QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
|5-11, 204||Born: 11-29-1988||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 12: at San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Great matchup. Russell Wilson continued his hot streak last week against the Falcons, passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns--his fifth game in a row with multiple passing touchdowns. Wilson's biggest contribution, however, came on the ground as he obliterated the Falcons defense with his rushing ability. Jimmy Graham continues to impress as he matched his season high receptions mark with seven while scoring yet another touchdown. After starting with no touchdowns in his first four games, Graham now has scored at least one touchdown in five of his last six outings, leading all tight ends with seven touchdowns this season as he ranks as the top fantasy scoring tight end across the last seven weeks. Graham now gets the pleasure of facing a 49ers defense that has allowed a touchdown to opposing tight ends in each of their last four games. Doug Baldwin had a very quiet night last Monday as he struggled against the coverage of Desmond Trufant. Baldwin was targeted six times but finished with just two receptions for 40 yards. He did score a big touchdown late in the game, marking Baldwin's third touchdown in the last five games. His target share has gone down in recent weeks as he has just six targets in each of his last two games compared to double-digit target numbers in each of his previous three outings, but he still leads the Seahawks on the season with 85 targets. The 49ers continue to struggle against passing offenses, ranking tenth in passing yards allowed per game (246) while allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks despite the run-heavy game script that most teams have employed against them. They lack talent at both cornerback and safety to present a true matchup challenge for any opposing wide receiver. Sterling Shepard went off with 11 receptions for 142 yards against them in Week 10 as he routinely burned this secondary on big plays. Doug Baldwin draws a great matchup out of the slot against Leon Hall, while Paul Richardson should have a solid chance at making his big plays against these safeties. Jimmy Graham also has a prime matchup here as previously mentioned.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs ATL (26 / 42 / 258 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 86 / 1 rush)
Wilson was his own worst enemy in the first quarter, as he gave up an interception and a fumble that led to an easy 14 points for the Falcons. After the first quarter, he picked up the pieces and got to work on a hopeful comeback. It began with a touchdown strike to Jimmy Graham, a frequent red zone target, both today and in recent weeks. Wilson continued to find Graham on short to medium routes, as well as favoring him in the red zone. Though the running game predictably was unimpressive, Wilson had some success on screen passes and swing passes to his running backs, as well as short hitch to Graham when the defense was playing deeper. As usual, Wilson scrambled often, and in catch up mode, he seemed to take off more than usual, resulting in a team leading 86 yards on the ground, which included a short yardage option call that led to his rushing TD. Unsurprisingly, he also leads the team in rushing yards for the season. With four minutes to go in the game, the Seahawks got the ball, down by 11. Wilson drove the team in for a score - a deep strike over the middle to a wide open Doug Baldwin -- with plenty of time left on the clock. He threw a 2 point conversion to (who else?) Jimmy Graham, and the defense got him the ball with over a minute to go. Wilson promptly marched the team into field goal position, but the 52-yard attempt was a couple of yards too long for the kicker, and the game ended before the comeback could come to fruition.
2017 Week 10 vs ARI (22 / 32 / 238 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
Wilson made the most of three or four big plays on the day. Two were short TD throws to Jimmy Graham: on each play, he got the mismatch he wanted, with Graham towering over a DB and easily outmaneuvering him in the end zone to make the catch. One other was to Paul Richardson, taking advantage of his speed; and finally, the highlight of the game, after quite possibly his longest scramble of the season, Wilson tossed one toward the sideline and found Doug Baldwin - who actually drew a blocking assignment on the initial play - who leapt for it and subsequently turned it into a 54 yard gain. For most of the game, he had a hard time finding an open receiver in the face of a formidable Cardinals secondary. In the end, Wilson's patience won the day. Rather than make risky throws, he kept it simple and did just enough for the victory. The Cardinals also did a good job of containing him as a runner.
2017 Week 9 vs WAS (24 / 45 / 297 / 2 / 2 pass, 10 / 77 / 0 rush)
Wilson had a tough day all around, though he nearly salvaged it with a fantastic fourth quarter performance. It's not new that teams pressure him, nor is it that he is more than capable when running out of the pocket. But the Redskins did a formidable job of coverage at the same time, which resulted in two things: More rushing yards for Wilson, and ... two interceptions, both of which were terrible reads on Wilson's part. He was definitely flustered. Among his misplays were several underthrown balls, and there easily could have been 2-3 additional turnovers. Wilson was much quicker to rush the ball than he normally is, and he was more reliant than ever on his top receiver, Doug Baldwin. He did find the others but not as frequently. The good news is that even in one of the poorer games Wilson has played this season, he still redeemed himself in the end - and on the fantasy scoreboard, he may have done even more than that, given the addition of 77 rushing yards on the day.
