2013 Fantasy Outlook: Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson | Seattle Seahawks | QB
2013 Experience: 2nd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Despite signing Matt Fylnn to a lucrative contract the Seahawks opted to go with rookie third-round pick Russell Wilson as the starter to begin the season. Wilson didn’t disappoint as he showed improvement as the season went along and was terrific in the playoffs, almost leading his team to the NFL Championship Game.
The Seahawks will remain a run first team in 2013 and with good reason as they have one of the better backs in football and quality depth. Wilson is still going as a top ten quarterback in recent ADP trends and because of his running ability and the addition of Percy Harvin, I think he is a worthy starter in most fantasy leagues.
While Wilson may be “undersized” for an NFL quarterback he’s a smart player and has the physical skill set of a first round pick. A great pick for the Seahawks and Wilson should lead this team to at least one Super Bowl before it’s all said and done.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Russell Wilson here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
August, 2012: Wilson’s Fantasy Value Trending Up After Winning Starting Job
While the Seahawks had an open competition at quarterback heading into the preseason, it was reasonable to believe Matt Flynn would get the nod to start the season. After all, Flynn has had success in the few starts he had back in Green Bay and Seattle gave him starter money in the open market this off-season.
Scratch who idea, as rookie Russell Wilson played terrific in a backup role against the Titans and Broncos, which sparked a start in the teams’ week three contest against the Chiefs. Wilson then went on perform like a poised veteran in Arrowhead, a Stadium known for being one of the loudest in the league.
Shortly after this performance Wilson was handed the starting job.
Because no quarterback at Wilson’s height (listed 5’11) has had sustained success in the NFL, it’s understandable he fell outside of the first round, which is where he was projected to go if he was a few inches taller.
Only time will tell if Wilson can consistently make plays with this arm in key situations, but the Seahawks are going with him this season and I believe he will give them exactly what they want; a game manager that won’t make many mistakes and presents matchup problems to the defense with his ability to run the football.
Wilson’s skills as a runner will help the running game, as it should freeze a linebacker making life easier for Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.
For an “undersized quarterback” Wilson actually has a strong arm, and doesn’t necessarily need functional space to throw the football down field. He’s also elusive in tight spaces and has a good feel for the rush.
Wilson is helped by the ability to quickly reset his feet – after side stepping the rush – then delivering an accurate football.
While Wilson will be more of a game manager as a rookie, his running ability makes him a worthy QB2 to start the season in fantasy leagues. I like his upside and once his receiving core is at full strength, we could see Wilson develop into a weekly starter in 12-team leagues down the stretch.
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May, 2012 – Early Fantasy Projections
It’s going to be a fun ride while it lasts talking about Russell Wilson’s chances of being a starting quarterback. Wish the kid luck, but he will have to prove he can play within the pocket, like every quarterback who sustains long-term success at this level.
Size is the question mark, but I feel like he’s with the perfect coach to beat the odds. Pete Carroll is a defensive minded head coach, but if there’s a Bad News Bears coach in the NFL, it’s Carroll.
He’s done things his way, and it seems he’s helped players who may not fit the conventional size, speed or strength into quality talents. Look at Chris Clemons, Doug Baldwin, heck he’s even gotten the most out of Marshawn Lynch.
Wilson has an opportunity to start this year, and I do believe we will see him on the field at some point, but likely not right away. Wilson is a later round stash at dynasty leagues, with some upside as the quarterback situation is up for grabs.