So far this season, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has not been the fantasy football stud that some had hoped for. In two games, Wilson has only thrown for 462 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and has not run for a score yet.
Heading into week three, the Seahawks face a pretty pathetic Jacksonville Jaguars team that currently sits at 0-2. At first glance, fantasy owners should be salivating at the potential their quarterback has going against the Jags this week. Ironically enough, you would be making a mistake to think that Wilson has a favorable matchup.
The Jags have given up the 2nd fewest passing yards this year at only 142.5 yards per game. In week one, they gave up two passing touchdowns to Alex Smith. In week two, Terrelle Pryor failed to throw for a score.
So, what should fantasy owners do with Wilson?
Here comes the promising side of things.
The Jags have given up the 2nd most rushing yards in the league this year at 173.5 yards per game. What else does Wilson do well? Oh, that’s right, the kid has some wheels.
Here’s another thought regarding the Jags’ defense: The Oakland Raiders probably won’t jump off the stat sheet in any given week in respect to the passing game. So, what would you have expected out of them against Jacksonville? Of course they ran the ball.
Where does this leave us, then? Well, after scaring you a bit with some pretty misleading statistics — I sincerely apologize, by the way — I would lean toward starting Wilson confidently. The Jags simply aren’t a good team all-around, and Wilson is a big part of what Seattle does offensively. He should be a safe bet for a couple of scores between the air and ground game.