Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

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By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 7:57pm EST

Wilson finished with only 168 yds passing and 1 passing TD, while throwing his 6th pick of the season and rushing for 27 yards.

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers pressured and harassed Wilson all day long and even forced an uncharacteristic red zone interception as the quarterback suffered one of his worst fantasy games of the season. There really isn't much to say about the performance, as it came against a good defense with it's back against the wall. Although Wilson faces another top defense in week 16, it would be hard to take the top 5 fantasy QB out of any lineup as most leagues play their championship games.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 10:53pm EST

Russell Wilson went 22 for 37 through the air for 263 yards and two touchdowns and chipped in 48 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson scored from 26 yards out on one of the prettiest read-options you'll see this year, and was able to find wide-open Marshawn Lynch, and Doug Baldwin on his two touchdown throws. While he pitched a clean sheet and avoided turnovers, he had a potential pick-six clang off the hands of Malcom Jenkins, and exposed himself to potential fumble-forcing hits on many of his rushes. It was largely a masterful performance under duress by the former Badger, as Philadelphia had a shot to more than double their two sack total, but Wilson deftly avoided nearly all rushes and managed throw-away's or found targets scampering free. Wilson does not have a warm and fuzzy schedule the rest of the way, but he has firmly planted his flag amongst the mid-tier QB1s.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 12:22pm EST

When asked about defending Russell Wilson, Philidelphia Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis stated that the Eagles are uniquely equipped to handle it due to the large number of coaches with recent college backgrounds, and the fact that "Our calls for our inside linebackers, our outside linebackers, our reads and how we defend it is nothing new. We just re-open that conversation when we have to face a read-option team like we do this week." (Source: nj.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles have a split record against traditionally mobile QBs in 2014, on one hand they completely bludgeoned Cam Newton in Week 10, but on the other hand they were sliced up by Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore in Week 3, so I'd take Davis's remarks with a grain of salt. Wilson is currently FantasyPros #6 ranked QB, and should be started with confidence in your playoff match-up.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Nov 27th 11:53pm EST

Russell Wilson went 15 for 22 through the air for 236 yards and a TD and chipped in 35 yards on 7 carries. Despite fumbling once, Wilson did not turn the ball over.

Fantasy Impact: While it wasn't the transcendent super nova grade Wilson that we saw in Week 5 and Week 7, Russ didn't lose this week for you. Wilson didn't make any questionable desicsions through the air, and was downright divine avoiding the rush and finding Tony Moeaki on a 63 yard catch and run that could very well have been ruled a touchdown. Wilson has an exploitable matchup against the less than stout Philidelphia defense in Week 14. Be forewarned, although his rushing ability makes playing matchups a dicey game with Wilson, he faces San Francisco in Week 15, and goes on the road in what is going to be a hard fought game against the tough Arizona pass defense Week 16.

By Alex Christian, Seahawks Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 7:16pm EST

Russell Wilson completed 17/22, for 211 yards with a td, to go along with 73 yards rushing. This came in the Seahawks' 19-3 victory against the Cardinals. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Wilson continues to get it done on the ground and in the air. Yearly fantasy owners should continue to look to Wilson to carry their teams into the playoffs. Daily fantasy players can look to Wilson to be a contrarian tournament pick. Seattle will travel to San Francisco on Thursday.

By Alex Christian, Seahawks Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 4:33pm EST

Russell Wilson completed 20 of 24 passes, for 178 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-20 loss against the Chiefs. Wilson also added 71 yards on the ground with just eight carries. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was pressured throughout the game. Yet he still posted solid numbers in the loss. Continue to count on Wilson to pick up points through the air, and on the ground as the season goes on.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 12:01pm EST

