Fantasy Football Week 1: Sleeper picks

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Russell Wilson could be on the verge of duplicating Cam Newton’s historical rookie season (seriously).

During the 2012 Fantasy Football season we will be bringing you rankings, predictions, weekly updates and of course, sleeper picks. I think we can all agree that everyone who plays fantasy football thinks that their team is the best team in their respective leagues, right now. Well, while I don’t want to take that feeling away from anyone I do want to let you know that it’s likely that even if your team is the best right now, it likely won’t remain that way unless you make some key additions.

The following is our fantasy football sleeper picks for week one of the NFL. While we are recommending these players for the first week of the season, you may want to consider adding these guys to your season roster(s) and use for the remainder of the season; either as potential starters or bye-week fill-ins.

All projected scores are based on ESPN’s standard scoring system and projections.

Quarterback: Russell Wilson, SEA

When Pete Carroll named Wilson the week one starter I think he immediately went on fantasy football players’ radars. However, Wilson is only owned in about 38.5 percent of ESPN leagues and I’ve seen his salary quite low on several weekly fantasy football sites.

If you’re a believer, unlike the ESPN “experts” who have him ranked as the 20th overall quarterback in week one, then don’t be shy and take a chance on the rookie.

ESPN: 9, ME: 15

Running Back: Jonathan Dwyer, PIT – 4

Currently ranked as the 39th back for week one, Dwyer is a true crapshoot. Isaac Redman, a sleeper in his own right, is a bit banged up still and while a solid option for the Steelers, I think Dwyer will get plenty of reps.

I suspect Dwyer will get the goal-line carries and even have the chance to rack up some nice yardage on the ground.

ESPN: 4, ME: 10

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Rookie Russell Wilson fighting for Seahawks starting job

Russell Wilson

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Tarvaris Jackson may be frustrated by the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback competition, butRussell Wilson is enjoying it.

Wilson, who is backing up Matt Flynn during the preseason while Jackson watches from the sideline, said on KJR in Seattle that he thinks he’s getting better as a quarterback — and getting closer to being a starting quarterback.

I definitely believe I’ve moved closer,” Wilson said, via “You take one step at a time, one day at a time, one rep at a time and you just improve. You respect the process and that’s the biggest thing is just respecting the process and taking one day at a time and just learning as much as I can.   Read more…

Seahawks Russell Wilson not intimidated at all

Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said recently that contracts wouldn’t play a part in his decision-making at the quarterback position.

That’s great news to the one who will make the least money this year.

Third-round pick Russell Wilson didn’t sound intimidated in the least, during an interview with KJR in Seattle, via  Read more…

Russell Wilson to compete for starting job in Seattle

Russell Wilson

Third-round rookie quarterbacks don’t typically get opportunities to begin the season as starters. No third-round rookie quarterback has been an opening-day starter since 1973, when the Bills gave Joe Ferguson the nod. But the Seahawks saw enough of third-round pick Russell Wilson at rookie minicamp to include him in their training camp battle at quarterback. Wilson will compete with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and free-agent pickup Matt Flynn. Read more here…