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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 Nov 28): Just when we were ready to trust Wilson as an elite fantasy QB1 again, the Tampa defense happened to him. Two weeks after disemboweling Jay Cutler, the Bucs frustrated Wilson in almost every way possible. The Carolina defense isn't peaking like the Bucs, so we should probably go back to Wilson, but this game is troubling for teams that have another viable option to weigh against Wilson.

Week 13: vs Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Russell Wilson and company played very poorly at Tampa last weekend - though Wilson led the team in rushing with 8/80/0, his two interceptions thrown (vs. zero TDs, with just 17/33 for 151 yards passing, and six sacks taken for -33 yards) helped create a 5-14 upset loss to the Buccaneers. Jimmy Graham led the team in receiving with seven targets for 6/67/0, while Doug Baldwin was the other receiver over 30 yards with eight for 7/34/0. This looks like an aberration and not the start of a trend for the Seahawks, as Wilson had six TDs and zero interceptions thrown in the three games previous to last week's debacle by Tampa Bay. Carolina's offense choked for the entire first half last weekend, and they dug a hole too deep to climb out, losing 32-35 at Oakland - Derek Carr bombed the Panthers' secondary for 26/39 yielding 310 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -5 yards. The Panthers allowed 35/44 for 264 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception with three sacks of Drew Brees generated for -21 yards two weeks ago - they have been soft in this phase of the game all year, currently ranking 29th in the NFL averaging 275.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 11 interceptions (tied for fourth in the NFL) and 32 sacks (third in the league) generated. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Carolina has averaged 17.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-least in the NFL); and 19.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-least); with 8.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most). Of late, though, they've been very suspect in this phase of the game as you see above. Advantage Seattle - Wilson and company should bounce back in this game. The rushing matchup is tough for Thomas Rawls (and he's still getting back into 'game shape') so look for the Seahawks to sling the ball around quite a bit in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
9 vs BUF 47 20 26 282 2 0 3 10 1 0 29.1
10 at NE 70 25 37 348 3 0 3 6 0 0 30
11 vs PHI 67 18 31 272 1 0 8 19 0 0 27
12 at TB 63 17 33 151 0 2 8 80 0 0 12.55
13 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 5 * * * *
13 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 22 34 * * * 5 * * * *
13 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 19 29 * * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs TB (17 / 33 / 151 / 0 / 2 pass, 8 / 80 / 0 rush)

The good news is that Wilson ran well, to the tune of 80 yards on 8 carries, which likely means his ankle issues are a thing of the past. He even kept the ball on a couple of option plays, something that we haven't seen from him at all this year. Unfortunately, that's about all the good news there was today. From the start, Wilson was under immense pressure, and not just from the blitz, but the Bucs 4-man rush was consistently getting to him as well. The first series was a harbinger of things to come: a short run; a sack; pressured to throw it away; punt. By the time he got the ball again, late in the opening quarter, the Seahawks were down 14-0. Just as second drive looked like it might get somewhere, the pressure came again and Wilson fumbled on third down, leading to another punt. He wasn't able to find his favored targets - Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin - often enough for them to make an impact, and the rest of his receivers were inconsistent. Wilson and the Seahawks clearly made some adjustments in the second half, coming out in the shotgun formation and favoring quick passing routes. But it wasn't enough to sustain long drives, often starting near his own end zone. In the end, he just couldn't take them far enough on his own. Baldwin and Graham made a difference when they had the ball, but the rest of the offense was maddeningly inconsistent. As is Wilson's usual M.O., he looked remarkably good leading the team in the two minute drill. But with his team down by two scores and the clock ticking down, he threw a long pass that - although accurate - was intercepted as the safety swooped in for it.

2016 Week 11 vs PHI (18 / 31 / 272 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 19 / 0 rush)

Not particularly effective early on. But on the third play, scrambled with no hesitation, so, clear progress has been made in that department. Great effort scrambling to the line of scrimmage and getting the ball to Jimmy Graham, who then ran it in for the score. Wilson really started to turn it on after the score to Graham. On the next drive, he threw long to Doug Baldwin for 44 yards, who had beaten two men deep for a big catch, and on the very next play, he found Tyler Lockett for another big gain of 30 yards, putting them inside the five yard line. Unfortunately, he failed to convert two short pass plays (and one handoff) and had to settle for a field goal. Next time they were in the red zone, they changed things up entirely, as Wilson handed off to Baldwin, then took off for the end zone and caught a TD pass himself! Into the 4th quarter, he continued to spread the ball out well. He threw to Paul Richardson more than usual, and found Tyler Lockett a few times in a favorable position. But Wilson also failed to convert once more in the red zone, throwing three incomplete passes though not entirely his fault and settling for another field goal.

