2015 Fantasy Football Preview: Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks ended last season a handoff away from being back-to-back Super Bowl Champions. It still baffles me that they didn't give the ball to Marshawn Lynch. Moving on from that, the Seahawks made a couple moves, with one big one, in the offseason that could help bolster their fantasy football stock.

Quarterback: Russel Wilson

Wilson finished as the number three fantasy quarterback last season after racking up career highs in both rushing (849) and passing (3,475) yards. That rushing yardage amount will be very, very tough to duplicate and I don't think it will be. For that reason I don't think Wilson will be a top 5 quarterback. He also threw for a career low in touchdowns, with 20. The addition of Jimmy Graham will help inflate that touchdown number for Wilson but the rushing yards just won't be there. Will he get over 500 yards rushing? Maybe. But it won't be 800+ with six touchdowns.

Running Backs: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael

Beast mode is still wondering why he didn't get the ball in the Super Bowl? One thing that will stay consistent though is his usage in the regular season. Lynch is one of the few true featured backs in the game. Since 2011 he's had at least 280 carries, 1,200 rushing yards and double digit touchdowns in each season. Beast mode will continue to dominate the Seattle backfield on his way to another stellar season. Turbin underwent hip surgery in the offseason but didn't start training camp on the PUP list and should be ready for the start of the season. He is the favorite for the backup job to Lynch.

Wide Receivers: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Chris Matthews

All of these guys are behind Jimmy Graham as far as passing game targets go. Baldwin is coming off of career highs in both receptions (66) and yardage (825) but could struggle to duplicate those numbers with Graham in town. Jermaine Kearse is expected to keep his starting job initially and is also coming off career highs in receptions and yardage. Kearse has big play potential but won't see the ball enough to be a fantasy impact. Tyler Lockett has impressed early on in camp and should win the third wide receiver spot. Lockett arguably has more talent than any of the other receivers in this group and is a favorite of mine. While his fantasy impact this year is limited, he is an intriguing dynasty league pick, or even a late round keeper pick. He could have a prominent role as early as next season.

Jimmy Graham

The vast majority of targets in the passing game will go to Graham who instantly becomes the focal point of the Seahawks passing offense. He is a mismatch on every part of the field and is a lock for double-digit touchdowns. The run-heavy offense could slightly effect his production but it is still Jimmy Graham.

Just thought I would put this here to remind us of BEAST MODE!

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