Sidney Rice Fantasy News

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

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

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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Sidney Rice (ACL) cleared for football activity
Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:40pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

WR Sidney Rice has been cleared for football activities by Dr. Andrews, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice was the #8 WR back in 2009, but that seems like a long time ago. The 27 year-old is capable of posting top 50 numbers if he lands in a starting role in a good situation (and can stay healthy).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Free agent WRs Santonio Holmes and Miles Austin are getting hurt by a deep wide receiver draft class. We've entered the phase of free agency where these guys are worth the risk at a bargain rate.

Fantasy Impact:

Sidney Rice is also available but may need to get medically cleared. There are certainly teams with needs at the position but it looks like going the route of the draft is going to be their first option.

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answered a question about the team's WRs.

There’s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They’re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They’re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their two starters.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints still have plenty of weapons, assuming they sign TE Jimmy Graham. There's also Pierre Thomas out of the backfield. The piece also says the team is comfortable with Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and with a deep WR draft there's no need to panic.

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.

Friday, March 7, 2014, 10:59am

Tom Pelissero - [Full Article]

Sidney Rice is on track to be cleared for the start of his new team's offseason program in late April, I'm told. Coming off ACL injury.

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:44pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Seahawks are releasing WR Sidney Rice, per league source. Rice signed a five-year, $41 million contract in July 2011.

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

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

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.

Darrelle Revis playing more press man coverage
Friday, November 1, 2013, 11:10am

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis said during his weekly radio show on WDAE (620 AM) on Thursday that his reconstructed left knee prohibited him from playing the press man style that has made him arguably the best cornerback in the league.

“Earlier in the year, I didn’t have the explosion to play press; the receiver would just run the (vertical) 9-route on me and I didn’t have the stamina to do that play in and play out, especially playing press.

“I mean, you get physical up there playing press coverage and then actually just running. That’s running full speed — you and the receiver. I didn’t have that yet.

“I’m starting to get that back now, which is awesome because I like to be in receivers faces and try to put my hands on them and try to be physical with them.”

Revis said he began to play more press coverage a week ago during the Bucs loss to Carolina, when he spent a good part of the day shadowing Panthers Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith. He said he responded well physically to that test.

Fantasy Impact:

If Revis is going to shadow Golden Tate (who caught two TDs against the Rams in Week 8), it may cause for concern for Tate owners. With Sidney Rice (ACL) out, Tate may see more targets, which could offset the bad matchup. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse could get a few extra opportunities if QB Russell Wilson avoids throwing in Revis's direction.

Percy Harvin ruled out; Doug Baldwin likely to start
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 5:12pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

While Doug Baldwin is usually used in the slot, he is listed as Sidney Rice’s backup at the “Z’’ (or outside receiver) position and has lined up there regularly throughout his career.

And it is Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse who are expected to get the first call at filling in for Rice when the Seahawks host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

“You’ll see those guys out there quite often,’’ said Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

USA Today's Lindsay Jones said on Twitter: "Pete Carroll didn't have media availability today in Seattle, but he told Sirius that Percy Harvin won't play this week vs. Tampa."

Fantasy Impact:

In 23 games where Doug Baldwin has seen 4+ targets, he has averaged 3.8-53-.26 (WR4 numbers). In 15 games with 5+ targets he has posted 4.4-63-.40 (WR3 numbers). He's a low-end WR3 this week in most formats.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 11:03am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seahawks' second-year receiver Jermaine Kearse -- now the tallest receiver at 6-foot-1 -- will likely get the bulk of the playing time in Sidney Rice's place until Percy Harvin is ready to go.

Fantasy Impact:

Kearse is a viable desperation play if Harvin sits another week, though we would rather bet on Doug Baldwin in a tight spot. Kearse has two TDs on the season and could surprise against a shaky Bucs secondary.

Sidney Rice has concussion, torn ACL
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 1:58pm

Pro Football Talk on Twitter - [Full Article]

Per league source, Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has a torn ACL.

Fantasy Impact:

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also said that Rice has concussion symptoms. Rice ended 2011 on IR after two concussions in three weeks. The knee injury reported at the same time as the concussion turns out to be a torn ACL, according to PFT's source. It's now especially possible Percy Harvin plays this week after coming close last week. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse could also see an increase in snaps.