QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
|5-11, 204||Born: 11-29-1988||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2012|
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Russell Wilson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 18 vs DAL (18 / 27 / 233 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 1 rush)
Wilson definitely had his moments, and brought the Seahawks to within a couple of points late in the game. But he was denied an opportunity to put together one final drive after the Seahawks attempted an onside kick with just over a minute left in the game. On a day that the running game failed him, Wilson made the most of his play action calls, going 9-for-10 on those plays alone. Early in the second quarter, going play action on 1st & 10, he found TE Ed Dickson for 26, and then Tyler Lockett for a 40 yard gain on a deep post pattern. In both cases, he found the receivers wide open and just feathered in the perfect throw with ease. He made a few excellent throws under immense pressure as well. The icing on the cake of his game (or, it would be, if they had won) is that Wilson found paydirt for the first time this season with a rushing play. Coming out of halftime with the score close, he played with the kind of urgency we typically don't see until the two minute warning - and it worked. The stat line does not tell the whole story here. The coaching staff kept going back to the run, even though it wasn't working - at all - which forced Wilson into long 3rd down passing situations again and again. Despite the uphill battle, Wilson eventually found a way to get to the Cowboys defense, and though he came up short in the end, no one will be pinning this loss on him.
2018 Week 17 vs ARI (12 / 21 / 152 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Wilson stood strong, but in the end had a rough day overall. While it was much talked about that he was playing at all, since there was nothing on the line heading into next week's Wild Card matchup, Wilson played a more cautious game than usual. He was sacked six times, and sure, the Cardinals deserved them, but it really seemed that Wilson simply accepted his fate a few times, rather than take a chance to get out of the jam. Saving his stat line from being atrocious were a pair of passes - a 29-yard score, and 37-yard pass to set up the winning field goal in the final minute -- to Tyler Lockett, who Wilson found absolutely wide open on both occasions in the Cardinals zone scheme. Wilson's interception was on a throw to David Moore, and though Moore did him no favors in protecting the ball as it was taken from right out of his hands, Wilson has to share at least some of the blame for a poorly located throw that allowed the defender to grab it in the first place.
2018 Week 16 vs KC (18 / 29 / 271 / 3 / 0 pass, 8 / 57 / 0 rush)
Where to begin with Russell Wilson? He had an incredible game, sending a message that he and the Seahawks are no ordinary Wild Card team (and perhaps a message to Patrick Mahomes, that said something like 'As good as you are, you've got a lot to learn yet, Young Grasshopper"). Wilson was phenomenal in the pocket, with patience and accuracy aplenty, and a sixth sense for when the pass rush was anywhere near. He threw nearly identical - and absolutely perfect - deep completions down the sideline to both Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin (Baldwin's for a TD), as each receiver was completely, or seemingly, wrapped up by their defender. Wilson evaded more than one sure sack with a miraculous move to get free, finishing with over 50 yards on the ground. And while his confidence in Doug Baldwin has never been greater - with nearly half of his targets going that way - he also found each TE for a score. On the first one, to Nick Vannett, he played it perfectly. Wilson held onto what looked like a simple read option play, but then seeing a defender in his face, very quickly found Vannett in the flat near the goal line. Later, he would find Ed Dickson for a key first down and a TD. Wilson's heroics were exactly that against the Chiefs: Heroic. He rose to the occasion, and brought the rest of the offense with him.
2018 Week 15 vs SF (23 / 31 / 237 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 15 / 0 rush)
Overall, Wilson played his game, patient and efficient, right to the end. He showed a nice touch with the ball, and good rapport early on with Lockett and Baldwin, for big plays, including two TDs to Baldwin. On the first, Wilson layed up a perfectly time fade pass in the back corner of the end zone; and the second was a vintage Wilson-Baldwin hookup in traffic, that Baldwin then took for the score. Their 4th scoring hookup in as many games, it screamed "They're ba-aack!" as Baldwin punctuated the play with a flying leap to cross the goal line. Wilson's downfall - i.e.: what held him back from a better game was the fact that on many play action plays, he would look up to see a defender in his face, which led to a number of quick throw-aways. Rather than continue to throw it downfield, the Seahawks took what they could get, in the form of passes in the backfield, which made up for more than half of the total completions. Particularly in the second half, the passing game ground to a halt, as Wilson only threw for 87 of his 237 total yards. He did look light on his feet when taking off on read option plays, but never broke free for a big gain.
