The loss of Percy Harvin delivered a big hit to the projected fantasy value of Russell Wilson, but also opened up good debate on the boost this gives to the prudent draft position of other Seattle Seahawks receivers.
(The following analysis is based on FantasyPros aggregate average draft position drawn from major websites. The first number in parenthesis is ADP overall in a non-PPR redraft format; the second is ADP by position. I am not saying these players will be terrible or amazing, just that I see them significantly outperforming or underperforming their fantasy value at the current ADP.)
Underrated: Golden Tate (106, 41), Russell Wilson (74, 11)
The first person I think of when transferring Harvin’s fantasy value is Tate. I imagine the elusive, quick-twitch receiver will carry borderline WR3 potential even into the fantasy playoffs when Harvin is expected to return. Up until then, Tate’s ability to line up anywhere on the field and create fantasy points after catch will be crucial to this offense. My belief in Wilson goes deterred but marginally by the Harvin injury, as anyone who watched the playoffs knows Harvin wasn’t on the field for any of that.
Overrated: Marshawn Lynch (6, 6), Sydney Rice (104, 39)
Lynch has amassed a fair amount of carries, hits and tough running in the trenches over the past couple years, consistently ranking among the top tackle-breakers in the league. I’m not saying he will finally wear down in 2013, but that Seattle will be cognizant of this workload and work in its very deep backfield more often. Rice going for mysterious knee treatments in Europe has me worried about how safe a mid-round pick he is. I would certainly take a flyer here but am obviously much higher on Tate.