Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren announced at his Monday press conference that Nate Burleson will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a knee ligament in Week 1.
Burleson is the fourth wideout the team has lost in the past year, joining Deion Branch (knee), Bobby Engram (shoulder) and Ben Obomanu (clavicle). Courtney Taylor will now be thrust into the top spot on the depth chart and should be owned in all leagues with 12-plus teams.
However, Taylor could be in way over his head facing the opposition’s top cornerback week in and week out.
Logan Payne and Jordan Kent are now candidates to start in Burleson’s suddenly vacant split end position, but neither has much value in fantasy land.
Holmgren also doesn’t expect Branch or Engram to return in Week 2, so the Seahawks will have a patchwork core of receivers to say the least.
The loss of just about every viable weapon in the passing game is killing Matt Hasselbeck’s fantasy value. He saw several of his passes dropped in a loss to Buffalo, and now he’s lost another wideout to injury.
Even with a promising matchup against San Francisco next on the schedule, Hasselbeck is now an enormous risk as a starting fantasy quarterback.