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Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle

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John Halpin

John Halpin has been a fantasy contributor for since 2007. He has written and co-hosted webcasts about fantasy football for, and managed websites for the NHL, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Network. Listen to his "Fantasy 15 Podcast" on and follow him on Twitter.


Overall outlook: Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch are the fantasy headliners here. Percy Harvin could have made it a trio, but alas …

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Quarterback: Russell Wilson

Ranked ninth with 327.6 fantasy points in 2012 … Was 23rd with 3,118 passing yards on 393 attempts (T-25), but ranked T-9 with 26 touchdown passes … Third among QBs with 94 rushing attempts and 489 yards, and scored four times on the ground … Threw for 16 touchdowns against two interceptions in the season’s final eight games … If the Seahawks expand the playbook, as head coach Pete Carroll has suggested, Wilson could provide value in the QB9-12 range.

Running back: Marshawn Lynch

Ranked fourth among running backs with 246.6 fantasy points in 2012 … Third in yards (1,590), T-5 in rushing TDs (11) and fifth in carries (315) … Also had 23 catches for 196 yards and a score … Almost certain to go in your draft’s top 10.

Running back: Robert Turbin

Ranked 62nd with 53.5 fantasy points in 2012 … Ran 80 times for 354 yards, and caught 19 passes for 181 yards as Lynch’s caddy … Only worthwhile if your format dictates drafting a handcuff for Lynch.

Wide receiver: Percy Harvin

Had hip surgery in late July, and won’t return until November at the earliest … Not worth drafting.

Wide receiver: Sidney Rice

Ranked T-31 with 118.4 fantasy points in 2012 … T-48 with 50 receptions and 41st with 748 yards, but padded production with seven touchdowns … Had a non-surgical procedure done in Switzerland in July to help his ailing knee, and is expected to be ready for preseason games … Can Rice shake the injury bug to outplay his WR4 ADP?

Wide receiver: Golden Tate

Ranked 33rd with 117.7 fantasy points in 2012 … T-55 in receptions (45) and 49th in yards (688), but scored seven touchdowns … Going as a low-end WR4, with many predicting he’ll be the biggest fantasy beneficiary of Harvin’s absence.

Wide receiver: Doug Baldwin

Ranked T-76 with 54.6 fantasy points in 2012 … Caught 29 passes for 366 yards and three TDs … Longshot fantasy contributor, even with Harvin out.



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Tight end: Zach Miller

Ranked 29th among tight ends with 55.6 fantasy points in 2012 … 26th in receptions (38) and 25th in yardage (396) while scoring three times … Banged up with a foot injury that will cause him to miss much of the preseason (or longer) … Not impressed yet, right? … Caught 20 passes with two touchdowns in the season’s final seven games, and added 12 receptions for 190 yards and a score in two playoff contests … If you roster two tight ends, Miller can be your low-end TE2. Just make sure to check his health status as late as you can before the draft.

Placekicker: Steven Hauschka

Ranked 11th among kickers with 130 fantasy points in 2012 … Was T-23 with 27 field goal attempts, but converted a solid 24 of them … Fifth with 48 extra points in the Seahawks’ potent offense … Could sneak into the low-end PK1 conversation.

Team defense (DST)

Ranked seventh with 132 fantasy points in 2012 … First in points allowed (245), fourth in yards allowed (4,899), T-6 in touchdowns (six), seventh in fumble recoveries (13), T-8 in interceptions (18), T-17 in sacks (37) … Hoping to get DL Chris Clemons (11.5 sacks) back for the season opener after a playoff knee injury … Consensus pick as fantasy’s top defensive unit.

Tagged: Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch, Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson

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