Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | WR
Height: 6-4 Weight: 202 | Born: 9/1/1986
2013 Experience: 7th season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: After concussion problems cut his 2011 season short to nine games, Rice came back for a full 16 games. Until Russell Wilson’s breakout performance down the stretch of last year, it looked as though Rice had minimal fantasy value in Seattle.
Wilson gives Rice owners hope of weekly starter production, but the addition of Percy Harvin and a commitment to a run first approach on offense, won’t help him. It will be interesting to see how defenses play Harvin from week to week.
If Rice starts to see secondary coverage, and more one on one opportunities it could make him a WR3 down the stretch. For now, let’s look to Rice as nothing more than a WR4 option in 12-team leagues and see what happens while he on our benches.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
Surprise! Sidney Rice was a disappointment in Seattle and until he has a quarterback who has no fear to throw the football in tight coverage, Rice will continue to be inconsistent.
This I believe was the secret behind his breakout year in 2009, when he had Brett Farve, a quarterback who was great at letting his receivers challenge for the football.
The bigger problem for Rice, was his injury woes as his season was cut short from concussion problems. Rice also had surgery on both his shoulders this offseason.
Look for Rice to remain as the big-play threat in this offense and while he holds WR4 value, I’m starting to like Doug Baldwin more. If Baldwin continues to show he’s a solid route runner, and takes over as the top possession receiver, he could be a better fantasy play.