Seahawks Fantasy Forecast
The Seattle Seahawks descended into Fantasy oblivion last week when they gained just 137 yards against a somewhat vulnerable Cleveland defense. Injuries and ineffective play by Charlie Whitehurst resulted in one of the worst offensive performances by any team all season.
The good news is that Tavaris Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could return this week. The bad news is that they face a terrific up and coming Bengals team that finds itself right in the thick of the AFC North division race.
Charlie Whitehurst - 170 yards passing, 1 touchdown – As of today I’m projecting Charlie Whitehurst to get the start again this Sunday. Not exactly a tantalizing prospect after a 12 for 30, 97 yard performance last week in Cleveland. The Bengals have only allowed two passing touchdowns over the last four games so expectations have to be low for Whitehurst this week.
I projected Charlie with OKish numbers this week because he is at least playing at home this week. If you are using Whitehurst for Fantasy purposes this week, you are in need of some serious help!
Tarvaris Jackson – Looks like a game-time decision. If he plays, the QB position could gain 200 yards and could mean that all of the offensive starters will see an uptick in production. Keep tabs on the situation – Tarvaris is a surprisingly huge upgrade over Whitehurst!
Marshawn Lynch – 40 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving – Lynch proved himself untrustworthy to the Fantasy world last week – he suffered back spasms late in pregame warm ups and was pulled from the game after inactives were turned in and fantasy leaguers could respond to it.
He vows that he will play this week but the back issues apparently aren’t a new thing.
I will assume that he is starting this week and will project unflattering numbers against a very good Bengals run defense – allowing just one runner to top 100 yards. Justin Forsett – 8-23 and Leon Washington 7-39 rush, 4-10 receiving last week will split carries if Lynch can’t go
Sidney Rice – 50 yards receiving – Opposing defences have caught on – COVER SIDNEY RICE and Rice’s numbers has been affected greatly. He has 38 yards receiving in consecutive weeks and has fallen off the Fantasy map!
Doug Baldwin – 60 yards receiving, 1 touchdown – Baldwin was invisible like every Hawk last week but he should benefit from the added attention on Rice. He is quick and sure-handed. Charlie Whitehurst certainly hurts his value however.
I will give Baldwin the benefit of the doubt this week and project a score for him – he was on a two game streak with decent yardage and before last week’s debacle.
Ben Obomanu - 40 yards receiving – Ben Obomanu is another player that should benefit from Sidney Rice’s presence and whose production depends on Charlie Whitehurst’s effectiveness. Obomanu may get some yards this week but nothing that warrants a Fantasy start.
Cameron Morrah + TE Zach Miller – 10 yards receiving – Zach Miller is back at practice. It shouldn’t matter either way however. The Tight End on the Seahawks is a blocker – not involved in the passing game at all. There is absolutely NO Fantasy value at the tight end position for Seattle.