Training camps are getting underway, which means that football is almost back. The Seattle Seahawks have taken to the practice field for the first time since making Russell Wilson a handsomely-paid quarterback.
The Seahawks gave Wilson a deal worth $140 million over four seasons. Like Nelly, Wilson said “show me the money” and Seattle honored his request. It may not have gone down like that, but one can dream.
Nonetheless, Wilson received a contract that keeps him in Seattle through 2024. Fans of the Seahawks can rejoice knowing they have their star quarterback for the long haul.
Now, the focus is getting back to the top of the NFC West and the NFL. Over the last two seasons, the Seahawks have played the little brother role to the Los Angeles Rams and Sean McVay.
As for Wilson, the Pro Bowl quarterback has put up numbers that make him a go-to in fantasy football. After all, mobile quarterbacks are heavily targeted in fantasy drafts.
Last season, Wilson finished the season with 3,448 yards, 35 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Those numbers helped Wilson total 298.4 fantasy points in 2018. That put him slightly ahead of Cam Newton and Dak Prescott.
In fantasy football, can we rely on Wilson to produce numbers that make him a viable option at quarterback? Let’s take a look at what his stats could look like in 2019.
To begin, we’ll dive into how many passing yards Wilson can throw for in 2019. In a run-oriented offense, the attempts will be limited for Wilson in the aerial attack.
Yet, Seattle drafted D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings to improve the passing offense. Add those guys to Tyler Lockett, and the Seahawks could open up the passing game more.
Therefore, Wilson could come close to throwing for 4,000 yards for the first time since 2016. In the end, Wilson will come up just short by throwing for 3,900 yards in 2019.
Despite the lack of passing attempts in 2018, Wilson was still able to throw 35 touchdowns. Can he repeat that success if his attempts are limited once again?
It’s tough to envision Wilson throwing a touchdown in every 12 pass attempts, as he did in 2018. As a result, it’s likely we will see a slight decrease in Wilson’s touchdown production in the upcoming season.
In passing touchdowns, Wilson will throw for 32 in 2019. That would make it four out of the past five seasons that Wilson has thrown for over 30 touchdowns in his career.
Interceptions usually aren’t part of Wilson’s game since he’s been with the Seahawks. That likely won’t change in 2019 as Wilson enters his eighth season in the NFL.
In 2018, Wilson tied his career-low mark in interceptions with just seven. That was the lowest number he has had since 2014. With another season under his belt, Wilson will throw six interceptions (a career-best) in 2019.
Of course, when drafting Wilson in fantasy, you are expecting to get some rushing stats as well. However, Wilson had the fewest number of rushing attempts (67) in his career in 2018.
Expect that number to increase in 2019. Wilson could become a weapon in the rushing attack with 80 carries. Wilson could gain 450 yards on the ground.
Surprisingly, Wilson failed to get into the end zone with his legs in 2018. That won’t happen again in the upcoming season; Wilson will find the end zone at least three times.
In the end, Wilson could end up having a season in which he throws for 3,900 yards, 32 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Add 80 carries for 450 yards and three scores, and Wilson becomes a valuable quarterback to have in fantasy football in 2019.