Calvin Johnson walks away
In a cruel twist of fate Detroit’s all-time wide receiver is taking a page out of their all-time running back Barry Sanders’ book by calling it a career prematurely. Unlikely Peyton Manning, this one is a bit of a head scratcher.
Johnson, only 30, is leaving millions of dollars on the table as well as an opportunity to climb the record books. He finishes a brilliant nine-year career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. Megatron played in all 16 games last year, catching 88 passes for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. It was the fifth time in the past eight years that Megatron topped 1,200 yards and the sixth time he had at least eight touchdowns. Production like that will be missed.
Golden Tate finished with 90 catches for 813 yards last year, but carried a heavier load in 2014 when Megatron was limited to 13 games. Tate responded with 99 catches for 1,331 yards. Look for a bump in production for Tate.
Tight End Eric Ebron caught 47 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns last year. He figures to take another step forward with additional targets.
Youngster T.J. Jones could possibly take on a larger role with the Lions in 2016. Stay tuned to their offseason moves.
Matthew Stafford’s value takes a hit. He can no longer be counted on as a QB1.

I expect Pete Carroll to be successful with the Seahawks…eventually. They just don’t have the pieces in place for it to happen right away.


Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:   Difficult
The Seahawks take on the Niners in San Francisco in Week 14. Then they play the Falcons at home. They have a nice match-up against Tampa Bay in Week 16, but it’s on the road. Plus, how many Seahawks are you going to rely on in the fantasy championship.


Five Star Fantasy Options


Four Star Fantasy Options
John Carlson – Somebody has to catch the ball. Carlson has been effective despite the Seahawks struggles, averaging 53 catches for 600 yards and 6 TDs the past two seasons.


Three Star Fantasy Options


Two Star Fantasy Options
Justin Forsett – For now, Forsett is probably the best option. If Leon Washington is healthy or Marshawn Lynch is acquired, you can all but write Forsett off. Until then, he’s the best option they have in the running game. He’s also a good receiver out of the backfield. Very quick and elusive.


T.J. Houshmandzadeh – Housh had a choice between the Seahawks and the Vikings last year. I wonder if he’d still go for the money if he could do it over again. He has good hands and size so he’ll have some moments. He’s just not in a good situation. He is playing with either an old or an inexperienced QB. There isn’t much of a running game to keep defenses honest. There aren’t a lot of other receivers to keep defenses from keying in on him.


Golden Tate – As long as he isn’t too tempted by late night snack runs, Tate should have some moments along the way, but consistency will be an issue.


Seahawks Defense/Special Teams – If Washington returns to form, the Seahawks will have a strong return game. Their defense should improve with rookie Earl Thomas’ arrival.


One Star Fantasy Options
Matt Hasselbeck – He’s old. He can’t stay healthy. He has very few options in the passing game. If you’re taking Hasselbeck as your QB2, you may be drafting the name.


Charlie Whitehurst – He’s going to get his snaps so Carroll can see what he has. It’s hard to gauge a QB that has never taken a snap at this level. When you have a bad line, non-existent running game, and limited options at WR, you can’t get too excited over his prospects.


Julius Jones & Leon Washington – Jones bores me to tears while Washington must prove his back from a horrific leg injury. Jones will have a few solid games if he gets 15-20 carries, but they will be few and far between. Forsett’s skill set is similar to Washington, which could limit his fantasy impact.


Deon Butler – Butler has good speed, but will likely be fighting for crumbs after Carlson, Housh, and Tate have been fed.


Half Star Fantasy Options
Louis Rankin & Quinton Ganther – Since the Seahawks’ RB situation is so cloudy, this duo should at least be mentioned. They could get meaningful carries at some point of the season. That said, You surely don’t need to draft them unless they ascend up the depth charts (unlikely) during Training Camp.


Deion Branch – Branch has had too many injuries to be a factor any more.


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