2017 Week 8 vs HOU (26 / 41 / 452 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)
Wilson was in the zone. When he discovered early on that the Texans were bottling up the short passing game, he started to look deeper and had all kinds of success. Wilson plays to the individual strengths of his receivers, which helped him beat the Texans through the air again and again. His receivers also know how to get open while Wilson scrambles, which was the case on both of Paul Richardson's early TD receptions. On the other side of that coin, a couple of quick and well timed end zone calls to Jimmy Graham paid off with two scores to him as well. Wilson clearly has legs, but when scrambling he almost always had a pass first mentality, and only in the waning minutes of the game did he take off for yards on the ground. In the 4th quarter, Wilson almost let the game slip away with an untimely interception, but fortunately was bailed out by the defense to get one last shot, which he did in spectacular form: Three plays, 80 yards, culminating in the winning TD to Graham.
2017 Week 7 vs NYG (27 / 39 / 334 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
If you can just get past the fact that Wilson is seemingly incapable of putting points on the board before the two minute warning of the second half, you might say he is otherwise unstoppable. Wilson played like an all star in both halves, but in the first, he just couldn't finish. Early on, the Seahawks had seven (yes, 7!!) straight chances from inside the 5 yard line, and came up short each and every time. Later, he stalled a great looking drive by getting called for intentional grounding. His calm and cool demeanor was rewarded in the second half, however, as he aired it out and hit three different receivers for scores. Especially riveting was the long ball clinic he put on. First, he found a wide open Baldwin over the middle and behind the defense. Next, was Richardson, who made a spectacular grab in the end zone. And finally, Jimmy Graham - himself guilty of a couple of bad drops already -- in the end zone to put the game away. Wilson was a threat on the ground, as always. Though he scrambled all day, as if it were simply a part of his routine, Wilson did not run very often at all. Instead, he put his faith in his receivers, and that was rewarded with the two big scores in the second half.
2017 Week 5 vs LAR (24 / 37 / 198 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)
Wilson disappointed in almost every way, against the Rams. He had just come off of a couple of very good games, so perhaps the expectations were high. But even so, no one expected this. No receiver had more than 37 yards total, and the complete lack of ground game put the focus of the Rams defense squarely on the passing game. Wilson did a fair job of avoiding pressure, with "only" three sacks, but did not gain enough on the ground to make a difference - a trait that has saved the day a time or three for the Seahawks. Wilson will bounce back, of course. But the loss of RB Chris Carson is really hurting him, since no other back seems capable on the ground, and though Wilson is a bit of a Miracle Man at times, he simply cannot be expected to do it all himself.
2017 Week 4 vs IND (21 / 26 / 295 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 38 / 1 rush)
Despite a first half to forget, Wilson's performance was a revelation for a team that badly needed it. The Colts controlled the ball for most of the first half -- partly because of a 'just short' pass attempt from Wilson to Jimmy Graham that was picked off; and partly due to two overturned (and rightly so) calls in which Wilson did not get rid of the ball quite before his knee touched the ground. But (yes, as he has been known to do...) near the very end of the 2nd quarter, Wilson showed signs of life. With only 25 seconds on the clock, Wilson drove the Seahawks downfield in three plays and into field goal position before halftime. The field goal try actually went wide, but a spark had been ignited and carried over to the second half. The Seahawks running game was clicking and Wilson took full advantage with play action calls, scrambling when needed, and also rushing the ball himself, notably on a 23 yard scamper that ended in a great effort to get across the goal line. His deep ball accuracy was as good as it's ever been, as he zipped the ball to his receivers in stride, a couple of times hitting perfect over the shoulder targets for big gains. Overall, Wilson showed a great deal of confidence in ALL of his receivers, which it seemed, made everyone a little better.