In an effort to prepare for the possible freezing conditions in Kansas city, Russell Wilson has been practicing all week in sneakers. When asked about it, Wilson stated “Usually the cold places where we play has turf, so it’s a little different, but I’m getting ready for that, just in case, wearing non-spikes in case the ground is frozen. Cleats won’t go in the ground. I’ll be practicing in [sneakers], probably today, slightly. Just to kind of get a feel for what’s it’s going to feel like, get a feel for my balance and moving around.” (Source: The Tacoma News Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The forecast in Kansas City calls for wet snow on Saturday and lows in the teens for Sunday, which will most likely lead to a slippery field. Its an interesting, and potentially savvy move by a quarterback who relies on being mobile to succeed. In regards to gripping the ball, Wilson has a hand size that lands him in the 88th percentile of all NFL QB's (according to playerprofiler.com), so gripping the ball will not be an issue. Kansas City has been tough against opposing QB's, and Wilson is in something of a slump, so redraft managers may want to consider picking up a QB with a favorable match-up (ie Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III, or Derek Carr) to start in place of Wilson this week.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Nov 6th 7:02pm EST

News coming out of Seahawks practice this week is that Wilson should be getting his two best offensive linemen back this week against the Giants. LT Russell Okung missed week 9 and C Max Unger has been sidelined since week 5. (Source: ESPN 710 Seattle)

Fantasy Impact: At a point in the 4th quarter against Oakland in Week 9, Seattle's left side of their offensive line consisted of UDFAs Alvin Bailey and Gary Gilliam, as well as 3rd string center Greg Lewis. Wilson has had consecutive sub-par games the past couple weeks, and at least some of that can be contributed to the rash of injuries to the line in front of him. The return of his two best protectors, including his center, should help the running game and in pass protection. This is all good news for owners that have a decision this week. Wilson should bounce back at home against a defense on a short week that just got thrashed by the Colts. He should be in your lineup.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 3:12pm EST

Starting Left Tackle Russell Okung, who had been listed as questionable with a calf injury, has been listed as inactive. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Seattle's first and second string centers, Max Unger and Stephen Schilling, are listed as questionable and they may be limited. This could actually serve as a bizarrely positive event for Wilson's fantasy prospects, as there is a good chance that he's going to have to run a fair amount today.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 4:24pm EDT

Russell Wilson completed 20 of his 32 pass attempts for 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He also added 6 rushes for 35 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson misfired on two red-zone targets to a wide open Cooper Helfet, which depressed his point totals. While his accuracy was shaky at best, Wilson delivered a gutsy rushing performance, eschewing the sideline for critical first downs. While not his best performance by any measure, he didn't single-handedly sink your team this week, and remains a strong QB1 going forward.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 4:25pm EDT

Wilson posted his 2nd 100 yard rushing game in his last 3 contests, rushing for 106 yards and a TD, while adding 313 yards passing and 2 more scores. He became the first QB in NFL history to eclipse the century mark on the ground while also throwing for 300 yards or more in their 26-28 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson didn't miss a beat in his first game without Percy Harvin. Seattle's offense looked more willing to throw the ball downfield with a more traditional set of receivers on the field. The Seahawks' offensive line is struggling to protect Wilson and he is making the most out nearly every scramble. He will continue to have opportunities to run as Seattle will continue to run the read option to take advantage of his ball skills and he showed what he's capable of doing on a scramble with a 52 yard run in St. Louis. He is clearly a top 10 QB going forward and should be considered a must start every week.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sat, Oct 18th 1:05pm EDT

According to ESPN Stats and info, in the 173 snaps in which Percy Harvin was on the field in 2014, Russell Wilson's QBR was 45.3 (Ryan Fitzpatrick/Geno Smith range). In snaps in which Harvin was not on the field, Wilson's QBR improved to 71.0 (Tom Brady/Joe Flacco range). (Source: Seahawks.com)

Fantasy Impact: While the sample size is relatively small, this report shows that Harvin and Wilson just never clicked. Look for a return to more of 2013's vertical passing attack for the Seahawks. Wilson remains a QB1 going forward and is the 8th ranked QB per FantasyPros for Week 7.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Tue, Oct 14th 9:41am EDT

