News: In a video Q&A on the Seahawks official website, head coach Pete Carroll tabbed quarterback Russell Wilson as the player most likely to break out on 2013. "I think he's going to really do well this year," Carroll said of Wilson. "He's going to bust out and will benefit tremendously from his first year. It may be hard to imagine him getting better but I think he's going to get a lot better."
Analysis: We like Carroll's confidence in Wilson, though figured he'd be enthusiastic about his passer. As a surprise sensation in 2012, Wilson completed 64.1 pct. of his passes for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns, adding 489 yards on the ground with four touchdowns. He also had two-plus touchdowns in nine of his last 11 games including the postseason. With offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell coming back to Seattle this offseason and the Seahawk offense expected to upgrade in a couple of spots, the future is bright for Wilson. He'll be a popular pick with a Round 5 or 6 pick in drafts.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson continued his multiple touchdown streak despite playing in a meaningless all-star game, spiking the AFC for three touchdowns on 8 of 10 passing in the 2013 Pro Bowl. He had 98 yards passing and 10 yards rushing in the game.
Analysis: The rookie had at least two total touchdowns in nine of his last 11 games, excluding the Pro Bowl. With offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell coming back to Seattle this offseason and the Seahawk offense expected to upgrade in a couple of spots, the future is bright for Wilson. We like him as a low-end No. 1 Fantasy quarterback worth a pick in Round 5 or later in drafts this summer. The glut of quarterback talent will make him a very good bargain come Draft Day.
News: The Seattle Times reports that with Darrell Bevell returning for a third season as Seattles offensive coordinator, it means continuity going forward for quarterback Russell Wilson. Bevell coming back means Wilson won't have to learn a new offensive system heading into his second year. In fact, Bevell received a new contract, according to ESPN.
Analysis: Wilson was a star in his rookie season with 3,118 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions and 489 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He finished the regular season with at least 20 Fantasy points in seven of his final eight games, and he has the look of a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues. Plan on drafting Wilson as a low-end starting option with a mid-round pick.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led a valiant comeback attempt Sunday at Atlanta, but his Hail Mary pass as time expired was intercepted in the Falcons' end zone and Seattle suffered a 30-28 loss in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Seattle briefly held the lead at 28-27 with 31 seconds left, but Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan led a quick scoring drive, setting up Matt Bryant for the game-winning 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining. Seattle had trailed 20-0 halftime and 27-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Wilson finished 24 of 36 for 385 yards and three touchdowns (two passing). He completed touchdown passes of 3 and 29 yards. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run and led the team with 60 rushing yards on seven carries.
Analysis: Obviously, heading into 2012 the hype among rookie quarterbacks was between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin, who went first and second overall in the NFL draft. By season's end, however, Wilson made his presence known as a rookie quarterback and even led Seattle to a playoff win against Griffin and the Redskins. Wilson didn't get off to a strong statistical start in 2012, but he finished as a Top 10 Fantasy scoring quarterback. Wilson was especially strong in the second half, recording at least 20 Fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. Wilson definitely has the potential to be a mid-round Fantasy selection with upside in 2013 drafts.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson turned in a decent performance in his playoff debut during Sunday's NFC Wild Card game against the Redskins. Wilson was not asked to do much as he completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown pass in a 24-14 victory. Down 14-0, he led his team back into the game in the second half and connected with fullback Michael Robinson on a 4-yard strike. Wilson ran eight times for 67 yards and helped snap an eight-game postseason losing streak away from home for the Seahawks. He was sacked five times and finished with a 92.9 quarterback rating.
Analysis: Wilson showed some poise as he made some big plays -- on the ground and through the air -- to help his team advance to the second round of the playoffs. Wilson is the only rookie starting quarterback remaining in the postseason and has proved in a huge way this season that he's not going anywhere on the Fantasy stage. He'll now head to Atlanta next week, who have allowed just 242.4 yards passing per game this season, which is near the bottom of the league (24th). Opposing quarterbacks have scored just 14.5 Fantasy points per game this season, which is the eight-least allowed in the league. Consider him a decent option in all Playoff Challenge leagues. Wilson should be viewed as a top 12 Fantasy quarterback heading into 2013.
News:Russell Wilson's hot streak has pushed the Seahawks into the playoffs and a date with the Redskins on Sunday. Wilson will take on a Redskins pass defense that's improved a bit of late, allowing multiple passing touchdowns to just two of the last five quarterbacks its faced. The defense corralled Tony Romo into three interceptions and has six total in its last three games. But not many passers are as hot as Wilson, who has found a way to score multiple touchdowns in eight of his last nine games.
Analysis: The only drawback to using Wilson in this game is having to replace him if the Seahawks lose. That's obviously a possibility but the Seattle defense is at full strength and might be able to help deliver a road win. That would push the Seahawks into two playoff games and with the way Wilson has been playing, there could be a chance for more. There's risk to starting Wilson in Wild Card weekend and beyond, but not much risk in expecting a good game statistically from him. He's also considered a Top 12 Fantasy quarterback in 2013.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson closed out his Week 17 regular-season finale against the Rams Sunday by rushing for a touchdown to break a tie and earn a win. Wilson scored from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Wilson had another excellent performance with two touchdowns and no turnovers. He went 15 of 19 for 250 yards with a 10-yard TD pass to Michael Robinson in the third quarter. That TD pass was his 26th of the season, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most TD passes by a rookie in NFL history. Wilson added 58 rushing yards on nine carries, including the game-winning score. He finished with a QB rating of 136.3 in the game.
