Underperforming QB1 candidates

Russell Wilson is underperforming expectations as a fantasy quarterback this season. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

One of the most frustrating situations for a fantasy football owner is having a star player on the roster who isn't living up to expectations.

This is exactly what the owners of many star quarterbacks are going through right now. This position looked to be quite deep in fantasy drafts because of the high volume of big-point producers, but four of the top six fantasy quarterbacks through two weeks (Michael Vick, Philip Rivers, Sam Bradford and Matt Schaub) were considered either QB2 or QB3 candidates on draft day. This means there are more than a few QB1s who haven't been carrying their weight and thus are causing their owners to consider trading or benching them.

This week's Fantasy Foresight article aims to help some of those fantasy owners by reviewing four underperforming QB1 candidates and declaring whether they should be traded, benched or kept in the starting lineup.


Russell Wilson (24 fantasy points, tied for 25th)

The major impediment to Wilson's fantasy production is Seattle's offensive philosophy. The Seahawks threw less often and ran more often than any team in the NFL in 2012, and that trend is close to continuing this year with a No. 31 ranking in pass attempts (52) and a No. 2 ranking in rush attempts (73). Wilson is close to last year's numbers in terms of planned rushes per game (1.8 in 2012, 1.5 in 2013) and scramble rushes (3.1 in 2012, 2.5 in 2013), and he is doing better in the vertical yards per attempt (VYPA) metric (12.5 in 2012, 13.9 in 2013). But as long as the Seahawks have that caliber of run-first offensive lean, Wilson is always going to be a borderline hit/miss start candidate.

Start/trade/bench verdict: