Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Russell Wilson
One of the trending topics that fantasy football managers are following is the contract developments with Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson. There is no question the talented quarterback deserves a big payday with his rookie contract of $749,000 for 2015 ending at seasons end. Many backups in the league are earning more than Wilson but that’s the NFL these days following the lockout as the veterans made sure they got the bigger piece of the pie and forced rookies to earn a big payday on the field first.
In regards to Fantasy Football are the contract talks really relevant? In today’s media world in print, television and digital it is. These issues are remained unsolved it becomes a distraction for the player and could impact the relationship moving forward. With distraction comes an impact on player attitude and performance on the field. The starting quarterback works harder off the field in film study than any other athlete in the NFL. If not paid, will Wilson be motivated to put in that extra work off the field that separates the best from the rest in the league?
One of the biggest on the field issues for Russell Wilson is to forget the intercepted pass at the Patriots one yard line in the closing seconds of the Super Bowl in 2015. It cost the Seahawks a Super Bowl title. Ironically because Russell Wilson is well liked by the media it was head coach Pete Carroll who took the brunt of the criticism instead of where it belonged and that was on the shoulders of the Seahawks quarterback.
In the 2014 season the Seahawks continued with a solid running attack. By far the club was the best rushing team in the NFL a year ago by running for 169 yards per game and 5.2 yards per run average.
Russell Wilson in 2014 completed 63% of his passes with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. One of his best performances occurred in the NFC Championship Game where he willed the Seahawks back from a 16-0 halftime deficit to force the overtime period. Wilson completed a 35 yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse early in overtime which sends the Seahawks into the Super Bowl. Wilson had a very poor first half and threw four interceptions for the game. Two huge touchdown drives in the final two minutes was an epic performance by the Seahawks quarterback.
Wilson earns fantasy football points for mock draft participants with his legs. He was second on the club in rushing with 849 yards on 118 carries which worked out to an impressive 7.2 yards per carry. He had six rushing touchdowns and finished with eight rushes for greater than 20 yards which led the club.
The Seahawks run game greatly aids the clubs passing game. Marshawn Lynch appears happy as he enters training camp and is back in 2015. Lynch ran for 1306 yards on 280 yards as he averaged 4.7 yards per carry. He did not seem too upset that his name was not called in the closing seconds of the Super Bowl as he fully supported Pete Carroll’s play call.
One of the biggest catches in free agency came when the Seattle Seahawks signed talented tight end Jimmy Graham away from the New Orleans Saints. The 6’ 7” tight end was a favorite target of Drew Brees as he caught 85 passes in 2014 for 889 yards and ten touchdowns.
The receiving corps for the Seahawks entering camp will be Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin. Kearse an undrafted player is in his fourth year with the club. He caught 38 passes during the regular season with 537 yards and a touchdown. Kearse was huge in the playoffs with seven catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged nearly 30 yards per catch in the playoffs.
Doug Baldwin had 66 catches in 2014 with 825 yards but just three touchdowns. He had a good game in NFC Championship game by catching six passes for 106 yards.
The depth in the receiving position is rather thin. Chris Matthews, Ricardo Lockette, Tyler Lockett and Kevin Norwood will compete for playing time.
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