Analysis: Wilson finished the regular season with a performance more consistent with what he's done for most of his rookie year with Seattle. Wilson has really been a solid Fantasy option all season, but he generally doesn't toss four touchdowns as he did Week 16 against San Francisco. Still, Wilson proved in a huge way that he's not going anywhere on the Fantasy stage. He had 26 touchdown passes this season compared to just 10 interceptions and only two of those picks came after Week 8. Wilson, who also has plenty of value with his legs and added four rushing TDs on the year, should enter the Fantasy playoffs as a viable option in all leagues. He should be a considered a low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 Fantasy QB entering next year.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has accounted for eight touchdowns in his last two games heading into the Week 17 regular-season finale against St. Louis Sunday. Wilson, a rookie, is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL right now as Seattle looks to solidify its lock on the playoffs and hopefully better the team's seeding, perhaps even winning an NFC West title in the process. The Rams have been middle of the road against quarterbacks this season.
Analysis: Wilson played against the Rams back in Week 4 and was horrendous in that game. He threw for just 160 yards and did not throw a touchdown pass with three interceptions. That said, he has thrown for just two interceptions since Week 9 of the season and has really grown as an NFL quarterback. Wilson has 25 touchdown passes compared to just 10 picks all year and adds to that three rushing touchdowns. He is as hot as it gets right now and Seattle has everything to play for. Consider Wilson a solid start in all Fantasy formats for Week 17.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did not top 200 yards passing but turned in a career performance during Sunday's contest against the 49ers at home in Week 16. Wilson completed 15 of 21 passes for 171 yards as he threw for a career-high four touchdown 42-13 victory. He connected with Marshawn Lynch for a 9-yard strike in the first quarter, Anthony Mccoy for a 6-yard score in the second quarter and a pair of touchdowns to Doug Baldwin from 4 yards out and from 6 yards out in the second half. Wilson also rushed for 29 yards on six carries. He was picked off once and sacked once and finished with a 115.3 passer rating in a winning effort.
Analysis: Wilson has come on late for the Seahawks and is enjoying the finest stretch of his rookie campaign. He has fired 15 touchdowns and has been picked off just once in his last seven games while also scoring three rushing touchdowns over that stretch. He is also averaging just over 200 passing yards per game over that span of games. He'll try to finish out the regular season on a high note at home against the Rams. Wilson threw for 160 yards and was picked off a season-low three times in his last meeting against the Rams in Week 4. Fantasy owners should view him as a decent option in most formats heading into the final week of the regular season.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will have a tough matchup at hands heading into Week 16 at home against the 49ers. Wilson became the first player in the history of the league to run for three touchdowns and throw another in the first half He finished with 205 yards and a touchdown passing with 92 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns against the Bills in Week 15. He'll face a San Francisco defense that has allowed just 201.9 yards per game this season, which is the fifth-fewest allowed in the league. Wilson was held in check for just 122 yards and an interception, with 10 yards on the ground in his first meeting against the 49ers in Week 7.
Analysis: Wilson is enjoying his finest stretch of his rookie campaign, as he has an 11-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and three rushing touchdowns over the previous seven games. He'll have a tougher time against the Niners, though they did allow 443 yards passing to Tom Brady last week. Opposing quarterbacks have scored an average of 14.3 Fantasy points per game this season, which is tied for the seventh-most allowed this season. Fantasy owners should view him as more of a low-end option heading into Week 16 at home against San Francisco.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made NFL history in Week 15 against the Bills. He became the first player in the history of the league to run for three touchdowns and throw another in the first half. Wilson scored on 14 and 25-yard runs in the first quarter before hooking up with tight end Zach Miller from 4 yards out in the second. Then before halftime, he found the end zone from 13 yards out. Wilson would not record another touchdown in the game and ended up completing 14 of 23 passes for 205 yards with no interceptions in the 50-17 win. Wilson finished with 92 yards rushing on nine carries, was was second on Seattle behind running back Marshawn Lynch (113 yards). "I'm just thrilled that he's been able to continue to grow," coach Pete Carroll said. "For a time, we were just trying to get the offense going and not screw it up and make sure he could keep growing. Well, we're past that now."
Analysis: Wilson continues to impress in his rookie campaign and he has really picked up his game of late. He has an 11-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the previous seven games and added three more scores on the ground Sunday. While his passing totals have not always been that impressive, Wilson is proving to be a viable starter in the NFL and has made some noise in Fantasy as well. Still, with the 49ers up next on the schedule, continue to view the 24-year-old as more of a low-end Fantasy quarterback for Week 16. Wilson threw for just 122 yards with no touchdowns and an interception when he faced the division foe earlier in the year.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson enters his Week 15 matchup against the Bills on quite a roll. Wilson has thrown 10 touchdowns and just one interception over his last five games and has thrown for 926 yards over that stretch. He will be facing a Buffalo defense that is allowing an average of 228 passing yards per contest. The Bills have surrendered 22 TDs through the air while yielding an average of 19.5 Fantasy points to opposing QBs, which ranks 21st overall.
Analysis: Wilson has enjoyed a very productive rookie campaign in Seattle as he has the Seahawks on the verge of the playoffs. However, with Marshawn Lynch shouldering most of the offensive load, Wilson has not thrown for as many yards as some of his counterparts. He has finished with fewer than 200 yards passing in eight games this season and has finished with one or fewer TD passes in six of those contests. With Lynch expected to see a heavy workload again this week, consider Wilson more of a low-end option against the Bills.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was not needed much in Week 14 against the Cardinals. He competed 7 of 13 passes for 148 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 58-0 blowout win. He has picked off by Patrick Peterson in the second quarter for his first interception at home this season but hooked up with tight end Zach Miller for a 24-yard touchdown strike before halftime. Wilson was replaced by backup Matt Flynn in the third quarter and did not play much in the second half. Wilson, who also gained 12 yards on three carries, posted an 88 passer rating in the victory.
