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Fantasy spin: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

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By William Del Pilar

When I read the profile on Russell Wilson, I immediately thought of Seneca Wallace and Doug Flutie, dual-threat quarterbacks with limitations. Wilson is an outstanding athlete who can avoid the pressure, scramble and improvise outside the pocket with great success. He’s married, mature and motivated to succeed, with a strong work ethic. With a high release and great arm strength, he also has the intangibles of a winner. But at 5-10 5/8 and 204 pounds, many believe he is too short to succeed as a starter. 

Like all running quarterbacks, at times he leaves the pocket too soon and also has problems locking onto his receivers. He’s also a two-sport star and could eventually be tempted to return to the baseball diamond if things don't go smoothly on the gridiron. The team could keep Tarvaris Jackson on roster and, while it’s easy to knock his play, Jackson knows the offense.

The team could use Wilson like the Jets plan to use Tim Tebow, but even then he wouldn’t have fantasy value in single-year leagues and questionable value in dynasty leagues. We have to see how he fares in camp and preseason action before determining his value.

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