Seahawks Fantasy News

Panthers trade for WR Kevin Norwood

Monday, August 31, 2015, 4:20pm - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers added a new face to their depleted receiving corps.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Panthers traded for Seattle Seahawks receiver Kevin Norwood, per a source informed of the deal. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news.

The Seahawks initially planned to cut the 2014 fourth-round pick out of Alabama, before finding a trade partner in Carolina.

The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Norwood appeared in nine regular season games last season in Seattle after foot surgery knocked him out of training camp and the preseason. The wideout finished with 102 yards on nine catches. He had just two receptions this preseason for 18 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

In Carolina, Norwood will join a struggling, banged up receiving crops. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) out and first-round pick Devin Funchess nursing a hamstring injury, the Panthers receivers have been a big disappointment in the preseason. Norwood will wrestle for a roster spot with Corey Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn Jr., Brenton Bersin, Jarrett Boykin and Mike Brown, among others.

Rams RB Tre Mason (hamstring) questionable for Week 1

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 11:52pm

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The Rams used a first-round pick on Todd Gurley this year and drafted Tre Mason in the third round in 2014, but they may be starting Benny Cunningham in the season opener against the Seahawks.

Mason hurt his hamstring in the first half of Saturday’s game against the Colts and didn’t return to the field. Coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that Mason won’t play in Thursday night’s preseason finale and that he’s questionable for Week One.

Fantasy Impact:

If Mason is out, Cunningham is sure to be involved, but the Rams may elect not to be quite so cautious with Gurley if it looks like he's close to 100 percent.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers bangs throwing hand, but says 'it's good'

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:19am

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During the first half of a Week Three preseason game against a blitz-happy Seahawks defense, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers banged his throwing hand.

In the third quarter, Rivers told Tracy Wolfson of CBS that the hand recently used to sign a gigantic contract is fine.

“It’s good,” he said of the right hand, adding that he’d still be playing if it were a regular-season game.

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers played at an extremely high level for the first half of the season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 277 yards, 2.5 TD and just 0.6 interceptions through Week 8. He posted #3 QB numbers in that span, but he was the #19 QB down the stretch after injuring his hand in Week 9 against the Dolphins. He then suffered back and rib injuries and threw for multiple touchdowns in just two of his final eight games (averaging 1.6 INT) as the Chargers fell out of playoff contention. If he's fully healthy entering the 2015 season, he will once again be a fine value pick in the later rounds, but owners should be prepared to stream if the injuries start to pile up. The four-game loss of Antonio Gates doesn’t help, but Ladarius Green and Stevie Johnson should be able to pick up the slack.

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson looking like his old self

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:02am

Union Tribune - [Full Article]

What we saw from Stevie Johnson in Saturday night's exhibition against the Seattle Seahawks, the connection with Rivers that the Chargers hope to see so much this season, was borne in May and June and rekindled in August.

On the Chargers’ first possession, Johnson suddenly darted left, pulling away from the safety covering him in the slot to make a 34-yard reception-and-run that converted a third down. Before leaving with the rest of the first-team offense at halftime, Johnson had two more third-down conversions and finished with four receptions for 64 yards.

That is what replacing Eddie Royal looks like.

There is great potential in the marrying of Johnson’s ability to separate combined with Rivers’ ability to throw receivers open. When Rivers develops a rapport with a target, he anticipates where that receiver will be and makes connections that seemingly should never happen.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in those seasons. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so there are targets to be had, especially with TE Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games. Johnson is having a good camp, so it appears that he’ll play ahead of retiring wideout Malcom Floyd.

Jimmy Graham, Russell Wilson already have connection

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

For all the issues the Seattle Seahawks still have to work out on offense, the chemistry between their quarterback and top pass-catcher isn't one of them.

It was again evident Friday night in Seattle's 14-13 preseason loss to Kansas City. Jimmy Graham caught all three passes that Russell Wilson threw his way during the two quarters in which the Seahawks' offensive starters played, but one of them stood out.

Lined up in the slot on second-and-18, Graham released up the seam against tight coverage from safety Ron Parker. Graham wasn't open when Wilson delivered a perfectly placed pass toward his back shoulder for a 21-yard gain. Then again, he didn't need to be.

"He's hard to miss, being 6-7 and being able to show up and run as fast as he can," Wilson told reporters.

Fantasy Impact:

Call it whatever you'd like -- chemistry, trust, rapport -- but Wilson and Graham certainly seem to have built plenty of it already, the story said. It's good news for those who were worried about Graham switching offenses. It sure looks like he's going to be a key part of the Seattle offense, too, and is of course one of the top TEs in fantasy drafts.

Seahawks OC: TE Jimmy Graham has been 'amazing...awesome'

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 11:12pm

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On the topic of Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham...

“He’s added a new dimension to our offense,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told Peter King. “He’s been amazing. Awesome. He’ll help on third down, help in the red zone. In some of those areas you feel like he will be able to be a big factor. I think he will have the effect that you imagine a tight end would, pulling some coverage, and maybe changing some stuff for guys outside and guys other places as well.”

