Brian Tulloch – Site Expert Fantasy CPR
From a fantasy football perspective, it is far less about the talent level and skill-set of Russell Wilson himself, and far more about the extreme lack of weapons he has at his disposal. Right now, there is a reason after two weeks that Wilson is sitting outside the top 10 in fantasy football QB rankings (13th in traditional season-long formats like Yahoo and 16th in a DFS format like FanDuel) – and that has everything to do with his lack of weapons that severely cap his fantasy upside.
Now there can be sneaky value with a guy like Wilson as the game flow is dictating a heavy dosage of pass attempts as a result of the Seahawks playing from behind, 33 and 36 in his first two games this year, which are usage numbers he only saw in half his games last season. The other side of that coin is that offenses that become one-dimensional allow the defenses to pin their ears back and play aggressively. Wilson, for as talented as he is, does not have the weapons to beat NFL defenses on his own.
From a fantasy perspective, especially in Daily Fantasy Sports formats, building stacks where you correlate your QB with his offensive weapons is the key to putting up big scores and the issue with using someone like Wilson right now is there are simply not players you want to pair him with which has turned him into a bit of a second-tier fantasy asset.