2014 Fantasy Football Team Previews- Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks rode the best defense in the league into their first Super Bowl title in the team’s 38 year history. Pete Carroll did an excellent job turning a bottom tier defense around in his fourth year as Seattle’s head coach. Pete is 38-26 with the Seahawks and 71-57 in his 8 seasons as an NFL coach. His best decision was in 2012 when he selected Robert Wilson in the third round of the NFL draft. His skill set has helped changed the mindset of what an NFL team is looking for at the QB position. His addition gave consistency to the QB position with a winning attitude, but Seattle was only league average offensively while ranking in the top 10 in points scored. Darrell Bevell returns for his four seasons as the offensive coordinator while Dan Quinn will run the defense for the 2nd straight year. The Seahawks had the #1 pass defense in the league in 2013. They allowed only 172.0 yards per game with 28 Int’s and 44 sacks. Seattle allowed the 2nd lowest passing TD’s (16) and finished 7th in the league in rushing yards allowed (1,626) with only 4 rushing TD’s allowed. Their passing offense was 26th in the NFL (3,236). Wilson only threw 9 Int’s with 27 passing TD’s. The Seahawks offensive line allowed 44 sacks while only attempting 420 passes. They ranked 4th in the NFL in rushing yards (2,188) with 14 TD’s.

Position Breakdown

*Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch (RB) – Lynch finished 5th in scoring in PRR league at the RB position in 2013. This was probably higher than most fantasy players expected, but he did underachieve his expected yards per carry (4.2 – 5.0 in 2012). Seattle lost their top offensive lineman Russell Okung in week two for 8 games, which was a big part of Marshawn’s lower production running the ball. Lynch had the 2nd most catches (36) of his career. He has had averaged 21 touches per game over the last three years with 39 TD’s in 47 games. The Seahawks have rushed the ball over 500 times in the two seasons with Wilson as QB. Marshawn should continue to get 60% of the carries with solid value at the goal line. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards in his last three years. Lynch is a power runner with value in all areas of the game. Seattle has talent at the RB position behind him so it’s tough for him to have too many huge games as he will be rested at times in the 2nd half when Seattle puts the game away early. Solid RB1 with 1,500+ combined yards and double-digit scores.

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