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 Dec 3): Wilson has leveled off as a strong QB1 despite having one of the lowest attempt rates in the league and adding much less than usual as a runner. He'll be hard to bench in Week 14 against Minnesota at home.
Week 14: vs Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Bad matchup. Russell Wilson continues to be one of the most efficient quarterbacks in football as he maintains the highest touchdown to pass attempt ratio among starters by a wide margin while ranking fourth in passing touchdowns. Wilson's efficiency was on full display last week as three of his six completion before halftime were for touchdowns, finishing with his first four-touchdown game of the season despite a season-low 11 completions. This is undoubtedly a run-first offense, but Wilson has shown that he can take over a game at any time. Tyler Lockett has been the beneficiary of nearly a third of Wilson's touchdowns as he nabbed yet another one last week on his only reception. It is easy to label Lockett as a boom or bust option as he certainly is reliant on big plays, but Lockett has honestly seen that big play over half of his games this season, so the "busts" have been few and far between. Doug Baldwin, however, has not been as productive as he continues to disappoint compared to prior seasons. Baldwin did find the end zone last week and had at least five receptions in three straight games leading into last week, but he has eclipsed 80 yards just once with only two touchdowns to show for his season which is far below Baldwin's historical standards.. The Vikings defense had a down week by their standards against the Patriots in Week 13, allowing Tom Brady to pass for over 300 yards and a touchdown while they failed to sack him a single time--just the second time this season the Vikings have not recorded a sack. Limiting Brady and a healthy Patriots offense in Foxboro to just one touchdown through the air and 24 total points is still a feat for any defense to be proud of. The Vikings remain a top-tier unit capable of disrupting opposing offensive lines and locking down receivers. It has been five games since this secondary has allowed an opposing wide receiver to cross the 80-yard mark while last week was the first time a quarterback has passed for over 250 yards against them since Week 5. Xavier Rhodes should match his talents with Tyler Lockett in shadow coverage which should lower the probability for Lockett's token big play of the week. Cornerback Trae Waynes suffered his second concussion of the year last week and will be at risk of missing this week's game. Rookie Holton Hill stepped in and played well in Waynes' relief so the Vikings should be fine if Waynes' were to miss this week.
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
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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