Fanatsy Football Week 17 Start 'Em: Russell Wilson

By Charles Chan
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the championship round of the fantasy football playoffs (or you just really want to win your very last fantasy matchup of the 2012 season).

Week 17’s start of the week is Seattle Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson against the St. Louis Rams.

If you haven’t been watching the Seahawks over the last three weeks, then you wouldn’t know that they’re the hottest team in the NFL right now, because the non-stop ESPN media coverage just isn’t doing it justice.

Over the last three weeks, the Seahawks have accumulated an unreal 150 points. That’s right, they’ve absolutely blown their opponents out of the water scoring 58 in Week 14 against the Cardinals, 50 the following week against the Buffalo Bills and then 42 at home against the all-mighty San Francisco 49ers. With Seattle’s offense looking more balanced, more dangerous and just flat out more hungry than ever, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see that Wilson is playing his best football of the season.

Since coming out of the team’s Week 11 bye, Wilson has averaged a stunning 23.96 fantasy points per contest and has scored fewer than 20 points just once in his last five games (only because he was benched for resting purposes after his team took a massive lead over the lowly Arizona Cardinals in Week 14 after halftime). Wilson’s production isn’t the only thing that’s seen a leap, after laying well below the radar for much of the season, Wilson now ranks as fantasy’s 11th best quarterback in 2012, just outside the top-10. He now has more overall points than Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Ray Rice and Calvin Johnson.

In the season finale, Wilson and the Seahawks will host the Rams at CenturyLink Field where the Seahawks remain unbeaten this season. The Rams defense currently rank 19th against the pass, and while Wilson has yet to pile on the passing yardage, he has been a touchdown machine in recent weeks, totaling 13 touchdowns against 2 interceptions over his last five games.

In a must-win matchup where the Seahawks hope to clinch the NFC-West division (with a little help from the Cardinals), don’t expect coach Pete Carroll to rest any of his starters. Keep rolling with Wilson while he’s hot.

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