Amid reports that Matt Flynn has not managed to distance himself from the competition and that incumbent QB Tavaris Jackson is actually ahead of him on the depth charts right now, we thought we’d dive in and take a look.
Jackson suffered a right Pectoral injury in Week 5 that hampered him over the final nine games of last season. He finished with a rather pedestrian 14:13 TD-to-INT ratio and managed just under 7 yards per pass attempt. The 29-year-old former 2nd round pick of the Vikings is due a $4 million salary (seems way high for a potential backup) making a trade a distict possibility if Matt Flynn wins the starting job.
Pro Football Weekly’s William Del Pilar says that Matt Flynn should be drafted as a QB2 but has potential to be a QB1 in fantasy.
Josh Katzowitz of CBSSports.com says he would be surprised if anyone other than Flynn wins the starting job and that it shouldn’t be surprising that a QB entering his second year in the offense (Jackson) is ahead of Flynn at this early point.
FantasySharks.com lists the Seahawks top receiver as one to avoid because he is unreliable and injury prone. Not great news for the winner of the QB battle in Seattle.
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In our estimation this is a situation to stay away from. We think Flynn wins the job but regardless of who trots out as the starting QB in week one they are going to have a short leash. The team didn’t love Tavaris Jackson but they also didn’t break the bank on Matt Flynn and are reportedly very high on rookie QB Russel Wilson.
Even is QB roulette isn’t in store for the Seahawks we question not only the individual ability of each these QBs to make a fantasy impact but the opportunity. They will have a strong running game and a weak crew of pass catchers. As we pointed out in the FantasySharks.com article their top receiving threat is completely unreliable. Sidney Rice has been plagued by a slew of injuries to a long list of body parts including his head with multiple concussions. You want to rely on a QB who’s best option has played in just 54 of 80 possible games since entering the NFL?
The bottom line is that we don’t like the QB position for the Seahawks. We’d take a shot at Flynn as a low end QB#2 right now and we think that will hold, but if he can’t impress as camp and preseason progresses and he can’t lay claim to the starting job you may want to stay away all together.