,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said in an interview on NFL Network that Griffin’s hard work in rehab is already leading to significant progress.
“He’s over at the facility, rehabbing all of the time. He’ll set a record for coming back because that’s how hard he works,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan cautioned, however, that the Redskins won’t rush Griffin and won’t even have an estimate for when he’ll be back to full-speed on-field work until training camp starts.
“He is ahead, but there’s a process. It takes time. Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at,” Shanahan said. “He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”
Shanahan also continues to say that the read-option offense, which some people think exposes Griffin to too many hits, actually protects Griffin. Shanahan says the biggest thing he wants Griffin to pick up is knowing when to slide at the end of a run.
Carroll: Russell Wilson is going to "bust out" in 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:18pm
“I think it’s going to be Russell Wilson,” Carroll said. “I think he’s going to really do well this year. He’s going to bust out and will benefit tremendously from his first year. It may be hard to imagine he’s going to get any better, but I think he’s going to get a lot better, being he was a first year starter, first time in the League.”
Overshadowed by Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, Wilson had arguably the best season of any rookie QB (ever) not named Cam Newton. He accounted for 30 total TDs (26 pass, four rush) and rushed for the third-most yardage among all QBs in 2012. Wilson averaged 20.2 fantasy points in his final eight games after averaging 11.3 FP in the first half of the season. Even if we remove W15 (where he rushed for three TDs after not rushing for a score all year), he averaged 18.0 FP in the second half of the season. With the addition of WR Percy Harvin, Wilson is looking like a solid starting fantasy QB in 2013. Like the other rookies and first-year starters, there's always the possibility that defenses will be able to scheme against them, and Wilson's average passing yardage (195 per game) won't help his fantasy value weather a regression in touchdowns.
Raiders acquire QB Matt Flynn
Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:16pm
The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have pulled the trigger on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Flynn to the Raiders in exchange for a pair of draft picks, reports Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.
In addition to acquiring Flynn, Glazer adds that the Raiders are attempting to trade Carson Palmer, their starting quarterback the last two seasons, to the Arizona Cardinals for a late round draft choice.
Flynn has started two games in his career. In 2010, he filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in a tough 31-27 loss against the Patriots in Week 15, throwing for 251 yards, three TDs and an interception. In 2011, with Rodgers resting in Week 17, Flynn torched the Lions for 480 yards and six TDs (with one interception). His stock took a dive after he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson, but he was dealing with an elbow injury and Wilson turned out to be pretty good. The Raiders have not been a favorable situation for QBs in recent years, but Carson Palmer was 8th in the league in pass attempts in 2012, so if Flynn finds himself in garbage time as often, he should put up decent fantasy stats. He doesn't have great arm strength, but has shown good accuracy and anticipation on his throws. As for Palmer, it appears that he will land with the Cardinals. He's no savior, but even mediocre QB play would be a big upgrade for WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Carson Palmer wants out of Oakland
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 11:18am
By proposing that the 33-year-old quarterback take a relatively modest reduction from his $13 million base salary, rather than a drastic cut, the Raiders were essentially affirming their faith in Palmer's abilities. And given that it's highly unlikely Palmer could command anywhere close to $10 million annually on the open market, staying seemed like the obvious play.
Yet Palmer, Y! Sports has learned and other media outlets have reported, balked at the Raiders' request, a move that could lead to his outright release. The quarterback's decision, according to three sources familiar with Palmer's mindset, is based on a sense that Oakland's prospects for success in 2013 are so bleak that money is no longer the predominant factor in his thought process.
Palmer's rejection of the Raiders' proposal could lead him to the Arizona Cardinals, who are in the market for a starting quarterback, or possibly put him on the path to becoming a backup for a contending team. Oakland, meanwhile, may respond to the player's hardened stance by trading for Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn or selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the draft.
It seemed from the beginning like it was less than a 50/50 proposition that Palmer would start for the Raiders in 2013, and the chances seem even lower now. If he were to land in Arizona, it would be a boon for Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer is no longer elite, but even mediocre play at QB would be a huge upgrade for the Cardinals.
