Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson
30-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Seattle Seahawks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Wilson led the league in fantasy scoring last season - nearly 50 points more than any quarterback - thanks to an NFL-high 37 touchdowns. But it was a nonexistent running game that provided those TD opportunities, as Wilson posted career lows in completion percentage and yards per attempt. The Seahawks passed on 64.3 percent of plays inside the 10-yard line (second in the NFL), netting Wilson 15 TD passes from that range (also second), as Seattle running backs totaled minus-11 yards - the fewest in the NFL since 1991 - and never scored inside the 10. The Seahawks' two rushing TDs inside the 10 came from Wilson, who accounted for all but one of the team's offensive touchdowns. He also became the fifth QB since 1970 to lead his team in rushing. If the running game improves with first-round pick Rashaad Penny and the return of Chris Carson, the offense should be much better, but it likely will mean fewer scoring opportunities for Wilson. And either way, he could still be in trouble without 6-7 Jimmy Graham (10 TD on 24 RZ targets, both NFL highs) to bail him out at the goal line, as 6-3 WR Jaron Brown is the only pass catcher taller than 6-2 with more than 50 targets last year. The Seahawks are counting on new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for something more than last year's Russell-schoolyard-magic scheme, but the key, once again, is the offensive line, this time under new line coach Mike Solari. A full year of LT Duane Brown and the acquisition of RG D.J. Fluker have to pay off for Wilson to avoid becoming the second QB in NFL history with 40-plus sacks in six consecutive seasons (Neil Lomax). Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract with the Seahawks in July of 2015.
Career-low 72 passing yards
QBSeattle Seahawks
December 10, 2018
Wilson completed 10 of 20 passes for a career-low 72 yards and an interception in Monday's 21-7 win over the Vikings. He also rushed seven times for 61 yards.
The game was determined by strong defensive efforts on both sides, and Wilson simply couldn't get anything going through the air. In four red-zone trips, Wilson missed on all three pass attempts, was sacked twice, and threw an interception on a play that started on the one-yard line. Despite the troubles, his 40-yard run late in the fourth quarter set up a Chris Carson touchdown that ended up as the game winner. Wilson is set up for a palate cleanser Week 15 against the 49ers, who he threw four scores against last week.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Russell Wilson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
Avg Target Depth
9.2 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
4.9 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Russell Wilson's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 11"
215 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
Shuttle Time
4.09 sec
Cone Drill
6.97 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Hand Length
10.25 in
Arm Length
31.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Wilson's 2016 was doomed from almost the beginning when he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 and a sprained MCL in Week 3. He played through both, but the injuries crippled his running threat, which hurt his fantasy value. He posted career lows in YPC (nearly 2.5 off his career pace) and rushing yards (almost 350 less than his career average). That, and an unreliable backfield, in part led the Seahawks to their highest percentage of pass attempts (60.2) in the Pete Carroll era. But those extra attempts went to waste as Wilson's efficiency sank; he had 13 fewer TD passes -- his 3.8 percent TD rate was nearly half his 2015 rate. Wilson, who also had a pectoral injury last year, is healthy entering 2017, and the Seahawks signed Eddie Lacy -- both of which should help re-ignite the running game and keep defenses honest. But the biggest factor is the offensive line. Poor line play is not a new problem -- Wilson's the only QB to be sacked 40-plus times each of the last four seasons -- and if this year's "upgrades" prove little more than cosmetic, Wilson will be scrambling for his life yet again. Accurate and strong-armed, Wilson has a skilled supporting cast, including Jimmy Graham, whom he made better use of last season, but his -- and the Seahawks' -- fortune hinges on whether the line can be merely mediocre, rather than terrible.
Through the first half it looked like Wilson was headed for another quietly efficient season as the caretaking quarterback for a Seahawks offense that was content to keep the ball on the ground, with his own scrambling ability having to compensate for his lack of production through the air. Then Marshawn Lynch suffered an abdominal injury that held him out for the final seven weeks, and coach Pete Carroll decided to open up the gameplan and see what Wilson could do. The result was an incredible stretch in which he threw for over 1,900 yards with 24 TDs in seven games, and completed 70 percent of his passes or better in five straight contests. Wilson was dynamite on both short and long routes, one of only three passers (along with Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton) to post a QB rating above 100 on attempts both under and over 15 yards, with his second-half explosion leading to career highs in attempts, yards, completion percentage, TDs and YPC. With Lynch now retired, a hopefully healthy Jimmy Graham at tight end and a developing deep threat on the outside in Tyler Lockett, Wilson may finally have both the opportunity and the supporting cast to take full advantage of his accuracy and arm strength.