Analysis: Wilson threw his first interception since Week 8 on Sunday and finished with under 200 yards passing for the eighth time this season. While he has had a successful rookie campaign thus far, his numbers are not consistent enough to be considered a reliable option in Fantasy. The offense in Seattle runs through Marshawn Lynch so Wilson's job is to not turn the ball over, which he has been good at with just nine interceptions thus far. Wilson could be in for more of the same in Week 15 against the Bills so continue to view him as more of a low-end option in Fantasy.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a 9-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the previous four games but will be going up against one of the tougher pass defenses in the league in the Cardinals Week 14. Arizona ranks third in the NFL against the pass, giving up under 197 yards per contest, and has limited opposing quarterbacks to an average of 12.7 Fantasy points. When Wilson faced the division foe earlier in the year, he threw for 153 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Analysis: Wilson has been playing very well of late and has thrown 19 touchdowns compared to just eight interceptions thus far. While his yardage totals have not always been that impressive, the rookie has developed into a decent Fantasy option and still has a ton of upside at age 24. The Cardinals were able to slow him down in the season opener, however, and have been tough against the pass all season long so continue to view Wilson as more of a low-end option for Week 14.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson led his team to an overtime victory in Chicago in the Week 13 game Sunday. Wilson overcame the Bears' defense to throw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice late in the overtime for the 23-17 win. Wilson did not have a TD pass until the fourth quarter and finished with two as he also hit Golden Tate for a touchdown from 14 yards out. Wilson finished 23 of 37 for 293 yards with the two scores and no interceptions. He added nine carries for 71 rushing yards.
Analysis: Wilson has now recorded multiple touchdown passes in six consecutive games in which he's thrown at least one touchdown. He's done it in five straight overall. Wilson has 14 passing touchdowns since the beginning of Week 6 compared to just two interceptions. When you add in the rushing yards as well, Wilson has been a Fantasy stud in the second half of the season. We expect that to continue Week 14 against Arizona. Wilson can be active in plenty of Fantasy formats for that one.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has had some success against NFC North foes so far this season and will look to keep things going in Week 13 against the Bears. In three games against the division, the rookie has thrown for 539 yards with a seven-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio. Chicago ranks sixth in the league in pass defense, giving up under 211 yards per contest, and has limited opposing quarterbacks to an average of 10.7 Fantasy points.
Analysis: Wilson has not thrown an interception in the previous three games and has seven touchdown passes over that span. The Bears have been brutal against quarterbacks thus far, however, with 20 interceptions, including seven returned for touchdowns. The Seahawks will likely have to throw the ball a ton Sunday, as well, as Chicago ranks eighth in the league in run defense. The 24-year-old doesn't appear to have the best matchup for Week 13 so continue to view Wilson as more of a low-end option in Fantasy.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had another fine performance in Week 12 against the Dolphins, posting his fourth game in a row with multiple touchdown passes. Wilson Completed 21 of 27 passes in the game for 224 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns from within the 5-yard line. Wilson also rushed for 38 yards on five carries, second on the team. At one point in the game, from the beginning of the second quarter until the fourth, Wilson completed 16 passes in a row, before a pass hit receiver Doug Baldwin on the fingertips and fell harmlessly to the ground. Wilsons solid performance was ultimately not enough, as the Seahawks allowed 17 fourth-quarter points to fall, 24-21.
Analysis: Wilson has been on a roll over the last four games, tossing 11 touchdowns with just one interception. He has completed 70.4 percent of his passes in that time span for 821 yards, while adding 108 yards on the ground. He has turned into a true Fantasy contributor here in the second half of the season, and now has 17 touchdown passes to just eight interceptions on the year. He has a tough test ahead of him in Week 13, however, as the stingy Bears get ready to host Seattle. Chicago has intercepted 20 passes while allowing just nine touchdowns on the season. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging just 11.6 Fantasy points per game against the Bears, so Wilson should be considered a risky Fantasy option, despite his strong play.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson heads into Week 12 against the Dolphins on a very different trajectory from his fellow rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill, who has been Miamis starter since Week 1, seems to be playing the worst ball of his brief professional career over the last few weeks, while Wilsons career seems to be taking flight. Wilson has 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions over the last five games, while leading the Seahawks to a 3-2 record. Seattle heads to Miami Sunday.
Analysis: Wilson got off to a mediocre start to his professional career, with six interceptions in his first five games, but he has vindicated the teams decision to start him from day one. Week 12 should offer him an excellent opportunity to keep his strong play up, as the Dolphins have been one of the worst teams in the league at defending the pass. Miami is allowing 282.4 passing yards per game, though they have held their last two opponents to just 290 yards combined. Wilson has some upside as plenty of quarterbacks have had success against the Dolphins this season, but he should be considered more of a low-end Fantasy option for Week 12.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 12 of his 19 attempts for 188 yards passing and two touchdowns during the Seahawks' 28-7 win over the Jets in Week 10. Wilson was harried for much of the day by the multiple looks from New York's defense, but the rookie responded with key throws and did not throw an interception for the second game in a row. He hit Golden Tate for a 38-yard touchdown on Seattle's opening drive, then connected with Sidney Rice early in the fourth quarter for his third straight game with multiple touchdown passes.
Analysis: Wilson also burned the overmatched Jets defense with 34 rushing yards on seven carries as he was able to avoid most of New York's pressure. Although he was sacked four times, he still managed an 18-yard scamper, which represents his longest run of the season. Wilson also extended his sterling streak at home and has gone five games without being picked off at CenturyLink Field. He continues to make strides on a weekly basis and should be classified as a quality option in deeper Fantasy formats for Week 12 at Miami following Seattle's upcoming bye.
