With the arrival of the NFL season comes the arrival of Fantasy Football and it’s taking the nation by storm. Fantasy Football gives every fan the chance to be a head coach of their own team, with all the glory, and frustrations, that go with it. Deciding who to draft, who to start, who to trade, who to replace, are routines that virtually anyone who has played a season of fantasy football has become very familiar with.
The challenge for any fan is when to choose your team’s player(s), and when to choose the players of another team. It’s easy enough to have faith in Russell Wilson, but how does he stack up against Drew Brees? If you have the choice of both, whom do you pick?
There are many experts in Fantasy Football. The sheer numbers involved are nearly as complicated as trying to figure an insurance premium. I cannot explain the science and math behind which player facing an east coast team on a Monday night on natural grass versus a 3-4 defense will have a better rushing week than their average, but I can identify some Seahawks who would be good additions to any person’s fantasy team.
NUMBER ONE: Marshall Lynch - The strategy for most successful Fantasy Football leagues is to grab your running back early. There are only so many elite ball carriers, and without a solid performance here, the rest of the team suffers. Every Seahawk fan knows that the team is going as far as Marshall Lynch can carry them. In 2012, he carried quite the load: carrying the ball 314 times for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns. Despite being the workhorse for the Seahawks, he averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Per The GURU in a recent story on Top Fantasy Running backs, Lynch has 2013 Projections: 1300 (rushing yards)/9 (TDs)/200 (receiving yards) /1 (receiving TD)
NUMBER TWO: Russell Wilson - The story of Russell Wilson is the stuff that makes the NFL magical. As a mid round draft choice, Russell arrived and immediately participated in a 3 way competition to earn the starting role as quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. After winning the number one spot, the team became his, and his first year was impressive. Despite tossing for 3,118 yards, which was only 23rd best in the NFL, he passed for 26 TDs (9th best). His passer rating was 100. In addition to his accurate and efficient passing game, Russell Wilson also rushed for 489 yards and 4 TDs. Due to his lower than average passer yards in 2012, he is not seen as a top 10 QB in Fantasy Football in 2013. But with his return to the second year, look for Russell to be a solid QB. 2013 Projections: 450 (rushing yards)/5( rushing TDs)/3750 passing yards /25 passing TDs.
NUMBER THREE: SEATTLE DEFENSE – The Seattle Seahawks have an oppressive defense. Not only do the defensive backs blanket the receivers, but that allows the swarming pass rushers to bring down the quarterback. In 2012, the Seahawks led the NFL in points per game at 15.3. Although it’s hard to believe, the Seahawks defense look to be even deeper in the defensive backfield in 2013. In fact, some of the 3rd string cornerbacks could compete for starting time on other NFL teams. 2013 Projections: Number 1 defense
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Written by: @milroyigglesfan