2016 Week 10 vs NE (25 / 37 / 348 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

Wilson looks like his old self again, moving around and out of the pocket with confidence, though he is still not taking off with regularity. He has, out of necessity this year, become a better pocket passer and his skills were on display in this one. Right from the start, Wilson stepped back and made decisive throw after decisive throw. He spread it out to several receivers, which is typically when he and the Seahawks are at their best. Of note were several deep throws, right on the money. He hit forgotten man Tyler Lockett with a couple of perfect over-the-shoulder passes (one turned into a defensive interference call), found Doug Baldwin, seemingly whenever he was open - which was often. It's difficult to pinpoint any one or two things he did right; he did it all. He provided a threat on the ground and in the short and longer passing games, and the Patriots could only stop one at a time. Meanwhile the running game was just solid enough to keep the defense on their toes. Wilson's three TD's all went to Baldwin, and in each case, it really just seemed like he was simply finding the open receiver. It was not a case of locking on to one receiver at all.

2016 Week 9 vs BUF (20 / 26 / 282 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)

On the opening drive, Wilson seemed to be playing it safe, with a short pass and a throwaway but boy, did that change on the second drive, when he threw a long pass to Doug Baldwin, caught just short of the goal line. Wilson followed that up with a play action bootleg for the score, demonstrating that he's getting closer to the mobile Russell Wilson of old (pre-ankle injury). Wilson was really using all of his weapons well, and did his best work when throwing deep, and he took a LOT of chances downfield. He made perfect throws twice to Jimmy Graham in the end zone, both times caught. Wilson did not scramble often, but he did look dangerous when he did take off to run, which kept the defense on their toes. He showed a ton of confidence in all of his receivers, but with the connection with Graham continues to show that he is the team's most consistent scoring threat; which pushes Baldwin ever so slightly into more of a possession role between the 20's.

2016 Week 8 vs NO (22 / 34 / 253 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)

Wilson fought an uphill battle early on, playing only two drives in the whole first quarter. Offensive penalties on each of the first two drives, plus a sack, contributed to consecutive three-and-outs; the Saints controlled the ball well and so that's all the opportunity Wilson had to that point. Before the half would end, Wilson threw a poor interception over the middle to add to his woes; an d ironically, the biggest passing play for the Seahawks was when Wilson threw a lateral pass back to a receiver, who threw for a big gain. It wasn't until mid-4th quarter that Wilson began to find his groove. On his longest drive of the day, he was finally able to spread the ball around to all of his receivers, and looked quite nimble rolling out on a few plays as well. Unfortunately, he was not quite able to get them into the end zone and they had to settle for the field goal instead. He saved his best for last (as usual), and came literally about an inch from winning this one. With under two minutes to go and a TD needed, he led the team downfield, spreading the ball around and making great decisions and throws on each play. With the ball inside the twenty, and time for one last play, he threw to the back of the end zone for Jermaine Kearse, who caught it but came down with his toe on the wrong side of the line.

2016 Week 7 vs ARI (24 / 37 / 225 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Still coming back from a severe ankle injury, Wilson faced a ton of pressure and had to throw into very tough coverage all day long. He keyed on Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham, but so did the Cardinals, and so sustained drives just never materialized. The Seahawks also started with very poor field position numerous times. The most disappointing aspect of his game was that he still was not running the ball like the pre-injury Wilson, which meant the Cardinals could (and did) stack the box against the running backs, and pressured Wilson without fear of him beating them on the ground. The one positive note was that, while Wilson is still wearing a large brace on his leg, he did actually take off with the ball on one read-option play. But until he can make defenses respect his scrambling ability again, we can expect his road to be challenging each week.

2016 Week 6 vs ATL (25 / 37 / 270 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 7 / 0 rush)

Wilson was up to his old tricks again; namely, spreading the ball out to his very talented rotation of backs and receivers. And while he is still recovering from his ankle injury and is clearly not as mobile as we have become accustomed to, he did finally rush for a first down (first time this season). The lack of touchdowns is a bit troubling on the surface, but is more the result of situational play calling than anything. Wilson threw a lot of short passes on sustained drives, but in close, the ground game was clicking, so he didn't need to play the hero. There were a few stalled drives, not his fault. Wilson's passing was near flawless, and if a couple of drops had been catches and a short yardage run had kept a drive moving, the Seahawks could have run away with this one. With the Seahawks down by a TD late in the game, Wilson began to press hard to tie it up, but the Falcons downfield coverage was tight and so he overthrew a couple of passes that were close to and in the end zone.