News: In addition to providing some much-needed stability at the position, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is starting to rack up the accolades during his first NFL season. Wilson, who was the Seahawks' third-round pick last April, is the only rookie to throw for three touchdowns this season -- and he's done it twice. Wilson's three touchdown passes in the first half last Sunday qualified him as only the fourth rookie in the past 25 years to accomplish that feat. In Week 10, Seattle hosts the Jets, who are permitting 205.6 passing yards per game.
Analysis: Wilson has been stellar at home this season and owns a 4-0 record while completing 62 percent of his passes (57 of 92) for 747 yards and nine touchdowns. Plus, he has not thrown an interception at CenturyLink Field, an area he has improved in overall. Wilson has been picked off only twice while accounting for eight touchdowns over his past four games. New York is yielding an average of just 13.5 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, but has had trouble with mobile players under center. Wilson has developed into a decent bye-week replacement in deeper Fantasy formats for Week 10.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was 16 of 24 passing with three touchdowns during Seattle's 30-20 win over Minnesota in Week 9. Wilson completed at least 66 percent of his attempts for the second game in a row and now has five touchdown passes to just one interception in that span. He continues to effectively spread the ball across the field and found eight different players with passes Sunday, including his seemingly new favorite target in Golden Tate, who hauled in two of his touchdown passes (6 and 11 yards). Sidney Rice had the other touchdown on an 11-yard pass in the first quarter.
Analysis: Wilson is starting to develop into a reliable threat for the Seahawks -- and Fantasy owners -- as he possesses the ability to burn a team with his arm and his legs. The rookie out of Wisconsin consistently escaped trouble in a collapsing pocket and gained 27 yards -- one shy of high season high -- on nine rushing attempts. Wilson now has thrown for three touchdowns in two of his past four games. He has become a quality option in deeper Fantasy formats heading into Week 10 against the Jets, who have struggled against mobile quarterbacks this year.
News: After some expected learning experiences during his first five weeks as an NFL starter, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson seems to have settled into a groove. Entering the Seahawks' Week 9 matchup against Minnesota, Wilson has thrown for five touchdown and just two interceptions over his past three outings to take over the lead among all rookies with 10 touchdown passes. "Mentally, I dont feel like that at all. I think more than anything, Im dedicated to this offense and dedicated to this football team," he said Thursday about being a rookie. "So I think everybody is equal. Were just trying to win. Thats our focus all the time, is competing and playing at a high level."
Analysis: Wilson has also drawn the respect of some of his opponents, including ferocious Vikings pass rusher Jared Allen. The 23-year-old's impressive mobility has also netted 128 yards on the ground for a solid average of 3.6 yards per carry. "Hes a playmaker," Allen said. "Youve got to give the guy credit, he does some things in the pocket -- hes athletic enough in the pocket -- to get himself free to throw the ball down the field. And he can still beat you with his feet." Minnesota struggled with another mobile quarterback in Robert Griffin III during a Week 6 loss to Washington, and has now yielded an average of 20.0 Fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers. Wilson could a decent Fantasy option in two-quarterback leagues for Week 9.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 25 of 35 passes for 229 yards in a 28-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday. He threw two touchdowns, was intercepted once, and gained nine yards on one carry.
Analysis: While the 71 percent completion rate wasn't Russell's most precise game of passing -- he's twice completed 75 percent of his passes or more -- it did mark the highest number of both passes attempted and completed on the season for the rookie quarterback. This is even more encouraging considering the Lions ranked sixth in the league in passing yards allowed per game. Wilson faces Minnesota in Week 9, and the Vikings have allowed an average of 244 passing yards per game over their last two. He's not a top 16 quarterback just yet, but Wilson showed enough maturity and skill against a very good Lions pass defense to be comfortably started in two-quarterback leagues.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has produced a frustratingly erratic season so far in 2012. He has two games with fewer than four Fantasy points, one with 28, and a bunch between 11 and 18. Seattle ranks 32nd in the NFL in pass attempts and Wilson, who was expected to at least contribute on the ground, is just sixth among quarterbacks in rushing yards, with 119.
Analysis: Wilson's big game this season came in Week 6 against New England, when he threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns. It was just the second time in seven games that he threw for over 175 yards. Wilson has been bad, but he's not quite at "disastrous" level just yet. His seven interceptions and eight touchdowns have him almost on par with Joe Flacco (nine touchdowns and six interceptions), although Flacco has out-passed Wilson by about 600 yards. And while Wilson's 119 rushing yards probably aren't as high as his owners would have liked, he still has the fourth-most attempts among quarterbacks, so there's at least hope that he may continue to run and try to better his 3.4 ypc average. Also, for a quarterback who has rushed the ball so much, he only has two fumbles on the season. While there is some potential for an occasional breakout game, Wilson just doesn't show up often enough to justify a spot on most rosters. He can be left to the waiver wire in all but the deepest leagues, and is a low-end QB2 in two-quarterback formats.
News: Coming off the best game of his young career, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took on the tough challenge of facing the 49ers Thursday in Week 7. Wilson crashed back down to earth following his win against the Patriots last week, as he completed just 9 of 23 passes for 122 yards. He established new career-lows in completions and passing yards, and was held without a touchdown for just the second time in seven games. Wilson threw an interception late in the third quarter, his seventh of the season. The Seahawks offense struggled to get going as a result of Wilson's poor performance, in a 13-6 loss. He added 10 yards rushing on three carries.