Russell Wilson went 14 for 28 for 126 yards and 1 interception. Wilson also rushed twice for 12 yards and a touchdown. Per ProFootballFocus, he graded out negatively for the week. (Source: ProFootballFocus.com)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson's rushing TD salvaged what could've been a week-wrecking fantasy performance. This was probably one of the 5 worst outings he's has had in his Seahawk career, as he missed throws that he had made in previous weeks, and threw an absolutely Gabbertesque interception to seal the Seahawks fate. The Seahawks heavily derided offensive game-plan seemed to do Wilson no favors, neither did his receiving corps, but make no mistake, Wilson looked awful Week 6. He looks to overcome his Week 6 setback against a vulnerable Ram secondary in Week 7.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 6:59pm EDT

The Seahawk's starting center and two time Pro-Bowler, Max Unger, is listed as doubtful this week with a foot injury. Barring a miraculous recovery, Stephen Schilling will get his first ever start at center. (Source: The Everett Herald)

Fantasy Impact: A former Michigan Wolverine, Schilling was in the 6th round out of by the Chargers in 2011, and had been primarily used as a tackle or guard before this year. Schilling did have a low snap that could have been potentially disastrous while filling in for Unger in Week 5, but it was expertly corralled by Russell Wilson. This is a situation to monitor, as the drop-off from Unger to Schilling is potentially huge.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 1:33am EDT

Russell Wilson was the hot knife, the Washington defense was the butter during Week 5. Wilson finished the night 18 for 24 for 201 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. Wilson also did major damage on the ground, rushing 11 times for 122 yards and a touchdown. Wilson did not have a turnover.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was a maestro on the read-option, and also seemed to have a directive to scramble, as he set a career high in rushing yard during a night in which his protection was not terrible. Wilson has created some shocking lines with a dearth of passing attempts. As we said during the preseason, if he is ever allowed more offensive responsibility, watch out. If you roster Wilson, trade your current backup QB, he's your QB1 for the rest of the year.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 1:45pm EDT

Zach Whitman of fieldgulls.com reports that the Seahawks' passing offense has become more predicated on short passing, a stark change from the vertical passing attack of 2012 and 2013. (Source: Fieldgulls.com)

Fantasy Impact: Through 3 games, Russell Wilson's air yards percentage is at an all-time low (40.4%, far below league average). Seattle's passing game has gone from relying on deep strikes, to one that emphasizes easy completions and yards after the catch. Whitman also notes that this could be a function of using more 11 (3WR, 1TE, 1HB) personnel, which has led to fewer 8 man fronts, and a more efficient rushing attack. In fantasy terms, this raises the floor for Wilson, as shorter, easier, passes should lead to fewer feast or famine days. However, this is a extremely small sample, and must be monitored through the year. He is a must-start against a banged-up Washington secondary on Monday Night Football this week.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 3:03pm EDT

Russell Wilson is currently #5 in average QB fantasy scoring this season and gets to face one of the league's worst pass defenses in primetime on Monday Night Football.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson has thrown for 10 TDs and 2 picks in his last 4 primetime affairs and Washington has allowed the 2nd most points to fantasy QBs this season. This is as good of a matchup as Wilson may see all year, and he should be a tremendous value in daily leagues.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Sep 25th 2:54pm EDT

Per ProFootballFocus's Week 3 Refocused: "With three straight [negative grades] to start the season, Wilson is hitting a slump similar to his late-season hiccup last December. The raw stats look good once again (passer rating of 99.9), but he’s thrown the ball into coverage more often than he did in his first two seasons. An offensive pass interference bailed him out in the second quarter as he forced a pass right to cornerback Aqib Talib, but he wasn't as lucky early in the fourth as he misread the coverage and threw one right to Talib again for a tipped interception to CB Chris Harris." (Source: ProFootballFocus.com)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson is currently the #5 ranked QB in standard scoring leagues, and has scored at least 2 touchdowns in all 3 games played so far. For being in a "slump" the fantasy stat line has been there, and could possibly be getting better should Wilson return to form. While I haven't noticed a drop-off in Wilson's play, it is worth noting that his QBR (54.2) is at an all-time career low. Wilson remains a mid-range QB1, but could be a regression candidate going forward.

