Fantasy Football Profile: Matt Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck had a disappointing 2008 season that saw him throw for just 1216 yards with 5 TDs and 10 INTs. There Seahawks season was also marred by WR injuries. Things are looking up though with the arrival of T.J. Houshmandzadeh from Cincinnati. Housh is the most reliable WR Hasselbeck has had in Seattle. If Nate Burleson and Deion Branch can stay healthy and TE John Carlson’s continued development, Hasselbeck can rejoin the ranks of fantasy relevant QBs. At this point in his career I would prefer Matt as a backup QB, but he’s definitely worth owning.
His top matchups come in Weeks 1 & 12 (Rams), 6 & 10 (Cardinals), and 9 (Lions). The Seahawks avoid the likes of Pittsburgh, NY Giants, Philly, Carolina, Baltimore, and their matchup with Tennessee is after fantasy football season. Their fantasy playoff schedule of Houston, Tampa, Green Bay could prove to be challenging. That said, I would still take Hasselbeck as one of the top backup QBs. If I drafted Brady, Brees, or Manning I would hold off a bit, but he’s a good compliment to Matt Ryan, Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, or Big Ben. I would consider taking him around the 10th round. My expectations of Hasselbeck are around 3200 yards and 20 TDs.