Shane Vereen's playing time to "spike" in 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 1:23pm
This is not a great leap considering Vereen's late-season production and the fact that Danny Woodhead is out of the way. Vereen gained at least 38 total yards in six of his last nine games and scored three TDs in that span. If he gets all of Woodhead's touches (not a crazy proposition if you split Brandon Bolden's 58 touches in 2012 between Bolden and Leon Washington) Vereen would be looking at around 135 carries (540 yards at 4.0 YPC) and 45 catches (468 yards at 10.4 YPC -- Woodhead's average over the last two seasons). With an estimated six TDs (one less than Woodhead in 2012), Vereen is looking at around 137 fantasy points in standard formats, which would have been good for a #23 RB ranking in 2012. Vereen appears to have fringe RB2 value heading into 2013 in standard formats. His value will be a bit higher in PPR formats if he gets most of the passing down work.
Chargers sign Danny Woodhead for two years
Friday, March 15, 2013, 2:14pm
Woodhead is very good in the passing game and is an underrated runner (4.8 YPC). He's likely to serve as the Chargers' third-down back, which will put a dent in the value of Ryan Mathews. As for the Patriots, they'll move forward with the emerging Shane Vereen and the recently signed Leon Washington at RB behind Stevan Ridley.
Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:31pm
It's natural to wonder whether the addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin signals a shift in offensive philosophy for the Seahawks, who attempted the most rushes and fewest passes of any NFL team last season.
Coach Pete Carroll was asked that question when he joined "Brock and Salk" on Wednesday.
"No, it doesn't at all. We're gonna do exactly what we wanna do with continuing to send the message about how physical we are, how we attack with the running game and fit off that," he said. "What I hope happens when we throw it and catch it we just make more yards, we have more spacing. I'm expecting Golden [Tate] to have a huge year, Doug [Baldwin] to have a huge year and Sidney [Rice] to fit in together.
"This is not a change at all."
With the addition of Harvin and the maturation of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are likely to throw more regardless of what Carroll is saying in March. While Marshawn Lynch may see fewer carries, defenses will have to respect the passing game even more in 2013, so he should see fewer defenders "in the box."
Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:06pm
The Patriots added some speed to their offensive arsenal yesterday.
The Pats could use Washington for depth purposes if Shane Vereen continues to emerge the way he did late last season.
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:33am
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that Avril has agreed to terms to join the Seattle Seahawks. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night the deal is for two years and $15 million.
Avril turned down a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the Detroit Lions last year.
The Seahawks arguably had football's best defense last season, and now they add the top edge rusher on the open market. Two days after acquiring wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks are establishing themselves as a favorite in the NFC.
The Seahawks defense is going to be scary in 2013.
Seahawks trade for Percy Harvin
Monday, March 11, 2013, 1:08pm
Percy Harvin wanted out of Minnesota, and got his wish. He joins a WR corps of Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin and figures to lead the group in targets in 2013. This is great news for QB Russell Wilson, who is getting a big boost at WR. In standard formats, Harvin finished in the top 11 in the last two years in fantasy PPG, and will once again be a fringe WR1, especially if he can stay healthy. Harvin's usage may drop a bit in Seattle, but this should be offset by additional red zone opportunities. Seattle's OC, Darrell Bevell, was the Vikings OC in 2010. That year, Harvin averaged 7.7 targets per game. The move leaves the Vikings with possibly the worst WR corps in the league (though Jarius Wright is a sleeper), so downgrade Christian Ponder even further.
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 10:26am
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was asked who would start at QB for the Browns.
I still get the feeling the Browns would like to upgrade if they can. But their options are limited. The only quality veterans expected to be available are the three Matts: Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel and Matt Moore. Cassel isn't currently on their front burner and Moore is believed to have other destinations in mind. The draft class is generally viewed as weak, and with Colt McCoy set to make more than $2.3 million in 2013, he might get the chance to seek greener pastures. So for now, I think Brandon Weeden is still their best option, but they'll keep their eyes and ears open.
Weeden has a strong arm, which should fit nicely with Norv Turner's vertical passing attack. It's not easy to upgrade at QB so the Browns may give Weeden another year to progress.