Analysis: There was some hope that Wilson was starting to turn a corner, as his passing yardage had increased in four games in a row. This was definitely a step back for him, then. He averaged just 5.3 yards per attempt and finished with a 38.7 quarterback rating. Wilson seems to have taken longer to acquaint himself to the NFL than the most of the rest of this rookie class, so we should continue to expect some ups and downs through the season. The Seahawks do have a better matchup in Week 8, as they will head to Detroit to take on the Lions on Sunday. Detroit ranks 17th in the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks this season, however Wilson remains more of a low-end Fantasy starter for Week 8.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has been a winner in four of his last five starts heading into Week 7 at San Francisco. That said, he will have a very tough matchup ahead of him against the 49ers. San Francisco has allowed the fifth-fewest Fantasy points per game this season to opposing quarterbacks. Even Eli Manning was held in check last week by San Francisco as he finished with under 200 yards passing with just one touchdown.
Analysis: Wilson is coming off a career performance last week against New England in which he threw for 293 yards with three touchdowns for a 133.7 quarterback rating. What that is good news, Wilson hadn't even topped 160 yards before Week 5 at Carolina. The 49ers have been awesome on defense this season and we just don't see Wilson doing enough Week 7 to be a viable Fantasy option outside the deepest of two-quarterback leagues.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had the best performance of his young career in Week 6 against the Patriots. After tossing for 155 yards and a score in the first half, he finished 16 of 27 for a career-high 293 yards and three touchdowns in the 24-23 win. He hooked up with wideout Doug Baldwin on a 24-yard scoring strike in the first quarter before struggling over the next two quarters. The rookie lost a fumble before halftime and could not move the ball much after the break. Then in the fourth quarter, he found Braylon Edwards from 10 yards out for his second touchdown. Wilson saved his best for last as he found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, rallying his team for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun New England. Wilson, who posted a 133.7 passer rating, also gained 17 yards on five carries in the victory.
Analysis: Wilson did not throw an interception for the first time since Week 3 on Sunday and has now thrown for over 200 yards each of the last two games. He showed some impressive arm strength against the Patriots as well and is starting to look like he could be useful in Fantasy. Keep an eye on the 23-year-old going forward to see if he can continue to progress as a passer. With the 49ers up next on the schedule, however, consider Wilson as not much more than a bye-week replacement.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be going up a Patriots defense in Week 6 that has not been able to slow many teams down through the air this season. New England ranks 30th in the league against the pass, giving up over 291 yards per game, and has allowed an average of 24 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Analysis: Wilson has done a solid job of managing the game for Seattle so far this season but has not been the best of options in Fantasy. He ranks 28th among quarterbacks in terms of Fantasy points in CBSSports.com standard leagues and has a 5-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Despite his favorable matchup for Week 6, owners would be wise to leave Wilson reserved against the Patriots.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson connected on 19 of his 25 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown during the Seahawks' 16-12 victory at Carolina in Week 5. Wilson completed 11 straight passes at one point before throwing one of two interceptions on Seattle's first drive of the second half. He now has been picked off five times in his past two games, but he still managed a season-high 76.0 completion percentage. Wilson's returned to the scoring column after a one-game absence when he connected with Golden Tate on a 13-yard score in the third quarter. "I trust in what Im doing. And I trust the steps that Im taking every single day to get there early, and to watch tons of film and take tons of notes -- all that attention to detail it takes to be good at what you do," he said.
Analysis: With Wilson facing increased scrutiny to keep his job, the rookie needed an improved outing in Week 5 to quell the talk of Matt Flynn taking over under center. He seemed to accomplish that task with his first 200-yard passing performance of the season. (His previous season high was 160 yards.) Wilson still tossed multiple interceptions as he continues to rush passes and not utilize his heralded mobility, being held to less than 20 rushing yards for the third straight game. Clearly, the 23-year-old remains a work in progress and should probably be reserved in the majority of Fantasy formats for Week 6 against New England.
News: Despite throwing three interceptions during a loss at St. Louis on Sunday, quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to remain the Seahawks' starter. But it seems the title is only by default as Seattle coach Pete Carroll revealed backup quarterback Matt Flynn is still nursing an arm injury he suffered in the preseason. "We think that Russell is busting his tail to do everything and he's getting better," Carroll told a Seattle radio station Monday. "Every game is so important to him as he grows to understand what it takes and all of that. We have a little bit of a problem with Matt. Matts still not full speed. Anybody that thinks, OK, lets go with the other guy -- well, he cant practice yet.
Analysis: Wilson, the Seahawks' third-round pick in the previous draft, captured the starting job over Flynn with a strong preseason campaign in which he dazzled coaches with his arm and mobility. But he has struggled to sustain that production in the regular season and has yet to reach 200 yards passing in a game. In addition to his interceptions, Wilson has also held without a touchdown pass Sunday for the first time this season. If Flynn is able to recover quickly, then there could be increased discussions about switching quarterbacks. Fantasy owners should monitor the situation as Wilson remains a low-end starting option for Week 5 at Carolina.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw three interceptions, including one as his team was driving for the winning score, during a 19-13 loss Week 4 at St. Louis. Wilson finished 17 of 25 for 160 yards and no touchdowns. He was sacked twice and totaled 14 rushing yards. Wilson is now 0-2 in road starts, recording one touchdown and four interceptions. After the game, coach Pete Carroll indicated he will be evaluating Wilson's play. "He's running the plays we're calling," Carroll said, per The Seattle Times. "He's running the plays we're calling, and he's doing all right. We'll see. I'll watch the film and see where we are. I need to see each one of the third downs and find out what happened exactly, and why we didn't convert it, and see about our opportunities in the red zone. He's moving the club. He's showed he can move us and made some great plays today. He ran around really well and was accurate with the football for the most part. I'm still thinking he's improving and getting more comfortable and all that."
