Seattle Seahawks Passing Game Soaring As Fantasy Football Playoffs Open

Previewing Week 14 around the NFL from a fantasy football perspective.

In the past two seasons, Russell Wilson has led many Fantasy teams to championships, especially last year, when he finished as the third-ranked Fantasy passer on NFL.com. This is the time of year when Fantasy owners have come to count on Wilson, because the month of December signals the beginning of the Fantasy playoffs. As the postseason begins for many of you, Wilson has started to sizzle at just the right time, and his recent surge appears set to continue at Baltimore this week.

Wilson has leaped to the sixth spot among Fantasy QBs with his recent play (236.88 total points), as he has scored 94.66 points on NFL,com in the past three weeks. He has totaled nine TDs in the past two weeks and has clearly re-emerged as a must-start Fantasy QB. A big reason for Wilson's great recent success is the offensive line. He's been afforded great protection lately as Tom Cable's unit has appeared to gel and the recent insertion of Patrick Lewis at center has proved to be a great move. Wilson has only been sacked three times in the past two games.

With ample time to throw, Wilson has been seemingly more dangerous and prolific as a pocket passer than ever before. Baltimore ranks 19th in passing yards per game allowed and has a league-low four interceptions. The Ravens allow 18.88 Fantasy Points Per Game to opposing QBs, the eighth most on NFL.com. The numbers point to another impressive Wilson performance in Week 14 as your Fantasy playoffs beckon. The Seahawks are making a strong postseason push of their own, and as they have been doing it, Wilson has demonstrated that he is evolving into even more of a complete player. His recent incredible play as a pure passer makes him look like a Fantasy standout again when it counts most, except now he is doing it in more unique fashion than what we have become accustomed to. Knowing he is still ready to thwart defenses with his rushing and scrambling skills at any time makes him an ultra-versatile player who can help you win a Fantasy championship in exciting fashion.

As Wilson has flourished, Doug Baldwin, who has been Wilson's go-to guy throughout his young career so far, has exploded with the best Fantasy stretch of his career. Regarded as a quality PPR WR for depth purposes in the past, Baldwin has suddenly morphed into a must-start Fantasy player over the past four weeks, especially in PPR formats. He has six TD receptions during that span.

Baldwin has totaled 56.90 standard Fantasy points on NFL.com in the past two games as he has rocketed to the 12th spot on the overall receiving ladder at his position. His 125.80 points overall now rank him ahead of notable names such as T.Y. Hilton, Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb.

The Ravens allow 27.27 Fantasy Points Per Game to opposing wide receivers, the fourth-most on NFL.com. Baldwin's Fantasy owners should be very confident they will get another strong outing this week, as it does not appear that the Ravens will be the team to cool him off. The Seahawks are intensely focused on nailing down an NFC playoff berth, and Baldwin's experience at key times of the year means he knows what it takes to keep rolling from both the mental and technical perspectives. He'll be ready to seize the big moments as a playmaker and you'll get some fine Fantasy production over the next few weeks as a result.

Tyler Lockett has continued to progress as a receiver recently as well, and he came through with career highs in receptions (seven) and yardage (90) last week. The Seahawks' late –season schedule suggests they can continue to impress in the passing game, and Lockett should be rostered for sure now for quality depth in your Fantasy playoffs. His appeal is starting to rise quickly in keeper and dynasty formats.

Another week of passing heroics means more possible TD runs for Thomas Rawls, who could find the end zone more than once this week as he gets a good amount of opportunities to cap scoring drives, The Ravens allow only 14.51 Fantasy Points Per Game to opposing RBs, fourth-best on NFL.com. They allow 97.5 rushing yards per game. But Miami's Lamar Miller rushed for 113 yards against them last week, and the Baltimore defense may spend too much time on the field this week, meaning they will likely yield to Rawls later in the game as he provides Fantasy owners with another good outing.

Steven Hauschka may be very busy in terms of extra points and a minimum of two field goals can be expected. The Seahawks defense is one of the very best Fantasy starts of the week after shutting out the Minnesota offense last week. The Ravens offense has totaled four interceptions in their past two games, with a pick being returned for a TD in each week. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are no doubt looking forward to some turnover opportunities.

In other games, Blake Bortles will provide good Fantasy totals again as he faces the Colts. Tyrod Taylor will keep the momentum rolling from last week's strong outing as he takes on the Eagles. Jameis Winston is a fine streaming option against the Saints.

Rookie David Johnson could have his best game yet on Thursday against the Vikings, Shaun Draughn is a very good option as he faces Cleveland, especially in PPR formats. Jeremy Hill will score at least once against the Steelers. Ryan Mathews is worthy of a flex play against Buffalo.

Jeremy Maclin should stay hot against the Chargers. Vincent Jackson is a strong play vs. New Orleans. Allen Hurns will get back into the end zone vs. the Colts and Anquan Boldin deserves PPR consideration as he takes on the Browns.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs. Saints) should resurface this week and Zach Miller (vs. Redskins) can be started as well. The Chiefs (vs. Chargers) and Lions (vs. Rams) are quality streaming choices on defense.

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Team photographer Rod Mar went with the Seahawks on their business trip to Minnesota and had this perspective of the team's exciting 38-7 win over the Vikings in Week 13. 

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