QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
|5-11, 204||Born: 11-29-1988||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2012|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Wilson has to be an undisputed top five fantasy quarterback at this point. He continues to defy low volume and even lost his go-to tight end in Week 6, but overcame a slow start to beat Cleveland on the road. Only San Francisco, Minnesota, and Carolina loom as possible stumbling blocks on his remaining schedule.
Week 7: vs Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Good matchup. Even with the Seattle pass game in transition, Russell Wilson continues to dazzle with his trademark efficiency. The MVP frontrunner leads the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt, which factors in yardage, touchdown, and interceptions. He sits just 16th in attempts, but has thrown 14 touchdowns (with no picks) and produced 284 passing yards a game. It was believed that he'd struggle without security blanket Doug Baldwin, but he keeps proving exceptional at maximizing his supporting talent. Tyler Lockett is a truly versatile playmaker, while rookie DK Metcalf keeps making splash plays with his elite blend of size, speed, and physicality. They bounce around the map in terms of volume, but make for ideal fits with Wilson, who loves to chase big plays downfield and is as proficient as anyone at doing so. It's unfortunate that tight end Will Dissly (Achilles) has had his second straight season cut short; fill-in Luke Willson doesn't project anywhere near Dissly's role. But there's still plenty of playmaking here for Wilson to create with. One has to wonder whether regression will come calling and dip his numbers accordingly. Still, Wilson has long bucked that trend, as seen in his elite career 6.1% touchdown rate. His surgical approach gives this attack both a great floor and strong weekly upside. Through six games, the Ravens' pass defense performance has divided neatly down the line drawn by its competition. They've been dominant against the Dolphins, Steelers, and Bengals, allowing them just 6.4 yards per attempt and 2 touchdowns. But against the Cardinals, Chiefs, and Browns, they've given up 10.0 and 4 scores. Each of the latter three topped 340 yards, and each one featured a pair of receivers with 80+ yards. Hence, the mid-week trade for former All-Pro Marcus Peters, who should start immediately on the outside. As a member of the Rams, Peters was a shell of his old Chiefs self, giving up almost too many long touchdowns to count over nearly a year and a half there. But he at least provides a big theoretical upgrade on bodies like Anthony Levine and Maurice Canady, both of whom have beaten just as badly of late. The biggest problems have come inside, while Brandon Carr has been picked on relentlessly. Each of their last four opponents has produced well in the slot, including big weeks from Travis Kelce (7 for 89), Jarvis Landry (8 for 167), and JuJu Smith-Schuster (7 for 75 and a touchdown). Earl Thomas has been solid as a centerfield-type free safety, but the team does miss Eric Weddle's presence, especially with starter Tony Jefferson on injured reserve. There are certainly strong weeks here and there for this crew, when the versatile pass rush consistently wins in the pocket and forces errant throws. Perhaps Peters' arrival will spark something in both him and the unit. But in neutral situations - and against quarterbacks as good as Russell Wilson - this is no longer a matchup to avoid. Rather, it can now be viewed as an upside spot, especially for slot producers like Tyler Lockett and deep-ball mismatches like DK Metcalf.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Russell Wilson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs CLE (23 / 33 / 295 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 31 / 1 rush)
Wilson was a questionable replay-reversed-call away from a 3 TD (plus one on the ground) game. Dealing with a fair bit of pressure from the Browns, Wilson responded with a season high nine rushing attempts, including a 16 yard first quarter scramble up the middle for his rushing TD. On that play, Wilson read the man coverage, which left the middle of the field empty, and slipped out of the pocket easily for the score. The running game was consistently moving the ball forward, and Wilson played patient football, finding the open man and spreading the ball around. No receiver had more than five targets, and while we know by now what to expect from Wilson, it was still an impressive show of poise and maturity as he brought the team back what was a 21-6 deficit, one play into the 2nd quarter.
2019 Week 5 vs LAR (17 / 23 / 268 / 4 / 0 pass, 8 / 32 / 0 rush)
Wilson's four passing TDs were the product of smart work while under pressure, as he had Aaron Donald and Clay Matthews in his face all day long. The volume was not high (only 23 attempts), but he was in vintage form spreading the ball around to nearly all of his receivers and backs. He got a little lucky on Lockett's brilliant first quarter catch in the end zone, but again and again, Wilson proves that he knows what his receivers are capable of, and full credit to him for putting it up there for the taking rather than throw it away. Wilson found DK Metcalf perfectly over the middle on a deep post for a score; and TD's #3 and #4 were shorter passes. First to David Moore, a quick hitch with enough room to run that he found paydirt, and second to Carson, who found himself wide open (and almost dropped the catch!) for the winning score. Wilson continued to show an excellent rapport with Will Dissly, finding him twice for sizable gains, and also to his running backs, who occasionally are even lining up wide. Finally, it's worth reminding just how dangerous Wilson is on the ground, and that Wilson seems to be running more this season, but isn't taking any big risks as tacklers close in.