Fantasy Impact:

Graham finished with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his season was somewhat disappointing, especially down the stretch. He averaged 4.0 catches for 44 yards and 0.2 TD in his final five games, including a weird zero-target goose egg in Week 13 against Pittsburgh. Now he heads to Seattle, where the Seahawks have been looking to upgrade at tight end for a while. Graham's value takes a minor hit as he heads to the run-oriented Seahawks, though he'll continue to be a target hog given the current state of the Seattle receiving corps.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 8:56am

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When Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak took a moment to laud running back Ronnie Hillman's work on special teams in practice, it was worth noting.

Because through the team's offseason workout and early in training camp, one of the things that was not working in Hillman's favor was the fact he did not have much of a presence on special teams.

But Hillman continues to show in practice, as well as with his eight carries for 66 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in the Broncos' preseason opener this past Friday night, that he offers something the other running backs do not.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball are still ahead of Hillman on the depth chart, but Hillman has the explosiveness, the big-play-in-waiting gear the team's other backs do not. And while his attention to detail and overall maturity have been questioned at times in his three previous seasons with the Broncos, Hillman seems to have taken the competition to heart at a position where the roster spots will be hard to come by.

Monday, August 17, 2015, 8:29pm

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The severity of the injury that Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson sustained against the Broncos became more clear Monday with coach Pete Carroll announcing it's a high ankle sprain. The team's plan, however, is still unclear.

Carroll said the Seahawks are evaluating their options and that the team worked out an unspecified quarterback on Monday.

"We're looking at it," Carroll said.

Jackson was injured in Friday night's preseason opener when a Denver player fell on his right ankle. He limped off the field and was replaced by third-string quarterback R.J. Archer, who played the remainder of the game.

Fantasy Impact:

The Seahawks have another in-house option in B.J. Daniels, who was a practice squad quarterback before converting to wide receiver earlier this offseason. Carroll said Daniels will take some reps at quarterback and that as of now he would be the third quarterback if one were needed in a game.

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9:53pm

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It's a good thing for the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line that the games don't start counting for another month. The starting group isn't settled, and Friday night's preseason opener supplemented ample evidence that there's plenty of work to be done before the line is regular-season ready.

The first unit -- featuring Lemuel Jeanpierre at center and Alvin Bailey at left guard -- played two series, the first of which lasted all of two plays as right tackle Justin Britt was beaten by Von Miller for a fumble-causing sack. The Seahawks allowed a sack on their second possession, Russell Wilson had to escape another and Jeanpierre -- the center -- was penalized for a false start.

Wilson was either sacked or pressured on four of his five drop-backs. Each time, the Seahawks had at least one more player in pass protection than Denver had rushing.

Some of those issues are to be expected, not only because it's early but because but of how the Seahawks have been rotating players at center and left guard while trying to determine a winner in the competitions for those spots. It doesn't look like those competitions are close to being settled.

Fantasy Impact:

Another thing the story noted was TE Jimmy Graham's willingness to block, something he wasn't asked to do very much with the Saints. It's something he'll be counted on to do a little more this year, though, which should help set up play action passing.

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:07am

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Pete Carroll didn't see the end of the most memorable play of the Seattle Seahawks' preseason opener, a kickoff that rookie Tyler Lockett returned 103 yards for a touchdown. He was on his backside, having collided with an official who was running down the sideline.

"I was jumping up and down for Tyler's return," the coach said afterward.

Hard to blame Carroll for getting a little excited. Lockett was that good Friday night as he turned his first NFL game into a showcase of the type of special-teams threat that the Seahwks drafted him to be. Lockett had another return of 46 yards, finishing with a 46.5-yard average on four attempts to go along with a punt return of 18 yards.

It was the touchdown, though, that Carroll couldn't stop talking about.

"I thought Lockett's 83-yard touchdown was pretty good. See, I didn't see the last 20," Carroll said. "But Lock did a great job tonight. He lit it up in kickoff return, punt return. It was great to see that. We all know that's exactly what we were hoping to see. He looked very special tonight."

Fantasy Impact:

When the Seahawks made what for them is a rare move to trade up for Lockett in the third round, they not only nabbed one of the more productive wide receivers in the draft but also one of its most dangerous returners, something Seattle's special teams largely have been missing the last two seasons, the story said.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson leaves with ankle injury, says it's 'no big deal'

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:19am

247 Sports - [Full Article]

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson wasn't expected to play too long in Friday's preseason opener, but his night was cut shorter than he hoped when he left with a left ankle injury. His return was listed as questionable. On the first play of Denver's second series, Anderson was swallowed up by Seahawks rookie Frank Clark. Anderson fumbled on the play, possibly because of the injury, but it was recovered by left tackle Ty Sambrailo.

Beat writer Troy Renck quoted Anderson as saying, "It's no big deal at all. I wanted to go back in."