Analysis: It's not like Wilson is a superstar at home, but he is playing much better in a familiar setting. He is 2-0 in two home starts, throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions. Wilson is far from being a star Fantasy quarterback. The 160 passing yards Week 4 was the most he has this season and he has had just one game with multiple touchdown passes -- and that even came with some controversy (Hail Mary vs. Green Bay). Simply put, Wilson is not a recommended Fantasy start heading into Week 5 at Carolina. He is asked to be a game manager right now and is not making a lot of big plays. And it seems Carroll's comments after Sunday's game were either a motivational ploy or he is seriously considering making a change at quarterback. Remember, the Seahawks brought Matt Flynn in this offseason from Green Bay, but he lost out on the quarterback job this preseason to Wilson. Continue to keep tabs on the situation in Seattle.
News: Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will be facing his NFC West counterpart, St. Louis, for the first time in his career Week 4. It will also be Wilson's second career road start. His first one, however, resulted in a 20-16 loss in Week 1 at Arizona and the Rams will be another tough challenge. St. Louis is yielding just 16.7 Fantasy points and 248 passing yards per week to quarterbacks. Quarterbacks have also totaled just two passing touchdowns and five interceptions against St. Louis.
Analysis: Wilson might be a controversial 2-1 as a NFL starter, but he has been more of a game manager than game changer. He hasn't thrown for more than 153 yards in any game this season and is completing just 57.3 percent of his passes. He is not turning the ball over, which is a plus, but Wilson is not posting great numbers right now to make a huge difference in Fantasy. He is not a recommended Fantasy start for Week 4.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson registered his first multi-touchdown performance of his career in Week 3 against the Packers. Wilson threw two scores in the 14-12 victory, including a 41-yard strike to Golden Tate in the second quarter to put Seattle up 7-0. He also hooked up with Tate again on a 24-yard Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation, which gave the Seahawks the win. Wilson completed 10 of his 21 pass attempts for 130 yards and two scores in the win and averaged 6.2 yards per completion. He completed a pass to eight different receivers and finished with a QB rating of 99.3.
Analysis: Wilson really did not play a good game Monday night, but was able to salvage his day with his second TD pass. And while his second score will likely go down as one of most controversial scores in league history, Fantasy owners will take it. The 23-year-old has now thrown four TD passes over his first three games and is completing 57 percent of his passes over that stretch. However, the rookie still has a ton of growing up to do and Seattle's offense remains very much a work in progress. Fantasy owners should continue to view Wilson as merely a reserve option in most formats heading into Week 4 at St. Louis. The Rams have yielded an average of 18 Fantasy points to opposing QBs thus far on the season.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be looking to register his first multi-touchdown performance in Week 3 against the Packers. Wilson has thrown for 304 yards and two scores in Seattle's first two games this year but will face a Green Bay defense that is ranked second in pass defense, allowing just 133 passing yards per game. The Packers have surrendered three touchdowns through the air while allowing an average of 13 Fantasy points to opposing WRs on the year.
Analysis: Wilson has earned mixed reviews during his first two games this year, but that is to be expected from a rookie. However, he looks to have his toughest test to date this week against a very experienced Green Bay secondary. The Packers have already picked off four passes on the year, so Wilson will have to be careful with the ball this week. While the 23-year-old does have some nice upside, Wilson should be considered merely a low-end option in deeper formats heading into Week 3.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had an efficient performance in Week 2 against the Cowboys en route to picking up his first win in the NFL. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in the 27-7 victory. After throwing for 85 yards in the first half, he found tight end Anthony McCoy from 22-yards out in the third quarter for his lone scoring strike. Wilson also gained 28 yards on four carries while compiling a passer rating of 112.7. "We didn't get started in the first half much," coach Pete Carroll said. "But once we got going, (Wilson) made some great plays and a couple of great throws and he used his legs, just like we hoped, at opportune times. I thought he played a really cool football game for us."
Analysis: Wilson did not have a ton of success throwing the ball in the first half Sunday but after running back Marshawn Lynch got going, the play-action pass started opening up for him. The rookie has shown a lot to like through his first two games in the NFL and should gain the trust to start airing it out more as the season goes on. Wilson will be going up against the Packers in Week 3, however, so continue to keep him reserved in the majority of Fantasy formats.
News: Seahawks quarter back Russell Wilson made his NFL debut a week ago and will be looking for his first career win in Week 2 against the Cowboys. Dallas allowed just 187 yards passing in their season opener and surrendered 14 Fantasy points the opposing quarterback.
Analysis: Wilson threw for just 153 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the season opener and will be going up against a much tougher secondary in Week 2. Seattle will have to establish the run if the have any chance of winning, which limits Wilson's appeal in Fantasy. Plan on keeping the 23-year-old reserved in all formats against Dallas.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was within striking distance of a last-minute comeback in Week 1 against the Cardinals, as he threw three straight incomplete passes from the 4-yard line to finish a 20-16 loss in his NFL debut. Wilson completed 18 of 34 passes for 153 yards and threw just one touchdown pass in the game, a 10-yarder to Sidney Rice in the third quarter. He was intercepted just once, on a last-second heave at the end of the first half, but was otherwise able to limit mistakes, with the exception of a fumble that was originally ruled an incomplete pass on a swing pass. The Cardinals were able to keep him in check in the running game thanks to a pass rush that created three sacks and limited him to 8 rushes for 20 yards.
Analysis: The Cardinals were pretty good against opposing Fantasy quarterbacks last season, limiting them to an average of 16.75 Fantasy points per game last season, but they absolutely stifled Wilson, allowing him to score just 10 Fantasy points. Wilson has a bright future ahead of him, but Fantasy owners should have known better than to trust a rookie in his first start, given the steep learning curve of the NFL. Wilson's rushing ability gives him great Fantasy potential down the line, but he showed Sunday that there is still plenty of work to do before he reaches his potential. Wilson will take on the Cowboys in Week 2, and though they struggled at times against the pass last season, they did just hold Eli Manning to 14 Fantasy points in Week 1. At this point, Wilson is still more of a long-term Fantasy keeper option, so consider him a risky start against Dallas.
