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Fantasy Football 2012: Russell Wilson An Intriguing Quarterback Option

Very few imagined third round pick Russell Wilson would be starting in his first NFL season. Once the Seattle Seahawks picked him on draft day, the consensus belief from those around the team was Wilson would be given a shot in training camp, but he would really have to work to take the job from Matt Flynn.

Now, as the Seahawks busily prepare for a big opening week matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, Wilson will indeed be the starting quarterback. Not only will it be interesting to see how he performs on the field, but also if he brings any fantasy value along with him.

In deep or two-quarterback leagues, Wilson is worth picking up. He showed in the preseason he can beat defenses with his arm and legs, which is especially valuable as the Seahawks see red zone opportunities. If you are set with quarterbacks and don't exactly have a roster spot open, it is worth keeping a tab on Wilson and seeing how he does in week one.

Solid quarterback play is an absolute must if you hope to win your fantasy league and there's a good chance most starters around the league were taken during your draft. Wilson is owned is less than 40% of standard leagues, and you'll want to pick him up early if he impresses in week one.

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