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Seahawks fantasy forecast – Week 1 NFL predictions

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Fantasy Football – Seattle Seahawks Week 1 predictions

The 2013 NFL season is finally upon us, and for the Seattle Seahawks it brings with it a mountain of expectations. That said, there are only a few sure-fire Fantasy starters on the roster. Marshawn Lynch as always is a must-start with the defense projecting to be a top 10 unit in Week 1, but the rest of the team figures to be just average Fantasy wise.

Week 1 sees the Hawks head out on the road where they traditionally struggle. They play a Carolina team that they beat 16-12 in Carolina last year. This week figures to mirror that 2012 matchup.

Let’s take a look at the projections of the Seahawks position players and who should start for your Fantasy squad.

QB Russell Wilson

20 yards rushing, 220 yards passing, 1 TD

Russell Wilson was terrific last year and threw for 221 yards against Carolina while rushing for only 12 yards. I expect more of the same in the opener – OK but not spectacular numbers. He is the ultimate game manager and with Marshawn Lynch on the roster, Wilson’s passing numbers will be somewhat limited.

This has all the makings of a defensive struggle as it was last year, in a 16-12 win for Seattle.

RB Marshawn Lynch

100 yards rushing, 1 TD

Marshawn Lynch Touchdown

Lynch should see 100 yards against the Panthers after only 85 last year.

Lynch ran for 1590 yards and 11 TDs last year – he finally elevated to that elite category but he had only 85 yards on 21 carries against Carolina last season. I think he gets his score this week as well as 100 yards on the ground – he did it in 11 of 16 games last year.

He will definitely get his opportunities this week – guaranteed!

WR Sidney Rice

5 catches, 60 yards

Sidney Rice was OK last year and he figures to be again this year. His knee is a major question mark – who knows how the treatment in Switzerland went!

Golden Tate looks like the better option in the Red Zone for the Seahawks from a Fantasy perspective, which limits Rice’s value in a big way.

WR Golden Tate

4 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD

I like Tate to record his typically moderate receiving yards but I like him to score. He has become a favorite of Russell Wilson, and although I don’t recommend his as a starter in your Fantasy league, he could be a flex in deeper formats.

WR Doug Baldwin

2 catches, 20 yards

He hasn’t realized the form that we all expected after his rookie season. Simply put, there just isn’t enough to go around in Seattle.

TE Zach Miller

3 catches, 40 yards

Zach Miller was getting his looks toward the end of last season and appeared to develop a rapport with Russell Wilson. How and if that carries over to this year remains a mystery. Optimistically I project 40 yards for Miller but wouldn’t be surprised to see 15-25.

PK Steven Hauschka

2 FG 2 XP

Defense/Special Teams

275 yards, 2 sack 1 Int., 1 FF

The Seattle defense will be a top tier Fantasy defense this season but in Week 1 they may not exactly be lights out.

You will have to start them if you drafted them but temper your expectations just a bit – the Panthers simply don’t turn the ball over all that much. It will be a low scoring defensive battle Sunday with Defensive Fantasy points hard to come by.

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Dave B is from Beautiful BC. A Fantasy Football writer for 10+ years. A gambler, and a sucker for an early Vegas line. Loves to bet on the NHL, and NFL. A couch potato wannabe, BC Lions, Canucks, & Seahawks fan. Hope’s for world peace + global relaxation.
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