News: Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson earned an unlikely starting spot with his play in the preseason, and he has set lofty standards for his play in his first NFL season, with begins Week 1 against the Cardinals. I refuse to be average. I refuse to be good," he told the Seattle News Tribune. My goal is to be great. Wilson, the teams third-round pick in this years draft, will get his first crack against a division foe in Arizona, who came in right in the middle of the pack last season in passing yards allowed, at 231 per game. Overall, the Cardinals were the 13th-stingiest defense against opposing Fantasy quarterbacks last year.
Analysis: Rushing quarterbacks gave the Cardinals some problems last season, as they allowed two separate games of at least 45 yards allowed on the ground to opposing quarterbacks, so the diminutive rookie who rushed for 338 yards as a senior at Wisconsin might have some room to maneuver. Wilson's upside is sky high, as he has all of the physical abilities needed at the NFL level besides height, but there will probably be a steep learning curve for the 5-foot-11 quarterback. Wilson is a great keeper/dynasty option on your bench, but he should be considered more of a low-end No. 2 Fantasy quarterback for his first NFL game.
News: Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson did get the start during the team's final preseason game, but was limited to just two series on offense against the Raiders. Wilson completed 5 of 11 passes for 72 yards as he led the team to a scoring drive during his second series on offense. Wilson, the team's third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, earned the starting job over free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn after the third preseason game.
Analysis: Pete Carroll seems committed to Wilson as the starter for Seattle despite spending some money through free agency to acquire Flynn. Wilson will look to build on an impressive preseason as he'll face Arizona on the road in Week 1 of the regular season. Fantasy owners should look to him as an intriguing sleeper in deeper formats worthy of being selected as a reserve quarterback with significant upside. In rookie-only leagues, he is considered a first-round option.
News: After a tight race during the preseason, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll named rookie Russell Wilson the starting quarterback for Week 1, The Seattle Times reports. Wilson, the team's third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, earned the job over free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn. "He's earned this job," Carroll said of Wilson. "It was a legitimate competition as we said from the beginning and with the opportunity he's taken advantage of, he deserves to start." The Seahawks traded Tarvaris Jackson, who was considered a darkhorse for the spot, to Buffalo on Sunday.
Analysis: Wilson staked his claim for the starting role Friday against Kansas City, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 rout. He also scrambled for 58 yards while leading the Seahawks to scores on their first six possessions. "I don't surprise myself, I think because I prepare in the right way," he said. "I try to visualize myself being very, very successful." Wilson has racked up at least 124 passing yards in each preseason game and is among the league leaders with 464 total yards. Fantasy owners should look to him as an intriguing sleeper in deeper formats worthy of being selected as a reserve quarterback with significant upside. In rookie-only leagues, he is considered a first-round option.
News: Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson may have taken a slight edge in the quarterback battle as he was sharp in his first start during Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs. With Matt Flynn out with soreness in his throwing arm, Wilson took advantage and excelled for nearly three quarters of play as he completed 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He led the Seahawks to six scoring drives, including a 21-yard pass to Kellen Winslow for a touchdown and an 11-yard pass to Charly Martin for another touchdown. He was also effective with his legs, rushing for 58 yards on two carries, including a big 31-yard gain to start the second quarter.
Analysis: This may have been the performance he need to make the leap over Flynn in the quarterback race. Wilson has been outperforming Flynn when it comes to live reps as he looked poised and accurate with the first-team offense. Had it not been for a missed field goal, Wilson would have led the Seahawks to a scoring drive in each of his series with the offense. He has completed 35 of 52 passes for 464 yards, five touchdowns and one interception through his first three preseason games. If he's named the starter for the season, Wilson could become an intriguing sleeper option in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Following his impressive performance last week, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to start Seattle's third preseason game at Kansas City on Friday. Wilson, the Seahawks' third-round pick in last April's NFL Draft, will earn the nod over free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn, who had started the first two preseason contests. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wilson will take the majority of reps with the first team in practice this week and could play the entire first half against the Chiefs. "He has done a very nice job throughout," Carroll said of Wilson. "We think that it has warranted this."
Analysis: Wilson has outshined Flynn during the first two games of the season and could elevate into the starting role for the regular season with a strong performance in the third game Friday, which is typically referred to as a dress rehearsal for the team's starters. Wilson has dazzled the Seahawks with a stellar production on the ground and in the passing game, connecting on 22 of his 33 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also has rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown. If he's named the starter for the season, Wilson could become an intriguing sleeper option in deeper Fantasy formats. His outing Friday should provide a clear picture of his status.
News: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson outplayed Matt Flynn again in the Seahawks' second preseason game against the Broncos Saturday night. He was a bit more accurate as a passer than Flynn, as he finished 10 of 17 for 155 yards through the air and a pair of touchdowns. He led the second-team offense to an eight-play, 79-yard drive, which was capped off with a short pass to Tyrell Sutton, who stretched it out for a 34-yard touchdown. He then followed that up with a 68-yard drive which resulted in an eight-yard pass to Cooper Helfet for Wilson's second touchdown of the night. Wilson also rushed for 33 yards on five carries.
Analysis: Wilson has been pretty effective through his first two preseason games as he is fighting for the starting gig with Matt Flynn. Wilson has completed 22 of 33 passes for 279 yards, while Flynn has completed 17 of 26 passes for 102 yards thus far in preseason. We still think Flynn is the one who will begin the year as the Seahawks' starting quarterback but if Wilson keeps playing well he could earn a chance to be a factor at some point. He's worth a late pick in the deepest of dynasty/keeper leagues and in rookie-only drafts.
