Thoughts on Russell Wilson, Matt Forte ... 

December, 2, 2012
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson generally has been ignored from a fantasy aspect this season, but his signature performance Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago (26 standard fantasy points) will force even the most skeptical fantasy owners to consider him. In a season with marvelous performances by rookie quarterbacks -- and Andrew Luck certainly didn't disappoint in his comeback victory Sunday -- Wilson definitely is relevant as many fantasy owners hit their playoffs.

Looking little like the September version that couldn't approach 200 passing yards, Wilson threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the defensively tough Chicago Bears, showing composure and a strong arm and accuracy from the pocket. He added a cool 71 rushing yards, 47 of them coming impressively on the final two scoring drives. This isn't one of those aberrant outings fantasy owners have been taught to not overrate, because Wilson currently has five consecutive games of 15 or more fantasy points, something no other quarterback can boast. If his running success Sunday was a harbinger of what's to come, then this is really someone who is drastically underrated. With 19 passing touchdowns this season, he's within reach of Peyton Manning's rookie mark of 26.

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Matt Kartozian/US PresswireRussell Wilson entered Sunday fourth among quarterbacks in rushing yards.
Wilson currently is owned in a mere 17.9 percent of ESPN standard leagues, which ranks 26th at the position, and he was active in 3.2 percent, or fewer than Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets. The activation mark makes some sense considering the opponent and venue -- the Seahawks were 6-16 in road games under coach Pete Carroll -- but Wilson has outplayed numerous top-10 passers since the last week of October. For example, Green Bay Packers stud Aaron Rodgers has failed to exceed 15 points in four of his past five games. I doubt too many people would sit Rodgers for Wilson, but the numbers don't lie. In Week 15, Rodgers heads to Soldier Field in Chicago, while Wilson goes to Buffalo to face the Bills. I could see Wilson ending up in my top 10 for that week, and Rodgers outside the top 5 (Rodgers was originally out of my top 5 this week, and delivered only 14 points). Drew Brees and Matt Ryan each have had five-interception performances recently. Wilson, meanwhile, was last picked off in October.