The 2017 Pro Football Weekly Fantasy Football magazine is on newsstands now and available online. In addition to rankings, mock drafts and loads of player reports, it features 32 team fantasy depth charts. Here's a small taste of the Seahawks information you'll receive by purchasing your copy today.
QB1: Russell Wilson — His two greatest fantasy assets were mobility and a complementary ground game —average of 607 rushing yards and a top-4 rushing attack — helping Wilson to QB9, QB8 and a pair of QB3 rankings from 2012-15, respectively. Last season Wilson was hobbled early and often with ankle and knee injuries, limiting him to just 259 rushing yards and, although not a detriment akin to Seattle’s O-line, contributing to Seattle finishing 25th in rushing. Wilson is not only healthy again but leaner in an effort to regain his dual-threat edge. Seattle’s stable of backs is determined and diversified with newcomer Eddie Lacy and holdover Thomas Rawls running for their next contracts and C.J. Prosise hoping to carve out the changeup role in which he briefly thrived as a rookie. Is Wilson poised to pick up where he left off in 2015, continuing his upward fantasy trajectory? We think so, unlike summer drafters finding Wilson lasting late into Round 7.
RB1: Eddie Lacy — Lest we forget, prior to Lacy’s last season with the Packers ending disappointingly with ankle surgery, the bruising ballerina had a career-high 5.1-yard average. He’s still 27 and, although he hasn’t finished a season since 2014, — his lone 16-game campaign out of four — that means his workload has gone down each season. His new environment and contract, loaded with incentives and weight clauses, may bring out his best. The offensive line is a concern, as is the role uncertainty alongside a fellow pile driver in Rawls, but Lacy, despite still recovering from surgery after missing the offseason program, is the best bet, with a reasonable fantasyfootballcalculator.com price tag (RB27, 5.11).
RB2: Thomas Rawls — Like Lacy’s weight concerns, Rawls’ durability fears are plus-sized: a broken leg halted his monstrous undrafted rookie campaign in 2015 and an early-season leg injury rendered him unavailable and/or ineffective much of his sophomore year, although his wild-card thrashing of Detroit (27-161-1) served as a reminder he led the NFL in in rush average (5.6) as a rookie. Rawls, unlike Lacy, has been working all offseason, the biggest of his brief NFL career, and has shown the juice and jarring physicality to jolt a RB corps he’ll likely join after Round Nine of your 12-team draft.
RB3: C.J. Prosise — Seattle hasn’t had a receiving weapon in its backfield like Prosise during the Wilson-Pete Carroll era. In just six contests as a rookie, Prosise authored its two best receiving games over the past five seasons. Of course, being limited to six games due to shoulder and wrist injuries is problematic, but Prosise has NFL size without the list of ailments accompanying Lacy and Rawls. Moreover, unlike that duo, his role is already defined. Prosise’s ADP (RB38 in PPR drafts per FF calc) suggests folks aren’t sleeping on him — nor should they.
WR1: Doug Baldwin — Buccaneers GM Jason Licht suggested recently Doug Martin needs a carrot dangled in front of him to bring out his best. All Baldwin did after getting his carrot — a four-extension last summer guaranteeing the former undrafted free agent more than $24 million — was tally his second top-10 fantasy finish, upping his catches (78 to 94) and yards (1,069 to 1,128) from an eye-popping 2015, at the time appearing to be heavily TD dependent. Never mind this author saying last offseason Baldwin, at his best a WR4 in his first four campaigns, wouldn’t repeat his WR1 feat; he’s both earned his top-12 ADP and proven he can excel in other areas to offset the imminent TD decline.
WR2: Tyler Lockett — Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on… check that, I’m fully comfortable being shamed again by Lockett, perhaps my biggest miss last year. His sophomore season was marred first by a Week 2 knee injury, then a horrific broken leg sustained on Christmas, just as Lockett was regaining the terrorizing triple-threat ability he showcased as a rookie. 25 percent of his 92 career catches are of the explosive variety, and Lockett’s best receiving day was his penultimate prior to the injury last year.
WR3: Paul Richardson — He’s flashed special speed and ball skills on the biggest stages. The former second-round pick has shown the resilience to come back from multiple injuries. Can he do it before December?
TE1: Jimmy Graham — He was never coming close to replicating his New Orleans production, inflated by the mastery of Drew Brees and Sean Payton, but Graham, quietly, was a top-five fantasy tight end in his first full season in Seattle. Now, two years removed from the patellar injury and in a contract year seeking one last payday, Graham, 30, is a relatively safe target (ADP of 66th overall on FF calc) at a turbulent TE position.