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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 20): Losing a top receiver is good for a fantasy QB? Russell Wilson appears to have the mindset of a QB who is going to put even more on his shoulders (and legs) without Percy Harvin. With two 100-yard games as a runner in three weeks, Wilson is now an every week start because you don't want miss his #1 QB of the week upside.

Week 8: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Russell Wilson was a fantasy stud last week with 23/36 for 313 yards passing, with two TDs and zero interceptions thrown (three sacks taken for -21 yards) - and he added 7/106/1 rushing to the monster game passing the football. Doug Baldwin celebrated the departure of 'anger management issues' Percy Harvin with an outstanding 11 targets for 7/123/1 receiving during the contest. Cooper Helfet, the stand-in for Luke Willson and Zach Miller last week, snagged 3/61/1 out of six targets in his moment of NFL opportunity. Jermaine Kearse (six targets for 3/50/0 receiving) and Paul Richardson (five for 4/33/0) also chipped in around the edges of Baldwin's monster game. The Seahawks' offense moved the ball well at St. Louis, though they eventually lost 26-28. Carolina's pass D averages 250.7 net passing yards allowed per game, ranking 22nd in the NFL, and the 15 TDs they've allowed to date is tied for second-most in the NFL behind the Jets' total of 18 pass TDs allowed this year. The seven interceptions generated is tied for eighth in the NFL, while their 15 sacks generated is ranked 16th in the NFL. Green Bay torched Carolina for 19/24 yielding 241 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown, while taking two sacks for -14 yards; Andy Dalton threw 33/43 for 320 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions two games ago (one sack taken for -3 yards). This is not a good pass D, folks. 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 PROJ-Dodds 20 30 * * * 6 * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 18 29 * * * 6 * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 19 27 * * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs WAS (18 / 24 / 201 / 2 / 0 pass, 11 / 122 / 1 rush)

Wilson stepped up once again on a huge stage, this time wowing a national audience on Monday Night Football. He started by putting on a rushing clinic, running for nearly 100 yards in the first half alone. On the opening drive, his combination of scrambling/running and passing made the eventual touchdown look real easy. He finished with a well-timed pass to Jermaine Kearse, who had gotten wide open between two defenders. Where he ran into trouble was with penalties and a couple of bad snaps. Several drives were handicapped because of (mostly) sloppy offensive line penalties - due to heavy pressure by the Redskins, of course. On the rushing front, it looked like he could keep running all day, and he certainly did! As a passer, Wilson spread the ball out as usual, and showed a great rapport with all of them. But running the ball as much as he did not only opened up the field for him in the passing game, it also allowed him to add a few new tricks to his repertoire. He made a nice cross-field pass to Doug Baldwin for a nice first down; and the threat of him running allowed him to actually not run a couple of times. On one such play, he came close to the line, then backed off, and dumped to TE Luke Willson for a 19 yard gain (on 2nd & 20); on another, the icing on the cake near the end of the game, he similarly dumped it off to Marshawn Lynch - who he seems to be relying on more and more in the short passing game - who took it for a 30 yard gain. If not for all the penalties, this game could have been a blowout. Wilson had two TD passes to Percy Harvin negated due to penalties. On the second, a beauty of a play in the 4th quarter that found Harvin well behind the defense for a 41 yard (non)score, Wilson continued on with a gutsy drive and still brought the team in for the major, finishing off with a short pass to Lynch. Leading his frustrated team in was a shining moment for him in a game in which he had many memorable plays.

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.


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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