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Fantasy spin: Matt Flynn

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By William Del Pilar

The Matt Flynn sweepstakes have concluded and the Seahawks have come away a winner with fantasy owners. Fantasy owners win, as Flynn is going to a West Coast offense which he has spent four years learning. Darrell Bevell is the mastermind behind the Seahawks' version of the offense and he ran it for the Vikings from 2006-10. Flynn should be able to step in and immediately contribute with this traditional West Coast offense versus the hybrid versions some teams run.

Flynn signed a three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed that could be worth up to $24 million. Like other players such as Scott Mitchell, he has used limited playing time as a backup to garner a fat payday. Whether he will live up to expectations remains to be seen but for fantasy owners he is another potential starting fantasy QB to choose from.

By choosing Seattle, he spurned his former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin — now the Dolphins' head coach. A new offense also means a learning curve with the team and wide receivers, and that reduces Fynn's overall fantasy value. However, Seattle has several quality wideouts who are already familiar with the offense in Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu and Mike Williams, who should help Flynn's adjustment be smoother.

At 6-2, 225 pounds, Flynn has the size to play in the NFL and in limited time posted 82-of-132 passing for 1,015 yards with nine TDs and five interceptions. Teams took a hard look at him after his play against the Patriots in 2010 when he went 24-of-37 for 251 yards and three TDs with one interception, including a 66-yard TD throw. He sealed his value in Week 17 last season when he completed 31-of-44 passes for 480 yards and six TDs with one interception against the Lions.

He can set up and deliver the ball quickly and accurately and has the confidence in his arm and receivers in timing patterns — those are the traits needed to run a successful West Coast offense. Remember, he's still unproven and only a No. 1 fantasy QB on paper. Draft him as your No. 2 and view him as someone with No. 1 potential.

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