Wilson re-wrote his fantasy resume last season to better match his superlative real-life one, which includes more wins than any quarterback in NFL history in his first three years and coming within one yard of back-to-back Super Bowl titles. He finished as one of the top fantasy QBs despite the Seahawks' league-low pass attempts, as he supplemented his middling passing numbers — 15th in yards, 16th in touchdowns — with the fifth-most rushing yards by a quarterback all-time. He gained 10-plus yards on 28 percent of his carries, far outpacing the next closest quarterback (Colin Kaepernick, 18.3 percent). And his eight runs of 20-plus yards were more than all but six running backs as the read-option became Seattle's big-play replacement following the Percy Harvin debacle. Wilson might not run the read-option as much this season, but he still likely will have to scramble behind a suspect offensive line that lost its best blocker when center Max Unger was traded for Jimmy Graham. The playmaking tight end should make up for whatever Wilson loses in rushing, though. At 6-7, 265, Graham is the big-bodied receiver Wilson has desperately needed, especially in the red zone (see: Super Bowl) where the Seahawks ranked 20th in touchdown efficiency last year. Graham, expected to split wide often, should also help over the middle, where the 5-10 Wilson seemingly struggles to find targets (32 attempts, 29th). The Seahawks are still a run-first team (league-high 53.8 percent rushes since 2012), but Wilson, who has thrown fewer interceptions every year even with increased attempts, could get to do more through the air this season.
Wilson plays in the league's most run-heavy offense and doesn't have any elite receivers, yet he continues to produce with extreme efficiency to the point that he's safely on the QB1 radar in all formats. His numbers from 2012 to 2013 were almost identical, throwing 26 touchdowns in each season while running for around 500 yards. There's a chance that Wilson's already sterling 2013 numbers will improve with a full season of Percy Harvin at receiver, as Harvin would be the best after-the-catch runner Wilson has ever thrown to, by far. Considering Wilson has played in the most run-heavy offense in the best defensive division, it'd be reasonable to posit that his numbers over the last two years have been his floor. His pass attempt volume is unlikely to decrease, and the NFC West defenses are unlikely to improve. In other words, Wilson might have nowhere to go but up. Still, he's unlikely to throw more than 450 or so passes, so Wilson will likely struggle a bit to take his fantasy value to the elite level.
Heading into the 2012 season, all eyes were on rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Wilson – a player many deemed as "too short" to play quarterback – was an afterthought. Fast forward to 2013, and Wilson is one of the hottest names in the NFL. That will happen when you record a 100.0 passer rating – one of the highest for a rookie in league history – including 26 passing touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. The best part about Wilson is he has so much room for improvement. He threw only 393 passes in 2012. Even in the Seahawks’ run-heavy scheme, Wilson is a safe bet to eclipse that mark this year, and perhaps by a wide margin. That's particularly true with Wilson's new weapon on the outside in Percy Harvin. Harvin's presence in Seattle suggests the Seahawks could let Wilson air it out more than in his rookie campaign, with a lot of the team's short-yardage runs turning into short passes to Harvin. With the dynamic receiver's run-after-catch ability, Wilson can get the ball into Harvin's hands and let the receiver do the work for him. And let's not forget Wilson's rushing ability. The quarterback averaged 5.3 YPC in 2012 – a mark he can easily improve upon – and totaled four rushing touchdowns.
Wilson is in a three-way battle with Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson for the starting quarterback job. Flynn signed for a bunch of money and Jackson is the incumbent, so Wilson has his work cut out for him. At 5-10, Wilson is undersized for a traditional quarterback. However, the Seahawks are high on him, and it won't take much to push out the lackluster Jackson. Expect him to at least be the backup.
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Tosses four touchdowns in blowout
QBSeattle Seahawks
December 2, 2018
Wilson completed 11 of 17 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's win over the 49ers. He rushed four times for 14 yards.
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Powers game-winning drive
QBSeattle Seahawks
November 25, 2018
Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Panthers.
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Leads squad over Packers
QBSeattle Seahawks
November 15, 2018
Wilson completed 21 of 31 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 27-24 win over the Packers. He also rushed five times for 17 yards.
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Nearly takes down Rams
QBSeattle Seahawks
November 11, 2018
Wilson completed 17 of 26 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 36-31 loss to the Rams. He also rushed nine times for 92 yards.
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Tosses two scores
QBSeattle Seahawks
November 4, 2018
Wilson completed 26 of 39 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Chargers. He also ran five times for 41 yards.
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