Remember when the Seattle Seahawks had a number of solid fantasy players? Matt Hasselbeck was a No. 1 quarterback in just about every single league, and Shaun Alexander held elite status as a first-round lock.
Now, Pete Carroll has taken over for what the franchise hopes will be a far more successful era. The problem, though, is that he’ll have to lean on a number of aging and injury-prone players on the offensive side of the football.
Luckily, you don’t have to do the same.
Hasselbeck, who hasn’t started a full 16 games since 2007, will turn 35 in September. I wouldn’t touch him outside of the late rounds as a fantasy reserve. His top wide receivers, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, are both coming off surgeries and are past their primes.
We learned yesterday about the recent returns of Branch and Houshmandzadeh, the bigger names in a crowded group of receivers.
Still, I don’t trust either of these wideouts to return to their past glory. Not even close. In fact, I’ve got Houshmandzadeh ranked just 34th at his position. He’s more valuable in PPR leagues, but not much. Branch comes in at No. 76, a few spots below Golden Tate. As long as he avoids late-night trouble at local doughnut shops, the rookie out of Notre Dame should see his share of chances.
Carroll’s backfield also has some question marks, as the release of LenDale White creates what looks like a backfield-by-committee in a competition he called “wide open.” While I do like Justin Forsett as a potential fantasy sleeper, he has little chance to be a true featured back. At 5-foot-8 and 194 pounds, I’m not sure he could even handle the role.
Instead, Forsett will share some of the carries with Julius Jones and Leon Washington. The latter is ahead of schedule in his return from a broken leg and should be ready in time for camp. The former Jet has shown flashes of potential in the past, but you have to think he’ll be brought back slowly after such a nasty injury.
I still like Forsett as a potential flex starter — especially in PPR leagues — based on what is a very favorable schedule, but it will be hard to lean on him in a greater capacity with Jones and Washington also in the mix.
So, the presence of Carroll might have Seahawks fans feeling optimistic about the future. But from a fantasy perspective, I don’t see anyone outside of Forsett or TE John Carlson being reliable enough to lean on in truly prominent roles.