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QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 204Born: 11-29-1988College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): The Panthers defense isn't exactly "back", but neither is the Seahawks offense. Wilson had a choppy day, and it appears that he might oscillate between being a top 5 option and being outside of the QB1 ranks depending on opponent and game script. This week at home against the Raiders will be a good indicator. If Wilson isn't a QB1, it will be hard to trust him over more reliable options except in great matchups.

Week 9: vs Oakland Raiders

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Russell Wilson did enough to win at Carolina, with 20/32 for 199 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -8 yards. The 13-9 win was a low-scoring triumph for Seattle, limiting the fantasy output of their skill position players (Doug Baldwin again led the receiving corps in the post-Percy-Harvin era, with eight targets for 6/61/0). Luke Willson handled the TD with four targets for 1/23/1 receiving - nobody other than Baldwin got over 40 yards receiving in the game. This is the way the Seahawks are built - to win with defense and a strong rushing attack. The Raiders' rush D is soft, but their pass D is pretty non-threatening as well, with 234.9 net passing yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL), with a healthy 12 passing scores given up vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for next-to-last in the NFL) and seven sacks (also next-to-last in the league) generated to date. Brian Hoyer threw 19/28 for 267 net yards last week, with one TD and zero interceptions and one sack taken for -8 yards, while Carson Palmer laid 22/31 for 242 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, and one sack taken for -11 yards. As we said, Oakland is gentle and nice to opposing quarterbacks this season. Advantage, Seattle.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at WAS 18 24 201 2 0 11 122 1 0
6 vs DAL 14 28 126 0 1 2 12 1 0
7 at STL 23 36 313 2 0 7 106 1 0
8 at CAR 20 32 199 1 1 6 35 0 0
9 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds 20 29 * * * 7 * * *
9 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay 16 26 * * * 8 * * *
9 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom 18 26 * * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs DAL (14 / 28 / 126 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 1 rush)

Much like the recent loss to the Chargers, in this game the Cowboys dominated time of possession, so Wilson did not see much time on the field. When he did, Wilson simply ran into a defense that seemed very prepared for his bag of tricks. He started the game well with a perfect pass on the opening drive, down the sideline to a tightly covered Jermaine Kearse for 53 yards. He nearly had an early TD with another precision pass to Doug Baldwin on the goal line, but the receiver was covered tightly and lost the ball as he got hit. Wilson did not see many open receivers all day, and played a conservatively, rather than force his passes into coverage. He played a patient game because the score remained close, but it was the Special Teams play (a blocked punt for a TD; punt return fumble recovery in the red zone) that kept the Seahawks in the game. The latter set up a nicely played option run score for Wilson. He had a great block and was able to get outside for the TD. In the end, the whole Seahawks offense got shut down by a surprisingly good and well prepared defense. His interception came on the final play, when he finally did force the ball into coverage. The criticism for Wilson would be that he played it almost too cool, keeping to the game plan when clearly a sense of urgency was needed. Wilson's usually effective repertoire of misdirection, read options, and balanced targets wasn't working and something needed to change.

2014 Week 7 vs STL (23 / 36 / 313 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 106 / 1 rush)

Wilson had a rough time of it early on, but in the end found the urgency he was lacking and nearly brought his team back from behind. It took a good three drives before Wilson was able to string any plays together, but then a couple of sacks stalled that one, which allowed the Rams to stake nearly a 3 touchdown lead right from the start. Playing from behind, he stepped up his game near the end of the first half, and found greater success now that he was making quicker decisions. One one pass, Wilson scrambled and kept looking for a pass even with room to run, finding Helfet for a decent gain. A short while later, that play paid off and set up a first down run; all he had to do was pump fake and he had the cushion he needed. In the second half, Marshawn Lynch was back to running with authority, and so Wilson used that as well, to fool the defense with the read option. Twice, the fake to Lynch drew everyone inside, allowing Wilson to take it for 10+ yards and then a 19 yard TD run. Ironically, his 52 yarder was not a planned running play, but a bona fide scramble. Through the air, Wilson had a great statistical day, as he finally let loose in an attempt to catch up on the scoreboard. He spread the ball out well, and even with the departure of Percy Harvin, still appears to have no less than 4-5 quality options at receiver.

2014 Week 8 vs CAR (20 / 32 / 199 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)

It was a day of miscues and missed opportunities for Wilson and the Seahawks. The misses included a dropped pass at goal line, a fumbled snap, a fumbled fake handoff; twice, passes twice thrown just short that could have scored; and an interception at the goal line. For most of the game, Wilson played quite conservatively. On each of the first two drives, on third down he threw just short of the first down marker. To be fair, the pocket was collapsing quickly for most of the game, so often Wilson went for the shorter target as a result. Near the end of an uneventful first half, Wilson moved the ball well in the 2-minute drill. He spread the ball out overall, but especially at this time it became clear that Doug Baldwin was his go-to guy, as he found him for a couple of big gains. The drive ended with disappointment when Wilson threw hard to Lynch, who was running a slant to the goal line; but Lynch couldn't handle the throw and tipped it upward off his hands, into the hands of the defense. Wilson tried hard in the second half to manufacture some points, but kept coming up short - a fumble here, a botched handoff there, would keep stalling a seemingly good drive. In addition, he had a couple of "almost" play, twice throwing behind TE Cooper Helfet on sure scoring plays. Another would be TD was dropped by Luke Willson, this time a beautiful throw that he just didn't hold on to. Throughout the game, Wilson remained cool in the face of pressure, and that served him well in the end. The game stayed close, and so with under a minute to go, his fantastic throw to Willson, who had found a seam straight over the middle, was the only touchdown needed. Of note is the fact that Wilson did not rush often (after last week's 100+ yard showing) but was effective when he did take off.


Latest News

Seahawks | Russell Wilson good without Harvin (Fri Oct 17, 07:58 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had a total QBR of 45.3 with former WR Percy Harvin on the field this season, and a QBR of 71.0 with him on the field.

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