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*Rankings are based on a 12-team, standard scoring format.
2012 RECORD: 11-5
2012 BYE WEEK: 12
TOP DRAFT PICKS: (2) Christine Michael- RB- Texas A&M
(3) Jordan Hill- DT- Penn State
(4) Chris Harper- WR- Kansas State
QUARTERBACK: Third round pick Russell Wilson took his opportunity and ran with it last year, throwing for over 3,100 yards, 26 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. He added nearly 500 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. Not bad for a guy who wasn't even the projected starter until the 4th week of the preseason. While there is a lot to like about Wilson, I still question whether or not his success is sustainable. He is one of the smallest guys ever to play the position, and it will interesting to see how teams adjust now that they have a season's worth of film on him. He got much better as the season went progressed, but it is hard to know where to rank him. I consider him to be right there with Collin Kaepernick in the lower half of the QB1 rankings. He could prove me wrong, but I doubt I will be pulling the trigger on him before someone else does. Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn are locked in a nice little battle for the backup job, and both would have the potential to be bye week filler if Wilson were injured.
RUNNING BACK: Marshawn Lynch was a monster once again last year, going for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 5 yards per carry, the best of his career. He has fully established himself as one of the top running backs in the league. He is a solid RB1, and will be a 1st rounder in nearly every format. Robert Turbin was useful in his time on the field last year, mostly in mop-up duty. Christine Michael has a lot of promise as well, and it wouldn't shock me if he got more carries than Turbin. Michael would be an interesting option if Lynch were injured.
WIDE RECEIVER: The Seahawks thought they had made a big splash by snagging the versatile Percy Harvin from the Vikings, but after missing 7 games last season, he has already undergone hip surgery. He is out for at least the next 3 months. Sidney Rice will be the top option again. Last season he caught 50 passes for 748 yards and 7 touchdowns. When he stays healthy, he can put up solid numbers. Unfortunately, last year was only the 2nd year out of his 6 year career that he played in all 16 games. Golden Tate had 45 receptions for 688 yards and 7 touchdowns. It was the first glimpses of promise the former Biletnikoff Award winner has shown as a pro. Both Tate and Rice should be drafted as WR3 or bench players, though both could potentially outperform that. Doug Baldwin was kept on as depth and should see an expanded role this season. Second year pro Jermaine Kearse has wowed this preseason in both the receiving and return game. Stephen Williams and rookie Chris Harper are both huge targets, and have decent long term potential. None of those reserves are likely to be fantasy relevant this season.
TIGHT END: The Kellen Winslow experiment never got going in Seattle. Zach Miller has been on the PUP list, but will immediately step back into the #1 role when he returns. He caught 38 passes for just under 400 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. 5th round rookie Luke Wilson will be the backup. Miller is a bottom of the barrel TE2, if you choose to carry a backup tight end. He will likely go undrafted in most leagues.
KICKER: Steven Hauschka was solid last year, hitting on 24 of 27 attempts, including 9 over 40 yards. The Seahawks are a much improved offense, and Hauschka 12 more extra point attempts than he did in 2011. He has worked his way into the conversation of kickers worth taking on draft day.
DEFENSE-SPECIAL TEAMS: The Seattle defense is the best in the league. They give up the fewest points in the league, and have playmakers all over the field. They didn't cause as many turnovers as expected last year, but I think that changes this season. Again, I don't recommend reaching on defenses, but the Seahawks are the most worthy defense to make an early play on.