Seattle Seahawks Early August Scouting Report
I am so happy to have football back that I will even watch a blowout preseason game to the whistle.
We saw last year that the fantasy potential of QB Russell Wilson is only partly about him. The offensive line needs to not be a turnstile. Wilson does amazing things with his feet, but he needs not to have to on every play. Right now RT Germain Ifedi is at the top of the depth chart. I don’t think he starts in the real game one over RT Ethan Pocic. Pocic not only seems to be the better athlete but he also has the right amount of nasty going through his veins. RG Oday Aboushi, C Justin Britt, LG Luke Joeckel and LT George Fant look solid in their roles and an upgrade over last year.
The ‘Hawks will be a nasty ball control in your face team this year. But when they need the explosive play Wilson will be ready to make it happen. Wilson’s fantasy numbers have been good the last couple of years simply because he had to carry the team. This year looks different and not just because the Rams have no depth. Be wary of taking Wilson too early in your fantasy draft this year. He may be top 10 or he may be a better fantasy backup - but he will be whatever it takes to compete for another ring.
QB Trevone Boykin is getting ‘breakout’ press, but he really did not do much more than QB Austin Davis. I do not think the backup role here is ready to be awarded yet.
As most everyone should be aware RB Thomas Rawls is the number one and will get the majority of the carries. He should be fairly easy to get since some still expect Seattle to give the rock to RB Eddie Lacy because he is the name. That only happens under Coach Carroll if your first name starts with Jimmy and your second name is Graham. RB C.J. Prosise is getting serious pressure from RB Chris Carson. RB Alex Collins had seemed a lock but he better start bringing it. Rawls is the definite fantasy draft pick here but could lose some goal line carries to Lacy. Or they could just throw the ball from the one over and over like seems to happen in my brain.
WR Doug Baldwin remains out but will be back. He is a must have in a fantasy draft. Seattle is loaded, but Doug is always going to get a few really good targets. WR Tyler Lockett is solid as well with WR Paul Richardson and WR Jermaine Kearse weekly longshots to steal away fantasy points. WR Kasen Williams had a heck of a game, but despite what the media seems to want to report making the cut at wide receiver in Seattle is tough to do. One good game against a defenseless LA team won’t get him in.
TE Jimmy Graham just looks amazing. Draft him onto your fantasy team as early as it make sense to in your league. Despite the passing on second and goal nightmares, Graham is the guy who you want standing there in that situation. That is why Seattle tanked their offensive line for a year or two to get him.
PK Blair Walsh will be there for the taking in the late fantasy rounds. He has no credibility yet but he is a Seahawk. I see no other reason to draft him other than all the extra points that this offense might send his way.
I was worried about the linebackers. Hello LB Michael Wilhoite and LB Terence Garvin providing instant depth for LB Bobby Wagner (always my IDP pick) and LB KJ Wright. What a group this is.
The defensive line is short due to an ATV accident with DT Malik McDowell who has no expected time of return. What a bad stroke of luck for someone who really had to prove themselves. DT Nazair Jones is making the most of his absence and showing a talent for using his long body to get in the way of passes. He looks to be an instant addition to DT Jarran Reed, DE Michael Bennett, DE Cliff Avril, and DE Frank Clark
CB Richard Sherman looks like he will have CB Jeremy Lane start opposite him, but CB Shaquill Giffin is going to push for that spot. You can’t count him out just because he got burned by TE Antonio Gates. That is a long list of dudes right there.
SS Kam Chancellor and FS Earl Thomas look healthy and ready with FS Bradley McDougald looking like their back up until DeShawn Shead is healthy enough to try to earn that spot back.
With all this talent and depth Seattle’s team D should be nabbed early in any fantasy draft.
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