Seahawks 2018 seattle seahawks Fantasy Preview

It was a transition year in Seattle. Injuries and uneven play on the field forced Seattle to relinquish its hold on the top spot of the NFC West, finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Statistically, the 2017 Seahawks were essentially a two-man show consisting of Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin. Baldwin was the team's leading receiver for the fourth straight season and while he missed notching 1,000 yards, he did mark a third consecutive campaign with seven or more receiving touchdowns. And then there was Wilson. By this point, no one is surprised to see Russell Wilson compiling about 500 rushing yards. What did catch everyone by surprise is how poor the rest of Seattle's backfield was around him. The quarterback led the team in rushing attempts … with 95. Wilson's 586 rushing yards and three rushing scores also led everyone else on the roster by a wide margin. Behind him came a revolving door of backs, including Eddie Lacy, Mike Davis, Thomas Rawls, Chris Carson, and J.D. McKissic. There were a couple of other offensive bright spots. Paul Richardson emerged as a legitimate receiving threat with 703 yards. Jimmy Graham had a team-high 10 touchdowns. That would be more encouraging if either of those players were playing for Seattle this season. Defensively, the Seahawks remained a top 10 fantasy defense, but it's become evident that a decline in in progress and that things could get notably worse this season.



QB - Seahawks

FACT: The Seahawks scored 38 offensive touchdowns in 2017. Russell Wilson accounted for 37 of them (34 passing, 3 rushing).
Offseason Moves

This offseason might be more notable for who the Seahawks lost than who they gained. Gone from the offense are Jimmy Graham (GB), Thomas Rawls (NYJ), Paul Richardson (WAS), and Luke Willson (DET). Things weren't much better for the defense with Sheldon Richardson (MIN), DeShawn Shead (DET), and Richard Sherman (SF) all finding new homes. That's not to suggest that Seattle stood pat in the offseason. It's just that Jaron Brown, Ed Dickson, and Sebastian Janikowski aren't the type of names that will get a lot of fantasy folks excited. One name that has rung a few fantasy bells this summer is Rashaad Penny. The Seahawks surprised many by trading up in the first round to select the dynamic San Diego State running back but there are indications that he could shoulder a significant load in his rookie year. Seattle also signed Brandon Marshall but at 34 and on the tail end of his career, he won't offer much for fantasy.

Sleepers & Busts

Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin are known quantities in this offense. Everyone else is a wildcard that could fall on either side of the sleeper/bust ledger. Penny should have plenty of chances, though Chris Carson (‘memba him?) is the incumbent starter and should compete to retain that gig. That's the upside. The downside? It's an offensive line that was arguably the worst in the NFL and doesn't appear to have improved appreciably. You may have heard plenty of Tyler Lockett hype in the past. Guess what? It's Tyler Lockett's year. Now that Paul Richardson has gone from Washington (state) to Washington (D.C.), there should be more targets available. If it doesn't work out this year, we promise never to bother you with this again. Meanwhile, if you draft the Seahawks defense thinking it's still 2014, you're probably going to be sorely disappointed.

Fantasy Depth Chart
QB Russell Wilson Austin Davis Alex McGough
RB Chris Carson Rashaad Penny Mike Davis C.J. Prosise J.D. McKissic
WR Doug Baldwin Tyler Lockett Brandon Marshall Jaron Brown
TE Ed Dickson Nick Vannett Will Dissly
K Jason Myers Sebastian Janikowski