Seattle Seahawks: Top 5 Fantasy Players to Target

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Seattle Seahawks: Top 5 Fantasy Players to Target

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When you think about the best teams in the NFL, you have to think about the Seattle Seahawks. Led by quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks went 11-5 last season and made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. When a team is that good, they obviously have a lot of individual talent, and those are the players you want to target for your fantasy team.

Marshawn Lynch was a stud last season, rushing for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns. That is the type of consistent performance that owners dream of on draft day. Rookie quarterback Wilson started the year a little slowly from a fantasy standpoint, but by the end of season he was one of the top quarterbacks in the game and a must start every week. Expect these two stars to continue to perform among the best at their positions.

The big offseason news for Seattle was obviously the trade for Percy Harvin. Harvin is the ultimate offensive weapon, capable of big plays receiving, rushing and returning. Head Coach Pete Carroll knows how to maximize talents like that from his days at USC with Reggie Bush, and expect him to find a way to get Harvin as many touches as possible. Of course, Harvin’s presence benefits both Wilson and the other receivers, as defenses will be forced to focus on him.

Of course you must consider your league’s scoring format and roster size when making a decision on who to draft, as those factors can drastically alter a player’s value. However, these five Seahawks are players that fantasy owners everywhere should have on their radar.

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5. Sidney Rice

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Wide receiver Sidney Rice finally played 16 games again last season, and a good portion of his former production returned with it, as he caught 50 balls for 748 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers alone don’t make a fantasy star, but there is reason to believe he can continue to improve. First of all, the addition of Harvin will draw huge amounts of attention, leaving Rice facing a ton of one-on-one matchups. Second, he was still working his way back to health and into a comfort zone with Wilson. With another offseason under his belt, Rice should be 100 percent for the first time since his breakout 2009 season. At just 26, there is no reason to think that he won’t be able to improve on last season’s numbers.

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4. Robert Turbin

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Robert Turbin is not a guaranteed fantasy star, as he totaled just 80 carries last season. However, the second year man from Utah State is the backup running back on the team that led the NFL in rushing attempts last season. Marshawn Lynch is physical runner who puts is body at risk every carry. If he were to get injured, Turbin would be the man to take his place. Turbin could be a prime sleeper candidate for all formats, and he is a must-target in the late rounds of keeper leagues. Expect his workload to increase no matter what this season, and if Lynch were to go down, Turbin could be one of the breakout stars of fantasy.

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3. Russell Wilson

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Wilson had an excellent rookie season, throwing for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns, while rushing for 489 and another four scores. Wilson was given a top notch weapon in Percy Harvin this offseason, and he will be looking for the play-maker frequently this season. Wilson was somewhat limited in his pass attempts last year, as the Seahawks were a run oriented offense. Expect him to gain more freedom to throw this season, and his passing totals could be in for a huge jump. Wilson is one of the best dual-threat QBs in the game, and he is a surefire fantasy starter who could become a fantasy elite.

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2. Percy Harvin

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Harvin is simply a weapon. There is nothing he can’t do, and few players are more dangerous with the ball in their hands. Harvin posted 1,347 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in just nine games last season, and some considered him an MVP candidate before his injury. The risk with Harvin, of course, is injury. He has played in 16 games just once in four-year career, and he is currently dealing with a hip injury of unknown severity. If his hip injury turns out to be serious, his value plummets. If he is healthy, however, Harvin has the potential to be a top 10 fantasy receiver.

As a side-note, Harvin is the perfect example of why you must note your league’s scoring system. While valuable in all formats, Harvin is an even better draft target in PPR leagues, as well as the less common leagues that count return stats.

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1. Marshawn Lynch

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There was never any doubt Lynch would rank at the top of this list. He is one of the premier running backs in football, real or fantasy. Lynch ran for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, ranking third in the NFL in yards and fifth in touchdowns. He is a guaranteed first round pick and someone every owner picking in the mid to late first round should have on their mind. Lynch has stayed healthy the last two seasons, and he is still just 27 years of age. The Seahawks love to pound the rock, and he will get a ton of goal line chances. Lynch is a safe bet this season and without a doubt the best Seattle Seahawk for fantasy football.

