The Seahawks offense has players across the field that would be worth having on your fantasy roster. But drafting any Seahawks running back as more than a reserve will be extremely risky for your fantasy outlooks. While you might strike gold and pick the “right” one, your chances of doing so are about one out of four. Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise are your better bets, but they could easily be outperformed by Eddie Lacy or Chris Carson by the time the season really picks up.
The two Seahawks worth their value are quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. The two are already showing their connection in the preseason, as they’ve been cited to be in midseason form. For Wilson, that means 25.00 points per game. In his best stretch in 2016 (weeks 9-11), Wilson scored 26.28, 26.52, and 24.78 points respectively.
Let’s take a look at Seahawks players who are in the fantasy-verse.
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Thomas Rawls: Last season, Rawls only reached the endzone 3 times in 9 games. Yes, he was dealing with injuries, but his performance was lackluster compared to his breakout 2015 campaign. During the 2015 season, Rawls scored 5 touchdowns in the 7 games he started. Already in 2017, Rawls has been experiencing ankle issues. Injuries make it difficult to even consider him as a reliable RB1 or even RB2. This is unless you are playing in a 12-man league. If he happens to be available after you’ve already made your RB1 and RB2 selections, then Rawls could end up moving up in the ranks as long as he stays healthy. At his best (which means when he’s healthy), Rawls is a reliable RB2.
C.J. Prosise: Prosise is a more exciting option in PPR leagues, but could end up being a RB2 in standard leagues. The 2016 3rd rounder out of Notre Dame put up 39 points in six games. This was before sustaining a lingering injury that would cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Like Rawls, Prosise presents a dangerous threat to defenses when 100% healthy. In PPR leagues, Prosise should probably go off of the boards before Rawls. However, he is still not worth considering as a RB2.
Eddie Lacy: Lacy broke two tackles on a 13-yard run in his first carry against the Chiefs, causing fans to wonder if he is returning to his top-notch Green Bay form. While a big name and former top-10 fantasy RB, owners should remember his recent failures before considering him as a legitimate RB option. His upside is nowhere near those of Prosise and Rawls. But he may end up providing value if those two go down at any point in the season. There are far more reliable RBs around the league who have more potential to get carries than Lacy. But if you want to take a risk in the later rounds, go for it.
Chris Carson: Carson deserves a serious look as a risky bench RB option, especially if he is available in the last couple of rounds of your draft. While it is only the preseason, Carson is running like a running back with potential to be a starter on many teams. Given the uncertainty of the guys who stand ahead of him on the charts, Carson is a high-risk, high-reward after rounds 12-13 in your draft.
Jimmy Graham: While fans and common sense plead for more red-zone targets for the former Saints superstar, Darrell Bevell, Pete Carroll, and Russell Wilson seem to place their trust in more rugged, interior receivers. Don’t expect Graham’s fantasy numbers to change much from 2016. He still maintained to finish 4th in points for tight ends while recovering from a 2015 knee injury. He is still worth taking over most tight ends for his floor.
Russell Wilson: Wilson is due for another electric year under center for the Seahawks. However, his performance in games as a leader hasn’t always translated to points for your fantasy team. He is incredibly inconsistent in scoring. At his peak, he will put together three or four straight games at 25.00 points per game, much like he did weeks 9-11 in 2016. On his slow days, he may not even score 10.00. With that said, if the offense decides to target Graham more in the endzone, Wilson’s stock could vault him into the top ten. Given that the RB situation is so up in the air in Seattle, he might be the most valuable fantasy player on the team.
Blair Walsh: Before Steven Hauschka’s mediocre 2016 season, he was a top-10 fantasy kicker. Seattle’s offense is good enough to consistently get to the other team’s side of the field, making any Seattle kicker intriguing. Walsh is eager to rid himself of a horrible 2016 output, and Seattle is a pretty solid place to do just that. Walsh scored the 3rd most points of any kicker just two years ago. He even led the league in fantasy points as recent as 2012. He has higher upside than most kickers, which makes him worth a fantasy selection late in the draft, especially in 12-player leagues.
Seahawks D/ST: Seattle’s D/ST unit was in the top 10 in fantasy from 2012-2015, before finishing 11th last season. This is thanks to a top-flight defense and an electrifying return team. Tyler Lockett will be ready to go by the season’s start, which makes Seattle one of the D/ST units to definitely consider. Even when they aren’t putting up big numbers, they are never going to end up hurting your team. The exception is the rare game when the defense gives up 37 points, which happened in Week 14 last season. The unit finished with negative points (-3.00) for the first time in several years.