2018 Week 14 vs MIN (10 / 20 / 72 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 61 / 0 rush)
Wilson had the kind of day you just want to forget about and move on from. Career low in passing yards? Check. Rookie-like mistakes in the clutch that lead to a turnover? Check. Zero percent red zone conversion rate? Check. On a day that go to receiver Doug Baldwin was out of action, Wilson was chased from the start, which led to an above average (but not quite season high) seven rushing attempts on the day. He looked strong on one play, as he fought for a first down rather than go with the QB slide move. When he did have an opportunity to air it out, the pass was under- or over-thrown, every single time - including one to Tyler Lockett that drew a long pass interference call. It was the polar opposite of the uncanny deep accuracy we usually see from Wilson's arm. He had four chances in the red zone, and came away with: 2 sacks, 3 incompletions, and a shameful no-look, wild throw-like interception that you wouldn't wish on a high school quarterback. The worst part was that, had he simply thrown it away when he had the chance to do so, they had the ball at the two yard line, with enough time on the clock for another play. Instead, it was a hair away from being a pick-six, and ended the half on a sour note. Wilson redeemed himself ever so slightly near the end, with the Seahawks still clinging to their 6-0 lead, as he ran the ball down the sideline for a 40 yard gain, setting the stage for the game's only touchdown.
2018 Week 13 vs SF (11 / 17 / 185 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Wilson sure made the most of his throws. In all, he had only 11 throws to his wideouts; four of which were TD passes. He also threw 5 passes to his backs and TE. On a day when the ground game took over, this has to be seen as a best case scenario for Wilson. He was lucky on one drive (in a fantasy sense), in that Chris Carson failed to convert two goal line drives, which resulted in the short touchdown to Baldwin. Wilson was chased a little bit in the pocket, but made the 49ers pay with accurate throws while scrambling, including one to Jaron Brown for a score.
2018 Week 12 vs CAR (22 / 31 / 339 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Most of Wilson's throws were very short range. But when he did air it out, he found success with David Moore particularly, and with Tyler Lockett on medium routes. He connected with his go to guy, Doug Baldwin, on several occasions, all of which were short passes. Because the Seahawks were playing from behind for much of the game, Wilson did throw a little more than he has been used to lately. Overall a nice game for him, as he not only managed the game well but was also able to limit any mistakes.
2018 Week 11 vs GB (21 / 31 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 17 / 0 rush)
Wilson found success overall, but in the early going seemed to be throwing all over the place - well, anywhere but to his receivers. He rectified that in the second quarter, settling down to find big target Nick Vannett in the red zone, who got to the 1 yard line to set up a rushing score; followed not much later by a nicely timed fade pass to a resurgent Doug Baldwin. Once Wilson found his groove, his passes started to hit the mark more often. Partly, this could be due to playing from behind, which meant more passing plays than the usually run-heavy game plan calls for. Wilson spread the ball out as usual, and found TE Ed Dickson in a seam, with a quick hit for the winning score late in the game.
2018 Week 10 vs LAR (17 / 26 / 176 / 3 / 0 pass, 9 / 92 / 0 rush)
Just when it looked like Wilson had found a way to beat the Rams juggernaut, he then uncharacteristically found a way to lose, fumbling deep in his own red zone, which gave the Rams the permanent lead, late in the 4th quarter. Overall, Wilson had another quietly efficient game, with three passing TDs on relatively few attempts. He also revived a part of his game not seen in some time, adding 92 yards on the ground. It's worth noting that the previous week, Wilson had 41 yards rushing, which was then a season high. If this becomes a trend, his value will skyrocket in fantasy. Wilson's efficiency came from his willingness to spread the ball out, and while he had no huge plays through the air, he wasn't afraid to take a few shots downfield. In the end, he came up just short, for the second time this season against arguably the top team in the league.
