2012 Team Outlook: Seattle
WR Doug Baldwin, SEA - Bye Week Fill-in
Baldwin was quietly Seattle's most dependable receiver last season. The undrafted, unheralded rookie out of Stanford appeared in every game and emerged as a solid weapon in the slot. He should reprise that role this season and will have a chance to equal or surpass last year's numbers.
WR Golden Tate, DET - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
He finished strong last season filling in for Sidney Rice and flashed tremendous playmaking potential. Tate could land anywhere between WR1 and WR5 on Seattle's early season depth chart (though the team will find a way to keep him involved). He is an explosive playmaker who just needs to find his groove.
Update (8/8): Word from NFL.com that Terrell Owens has shifted to flanker seems to serve as a vote of confidence for Tate, who has a relatively clear path to the starting split end spot.
WR Sidney Rice, --- - Quality Backup
Shoulder problems and three concussions cut short Rice's 2011 season, and serve as a black flag for owners shopping for receivers in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this summer. Even if he's healthy his situation isn't ideal. Don't overpay for the name.
Update (8/8): Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports that newly signed Terrell Owens, a split end his entire career, has moved over to flanker. Rice and Owens look set to go head-to-head for a starting role.
WR Braylon Edwards, --- - Gamble (high risk)
Edwards seems to have outlasted Terrell Owens in a battle of veteran receivers trying to cling to NFL viability. After offseason surgery, health remains a concern...as do the drops and off-the-field concerns that have limited Edwards throughout his playing career.
WR Ben Obomanu, --- - Low Potential
A solid but unspectacular possession receiver who filled in last season after Mike Williams' injury, recording modest fantasy numbers.
TE Zach Miller, --- - Deep-league Only
When the Seahawks signed Zach Miller last offseason, they expected he would provide an upgrade over pending free agent John Carlson; the numbers didn't bear out that expectation. Miller was a dud last season. Unless there's a sudden and major shift in Seattle's offensive philosophy, there's no reason to expect a dramatic turn around this year.