Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Football News 2018

Seahawks S Earl Thomas announced Sunday that he plans to skip the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp as well as "any team activities until my contract situation is resolved." Thomas is in the final year of his deal and has said he wants "certainty" beyond this season. He has also been the subject of trade rumors this offseason. We'll see how this situation plays out for 1 of football's best safeties.

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor missed the final 7 weeks of 2017 with a neck injury, an injury he apparently has yet to put behind him. According to John Boyle of Seahawks.com, Chancellor is "expected to have more tests later this summer" that might determine whether he can play in 2018. If Chancellor remains out, Bradley McDougald will present significant IDP upside as the SS in a defense that shed DL Michael Bennett, DT Sheldon Richardson, DE Cliff Avril and CB Richard Sherman this offseason. We'll see how this story develops.

Seahawks OLB K.J. Wright (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams. MLB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. Wagner didn't practice all week and will be a risky play even if he's active. The potential absence of both every-down LBs certainly helps the fantasy outlook for Rams RB Todd Gurley.

The Seahawks apparently aren't counting on MLB Bobby Wagner or OLB K.J. Wright being ready for Sunday's clash with the Rams. HC Pete Carroll said Monday that Wagner -- who aggravated an hamstring injury -- to be a game-time decision at best, according to Pro Football Talk. Wright reportedly had a "good day" Monday following his Sunday concussion, lending optimism that he might be able to clear the protocol in time for Week 15. We'll keep an eye on both key IDP contributors this week. In the meantime, make sure you have alternate options in place. Wagner, in particular, sounds like he'll be risky even if active for the game.

Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars with a hamstring injury. He had previously dealt with the same issue but has yet to miss a game for it this season. OLB K.J. Wright also left the game with a concussion. He'll obviously need to pass through the league protocol before returning to the field. We'll see about the status for each starter-level IDP as we get into Week 15.

Seahawks S Earl Thomas (heel) and MLB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) are active for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Use both guys as you normally would in your IDP lineups.

Seahawks S Earl Thomas (heel) and MLB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) are questionable for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Thomas returned to a full practice Friday after sitting out Thursday. Wagner also put in a full Friday workout after missing the previous 2 days. Both appear likely to play. Wagner played through his issue last week.

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor will miss the rest of the season because of the neck stinger he suffered in Week 10 at Arizona. "Beyond that, it's up to him," HC Pete Carroll said Monday during his weekly radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle. That means Bradley McDougald will continue to start next to FS Earl Thomas. McDougald posted 5 and 8 tackles the past 2 weeks in Chancellor's place. He's a DB3-level option in fantasy going forward. Carroll also said DE Cliff Avril will have "disc-related" surgery for the neck injury he suffered back on Oct. 1. We'll see what 2018 holds for both veterans, but dynasty owners shouldn't feel the need to cling to either.

Seahawks S Earl Thomas (hamstring) is inactive for tonight's game against the Cardinals, as expected. He entered the day doubtful. CB Richard Sherman (Achilles') and Sheldon Richardson (oblique) are active after entering the night questionable. The Seattle team D remains a strong play against a Drew Stanton-led offense.

The Seahawks on Friday placed DE Cliff Avril on IR with the neck injury he suffered Oct. 1 against the Colts. The team reportedly doesn't know yet whether he'll be able to return after 8 games. Avril has been getting "numerous" opinions from doctors, according to multiple reports, and is likely contemplating his football future even beyond this season. IDP owners can go ahead and dump him for another option. Frank Clark will continue to replace Avril in the starting lineup.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Monday that DE Cliff Avril will be out "a while" after suffering a neck injury Sunday night that is causing numbness down 1 of his arms. Frank Clark should see a spike in playing time as long as Avril is out and makes for a solid IDP option. Seattle will visit the Rams in Week 5 before a Week 6 bye.

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril suffered a neck injury in the 1st half of Sunday night's game against the Colts. He has been ruled out for the night. We'll see about his status heading toward Week 5.

Seahawks DE Frank Clark (wrist) is active for today's game against the Packers. He entered the weekend questionable. The matchup makes Clark a weak IDP option anyway.

The Seahawks significantly upgraded their D-line talent by acquiring Sheldon Richardson from the Jets on Friday. Richardson can play DT or DE in Seattle's 4-3 base defense and even ran from a 3-4 OLB position for much of last year with the Jets. He wore out his welcome in New York with off-field issues and effort/attitude problems. But if he can avoid big issues on that front in Seattle, Richardson will help the team defense and bring IDP upside. Richardson was the 13th overall pick and defensive rookie of the year back in 2013. He followed that with 8 sacks and a top-10 finish among fantasy D-linemen in 2014. Richardson added another top-25 finish last year despite a new position. We wouldn't bet on Richardson starting right away in Seattle. But the Seahawks sent a 2nd-round pick in addition to WR Jermaine Kearse, despite Richardson heading toward unrestricted free agency in the spring. That indicates how much the team likes its new D-lineman. Expect him to start contributing as soon as he's ready and likely see his role grow as we get into the season.

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright returned to practice Tuesday after roughly a week away for some knee treatment, The News-Tribune reports. Wright and his coaches would only speak vaguely about the knee, which HC Pete Carroll said underwent a "process" and not a surgery. Wright said he didn't suffer a specific injury, but rather sought the treatment for an issue that had bothered him since June workouts. “I’m a soldier. I pushed through it,” Wright said. “We just wanted to be smart, so I could be 100 percent for the season. This is the perfect time.” Sounds like IDP owners don't need to worry about Wright, who's a solid option in LB3 territory in most fantasy football formats.

The Seattle Times reports that Seahawks S Earl Thomas took part in contact drills Tuesday for the 1st time since breaking his left tibia last Dec. 4. “I’m feeling really good,’’ he said afterward. “No issues yet. I’m just continuing on my maintenance and letting it take care of itself." Thomas isn't a top-shelf IDP option, but he's draftable in moderately deep leagues. His presence also enhances a secondary that's imperative to the value of the Seattle team D.

The Seahawks chose DT Malik McDowell on Friday night with their 1st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. McDowell drew questions about his effort throughout the process, but the talent certainly is not an issue. He figures to begin as a rotational player in a strong Seattle D-line group, which includes 2016 second-rounder Jarran Reed. There's not a ton of IDP upside to chase here.

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor left Saturday's loss to the Cardinals with an ankle injury. He returned in the 2nd half. That would seem to make him a solid bet for Week 17, when Seattle will remain in play for the #2 seed in the NFC. We'll keep an eye on his status this week, though.

1-3 inches of snow is expected in Green Bay today, but winds will be at just 4-8 mph. Those aren't ideal conditions, but we're not expecting weather to have a major impact on the Seahawks or the Packers, who both have experience playing in crappy weather.

 
 
 

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