2018 Week 9 vs LAC (26 / 39 / 235 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 41 / 0 rush)
Wilson threw more in this game than he has all season, and the results were mixed. Yes, he did throw a couple of TDs. He also threw a rare (for him) pick-six late in the game, which proved too much to come back from. The Chargers pass rush bothered him all day, closing in on him fast each time they got close. He suffered "only" four sacks on the day, but a couple of them were big losses. He adjusted to this by throwing more often than usual to his main outlet receivers, RB Mike Davis in the flat, or TE Nick Vannett over the middle. His scoring plays were vintage Russell Wilson plays: hard throws, on the money, into tight coverage, showing how much he trusts his receivers. Overall though, the Chargers D really seemed to get to him. A big part of Wilson's success comes from the fact that he rarely makes mistakes. But all too often in this game, Wilson was inaccurate on his throws, which is very uncharacteristic of him, and in the end, all of the missed chances were simply too much to overcome.
2018 Week 8 vs DET (14 / 17 / 248 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
For most of the game, Wilson toyed with the Lions, it seemed, moving the ball at will in the air and even on the ground on a couple of plays. The caveat, of course, is that he was limited to another merely "efficient" game (as most will call it), due to the presence of a dominant running game. Don't be fooled by the small number of attempts, which were also held in check because his team led on the scoreboard from the second quarter onwards. This is clearly Wilson's floor, as he played an All-Star caliber game from start to finish, ending the game with the 71st Perfect Passer Rating (of 158.3) in NFL history, and first in Seahawks franchise history. He dictated the play while in the pocket, making absolutely perfect throws and showing a great deal of trust in his receivers on all three of his touchdowns. On a couple of the Seahawks patented shotgun formation, read option plays, Wilson kept the ball, and made the one-on-one matchup with the defender look like child's play, as he easily got outside for a gain on both carries. His efficiency (there's that word again!) in the red zone was incredible, and on the one drive that was stopped at the goal line, he actually threw two passes that woulda-coulda been scores if not for the receivers stepping out of bounds early (Baldwin) or dipping a toe out of bounds prior to the catch (Vannett).
2018 Week 6 vs OAK (17 / 23 / 222 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)
Wilson relied on a lot of short routes early on; quick hits to his slot receivers, as well as screen and swing passes to his running backs. The vast majority of the plays came out of the shotgun formation, utilizing much play action and read option calls. That didn't stop him from taking some shots downfield, and even with the running game going strong, the Seahawks confidently called passing plays in the red zone. Wilson spread the ball out in the first half, staking the team to a 20-0 lead. On the first drive of the second half, he repeatedly went to Doug Baldwin as they moved the chains downfield on three consecutive completions. Disaster struck on the 4th try as Wilson threw into the crowded end zone, slightly out of Baldwin's reach and into the hands of one of the defenders. On the day, Wilson did however, hit three different receivers in the end zone. Of note is that Wilson ran the ball a little more than usual, showing that he's still got plenty of ground speed when he needs it. And last but not least, Wilson left the crowd in London with one highlight to remember: After missing the long snap entirely at the Raiders 19-yard line, Wilson picked up the ball and made an incredible read and throw, getting the ball to a streaking David Moore for the score.
2018 Week 5 vs LAR (13 / 21 / 198 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
13-21-198 seems like such pedestrian numbers for Wilson, but when you tack on his three touchdown passes, it's suddenly quite impressive. Two of the scores were to fringe player David Moore, who Wilson first found in the back of the end zone while scrambling, and then so wide open on a fly route that he caught a slightly underthrown ball. Wilson's favorite downfield target was Tyler Lockett, whom he found wide open on a deep post route. Wilson spread the ball out, targeting an incredible nine different receivers, and surprisingly only found Doug Baldwin - his usual go-to guy -- once. The Seahawks often worked out of the shotgun formation and the passing game was heavily skewed to short patterns, including a few opportunities for the running backs. The only unfortunate part of the game for Wilson was that he did not get an opportunity to run a 2-minute drill in either half, which usually brings out the best in him.
2018 Week 4 vs ARI (19 / 26 / 172 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
We can stop short at calling Wilson a 'game manager' in this one, but it's close. The ground game was working nicely, and the passing game was fairly conservative - at least by Russell Wilson standards. Taking a cue from last week, Wilson had most of his success with short, quick reads, which meant that he didn't even try to get the ball far downfield. He did his share of trademark scrambling, but again, never looked very far downfield on those plays. The plays that made a difference won't show up on the score sheet: a nice little shovel pass to Mike Davis to escape a sure sack; Staying with the play after a Mike Davis handoff and laying a key down block on the TD run. Wilson spread the ball out well to all receivers and backs; with Doug Baldwin returned from injury, Wilson leaned on him slightly more heavily but not by much.
