Quarterback: Russell Wilson
This division was disappointing last season at this position. Wilson had a lack luster 2016 season to say the least. Although he played every game, his injuries got the best of him. He should have sat at least 2 games out to let the ankle injury fully heal. He finished with 4,219 yards, 22 total touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He also added 259 rushing yards. These numbers are decent, but with Wilson’s expectations set high every season he definitely fell short.
He’s had the off-season to rest up and get back to full strength. I expect Wilson to have 4,000 plus passing yards, 28-30 total touchdowns, with a minimum of 400 rushing yards. He should be back to his old self. No other quarterback in this division is worth taking a second glance at for a starting position in fantasy leagues. Carson Palmer is to inconsistent, Goff is awful, and Hoyer will have his games here and there because of the system he’s in with Kyle Shanahan, but won’t pan out to be anything special.
Running Back: David Johnson
It’s not even fair… Johnson is phenomenal and is the number one overall player in all fantasy leagues. He’s young and only getting better, he will produce similar numbers to that of last year. I expect him to get flirt with 2,000 total yards and 15 plus touchdowns. Don’t be surprised if he gets 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving. If you have the opportunity to take him and don’t, then it would explain why you don’t win your fantasy leagues.
Wide Receiver: Doug Baldwin
This division doesn’t provide that many good options at wide receiver. Larry Fitzgerald would have been the favorite in the past, but age is catching up to him. I do believe he will have another productive season and will be a bargain in drafts. However Doug Baldwin is the winner in this division. Over the past two years he’s been extremely dependable. He had 1,128 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2015, he had 14 touchdowns. Baldwin is currently WR 11 and has an ADP of 29. I do believe this is a little high for Baldwin.
He may not be the most sexy pick, but Bottom line is he’s good in the red zone, he’s Wilson’s favorite target, and has proven to be consistent over the past few years. Not to mention that they don’t have any other relevant wide receivers besides Jimmy Graham.
Tight End: Jimmy Graham
Can anyone name the other tight ends in the division besides Graham? Probably not… As I expected, Graham had a great bounce back season in 2016. Wilson has another established threat in the red zone. Seattle has done a great job of getting Graham more involved in the offense since he first arrived on the scene. I have him in my top 5 at the tight end position. No doubt, he will produce the same numbers as last season.
Honor Roll: Pierre Garcon
I was saddened to see Garcon leave Washington since I’m a Redskins fan, but I understand the move. It was his last big pay day and Washington wasn’t going to front the money. He had his first 1,000 yard season last year since 2013, which was very productive. He put himself in a good situation in San Francisco. He’s the number one WR for the 49ers and he’s in Kyle Shanahan’s system.
Now, he’s not Julio Jones, but he should put up solid numbers this coming season. Brian Hoyer knows how to get the ball to his wide outs. You can argue that Hoyer started the careers of DeAndre Hopkins and Cameron Meredith, so why wouldn’t he be able to make Garcon put up good numbers? You may think I’m crazy, but if you go back and look at the numbers you will find out that I’m right.
Right now Garcon has an ADP of 94. In the mock drafts that I’ve been a part of so far, Garcon has fallen to the 12th round or later. Owners seem to be forgetting about him. Pierre will be tremendous steal in drafts. Fantasy owners need to keep an eye out for Garcon, he will be a WR2 by seasons end. Now don’t reach, but stash him if you can. You will be thanking me at the end of the season.