Seahawks Fantasy News

Jets Beat: Percy Harvin played 'traditional X' receiver role in Week 8

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:59am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini on the team's initial usage of WR Percy Harvin: Harvin didn’t make much of a difference in his Jets debut -- seven touches on offense for a total of 50 yards. Instead of using him as a “gadget” receiver -- bubble screens, jet sweeps, etc. -- the Jets used him as a traditional X receiver. I guess they think they’re smarter than the Seahawks, but the only plays that worked were his old Seattle plays. Two of his three catches came behind the line of scrimmage. Elsewhere, he caught only one of seven targets. His four rushes came from a running-back position. He played 44 of 84 snaps last week, so look for that total to increase after another week of absorbing the system. He’s fast, all right, but he’s not the kind of player that can elevate those around him.

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin played more extensively (52% of the snaps) than we expected in Week 8 given his limited knowledge of the playbook. Expect his snap percentage to rise into the 70-75% range sooner rather than later.

Sign up now to receive hot fantasy news

Panthers plan to start RB DeAngelo Williams vs. Saints

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:58pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) running back DeAngelo Williams had a "good" practice on Tuesday coach Ron Rivera said and because of that, he will get the start for the Panthers Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints (3-4), per NFL Network.

Williams missed the last four games due to a lingering ankle injury. Williams will split carries with Jonathan Stewart, who started last week for the Panthers against the Seahawks and finished with 79 rushing yards and hauled in three passes for 15 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

His return kills the value of Jonathan Stewart, though they are both decent flex/RB3-type starts during the Week 9 Byepocalypse in a nice matchup with the Saints.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The number of passing routes Arian Foster has run this season, ranking sixth among running backs behind Matt Forte, Le'Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Shane Vereen and Justin Forsett.

Foster has caught 24 passes on those routes for 166 yards, which ranks 13th in the league among running backs. Foster also has two receiving touchdowns, more than all running backs except Ahmad Bradshaw, Forte and Marshawn Lynch.

DeAngelo Williams expects to play Week 9

Monday, October 27, 2014, 2:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams told coach Ron Rivera on Monday is he "ready to roll" for Thursday night's primetime game against New Orleans.

The Panthers' offense runs more effectively when Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are both playing. Carolina's all-time leading rusher with 6,733 yards hasn't played since spraining his ankle in the first half of a Sept. 28 loss at Baltimore. Prior to that, Williams missed two games with a hamstring injury.

"It'll be a nice boost," Rivera said. "When he and Jonathan [Stewart] get rolling and doing the things they do that's a huge thing for us. That could be a nice shot in the arm."

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart, who has missed three games with a knee injury, had a season-best 79 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and his value takes a hit with the return of Williams for Week 9. We'll have to check the 4for4 rankings on Wednesday, but both backs likely shape up as just potential flex options against the Saints in what now looks like a committee rushing attack again for the Panthers.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews could be back Week 9

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:39am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews knew he wouldn't play the Bills.

He knew he wouldn't face the Jaguars or the Jets, the Raiders or the Chiefs. It became clear, well in advance of Thursday night, he wouldn't be active against the Broncos either. This next game, Nov. 2 in Miami, is different. For the first time, there seems a chance he could play.

"That's in my head," Mathews said Friday. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they say."

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers running back missed his sixth straight game Thursday night to a right knee injury. He sprained his medial collateral ligament Sept. 14 against the Seahawks. Mathews is nearing a return, unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that, the story said. If he plays Nov. 2, he could be eased in, but perhaps the thing to note is if Mathews is on your wire, now may be the time to pick him up. Branden Oliver hasn't been impressive rushing the ball the last two weeks, so there's a good chance Mathews slides right back into his RB1 role. Oliver did catch seven passes Thursday night against Denver so he's still likely to have a role in the offense. Donald Brown is also expected to practice next week.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Seahawks RB Derrick Coleman (foot, out) was ruled out for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related, probable) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday and is probable for Week 8. Lynch should be fine for a great matchup against the Panthers, though the Seattle running game isn’t clicking like usual.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday and is probable for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle, out) was ruled out for Week 8 and is out for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Seahawks TE Luke Willson (groin, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 8. Cooper Helfet played well as the Seahawks’ starter, though Willson’s return will make the Seattle tight end even murkier than usual.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. No worries here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle) was ruled out for Week 8. Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet will continue to see extra work in his place.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Seahawks TE Luke Willson (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Cooper Helfet played well as the Seahawks’ starter, though Willson’s return will make the Seattle tight end even murkier than usual.

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.