2019 Week 4 vs ARI (22 / 28 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Wilson had not true highlight worthy plays against the Cardinals, but was quietly very efficient. He hit his TE, Will Dissly all day long, including for the lone TD, as he hit him wide open in stride as he crossed the goal line. Wilson had more success on short plays, to Dissly and Carson, primarily. His deep passes were not on the money in this one. Coverage was tight and he was forced to overthrow the ball rather than risk an interception, which he has so far managed to avoid in all four games this season. The blemish on his game is that he had more opportunity to score, but failed to get in on three passing plays from the 6-yard line, at the end of the half.
2019 Week 3 vs NO (32 / 50 / 406 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 51 / 2 rush)
It's easy to tell how the game is going at a glance, by how Wilson is behaving in the pocket. He tends to run only when he HAS to, when things aren't going well. Against the Saints, he was running very early on. A costly RB fumble, and some questionable 4th down gambles put the Seahawks in a big hole, so Wilson was playing from behind for most of the game. He found Tyler Lockett downfield often, including in the corner of the end zone, and hit Metcalf in double coverage for a 54-yard gain that unfortunately ended the half without any time left on the clock. Into the second half, his play was somewhat erratic and his throws weren't quite clicking. Notably, he overthrew Lockett on 4th and 5, with a rushed throw into the end zone. Wilson eventually did find his groove, and at that point a comeback almost looked possible. His pocket awareness was at an all-time high, as he effortlessly ducked and weaved through pressure, but still had trouble with his receivers getting open. He fought hard for his first rushing TD, trying to get outside but still having to beat the tackle 1-on-1. The same tight coverage allowed him to take off for another 8- yard scramble to score. On the final drive, he drove the team down the field, taking the shallow openings that the defense gave him. But at the end of the drive, Wilson persevered, hitting TE Will Dissly in the end zone twice (first was a holding call that allowed them a redo) for the score.
2019 Week 2 vs PIT (29 / 35 / 300 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 22 / 0 rush)
Wilson came out with a pass first mentality, and it seemed to kick the Seahawks into a gear that they failed to find in week 1. He showed a lot of confidence in rookie DK Metcalf, targeting him on the opening two plays. Later, he placed a perfect TD pass over his shoulder while he was in very tight man coverage. Tyler Lockett was still his favourite play, as he found him on short patterns all over the field. Early on, Wilson was sacked a little too easily as the pocket disappeared on him, which stalled a couple of drives. But when the running game finally got untracked, the passing game opened up as well. Notable, Wilson found TE Will Dissly on two separate but very similar TD plays, hitting him with a well-timed pass up high after Dissly broke off the line freely. It was pretty sweet looking, and it would be a surprise if Wilson's rapport with Dissly doesn't continue. But, Wilson's heroics weren't finished yet. On an option handoff out of the shotgun, Wilson got ahead of Rashaad Penny and blocked for him all the way to the end zone. Holding a two point lead in the final minutes, Wilson used his legs with great success, finding huge gains on draw plays to move the chains and keep the clock running. Probably the best sign that Wilson has found his groove is that he was back to spreading the ball around to several targets, which is when he's at his best.
2019 Week 1 vs CIN (14 / 20 / 195 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
It was a disappointing day for Wilson, who somehow always seems to salvage the day statistically, which he did with two TDs on the day. He was sacked twice early on and continued to go down throughout the game. He played more cautiously than we are used to seeing - in fact, he took more risks in the pre-season - which seemed to fuel the Bengals fire, as they were after him the whole game. The Seahawks had no long, sustained drives, and so the best of Wilson can be summed up on a couple of long passing plays. First to Metcalf, who easily caught the ball on a medium slant pattern, and later to Lockett in final frame, who somehow was wide open as usual, for his first and only catch of the day, for a 44 yard score. In between, Wilson kept the ball close, throwing to the running backs, and showed immense trust in the rookie, D.K. Metcalf, feeding the ball to him at will on short patterns, and even targeting him in the end zone. Near the end of the game, Wilson ran the ball himself, showing that he can be a threat after all, but on his last play of the game, a bizarre QB keeper play on 3rd & 17 resulted in him getting hit hard from behind.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Russell Wilson struggles in loss (Mon Oct 21, 12:13 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 20 of 41 passes for 241 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a Week 7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Wilson also ran three times for 27 yards. link to story Seahawks | Russell Wilson just misses 300 yards (Sun Oct 13, 05:22 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 23-of-33 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns while running for 31 yards and a score. Our View: Wilson brought the Seahawks back from a deficit and overcame the loss of Will Dissly. He is a top five fantasy quarterback right now and a very strong DFS option at home against the Ravens next week.
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