The toughest division in football is also one replete with intriguing NFL fantasy options. Where can they be found in the NFC West?
#5 – Russell Wilson
Nothing about what he does is flashy but Russell Wilson always gets results. He accounted for over 4,000 total yards and 27 touchdowns in 2013 and should have a healthier receiving corps around him this time. He stays healthy and he’s efficient too. NFL fantasy owners won’t look to him as a starter, but there is no better substitute to have in ones back pocket.
#4 – San Francisco 49ers defense
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the San Francisco 49ers defense, namely due to the fluid situation of star pass rusher Aldon Smith. Never mind the health concerns of NaVorro Bowman. Still, the depth of the roster is so good at this point that the 49ers can absorb such losses and continue to play great defense. Their secondary has improved, particularly on the back end. Unless things totally go off the rails, they’ll do their part.
#3 – Marshawn Lynch
“Beast Mode” was and has been the driving force of the offense in Seattle since he arrived. He’s one of the few true three-down featured running backs in football, good for at least 1,200 yards and double digit touchdowns every season. It’s fair to wonder when his body will start to show the effects of this punishment, but for now NFL fantasy owners can hazard one more year.
#2 – Colin Kaepernick
Things can’t be looking much better for Colin Kaepernick. He has a fat, new contract, a stout offensive line, and a recently upgraded group of receivers. There is an argument there that he may be the best dual-threat quarterback in football. It’s time for him to prove it in his third season as a starter. NFL fantasy owners will see he’s a risk, but one that can pay off big.
#1 – Seattle Seahawks defense
They were everything that a great defense should be in 2013. The Seattle Seahawks suffocated opponents and then forced them to make mistakes. Their secondary is the best in football and their front seven gets after the quarterback. If they play anywhere near the same level in 2014 they will be more desirable than some other less reliable offensive sources.