By Jordan Coover, Seahawks Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 11:46pm EDT

This was a hard fought battle between two elite football teams that ended up going all the way into overtime. But that did not seem to phase Russell Wilson as he drove the Seahawks 80-yards for a touchdown which ended the game. On the drive Wilson went 4 of 6 for 35 yards, and added 4 carries for 21 yards.

Fantasy Impact: This was another great game that will please Wilson's fantasy owners. Although he did throw his first interception this week, Wilson was still very productive. Consistency is the word I would use to describe him, and that is something us fantasy owners like to hear. Russell has thrown for 2 touchdowns in all three of his games so far, with only the one interception to go with it. His ability to scramble and make people miss only increases his value with the added yards he gets on the ground. The Seahawks are on a bye week this upcoming Sunday, but expect to see Wilson continue this success week 5 against the Redskins on the road.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 7:13pm EDT

Russell Wilson finished 17 for 25 for 202 passing yards, 18 rushing yards and 2 passing TDs, with no turnovers once again, as Seattle fell to the Chargers 30-21.

Fantasy Impact: In a rather peculiar game that saw the Seahawks run only 40 offensive plays, Russell Wilson still posted solid numbers as he maximized his limited opportunities. As is usual with Wilson, he didn't cost fantasy owners any points by turning the ball over and has only thrown an interception in 4 of his last 16 games, including the playoffs. Wilson will continue to be a solid every week starter at QB, and could challenge for a spot in the top 5 QB's before season's end.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 1:29am EDT

Russell Wilson was in full command of a now seemingly dynamic offense, as he threw for 191 yards and 2 TDs, while rushing for 29 more as Seattle opened the regular season in dominant fashion.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson once again played mistake free football as the Seahawks showed the world what their offense can look like with Percy Harvin causing havoc all over the field. Wilson was drafted as a low end QB1 and as a backup in many cases, even after posting back to back top 10 fantasy seasons. With a dominant run game to keep defenses honest, Wilson has a chance to surpass those past results and ascend into the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks in 2014.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Mon, Sep 1st 12:25pm EDT

In 4 preseason games, QB Russell Wilson completed 33 of his 42 pass attempts for 432 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wilson also chipped in 61 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns on 9 attempts. Through the four preseason games, Wilson was neither intercepted nor committed a forced fumble. (Source: cbssports.com)

Fantasy Impact: While I wouldn't put a ton of stock into preseason numbers, Wilson looked absolutely dynamic during the 2014 preseason. His passes were crisp, reads on point, and as a cherry on top, looked in sync with Percy Harvin. While his volume isn't going to support a top 4 fantasy season, Wilson is a near lock to exceed his draft position and finish as a top 12 QB. For those with late drafts, Wilson is a tremendous hedge for owners betting on high risk/reward QB options (RGII, Cutler, Romo).

By Jordan Melchiorre, Seahawks Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 8:39am EDT

Pete Carroll described Russell Wilson as being "really in command" of the offense, following his performance against the Bears Friday night. He passed for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for 23 yards and another score. (Source: Bob Condotta, Seattle Times)

Fantasy Impact: Through three preseason games, Wilson has been playing at an elite level completing 76.9 percent of his passes. While still leading a run-first offense, Wilson's play thus far is superior to the other dual-threat QBs (Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick) who are all being drafted at least three rounds ahead of him. Wilson offers excellent value at his current 14th round ADP, and should definitely be on your QB1 sleeper radar.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 12:32am EDT

Wilson played the first two quarters and part of the third finishing the night with 15 completions on 20 attempts or 202 yards and 2 passing TD's. On the ground Wilson 4 rushes for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: WIlson looked calm in stressful situations, maneuvering around Chicago's pressure and finding his receivers down-field. Wilson hit his receivers coming out of their breaks with great velocity, and looks to be in fine form in the preseason. Currently being drafted as the 14th QB, Wilson doesn't offer elite upside due to schematic constraints, but could very easily finish in the top 7 due to improved offensive personnel and an greater understanding of Darrell Bevell's offense.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 2:04am EDT

