Tucked away in beautiful King County, Seattle is best known for it's fantastic land and seascapes, computers and coffee. Sadly, the same can't be said for their fantasy football scoring output. One has to go all the way back to 2007 to find a year where the Seahawks cracked the top ten in NFL scoring. They have been 23rd overall the past two seasons. Apart from RB Marshawn Lynch , it's been fairly gloomy in the Seattle fantasy circles as well. Let's head to Century Link Field in Seattle to see if the Seahawks can soar in 2012.
Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Fantasy Options
Pete "Savior" Carroll is two years into his Seahawks head coaching tenure and, sitting with a 14-18 record, he has yet to deliver. While yours truly is not a fan of Carroll, he hasn't had very much talent to work with the past two seasons. Nowhere is that more evident than at the QB position. Matt Hasselbeck tanked in 2010 (12 TD – 17 INT) and starting QB Tarvaris Jackson wasn't much better last season with 14 TD & 13 INT. That led Seattle to the free agent market where they won the QB Matt Flynn sweepstakes.
Not many players have cashed in on a single game performance more than Flynn did during the 2012 NFL off-season. His lights out 518 YD - 6 TD Week 17 showing against the Lions catapulted him to the top of QB free agent pile. Remember, Detroit was 30th vs.the pass last year and the Seahawks don't have anyone named Nelson on their roster. Also, Flynn passed for 177 yards 0 TD and 1 INT against the Lions in Week 14 back in 2010. Jackson and rookie QB Russell Wilson are battling for the backup role in Seattle.
Seahawks QB Analysis: Without much of a track record, it's tough to gauge Flynn's ability as a cstarting NFL QB. It should be noted that he gets the Bills in Buffalo in Week 15 and then the 49ers at home during the Fantasy Championship Weekend - ouch! Currently ranked #26 here at FFTB, Flynn will be a decent backup QB if you have a stud starter. Check the bye weeks and act accordingly as there are not a lot of soft spots on the Seahawks schedule. If you draft Joe Flacco or Matt Schaub, Flynn gets the Lions in Week 8.
Seattle Seahawks Running Back Fantasy Options
After two very down years (one in Buffalo and one in Seattle), RB Marshawn Lynch ended up posting a career year for the Seahawks in 2011. The season didn't look promising as Lynch plodded along for 263 rushing yards and 3 TD through the first eight weeks of the season. The former Golden Bear got at it after that though as he racked up 979 total yards and ten TD from Week 9 through 16. His Week 10 effort (167 TYD 1 TD) against the Ravens was impressive.
Lynch has had personal conduct issues throughout his five years in the NFL but none of those transgressions fell under the league's substance abuse policy. That, and the fact that his case won't be heard until after the season, means Lynch should avoid an NFL imposed suspension for his DUI back in July. I won't be taking Lynch, but he is currently ranked as the RB13 here at FFTB. He will mostly likely go off the board as a bottom barrel RB1 on Draft Day 2012.
Seahawks RB Analysis: Rookie RB Robert Turbin (Utah State) is the primary handcuff for Lynch and RB Leon Washington appears to be the unchallenged change-of-pace back in Seattle. If Lynch were to get suspended prior to the start of the season, Turbin would see a bump in his value. That said, we see the rookie riding the pine for the most part this season. Keep an eye on Washington, there's not a lot of tread wear on his tires, and he could morph into a decent sleeper if his role expands beyond third down plays.
Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Fantasy Options
This is where things get really strange in Seattle. Are you kidding me? Sidney Rice at WR1 on the depth chart, WR Terrell Owens as WR3, Golden Tate at WR4, and WR Braylon Edwards at WR5? Pull all their current talent together and you would end up with WR1 and a half at best. Combined, this not so fantastic foursome has 197 catches, 2,424 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two NFL seasons. Good luck with all that Mr Flynn.
That sly old fox Pete Carroll hopes he can still get something out of Owens and/or Edwards (who appear to be battling for one roster spot). When it comes to players of this ilk, Meatloaf always sums it up best; "but there ain't no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box". WR GoldenTate has practiced at split end during training camp, but is an unproven commodity.
WR Sidney Rice can't stay out of the infirmary and with his unfortunate concussion issues he can't be trusted on a week-to-week basis. WR Doug Baldwin showed promise in his rookie season with 788 receiving yards and four TD in 2011, though he only reached the 90+ YD plateau twice. WR Ben Obomanu is also in this murky mess that Flynn will have to navigate.
Seahawks WR Analysis: Wow! My head is spinning after trying to map out that mess. Carroll is a slimmer version of Jets head coach Rex Ryan. They both believe they can turn a Yugo into a Cadillac, it is not going to happen. Personally I always add a "Brown List" to the bottom of my Draft Day cheat sheet. The Seattle receivers are players who make that list and it's only consulted after about Round 12 or so. I will be avoiding the foggy Seahawks receiver situation.
Seattle Seahawks Tight End Fantasy Options
Things don't get much clearer at the tight end position in Seattle. TE Zach Miller looks to be the top dog here, but he suffered a concussion during the Seahawks' Week 1 preseason contest against the Titans. While the concussion is reported to be minor, Miller has dealt with them for three straight seasons now. Additionally, Miller was a bust (233 YD 0 TD) last season.
More Seattle recycling is going on with the addition of TE Kellen Winslow. Although he is six seasons past his devastating knee injury, the risk is always there and Winslow has definitely lost a step. With his best years left in Cleveland (and after three mildly successful seasons in Tampa Bay), Winslow has to battle Miller and will be playing in a ground heavy game plan.
Seahawks TE Analysis: Miller and Winslow are additional brown list fodder. "Barely backups" is the best way to describe the Seahawks' cast of characters at tight end. Throw in the fact that the TE position will be asked to block in the run game more than catch in the pass game, and this situation is best left to someone else. Move along now…there's nothing to see here.
Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Bottom Line: I mentioned in the opening that I am not a fan of Pete Carroll. As the latest in a long list of possible NFL "silver foxes," I have no idea what he is trying to prove. Living off his fluke win over the Saints in the 2010 NFC Wild Card game will only last so long. If he proves me wrong and the Seahawks have a good season, I will take my lumps. This is a classic example of a fantasy graveyard as the Seahawks will not take flight. On Fantasy Football 2012 Draft Day, the entire Seahawks roster will make my Brown List.