Greg Sulik is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GregSulik or add him to your network on Google

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Seattle Seahawks: Top 5 Fantasy Players to Target

seahawks
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

When you think about the best teams in the NFL, you have to think about the Seattle Seahawks. Led by quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks went 11-5 last season and made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. When a team is that good, they obviously have a lot of individual talent, and those are the players you want to target for your fantasy team.

Marshawn Lynch was a stud last season, rushing for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns. That is the type of consistent performance that owners dream of on draft day. Rookie quarterback Wilson started the year a little slowly from a fantasy standpoint, but by the end of season he was one of the top quarterbacks in the game and a must start every week. Expect these two stars to continue to perform among the best at their positions.

The big offseason news for Seattle was obviously the trade for Percy Harvin. Harvin is the ultimate offensive weapon, capable of big plays receiving, rushing and returning. Head Coach Pete Carroll knows how to maximize talents like that from his days at USC with Reggie Bush, and expect him to find a way to get Harvin as many touches as possible. Of course, Harvin’s presence benefits both Wilson and the other receivers, as defenses will be forced to focus on him.

Of course you must consider your league’s scoring format and roster size when making a decision on who to draft, as those factors can drastically alter a player’s value. However, these five Seahawks are players that fantasy owners everywhere should have on their radar.

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5. Sidney Rice

rice
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Sidney Rice finally played 16 games again last season, and a good portion of his former production returned with it, as he caught 50 balls for 748 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers alone don’t make a fantasy star, but there is reason to believe he can continue to improve. First of all, the addition of Harvin will draw huge amounts of attention, leaving Rice facing a ton of one-on-one matchups. Second, he was still working his way back to health and into a comfort zone with Wilson. With another offseason under his belt, Rice should be 100 percent for the first time since his breakout 2009 season. At just 26, there is no reason to think that he won’t be able to improve on last season’s numbers.

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4. Robert Turbin

turbin
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Turbin is not a guaranteed fantasy star, as he totaled just 80 carries last season. However, the second year man from Utah State is the backup running back on the team that led the NFL in rushing attempts last season. Marshawn Lynch is physical runner who puts is body at risk every carry. If he were to get injured, Turbin would be the man to take his place. Turbin could be a prime sleeper candidate for all formats, and he is a must-target in the late rounds of keeper leagues. Expect his workload to increase no matter what this season, and if Lynch were to go down, Turbin could be one of the breakout stars of fantasy.

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3. Russell Wilson

wilson
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson had an excellent rookie season, throwing for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns, while rushing for 489 and another four scores. Wilson was given a top notch weapon in Percy Harvin this offseason, and he will be looking for the play-maker frequently this season. Wilson was somewhat limited in his pass attempts last year, as the Seahawks were a run oriented offense. Expect him to gain more freedom to throw this season, and his passing totals could be in for a huge jump. Wilson is one of the best dual-threat QBs in the game, and he is a surefire fantasy starter who could become a fantasy elite.

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2. Percy Harvin

harvin
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Harvin is simply a weapon. There is nothing he can’t do, and few players are more dangerous with the ball in their hands. Harvin posted 1,347 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in just nine games last season, and some considered him an MVP candidate before his injury. The risk with Harvin, of course, is injury. He has played in 16 games just once in four-year career, and he is currently dealing with a hip injury of unknown severity. If his hip injury turns out to be serious, his value plummets. If he is healthy, however, Harvin has the potential to be a top 10 fantasy receiver.

As a side-note, Harvin is the perfect example of why you must note your league’s scoring system. While valuable in all formats, Harvin is an even better draft target in PPR leagues, as well as the less common leagues that count return stats.

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1. Marshawn Lynch

lynch
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

There was never any doubt Lynch would rank at the top of this list. He is one of the premier running backs in football, real or fantasy. Lynch ran for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, ranking third in the NFL in yards and fifth in touchdowns. He is a guaranteed first round pick and someone every owner picking in the mid to late first round should have on their mind. Lynch has stayed healthy the last two seasons, and he is still just 27 years of age. The Seahawks love to pound the rock, and he will get a ton of goal line chances. Lynch is a safe bet this season and without a doubt the best Seattle Seahawk for fantasy football.

Greg Sulik is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GregSulik or add him to your network on Google


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