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Russell Wilson's fantasy prospects

Updated: August 27, 2012, 1:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

This was already shaping up to be a record-breaking season in terms of rookie quarterbacks getting the opportunity to start right away, so it was no surprise that Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll added to the youngster intrigue by naming Russell Wilson his Week 1 starter Sunday night.

The Seahawks made plenty of news over the weekend, trading former starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills and cutting retread wide receiver Terrell Owens, but those guys didn't matter in fantasy. Wilson might.

He is a rookie, though, and an undersized one at that. Despite the terrific statistics he has produced this preseason -- the top passer rating of 119.4 -- fantasy owners shouldn't go overboard. Wilson has running ability and showed accuracy on deep throws over the weekend, and he has easily outplayed the far-richer expected starter Matt Flynn. But can we really compare Wilson to the other hotshot rookie quarterbacks who are starting, the other four of which were first-round picks? Well, yeah, why can't we? Who cares what round they were drafted?

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