Deion Branch. Nate Burleson. T.J. Houshmandzadeh. All three wideouts went to Seattle with high hopes. All three found out that playing their position in the Great Northwest is like entering the Bermuda Triangle.
Now, it looks like Sidney Rice is next to enter the Triangle and never to be found again. The talented but injury-prone wideout has agreed to a five-year deal to be the Seahawks’ No. 1 wide receiver, a move that should make fantasy league owners very wary of drafting him in a prominent role. In fact, I might even avoid him altogether.
Rice, who missed most of last season due to an injured hip that required surgery, has also had knee issues in the past. While he does possesses a ton of potential, he has only had one truly productive fantasy season — that came in 2009 with Brett Favre under center. In 20 career games in which Favre wasn’t with the Vikings or didn’t play the majority of the team’s snaps, Rice has averaged 2.9 receptions for 37 yards.
In some of those games, his quarterback was Tarvaris Jackson — the same quarterback the Seahawks signed earlier this week to take over the offense from the departed Matt Hasselbeck. Get my point?
If you can land Rice in the middle rounds as a No. 3 fantasy wideout, well, that might be worth a roll of the dice in drafts, but I’d pass on him if possible. Rice is in danger of making a mysterious statistical disappearance.