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Offseason Primers: Seattle Seahawks

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The Seahawks had only two starting Fantasy options on offense in 2012 with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. This year, they'll have at least three.

The addition of Percy Harvin in a trade from the Vikings gives the Seahawks a bona-fide No. 1 receiver and another Fantasy star. Harvin should remain a No. 1 Fantasy option in Seattle, and his production can even go up.

2012 Touches Leaders
795 total touches (rush attempts + receptions)
Marshawn Lynch 338 (315 car., 23 rec.) 42.5%
Robert Turbin 99 (80 car., 19 rec.) 12.4%
Sidney Rice 52 (2 car., 50 rec.) 6.5%
Golden Tate 48 (3 car., 45 rec.) 6.0%
Zach Miller 38 rec. 4.7%
All Others 220 27.6%

With the Vikings, Harvin was a beast, especially the past two years. In 2012, his season was cut short in Week 9 with an ankle injury, and he finished the year with just 62 catches for 677 yards and three touchdowns. If you project that over 16 games, Harvin would have finished with 100 catches for 1,203 yards and five touchdowns. If you were to add that to his rushing totals, Harvin would have finished the year as the No. 10 Fantasy receiver in 2012, giving him back-to-back Top 12 finishes.

We don't expect a drop-off going to the Seahawks, and coach Pete Carroll told me at the NFL owners meeting in March that the plan is to involve Harvin as much as possible. He should continue to see a hefty amount of targets in 2013.

"He's extraordinary with the ball in his hands," Carroll said. "The idea is to give him as many chances as possible to help us win."

Harvin's addition makes Wilson a better quarterback, but obviously he's going to take away production from Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Rice goes from a No. 3 Fantasy receiver to a late-round flier, and Tate should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.

But the Seahawks got another weapon on offense to go with Wilson and Lynch, and Fantasy owners will benefit with Harvin getting an upgrade at quarterback and an offense that should continue to showcase his skills.

Marshawn Lynch -- Worth the price

2012 Target Leaders
405 pass attempts
Sidney Rice 82 20.2%
Golden Tate 67 16.5%
Zach Miller 53 13.0%
Doug Baldwin 50 12.3%
Marshawn Lynch 30 7.0%
All Others 123 30.3%

Lynch should be considered the No. 3 running back for Fantasy owners coming into the season behind Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster. He's that good. In 2012, Lynch had 315 carries for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns and 23 catches for 196 yards and one touchdown. He had double digits in Fantasy points in 11 games, including five in a row to close the season. And in two years as the starter for Seattle he has scored 25 total touchdowns with over 1,400 total yards in each season. If he can avoid a suspension from last year's DUI arrest in July -- the matter has yet to be resolved – then he should be a star. You can debate all you want about how good Ray Rice is, the potential of Doug Martin and Trent Richardson or the upside for guys like Jamaal Charles or C.J. Spiller, but Lynch has been unstoppable with the Seahawks. Lynch is definitely a Top 5 overall pick, and if he's guaranteed the chance to play all 16 games then draft him at No. 3 without hesitation.

Russell Wilson -- Breakout

As a rookie, Wilson was one of the best surprises in 2012 because he went from a guy who maybe had a chance to be the starter for the Seahawks to the No. 9 Fantasy quarterback in standard leagues. He also helped the Seahawks to the Divisional round of the playoffs, and he was great for Fantasy owners down the stretch. Wilson closed the season with at least 19 Fantasy points in nine of his final 11 games, including at least 27 points in his final three outings. Overall, he finished the season completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and 94 carries for 489 yards and four touchdowns with three fumbles. He enters this season as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback, especially with the addition of Harvin, and he's worth a mid-round pick. You'll want to pair Wilson with a quality No. 2 Fantasy quarterback (think anyone from Eli Manning to Ben Roethlisberger to Jay Cutler), but until he proves you wrong he should be considered a starter from Week 1.

Zach Miller -- Bounce-back candidate

Expected 2013 Draft Averages
Russell Wilson 67-73 overall
Marshawn Lynch 3-7 overall
Robert Turbin 122-130 overall
Percy Harvin 36-44 overall
Sidney Rice 137-144 overall
Golden Tate Undrafted
Zach Miller Undrafted

Overall, Miller had another down year in Seattle in 2012. He finished the season with 38 catches for 396 yards and three touchdowns. But the way he closed the season could be something to build on, and we hope this year is a rebound year for Miller. His best game was the last of the season in the Divisional round playoff loss at Atlanta with eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown, but he had three touchdowns in his final six games, including the playoffs. We still don't trust Miller as a No. 1 Fantasy tight end, especially with the addition of Harvin taking away targets, but he is someone to monitor. He might be used as an injury or bye-week replacement during the season if he picks up where last season left off.

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It's not a concern for Thomas, one of three tight ends to catch a touchdown against the Colts in 2013. In Week 7 at Indy, Thomas caught five of six targets for 41 yards and the score.

That was one of 12 touchdowns Thomas scored in his breakout season. The 26-year-old showed he's not satisfied by taking a diligent offseason approach, according to the Denver Post.

"He's going to be a very special player," former Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen said. "It was fun to watch him grow up last season. In this offseason, he really impressed me with his attitude and work ethic and how hungry he was."

Thomas drew 17 red-zone targets last year. With Eric Decker's departure, the 6-5, 250-pound Thomas should see a few more this season. He's a top-3 play Sunday night.


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Hurns took advantage of extra reps due to injuries and "worked his way into the top three spots," the report said.


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The Colts' top corner held up well Week 7 against the 6-3, 229-pound Thomas. While Thomas caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, his 31-yard score came one play after Davis exited briefly with an injury. Thomas ended up catching fewer than half his nine targets.

Davis graded out as Indy's top defensive player that night. In addition to making five tackles, he allowed three completions out of eight throws to his coverage area for 12 yards. Whatever damage Thomas did, he didn't do it against Davis. Thomas figures to see plenty of Davis (5-11, 207 pounds) when Denver hosts Indy in Week 1.

Thomas should get redemption Sunday night. He usually comes out with a bang -- he has five touchdown catches in four season openers -- and the Broncos will scheme to free him up. Consider him a top-5 play as usual, despite the tough individual matchup.

Seahawks activate Bruce Irvin
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Behind Tate, the Browns have three rookie running backs. Top rookie Terrance West struggled in the preseason.

"He's ahead of those guys, and I think he's been solid in protection," Pettine told the website. "I think he does a nice job catching the ball. I would think that he has the edge over those guys as far as third down. That's not saying they won't be there, but probably the guy you can trust the most right now is Ben."


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