Fantasy Impact:

We're not too worried about the injury at this point, but we'll continue to monitor the situation. Anderson holds 1st round value this season, but prospective owners may want to draft Marshawn Lynch or Matt Forte instead until Anderson's injury is deemed 'not serious.'

Skins RB Matt Jones playing more physical

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 7:53pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Redskins used a third-round pick to draft Florida running back Matt Jones because they loved his size and the physicality with which he ran.

Coach Jay Gruden has said he believes that the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jones has the potential to develop into a punishing, Marshawn Lynch type of runner. However, Jones still is feeling his way along in the NFL game, and that has diminished his impact.

During full-contact practices during training camp, Jones hasn’t generated the yards after contact that coaches know he is capable of producing. At times, he has gotten stopped in the backfield, and other times after minimal gains.

It’s not a strength issue, however. It’s mental.

“Both [running backs coach] Randy [Jordan] and [general manager] Scot [McCloughan] and myself, he’s been challenged a little bit to finish some runs,” Gruden said. “A lot of the times in these practices you’re not sure how to finish runs, but we want him to finish violently. … I just think probably the tempo. [He’s] young. That’s probably how they did it in college and he’s thinking that he gets five, six yards and he’s done for the day, but we want him to finish the runs.”

Fantasy Impact:

Jones admitted he has observed a difference in the physicality of the NFL game compared to the college game. Towards the end of last week, Jones began showing signs that he is catching on. He lowered his shoulder to fight his way through tackles, and looked more sure of himself. On Thursday, Jones took a handoff on a sweep to the left, turned the corner and ran to daylight. Around 15 yards downfield, he steamrolled Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson with a violent hit. Jones looks like he could take over third down duties now that Roy Helu is gone with Alfred Morris remaining the feature back.

With Jimmy Graham, Seahawks could run more multiple TE sets

Monday, August 3, 2015, 9:20pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

They call themselves the “Bash Brothers,” a nod to the Mighty Ducks movies from the ‘90s and not the tandem of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco from the ‘80s.

However they label themselves, tight ends Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson present Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell with an interesting two-headed chess piece. It seems likely that Bevell and the Seahawks will deploy even more two-tight-end formations than in previous seasons after adding Graham via trade this offseason. (The Seahawks also have tight ends Anthony McCoy, Cooper Helfet and RaShaun Allen competing for roster spots.)

“I think a lot of double- and triple-tight-end sets for us are really going to start to come out this year and really give defenses a fit,” Graham said. “We’re going to be able to run the ball so effectively with all those tight ends in the game. But also in the pass, play-action is going to be pretty amazing.”

In June, Bevell said the Seahawks’ two-tight-end formation is one of his favorites because of the difficult choices it forces defenses to make.

Fantasy Impact:

If the Seahawks go with more two-tight-end formations, they will need Graham to block for running back Marshawn Lynch. Graham’s blocking has long been one of the few concerns about him, the story said. Graham added he's been banged up the last two years and didn't block like he's capable of. The story also added that Graham knows he won’t see as many passes in Seattle as he did in New Orleans, which means he will have to capitalize on the important ones and he's prepared to do that. Graham still ranks as our number-two TE and it sounds like he's going to be a big part of the offense even if his targets drop. Multiple TE sets could also hurt the fantasy value of Seattle WRs.

Seahawks, Russell Wilson agree to a four-year extension

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:36am - [Full Article]

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Seahawks QB Russell Wilson agreed to a four-year, $87.6 million extension, per a source involved in the negotiations. The deal includes a $31 million signing bonus and $60 million in guarantees.

By signing just a four-year extension, Wilson will enter the final year of his deal at just 30 years old, giving him an opportunity for another big payday. The shorter deal was a concession by the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact:

Now that his contract negotiations are behind him, Wilson can once again focus fully on football. He has finished #9, #8 and #3 in his first three seasons, and the Seahawks are slowly letting him throw the ball more. They traded for tight end Jimmy Graham, who will serve as the best weapon that Wilson has had since he entered the NFL.

Saints Beat: Expect Ben Watson to out-snap Josh Hill

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2:52pm

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Saints beat writer Mike Triplett on TE Josh Hill:

As I've written before, the best statistical season by a Saints tight end other than Jimmy Graham in Sean Payton's offense was Jeremy Shockey's 2009 season (48 catches, 569 yards, three touchdowns). That's a realistic target for Hill, with maybe a few more TDs thrown in. I'll be curious to see how much of a red zone target Hill is -- and if defenses pay more attention to him than they did last year, when most of his TDs came as the result of being the open man.

The Saints will likely lean on veteran Ben Watson even more in the passing game as well. And I expect Watson to play even more snaps than Hill since he's such a valued blocker in the run game.

Fantasy Impact:

We have Hill projected for 52-627-5.1, so we're slightly more optimistic than Triplett about Hill's production this season. The Saints need playmakers in the passing game, and Hill brings more to the table than Watson. But he needs to get (and stay) on the field to make a significant impact.

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