Friday cyber surfing: Make that ‘Fantasy’ Friday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 22:

A panel at ESPN.com has listed its “fantasy sleepers” for the coming season and NFC West blogger Mike Sando offers his reactions for the selections from the division, including those of Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate and QB Matt Flynn. Sando on Tate: “Tate made progress last season. He had 35 receptions, three for touchdowns, with no drops. A hand injury has sidelined him recently. There are still questions about Seattle’s passing game in general. Coach Pete Carroll will want to feature the ground game. Tate stands out to me as a player to watch, but I’d be a little nervous about relying upon him for consistent fantasy production, particularly over more established alternatives. Seattle also could funnel more passes through its tight ends, Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow. Doug Baldwin is a big factor. Sidney Rice will become a bigger one, health permitting.” Sando on Flynn: “Carroll wants to run his offense through Marshawn Lynch. Flynn has yet to win the starting job. I’d consider him for the later rounds.”

The panel also picked some potential “fantasy busts,” with the Seahawks’ defense/special teams and Lynch on the list. But Sando doesn’t necessarily agree. Sando on the defense/special teams: “Seattle was pretty good in this area last season. I see no reason to expect a big drop in performance. The pass rush should improve with Bruce Irvin and Jason Jones joining Chris Clemons. Seattle already has Pro Bowl-caliber players throughout its secondary. Improving the pass rush should create more turnovers. I was surprised to see the Seahawks listed in the potential bust category for fantasy defense/special teams.” Sando on Lynch: “It’s tough to know how a potentially mercurial player will respond to receiving financial security through a long-term contract. That would be my only concern for Lynch. He’s going to get the football. The Seahawks are going to build their offense around the run. Lynch topped 1,200 yards despite a slow start to the season. I’d be surprised if he did not approach that total again.”

Also at ESPN.com, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky looks at the impact of former Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson on the Titans’ offensive line: “ ‘He’s the glue of that offensive line right now,’ offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said. ‘He’s a veteran that’s played a lot of snaps, he knows how to play the game and I think he settles everyone down up front…’ In 12 seasons with Seattle and Minnesota, he’s seen it all. He’s a standard-setter at practices already. He’s helped solve communication troubles. And the team hopes that he can help (Eugene) Amano the way Kevin Mawae (another former Seahawk) did, back when Mawae was the veteran center and Amano played guard. Working under two Hall of Fame offensive linemen, (Mike) Munchak and line coach Bruce Matthews, Hutchinson will now work to spread their messages.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the field trip that the team’s draft choices will make to the NFL Rookie Symposium: “ ‘The symposium is a great thing, because it helps all the rookies kind of understand what you go through as a rookie – certainly financially, media-wise and just in terms of everything that you have to deal with as a rookie,’ (quarterback Russell) Wilson said. ‘It will be a good experience, just because you get to see all the draft picks again. So that will be great.’ ”


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