2012 Fantasy Football Preview: Seattle Seahawks

Contributed by: Michael Schwartz
Last Updated: Jul 19, 2012 5:43 PM

QB Matt Flynn - Matt Flynn should truly be commended as his only two starts in the NFL against the Patriots in 2010 and the Lions in 2011 earned him a three-year, $26 million contract.

The Seahawks expect Flynn to win the starter’s job over Tarvaris Jackson and draft pick Russell Wilson because he’s smart and can properly manage a game.

However, he doesn’t have a big arm and isn’t explosive outside of the pocket which shows that he needs to outmaneuver teams with mistake-free, calculated football. While Flynn will run a stable offense, there isn’t a whole lot to be excited about in terms of fantasy potential.

With Sidney Rice often hurt and Golden Tate struggling to emulate the promise he showed at Notre Dame, Flynn won’t produce eye-popping statistics in his first season as a starter.  

RB Marshawn Lynch - Fantasy owners who took a chance with Lynch were rewarded with 13 touchdowns and over 1,400 yards from scrimmage. Lynch truly went into Beast Mode as he punished defenders with powerful runs which showed his strength and tenacity. Yet, what makes Lynch a risk is his off-field issues which reared its ugly head once again when he was arrested in the Oakland area on July 15th for DUI.

This is a serious cause for concern for Seahawks fans because he could be facing another suspension this season because he’s a repeat offender. If his suspension is even more severe than the one he underwent in 2009 (3 games), that will seriously derail his ability to match his soaring numbers from last season.

With the potential of emerging rookie Robert Turbin and a questionable offensive line that has been beset with injuries, Lynch could prove to be a fantasy bust as a first-round pick in drafts.

RB Robert Turbin - If Marshawn Lynch is suspended for a significant chunk of the season, the Seahawks will turn to Utah State prospect Robert Turbin as their starter. Turbin will head into this season as the backup and is a must-have handcuff for Lynch owners.

Turbin should also be considered a sleeper especially if he starts because he has ideal strength and size and could benefit in Seattle’s conservative offensive game plan which turned Lynch into a force to be reckoned with. Turbin could be a breakout rookie if he meets his potential.

WR Sidney Rice - The glory days of 2009 when Sidney Rice was growing into one of the most promising receivers while catching passes from Brett Favre seem so long ago now. The Seahawks signed him as they hoped he would emerge as the dynamic No 1. WR they so desperately needed.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gone according to plan as Rice can’t seem to catch a break. Whether its shoulder surgery or the three concussions he’s suffered in the last year, Rice has become injury prone as he has missed 17 out of the last 32 games.

While his speed, size and overall abilities are impressive, Seattle’s offensive line may be too banged up to protect Flynn long enough to find Rice when he’s going deep. With an inexperienced QB who doesn’t have a big arm, Rice simply doesn’t look like a valuable fantasy option.

WR Doug Baldwin/Golden Tate - Besides Rice, Flynn’s other options are the surprising Baldwin and the disappointing Tate. The Seahawks have struggled trying to get Tate more involved in the offense even with Rice’s injuries. Instead of Tate, the undrafted Baldwin became the team’s best receiver while running out of the slot as he was 12th in the league in YAC.

Heading into this season, Seattle will hope that Tate can finally emerge as a strong outside threat while Baldwin can continue to be valuable in the slot. Yet, Flynn will undoubtedly need time to adjust to being a starter and the production both receivers will create may only eat into each other’s value and make neither of them worth drafting.                

TE Kellen Winslow - The 29-year -old Winslow was dealt from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Seattle Seahawks despite finishing with the fourth most targets last season. Winslow has plenty of ability as he can amass plenty of yards but he has had just one game in his last 39 starts with 100 or more yards.

He also has strangely never scored more than five touchdowns in one season throughout his career. Those numbers won’t likely improve in Seattle as they already have Zach Miller who received the 31st most targets last year. With Seattle’s shoddy offensive line, Winslow will have to assist more in blocking. While Winslow will be a safety valve for Flynn, he doesn’t look like a tight end worth drafting anymore.         

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