Seattle Seahawks, Def, Seahawks
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2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
Seattle will have six games against above-average rushing offenses: the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Bengals, Ravens and 49ers (twice). They shouldn't have as much trouble against the Bears' Lions' or Cardinals' ground games, although I expect the Lions and Cardinals to run the ball better in 2015. The Seahawks have a solid pass defense and a favorable pass schedule. They will battle in eight games versus below-par aerial attacks. Their toughest opponents in this area will be the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Seahawks permitted the third-fewest rushing yards (1,304) as rushers gained only 3.4 YPC and eight TDs. Seattle posted 37 sacks and allowed the fewest passing yards (2,970). Opponents tallied just 17 passing touchdowns while Seattle grabbed 13 interceptions.
Defensive end Michael Bennett was Seattle's best defensive lineman in 2014. He was an elite run stopper and although he had just seven sacks, he harassed quarterbacks all year long, including the playoffs (18 QB hits and 63 QB hurries). DE Cliff Avril tends to be a liability against the run with solid value as a pass rusher (seven sacks, 14 QB hits and 55 QB hurries). Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel will work as early-down run defender with no real edge in any area. DT Brandon Mebane played well against the run in 2013 with no sacks. Over the first nine games in 2014, he was just a league-average player. His season was cut short by a torn hamstring that required surgery. The hope is defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin will strengthen the run defense.
Linebacker Bruce Irvin has shown tremendous growth against the run over the last two years while possessing upside as a pass rusher. He recorded 8.5 sacks, 12 QB hits and 23 QB hurries last season, including the playoffs. LB Bobby Wagner has been outstanding against the run in two of his three seasons. He had just two sacks last year with slightly above-average value in pass coverage. LB K.J. Wright helps out against the run and is an occasional pass rusher, but he grades out best in coverage.
Richard Sherman is one of the best cover corners in the league with strength against the run. He allowed 36 catches on 75 attempts for 479 yards and one TD with six INTs last year. CB Cary Williams has been only a league-average player in coverage over the past couple of years. Safety Kam Chancellor wasn't as impressive in 2014 as he was in 2013, when he was a superb run defender with plus value in pass coverage (only 7.6 yards per catch, one TD allowed, five interceptions). He still graded out positively against the run and the pass in 2014. Safety Earl Thomas has played at a high level against the pass over the last two years while being a slight liability in run support. He is recovering quickly from his offseason shoulder surgery.
Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas
This defense has high upside in pass coverage thanks to two good edge rushers and six quality players at the second and third levels. They do have some risk against runs up the middle. Rookie wide receiver Tyler Lockett will add value in the return game. The key to this group's Fantasy value in 2015 will be surpassing last's season total of 37 sacks. I expect them to turn in another top-five Fantasy season, but owners are expecting this defense to be the game's absolute best.
2015 Mock Draft Results
August 5th, 2015
|14.08||Scout Fantasy - @mattkdelima - Typically you want to wait until the second to last round of your draft to take a defense but I was confident in the rest of my team to draft the best Fantasy defense. (Comments Added Wed Aug 5 12:36:41 a.m. ET 2015)|
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