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The Seattle Seahawks have been THE model of consistency in recent years (okay, second behind the Patriots), riding a dominant defence to 4 straight seasons with a playoff win,and reaching the Super Bowl in 2 of those seasons (winning in 2013). Expectations going into 2016 are no different for Pete Carroll’s squad, as the Hawks look poised for another deeeeep playoff run.
Despite all the success, the Seahawks’ roster hasn’t always been the most fantasy relevant in recent years. However, this year, that is clearly going to change.
While it’s much of the same of defence this year, Seattle’s offence seems ready to break out in a different way, as they look to continue where they left off on the field last season, completely dominating opposing secondaries. Seattle developed an elite passing-game in the absence of retired RB and current Skittles spokesman Marshawn Lynch, which bodes very well for several players going forward.
QB Russell Wilson had a breakout year as a passer last year, destroying his previous career highs in nearly every major offensive category, including yards, with 4,024, and passing touchdowns, with 34. Expect much of the same this year, as not much has changed on the Seahawks offence from the end of last year. At the very least, Wilson warrants an early round pick (around the 5th), behind only Rodgers and Superman Cam.
RB Thomas Rawls looked electric at times as a rookie last season, twice rushing for over 150 yards (once for 209!) before his season was cut short due to an ankle injury last December. Going into camp, it seemed evident that the job of RB1 would become Rawls’ once the season began. However, the injury kept Rawls out longer than expected, opening the door for 4th-year RB Christine Michael to impress in training camp and week 1 of preseason. Now, it appears coach Carroll is hoping to build a 2-headed monster in the Hawks’ backfield.
While this may hurt Rawls value a bit, both RBs are still drafting (while still picking Rawls much higher). The potential 1-2 punch should prove to be valuable for both the Hawks and fantasy owners of either RB.
At the WR position, look for Doug Baldwin to remain a solid option at WR2 for most fantasy teams (his stats will regress from last year), while sophomore Tyler Lockett, one of our top breakout candidates, to do just that and quickly emerge among Wilson’s favourite targets. With the ways Seattle’s offence is looking, WR Jermaine Kearse could also warrant some value in deeper leagues.
If TE Jimmy Graham is able to stay healthy (which is essentially like betting on a coin-flip at this point), expect him to have his best year as a Seahawk. Wilson and him may be able to rekindle some (not all) of the old magic he shared with Brees back in New Orleans (okay, maybe 50-60% of that old magic, at best). If healthy at draft time, Graham is a starting TE in most fantasy leagues.
As always, Seattle’s D/ST and K Steven Hauschka remain among the top-3 at their respective positions and are not to be passed up in any draft.
QB Russell Wilson; RB Thomas Rawls; RB Christine Michael; WR Doug Baldwin; WR Tyler Lockett; WR Jermaine Kearse; TE Jimmy Graham; K Steven Hauschka; Seattle D/ST