ESPN’s Fantasy Sleepers/Busts Include Some Odd Seattle Seahawks

Turbin will be good, but I wouldn't pick him on a fantasy team this year no matter what ESPN says. Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

I don’t play fantasy football, and thus I try not to comment on it all that much since I don’t really know what what I’m talking about. I leave that guys like Jason and Hanley who know what they are doing. But when the fantasy guys from ESPN released their annual Sleepers and Busts, their inclusion of a few Seahawks just didn’t make any sense and warranted a response.

Marshawn Lynch – Lynch was labelled as a potential bust. The sited his new contract and how they expected him to pull a Shaun Alexander. I just don’t buy it. Lynch is a guy who plays with an edge. He’s a guy who plays hard because it’s who he is, not because he’s only looking for a payday. Plus, the O-line should be much improved this season. I expect big things from Lynch.

Robert Turbin – Turban is labelled as a sleeper, and again, I just don’t see how he will have any value to fantasy owners. Pete Carroll has never been a “running back by committee” coach. Unless Lynch gets hurt, I just don’t see Turbin getting more than 5-7 carries per game. I really like Turbin, and I think that he’ll be a very good back in the league, but I just don’t see him getting many chances as a rookie unless Lynch gets hurt..

Matt Flynn – Flynn is another sleeper. Right now that might be a good call, but it’ll change well before the season starts. Either Flynn will win the job and will be an very good fantasy player, or he wont and then he’ll be a horrible player to have on your fantasy team. I guess the fact that there’s an open competition means that people wont select him at this point which makes him a sleeper pick right now, but if your league waits until later to draft then he wont be.

Seahawks Defense – The Seahawks defense is listed as a bust. Really? Someone explain how that makes any sense, because I simply don’t understand. The Seahawks were a top 10 defense last year, and have added considerable talent in the offseason. The Seahawks’ pass rush should be much improved with the additions of pass rushers like Jason Jones and Bruce Irvin. I just don’t see how you can justify that the Seahawk defense will be a bust.

Topics: Marshawn Lynch, Matt Flynn, Robert Turbin, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks

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  • HanleyBonynge

    With Seattle as a run-first offense, you know Lynch is going to get carries.  The only downside is that Seattle had trouble scoring a lot of touchdowns last year which hurts Lynch’s fantasy production. Lynch would become even more valuable in a PPR league if Seattle runs a lot of play-action since he has good hands and Lynch could be targeted frequently.Flynn, if he becomes the starter, will be start out as a mid-second tier QB in my opinion.  He isn’t going to win fantasy games for you, but he isn’t going to burn you.  I don’t think he will be stringing together games like his only two starts in the NFL, it’s just not possible.  That was also in much more pass-happy offense.  If Flynn starts for Seattle, he’ll be a starter on some teams in deeper leagues, he’ll also be a totally acceptable bye-week QB.
    Seattle’s defense is high-risk high-reward proposition.  No way that they are a bust, but they also score fantasy points the hard way, sacks and interceptions with the possible TD.  Seattle has the players to get interceptions and sacks, but it doesn’t always happen.  As far as making them a bust, that would mean most other defenses are better than them.  When Seattle lost games last year it was by boneheaded plays of offense, not by the defense giving up a lot of points.  I see Seattle’s defense as a situational play at this point.
     
    Robert Turbin probably wouldn’t be drafted in most leagues. At best he’ll be like Jacquizz Rogers last year – maybe you’ve heard of him, but not worth a roster spot.
     
    Other players I’d keep an eye on would be Kellen Winslow, Zach Miller, Percy Harvin, and Doug Baldwin. If Jackson somehow gets named starter again, Baldwin will be the only one worth having. If Flynn starts and his distribution pattern holds up, all receiving targets go up in value.

  • MichaelBernazzani

     @HanleyBonynge Percy Harvin?

  • HanleyBonynge

     @MichaelBernazzani Haha. Sorry. I meant Sidney Rice. I had just been reading some Percy Harvin free agency stuff so it must have stuck in my mind.

  • Hawkman

    Don’t Play fantasy either- probably should . I understand Marshawn in the middle , not a bust, nor the D . I would lay money the D scores more this year than last and being an improved top 10 D that is very wierd to see them as a bust. Since we don’t know for sure on the QB ? but I will lay odds it’s Flynn and if so I look for the whole receiving core to benefit in points and receptions.

  • MichaelBernazzani

     @HanleyBonynge just givin u $h*+ man haha

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