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Sidney Rice returns to Seattle on a one-year deal
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:44pm

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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.

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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.

Sidney Rice (ACL) has had an 'unbelievable recovery'
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:35am

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said receiver Sidney Rice, who suffered an ACL injury at St. Louis on Oct. 28, is recovering quickly.

“He’s had an unbelievable recovery from his surgery,’’ Carroll said. “Within weeks he was back up with almost total reflection and extension and it’s just almost an unheard of type of recovery. It’s so far ahead of schedule, so that’s great for Sid. We’ll see how that turns out, but right off the bat we’ve never seen anybody (recover) like that.’’

Rice is due to make $9.7 million next season, leading to lots of speculation that the Seahawks may cut him, or ask him to restructure his contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice is still expected to be cut. If Golden Tate also leaves via free agency, Doug Baldwin will be a nice sleeper in 2014 fantasy drafts. If Tate returns, the Seattle WR corps will be difficult to trust outside of a (hopefully) healthy Percy Harvin.

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Percy Harvin not expected to play in regular season
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:43am

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The Seahawks regard WR Percy Harvin as a long-term, year-to-year asset. While he hasn’t paid dividends yet, the Seahawks have been better than fine without him. If he can contribute in the postseason, it’ll be an added benefit.

With the Seahawks likely to handle their business at home in the postseason, the ultimate goal should be to have a full package of plays for Harvin ready to go for Super Bowl XLVIII, the next time they’ll have to leave CenturyLink Field after closing out the season with back-to-back home games against the Cardinals and Rams.

Fantasy Impact:

When it comes to players returning from long-term injuries, for every Michael Crabtree there's a Percy Harvin. It doesn't look like he will help owners this year, though his recent setback doesn't make it much of a surprise. Doug Baldwin will continue to be a Sneaky Start in his absence. He is the #22 WR since taking over as a starter after Sidney Rice's knee injury.

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Percy Harvin still week-to-week
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 1:46am

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Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin continues to struggle with a hip problem that kept him out of action until Week 11, and that has kept him out of action since then.

Harvin didn’t practice on Wednesday in advance of a trip to New York to play the Giants, and coach Pete Carroll characterizes Harvin as week-to-week.

“We’re trying to figure this thing out and when he gets out on the practice field, then it’s truly day-to-day and we’ll see how he responds,” Carroll said, via quotes distributed by the team. “So as of today, he’s not going. He won’t be going, he’s rehabbing. That means that he’s running in his rehab work and we have to see if he can tolerate it and come on back and give us a couple of days work. We’ll have to make sure that he’s right. So we’re going to take our time and I know it seems like, ‘How can you take your time when you’re this close to the end of the season?’ But we still have to do that to take care of him.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's looking likely that Harvin will miss the remainder of the fantasy playoffs. Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate are decent spot starts, though their remaining schedule is difficult.

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