From Rags to Riches? Labrum Aside
As August approaches, draft boards are filled. That one group of friends you have that suddenly become enemies for the length of the season begin to congregate, and discuss strategy. Michael Fabiano finally has a purpose to his life, after months of meaningless tweets.
The fantasy season is approaching – so in other words 5 months of Christmas are nearing.
Now it may be just me, but the Seattle Seahawks have not historically been a fantasy-friendly team. There was the Shaun Alexander era, who was often the first pick taken during his prime. But Hasselbeck was never a dominant fantasy QB, and the receiving corp hasn’t had a stand out receiver since Darrell Jackson – who was a second option as a fantasy receiver anyway.
Looking at the roster now, you have some studs. Marshawn Lynch is a great option to have at running back, and Russell Wilson is steadily climbing draft boards after his offensive explosion towards the end of last season.
With the addition of Percy Harvin, there was the possibility of a hat trick.
But Percy has had injury problems in the past, and they have shown their ugly face already in this off season.
There are several reports saying Percy has a possible torn labrum in his hip, and he has been put onto the PUP list. They are getting a second opinion and surgery was not recommended – which is encouraging – but seeing your biggest off season acquisition added to the PUP list after one day of training camp is never appealing.
So with Percy’s immediate future in limbo, we look at the remainder of the corp and see where they stack up against the competition.
The Falcons are the unanimous no. 1, considering they have 2 of the top 10 wide-outs in the group.
The Broncos have quietly became a wide-out powerhouse with unsung heroes like Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, along with the addition of Wes Welker.
After that you have the Cowboys and Giants, who are pretty equal in depth and talent. I would debate that the Lions need to be considered, strictly based on the incredible Megatron. Oddly they didn’t make the list.
They then have the Packers, the Saints, and SEATTLE AT 7??? Could it be???
Well, that is with a healthy Percy.
Last season there wasn’t any noticeable separation production-wise between Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Tate’s season was statistically considered a breakout – 45 rec for 688 yards and 7 td – while Sidney remained healthy and produced well at the number one spot – 50 rec for 748 yards and 7 td.
Zach Miller didn’t really come along until the playoffs, but he ended the season with his best game as a Seahawk – 8 rec for 142 yards and 1 td.
The only real disappointment was Doug Baldwin. After leading the team in receiving in 2011, he was never healthy in 2012 and could only muster 29 grabs for 366 yards and 3 tds.
Looking at the group – and the young stud who will be slinging it to them – there is a lot to be excited about. The beauty of Percy is that his versatility allows him to lineup everywhere, so no receiver is truly going to lose his spot. They will just rotate every now and then.
Add in the solidity of last season with a healthy Baldwin, an integrated Miller and the dynamic Percy? You may just have a top 5 corp on your hands…