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson outplayed Matt Flynn in the first game of the preseason Saturday, as he passed for one touchdown and ran for another while playing the entire second half in a 27-17 win over the Titans. Wilson was less accurate as a passer than Flynn, but he still finished the game 12 of 16 for 124 yards through the air, with the touchdown coming on a 39-yard go route to Braylon Edwards at the beginning of the third quarter. The rookie showed his two-way talents in the game as well, rushing three times for 59 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run, to finish with 183 yards and two touchdowns overall. He did throw one interception in the game, a costly turnover in the red zone in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: If the Seahawks were to make the decision on their starting quarterback based on just one game, Wilson would have the edge, though it is important to note that he did his damage playing mostly against the backups and non-roster players, so it is hard to compare their numbers. Still, he certainly did nothing to hurt his chances of earning the opening-day quarterback job, as it looks like this battle is going to continue well into the preseason. Wilson showed everything he brings to the table Saturday, and it is hard not to think that if he was a few inches taller -- listed at just under 5-foot-11 -- it might not be much of a competition at all. Wilson is a skilled passer and runner who was one of the top players in the country in his final college season. This is going to be a tight battle until the very end, as he has been taking reps with the first team in practice, so it will be interesting to see whether the team decides to give him a chance to start later in the preseason. We still think Flynn is the one who will begin the year as the Seahawks' starting quarterback but if Wilson keeps playing well he could earn a chance to be a factor at some point. He's worth a late pick in the deepest of dynasty/keeper leagues and in rookie-only drafts.
News:Russell Wilson might have been a third-round pick of the Seahawks, but they're treating him like a potential starter. Sports Illustrated reports Wilson is just as much a candidate to start for the Seahawks this season as free-agent addition Matt Flynn and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson. The magazine believes Wilson's arm is just as strong as Flynn and Jackson's. All three quarterbacks are taking first-team reps. "We know we're sacrificing something by doing this,"' coach Pete Carroll said me, "but we think the competition is worth it."
Analysis: The knock on Wilson has always been his height -- at just under 5-foot-11 Wilson might struggle to keep his passes from getting knocked down, not to mention any other issues rookie quarterbacks could have. But he was one of the best QBs in the country last season, setting the NCAA record for pass efficiency for Wisconsin with a 191.8 rating while throwing for 33 touchdowns against just four interceptions. We still think Flynn is the one who will begin the year as the Seahawks' starting quarterback but if Wilson keeps playing well he could earn a chance to be a factor at some point. He's worth a late pick in the deepest of dynasty/keeper leagues and in rookie-only drafts.
News: Pete Carroll wasn't kidding: At the Seahawks' late May OTAs, newcomer Matt Flynn, incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson all split the first-team quarterback reps. Each one started a different day of practice under center with the first-string, and according to WJR-AM, they pretty much took the exact same number of snaps. Early reviews from the workout is that Flynn is in the lead for the starting job, with Wilson struggling at times.
Analysis: We expect Flynn, the prized offseason acquisition in Seattle, to win the job, with Jackson the No. 2 quarterback and Wilson holding a clipboard. But the reality is that whoever starts for the Seahawks isn't worth anything more than a borderline No. 2/No. 3 Fantasy QB worth a pick late in the deepest of seasonal drafts. In the case of Flynn and Wilson, selections late in dynasty/keeper leagues are advised.
News: After wowing head coach Pete Carroll during a mid-May rookie minicamp, Russell Wilson will be given a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job this summer with Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson. According to the Seattle Times, Wilson was mostly sharp in 11-on-11 drills, having some deep passes get picked off, but ultimately was impressive enough and proved he could handle running the Seattle offense. Carroll estimated that Wilson threw close to 400 passes on 500 snaps, messing up the terminology of the team's offense just one time. "He showed us enough," Carroll said. "He's in the competition. ... He did an excellent job of demonstrating that he prepared for this."
Analysis: Carroll added that the process to determine the starting quarterback will be a long time and cautioned that many factors will go into the decision. We suspect Wilson will not land the gig -- the Seahawks paid a lot of money for Matt Flynn to come to the Pacific Northwest -- but he could end up being the backup. Until Wilson makes further strides, figure that he's worth a late pick in the deepest of dynasty/keeper leagues and rookie-only drafts.
News: Seattle took Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, the star passer that led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl last season, with the 75th overall pick in third-round. After starring at North Carolina State, giving pro baseball a brief try and eventually ending up at Wisconsin, Wilson was one of the best QBs in the country last season. He set the NCAA record for pass efficiency for Wisconsin with a 191.8 rating, while throwing for 33 touchdowns against just four interceptions. "We think more than anybody else that was alive in the draft, this guy gives you the chance to have a great player," coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson. "It's going to be really exciting to see what he can bring. All he's ever done is be great. And the way he finished at Wisconsin last year with the great finishing efforts, the extraordinary ability to control a game, and then knowing what kind of kid he is and the great all-around athleticism he has, he's just a fantastic chance for us to take."
Analysis: The concerns about Wilson seemed to be solely based on his height. He measured just shy of 5-foot-11 at the NFL combine, but questions about Wilson's height followed him to North Carolina State, then to Wisconsin and now to the NFL with the Seahawks. Wilson's arm is fantastic -- he had a higher QB efficiency rating than Andrew Luck last season -- and has the stuff to make every throw. If he were taller, he'd be in the conversation with Luck and Griffin for the top draft-eligible quarterback. Another issue: Opportunity. The Seahawks just spent a lot of cash on Matt Flynn and also have Tarvaris Jackson on the roster. It might be a while until we see Wilson play in a regular-season game. He's worth a late pick in the deepest of dynasty/keeper leagues and in rookie-only drafts.