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When the Seahawks defeated the Chargers this past week, 41-14, it certainly appeared that they had picked up where they left off in Super Bowl XLVIII, dominating the opposition in the same fashion that they did last year. Even in an exhibition game, the Seahawks displayed the same style of ferocious defense and efficient offense that made them champions last season.
Yet as the new campaign approaches, it’s apparent that the Seahawks could actually be a season’s team very enticing for Fantasy players. Here’s some key observations about the 2014 Seahawks that Fantasy leaguers can absorb and use to their advantage.
Russell Wilson is going to win some games for you: Smart Fantasy owners will wait on a quarterback in their drafts this season. The position has good depth and you can nab quality starters in the middle and later rounds. Wilson is the 12th QB off the board in NFL.com drafts right now. That may seem like a fun fact for the No. 12s, but it’s also a clear sign that you can tab Wilson as your starter at a very friendly point in drafts. His ADP of 87.14 puts him in the ninth round. That illustrates an outstanding opportunity to take your starting passer after you have loaded up on some other important skill position picks at running back and wide receiver. Wilson completed 11 of 13 passes for 121 yards and rushed for two TDs against San Diego, displaying the abilities that affirm he will be a quality Fantasy starter again this year. Other QBs may throw more often, but Wilson makes the most of every attempt and he is a smart scrambler as well. He’s versatile and will always be reliable, and sometimes he will be outstanding for Fantasy purposes. He is a winning Fantasy quarterback who complements the rest of your Fantasy team very well. That much was again apparent against the Chargers.
Grabbing great value on Lynch: The Seahawks starting RB is the fifth RB off the board in NFL.com drafts, with an overall ADP of 6.75. Yet in many other leagues and drafts I have participated in and observed, he is falling to the second round, and sometimes even the third. In a premier Fantasy experts competition this past weekend, the Fantasy League of Experts (FLEX), I was able land Lynch in the second round of a 12-team league where I drafted from the 10th slot. That means I was able to pair him with Montee Ball for a dream running back combo. I think Ball is in for a major breakout year, and Lynch is a rock of Fantasy reliability. I see absolutely no reason why he cannot be a Top 10 Fantasy RB again in 2014. To have him as a No.2 RB feels as luxurious as sitting in Charter Section 135 at Century Link Field. Other Fantasy owners are locking onto bigger perceived upside plays at RB, which makes Mr. Dependable (Lynch) drop in some drafts. Take full advantage of being able to grab Lynch after the first round, I certainly did.
A friendly reminder about the preseason: Earlier this month, we told you that smart Fantasy Football owners do not write off the preseason. Already we have seen performances and notable indicators of rising Fantasy values around the league. Jay Cutler has been very sharp and is getting great protection. He is a terrific value in Round 9 and beyond. Matthew Stafford could be primed for a career year with former SeahawksWR Golden Tate as a new weapon. Chris Johnson could be a real outstanding pick in the middle rounds, and Ben Tate is looking good as a RB2 type. Rookie WRs Brandin Cooks and Marquise Lee look like instant Fantasy contributors in their first NFL seasons. Kyle Rudolph may have a breakthrough year at TE, and Travis Kelce is threatening to burst onto the Fantasy scene in a big way.
Scott Engel is an 18-year veteran of the Fantasy industry and was an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association’s Hall of Fame. For more in-depth Fantasy Football analysis from Scott and his team at RotoExperts.com, register now for the Xclusive Edge Fantasy Football package right here and take advantage of a very special discount offer for Seahawks fans!