Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/5/13
Start ‘em & Sit ‘em Week 1 Fantasy Football - Seattle Seahawks Week 1 predictions The 2013 NFL season is finally upon us, and for the Seattle Seahawks it brings with it a mountain of expectations. That said, there are only a few sure-fire Fantasy starters on the roster. Marshawn Lynch as always is a must-start with the defense projecting to be a top 10 unit in Week 1, but the rest of the team figures to be just average Fantasy wise. Week 1 sees the Hawks head out on the road where they traditionally struggle. They play a Carolina team that they beat 16-12 in Carolina last year. This week figures to mirror that 2012 matchup. Let’s take a look at the projections of the Seahawks position players and who should start for your Fantasy squad. QB Russell Wilson 20 yards rushing, 220 yards passing, 1 TD Russell Wilson was terrific last year and threw for 221 yards against Carolina while rushing for only 12 yards. I expect more of the same in the opener – OK but not spectacular numbers. He is the ultimate game manager and with Marshawn Lynch on the roster, Wilson’s passing numbers will be somewhat limited. This has all the makings of a defensive struggle as it was last year, in a 16-12 win for Seattle. RB Marshawn Lynch 100 yards rushing, 1 TD Lynch should see 100 yards against the Panthers after only 85 last year. Lynch ran for 1590 yards and 11 TDs last year – he finally elevated to that elite category but he had only 85 yards on 21 carries against Carolina last season. I think he gets his score this week as well as 100 yards on the ground – he did it in 11 of 16 games last year. He will definitely get his opportunities this week – guaranteed! WR Sidney Rice 5 catches, 60 yards Sidney Rice was OK last year and he figures to be again this year. His knee is a major question mark – who knows how the treatment in Switzerland went! Golden Tate looks like the better option in the Red Zone for the Seahawks from a Fantasy perspective, which limits Rice’s value in a big way. WR Golden Tate 4 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD I like Tate to record his typically moderate receiving yards but I like him to score. He has become a favorite of Russell Wilson, and although I don’t recommend his as a starter in your Fantasy league, he could be a flex in deeper formats. WR Doug Baldwin 2 catches, 20 yards He hasn’t realized the form that we all expected after his rookie season. Simply put, there just isn’t enough to go around in Seattle. TE Zach Miller 3 catches, 40 yards Zach Miller was getting his looks toward the end of last season and appeared to develop a rapport with Russell Wilson. How and if that carries over to this year remains a mystery. Optimistically I project 40 yards for Miller but wouldn’t be surprised to see 15-25. PK Steven Hauschka 2 FG 2 XP Defense/Special Teams 275 yards, 2 sack 1 Int., 1 FF The Seattle defense will be a top tier Fantasy defense this season but in Week 1 they may not exactly be lights out. You will have to start them if you drafted them but temper your expectations just a bit – the Panthers simply don’t turn the ball over all that much. It will be a low scoring defensive battle Sunday with Defensive Fantasy points hard to come by. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION!
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