2017 Week 3 vs TEN (29 / 49 / 373 / 4 / 0 pass, 7 / 26 / 0 rush)
Statistically speaking, Wilson had a fantastic game. But on the field, he took a loss that is going to sting, since victory was clearly within reach. Much has been said about the poor O-line. Which is certainly true, since he was under a great deal of pressure all day long -- But... as Wilson demonstrated against the Titans, that often plays to his strengths. He was as elusive as ever: whether scrambling in the pocket, leaving the pocket, rolling out, or on a designed rushing play. His repeated escape act was nothing short of remarkable. On top of that, he spread the ball out well in the passing game, and despite a few near misses, ended up hitting more targets than he missed. Doug Baldwin was his favourite receiver (as usual), but not far behind was Jimmy Graham. In addition, Wilson found Tyler Lockett a few times while scrambling, which gave the Seahawks exciting and improbable first downs each time. And he had no trouble airing it out to his running backs, either. First to C.J. Prosise, a deep ball that was caught inside the 5 yard line, and later to rookie Chris Carson, a short pass over the middle that Carson ran in for the score. As he tends to do, Wilson picked up the pace a little near the end of each half. In this match, it was too little, too late. Wilson's Achilles heel is the constant slow starts. In this game, as in the others this season, he had little success before the final minutes of the first half.
2017 Week 2 vs SF (23 / 39 / 198 / 1 / 0 pass, 12 / 34 / 0 rush)
The game plan has Wilson intentionally leaving the pocket often. On the first play the call was a QB bootleg, for positive yardage - barely. Wilson had some success running the option play later in the same drive, and it became a more frequent part of the repertoire when playing behind in Q4. He should have had an easy TD on a perfect short pass to C.J. Prosise but the ball was dropped. Later, another perfect throw was wasted, off the fingertips of MceEvoy. And so, instead of 14-0 after the opening quarter, it's 6-0, which the Niners tied up by halftime. Wilson played a smart game overall, and despite the result, dealt with the pressure well and seemed in control of the offense--if not entirely in synch with his receivers. As painful as it may be for his fantasy owners to live with his underwhelming numbers these first two weeks, it seems riding it out is the best option here.
2017 Week 1 vs GB (14 / 27 / 158 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 40 / 0 rush)
On the first play from scrimmage, Wilson had to scramble and threw incomplete. Second play was a complete pass for negative yardage, and third was a repeat of the first. And so it went. There was barely a drive in the entire game in which Wilson was not running for his life on passing plays. On the plus side, Wilson's mobility is not in question, as he looked fast and nimble scrambling on the majority of passing plays - and on his two rushes. Wilson had a few chances at TD throws but was just off on each of them, and in most cases the throw seemed rushed. He spread the ball around, which will be one of the keys to a successful offense, but too often missed on the big throws. Despite the trouble with offensive line, the Seahawks first half schedule is relatively weak; expect a bounce back of some sort. The biggest blemish was his turnover at the Seahawks 5 yard line, which turned out to be a game changer.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Russell Wilson doing it all for Seahawks (Tue Nov 21, 02:17 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is not only second in the NFL in passing yards (2,801), but he easily leads Seattle in rushing yards (376) and is second among quarterbacks in rushing yards. He is averaging 317.7 total yards per game. Our View: Wilson is doing it all for the Seahawks because he has to. They haven't found a running back to help, so Wilson is left to his own devices....good thing his skill set includes the ability to gash defenses as a runner or a passer. With a 6-4 record, Seattle is looking up at the Los Angeles Rams (7-3) in the NFC West.
Seahawks | Russell Wilson piles up numbers on MNF (Tue Nov 21, 02:11 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 26-of-42 passes for 258 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an interception in the team's Week 11 loss Monday, Nov. 20, against the Atlanta Falcons. He also ran the ball seven times for 86 yards, while picking up a rushing touchdown as well. Additionally, he also lost a fumble. Seahawks | Seattle's Week 11 injury report (Sat Nov 18, 07:08 PM) - Seattle Seahawks OG Luke Joeckel (knee), LB Michael Wilhoite (calf) and SS Kam Chancellor (neck) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 18, and have been ruled out for Week 11. OT Duane Brown (ankle) did not practice and is listed as questionable. DT Jarran Reed (hamstring) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. WR Doug Baldwin (hip), QB Russell Wilson (jaw), DE Frank Clark (thigh), LB Terence Garvin (shoulder), CB Shaquill Griffin (shoulder), DE Marcus Smith (concussion), TE Jimmy Graham (knee), RB Eddie Lacy (groin), FS Earl Thomas (hamstring), DE Michael Bennett (heel) and DE Dwight Freeney (non-injury) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Seahawks | Russell Wilson ready to play (Sat Nov 18, 06:05 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (jaw) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 11. link to story Cardinals | Karlos Dansby fined (Sat Nov 18, 09:48 AM) - Arizona Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby was fined $18,231 by the National Football League for committing a roughing the passer penalty against Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson during the third quarter of Week 10's game. link to story More News
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