2016 Week 4 vs NYJ (23 / 32 / 309 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / -5 / 0 rush)

Wilson was still recovering from his ankle injury, but you'd hardly know it from the results. Despite consistent pressure and excellent coverage from the Jets secondary, he was nearly flawless. Part of Wilson's success can be attributed to the fact that he did not tempt fate by scrambling out of the pocket - just didn't - if he was in trouble and had no receiver to throw to, he would go down or throw the ball away. That sounds timid, but the other part of his success was a perfect balance of taking the chance and throwing into coverage and dumping it off to a checkdown option, usually RB Christine Michael. In particular, Jimmy Graham came up with a number of spectacular catches. Partway through the third quarter, Wilson was 17-for-19 in passing attempts, at which point he became a little more cautious when under pressure, throwing the ball away more often. Not only that, but with the extra pressure, he took advantage and threw a dump off pass to Michael for a score.

2016 Week 3 vs SF (15 / 23 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Wilson wasted no time finding favorite target Doug Baldwin downfield on a 34-yard pass play. On the second drive, he found him again for a diving sideline catch, before locking on to Jimmy Graham for basically the rest of the drive. Wilson's two completions to Graham helped get the Seahawks down to the 4-yard line, which set up a rushing TD. Wilson, playing on a still-injured ankle, was surprisingly nimble in the pocket, though he always threw the ball before the need to scramble. The first time he actually had to scramble out of the pocket, Wilson found Jimmy Graham open in the end zone, for his only passing TD of the game. Early in the second half, Wilson was hurt while being tackled. He initially sat out just one play and came back to finish the series. But but then was replaced by backup Trevone Boykin. The game was well in hand by that point, so taking Wilson out was partly precautionary.

2016 Week 2 vs LA (22 / 35 / 254 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)

There was debate all week as to how much Wilson's sprained ankle would limit him or even if he would play in this game. Wilson got hit hard on his first dropback and got right back up, so there's your answer to whether or not he can play on the hurt ankle. Can he find an open receiver? Well, that's another question entirely. The answer of course, is that yes, he can. Despite the box score, and the bum ankle, Wilson did have his moments against a tough Rams defense. It looked like he was going to go 3-and-out on the first two drives, but a penalty on 3rd down gave him a redo and he found Doug Baldwin for the short first down. Next, he lofted a perfect pass downfield to Tyler Lockett for 35 yards and all seemed to going right for the Seahawks. Wilson started the game 5-for-5, spreading the ball around well, and in particular, he looked to be developing good chemistry with Lockett. He nearly hit Jermaine Kearse for the TD, but the receiver couldn't hold on in tight coverage, and - who knew? - they would camp the drive with the lone Seahawks score, a field goal. Wilson had another 40 yard catch by Lockett negated on a questionable offensive pass interference call. Wilson's deep accuracy was definitely on display, but it's really a game of inches, and that play, plus another miss (but great throw) to Paul Richardson stalled Wilson and the Seahawks, even though they seemed poised to march down the field. The main thing that hurt Wilson's game was the lack of the Read-option, which often is his money play. That, and the fact that Rawls, Lockett, and Baldwin all left the game with injuries at some point. Late in the game, Wilson looked like he might engineer a comeback similar to last week's against the Dolphins. He threw deep out of his own zone to hit Lockett for 53 yards, but the drive was halted when Christine Michael fumbled a reception at the Rams 29 yard line.

2016 Week 1 vs MIA (27 / 43 / 258 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)

Wilson basically had two good drives: one to end each half. On this day, that was enough to win the game, but it was clearly a struggle for him to accomplish the feat. In the early going, the Seahawks were in full passing mode. As if to take some heat off of the running game, Wilson threw a number of short passes. It would be a bit of a wait before he took a chance throwing further downfield. On his interception play, he made a poor decision to throw deep in desperation as he was getting hauled down. His fumble, however, was simply unlucky as he was tripped by his own lineman, who was getting pushed back by the defender. Wilson spreads the ball around well but his favorite receiver is still Doug Baldwin. He leaned on him especially in the final drive, relying on Baldwin for three key catches leading up to his touchdown catch at the edge of the end zone, which was perfectly thrown by Wilson. The often-scrambling QB hurt his ankle, which clearly slowed him down, but Wilson showed once again that he does his best work under pressure.

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Latest News

Seahawks | Russell Wilson struggles (Mon Nov 28, 09:00 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was 17-for-33 for 151 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He did rush eight times for 80 yards, though.

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Seahawks | Full practice for Russell Wilson (Fri Nov 25, 09:23 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (knee) was a full participant in practice Friday, Nov. 25, and is not listed on the Week 12 injury report.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson practices in full (Wed Nov 23, 08:50 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Our View: Wilson is getting healthier, and we think the Seahawks passing game should put up great numbers against the Buccaneers in Week 12.
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson throws TD, catches TD (Mon Nov 21, 01:54 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 18 of his 31 pass attempts for 272 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 11 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also rushed eight times for 19 yards and had a 15-yard touchdown reception.

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Schedule

13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Los Angeles Rams
16vs Arizona Cardinals
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