What about Wilson, Does Russel Wilson have fantasy value?

So its offical, Russell Wilson has beat out Matt Flynn and will be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks this season.  Is he worth a Fantasy Football draft pick?

Lets Break it down:

At 5’10”, Russell Wilson is undersized for the prototypical NFL Quarterback.  Now before you start clamouring about Drew Brees and Doug Flutie let me finish.  He is undersized, but, he moves well in the pocket (much like Brees) and opens passing lanes by changing his angle to the receiver.  This helps him in two ways, first it allows him to see between the linemen, not over them.  Second it changes the angle the ball is coming in to the receiver which, depending on the route and the angle Wilson is throwing from, can alter the way a corner needs to play the pass allowing for more completions by moving the defensive back out of his correct position.

The question now becomes, can Wilson play at NFL speed?

The answer, Yes.

Wilson has shown throughout the preseason that he has the mental fortitude to lead a team, and the Seahawks players have rallied around his energy and leadership on the field.  Seattle has one of the better run blocking lines in football which will help Wilson adapt to the speed of the game by opening holes for Marshawn Lynch, a solid running game should keep 8 in the box allowing one on one coverage of Sydney Rice and Braylon Edwards on the outside.  Wilson will also take advantage of the lines run blocking ability on bootlegs and roll-outs that will put the athletic quarterback in open space where he has the running ability to make defenders miss.

The receiver group in Seattle is not too bad, they do not have a dominate number one, Calvin Johnson type, receiver, however they do have three talented receivers looking to make a name for themselves, and Braylon Edwards.  Sydney Rice is trying to prove he was worth the free agent money he received after a solid 2010 campaign with the Minnesota VikingsGolden Tate and Doug Baldwin are looking to show they are worth the hype they received over the past two seasons respectfully.

Wilson is not anywhere near a top 10 quarterback for fantasy, and should not be looked at as a player to reach for.  However if he falls to you in the 10th round or later, he’s worth the flyer.

In the last 2 years we have been huge proponents of Drafting a top 3 quarterback early in the first round and I can see Wilson being the perfect compliment to a Rodgers/Brees/Brady quarterback stable.

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