Russell Wilson finished 11-13 for 121 yds, while rushing for another 31yds and 2 scores, as he led the Seahawks to 24 pts in 4 possessions Friday night vs San Diego

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners got a glimpse of what the Seattle offense can look like with Percy Harvin on the field Friday night. Finding multiple open receivers as Harvin drew coverage from everywhere, Wilson led the offense to 255 yards on 4 possessions. Wilson finished last season as the league's #2 rushing QB, but was only able to punch it in once all year. He scored twice Friday. Having already finished as a top 10 fantasy QB in each of his first two seasons, Wilson is being drafted as the 13th QB in the 10th round this year and provides unmatched value and tremendous upside at the QB position.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 12:44pm EDT

Advanced metrics website Football Outsiders stated that Russell Wilson was pressured on 36.6% of his passes in 2013, trailing only Case Keenum (37.7%) (Source: Football Outsiders)

Fantasy Impact: For a point of context, Peyton Manning was only pressured on 14.4% of his passes. The Seahawks could view pressured passers as a market inefficiency, as they acquired the 3rd most pressured QB, Terelle Pryor, in the off-season. Fantasy owners and the Seahawks hope that a year of improvement and health for Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, and JR Sweezy will provide cleaner pockets for Wilson in 2014. The club is also banking on either rookie Justin Britt or newly acquired veteran Eric Winston to seize the Right Tackle spot.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 1:10am EDT

Wilson was 4 of 6 through the air for 37 yards and 0 touchdowns. He gained 7 yards on the ground on 1 carry.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson played for the whole first quarter and the first series of the second quarter. His yardage numbers could have been even higher if he had connected with an open Zach Miller in the first quarter. Wilson looks like his same old productive self and is a steal at his current ADP.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 11:23am EDT

Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell says that Seattle's run first mentality wont change much, stating “I think our plan has been pretty successful, We play great defense, we take great care of the football and we run the football, and that keeps us in games and allows us to exert our will on the opponent, that physical toughness that we like to do ... That’s our style and our philosophy and we are going to continue to do that". (Source: The Seattle Times)

Fantasy Impact: However, when asked if Russell Wilson could handle an expanded role, Bevell stated “He can definitely handle it, it’s just that we don’t ask him to do it. We don’t really rely on one player to really carry anything. ... it’s just not an offense that we do to drop back 50 times a game. But can we? We absolutely could. Could he handle it? He can absolutely handle it”. Wilson has never exceeded 37 pass attempts in a game, and has gone over the 30 attempt threshold only 7 times in his career. Despite this lack of opportunities, Wilson has been a reliable low-end QB1 and stands to benefit if there is any slip in quality of the running attack or the defense. While there may not be enough passing volume to vault Wilson into un-benchable territory, there is a high probability that he will outplay his QB13 average draft position.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sat, Jul 26th 1:24pm EDT

Doug Farrar states that a more experienced WR corps, the coaching staff's desire for a 50/50 run pass split, defensive regression, a tougher schedule, and Wilson's own development as a player, point towards an expanded role for Wilson role in 2014. (Source: SI.com)

Fantasy Impact: This can only be a good thing for Wilson's fantasy prospects, as Farrar goes as far as stating "it's easy to picture a scenario in which Wilson becomes the epicenter of Seattle's offense". A 50/50 balance of run and pass would net Wilson approximately 60 more attempts, and while he wouldn't be expected to maintain his exceptional 8.1 yards per attempt average with this added volume, the potential for a spike in fantasy production definitely exists. Wilson was 2012's 9th ranked fantasy QB on a team ranked last in pass attempts, and was 2013's 8th ranked fantasy QB on a team ranked second to last in pass attempts. A boost in volume could see Wilson dramatically exceed his current QB13 (95th overall) ADP.

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