2018 Week 3 vs DAL (16 / 26 / 192 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Wilson did not have a monster day - by the numbers - but for much of the match, he had the Cowboys secondary in the palm of his hand. A combination of slightly improved blocking and a playbook relying on short drops and quick reads was responsible for that. Over the first two weeks, he was sacked six times in each game; against the Cowboys, he was sacked twice, both times in the second half of the game. Many of the downfield passes thrown were vintage Russell Wilson, with laser accuracy, hitting his receivers in perfect stride. He exploited a breakdown in zone coverage to hit a wide open Tyler Lockett, who ran easily for a 52-yard score. He found Jaron Brown on a seam down the middle for another TD. Perhaps the most impressive moment was a shorter pass to Brandon Marshall, who was as covered as he could be down the sideline, thrown perfectly into his arms in stride. The common theme here is that the ball left Wilson's hand quickly in all cases. If he can continue to keep defenses off balance with this sort of game plan, he's got the arm and the vision to have continued success.
2018 Week 2 vs CHI (22 / 36 / 226 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Let us count the ways in which Russell Wilson struggled.... The opening drive was played quite conservatively, leaning on a running game that never did establish itself. On the first passing call, the pocket closed FAST, and Wilson wasn't able to scramble out of it, which would be a harbinger of things to come. There was miscommunication on a simple checkdown missed pass to a surprised Rashaad Penny, as Wilson tried to lead him to the right with the short throw. Wilson nearly gave up a safety as he got sacked right at his own goal line. And late in the game - while the Seahawks were miraculously still in it - he gave up a very avoidable pick-six, and lost a costly fumble (while being sacked one final time), both of which looked like rookie level mistakes. The good? There wasn't much, but... His reputation for clutch play stood strong for a while, as Wilson did have a few shining moments, exclusively in the waning moments of each half. Near the end of the first half, he was able to quickly drive the offense to within field goal range (a 55 yarder, which is well within Sebastian Janikowski's range) for the 'Hawks first points of the game. Later, in the 4th quarter, he aired the ball out perfectly, with the play action giving him just enough time to find Tyler Lockett for a beautiful touchdown in tight 1-on-1 coverage. And in the last minute, down by 2, he brought the team in for one more too-little-too-late score, finding rookie TE Will Dissly in the sea of Bears DBs. It was a very nice read by the veteran QB, who clearly had not given up just yet. Wilson is dearly missing WR Doug Baldwin, or any real go-to guy to speak of. Tyler Lockett made some great plays, but was invisible in the first half; while Brandon Marshall looked great as a complementary receiver as well. Wilson is ultra-patient in the pocket, but with his sieve of an offensive line, that's not a good trait to possess right now.
2018 Week 1 vs DEN (19 / 33 / 298 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Wilson's first TD pass came on a play action call at the 15 yard line - field position gifted to him by a turnover - to TE Will Dissly at the goal line, who was a favourite target in the first half. The connection with the rookie continued with a confident throw over the middle, hitting him in stride, which Dissly took nearly all the way to the end zone, for a 66 yard gain. Early on, Doug Baldwin left the game, and Wilson didn't skip a beat, utilizing the talent around him well as he spread the ball around. The Seahawks simply weren't able to solve the Broncos blitz, and though Wilson was sacked a horrific six times (three by Von Miller), he never lost his cool, never panicked with the ball. Wilson's vision was excellent on a couple of scoring plays, as he found a wide open Tyler Lockett on play action rollout play that confused the defense enough for him to throw a rainbow pass perfectly into his arms on a deep post route; and to the rejuvenated Brandon Marshall, as the pass was again lofted perfectly into the tightly covered receiver's arms for the 20 yard score. Wilson's first interception was clearly a mistake as he threw poorly into zone coverage, but the second one was simply a final play desperation pass. He also fumble the snap on the final drive, which cost them a chance to move the ball with one minute left and no time outs. It also should be a concern that as the Broncos pass rush intensified throughout the game, Wilson was rarely able to get loose and run, but overall, he had a positive outing.
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