Breaking News – Well the honeymoon is over for the fans of the Seattle Seahawks as it is being reported that defensive end Michael Bennett, who just signed a one-year, $5 million contract has a torn rotator cuff.
NFL Impact – This type of injury usually takes months to recover from and a full recovery normally doesn’t occur unless surgery is used to repair the tear. At the moment Bennett hasn’t given a hint in either direction of whether or not that he will go under the knife or if he will decide to play through the injury, almost guaranteeing that his production will suffer.
As good as the Seahawks should be this year, Bennett should just go and get the surgery done, do the proper rehabilitation and be as close to 100% as possible at some point in 2013.
Fantasy Spin – Bennett, who had 9 sacks in 2012 after compiling just a total of 6 in his previous three seasons is obviously either going to likely miss a little bit of time or he won’t be himself all season. Either way it will take a lot of things to go right for him to have a season like he did in 2012. Wait to see what he decides to do on the surgery front before putting a value on him for draft day, but in IDP leagues you are almost hoping that he does go under the knife so his weekly production has a better shot at being supreme compared to dragging through a 16-game schedule with a hampered shoulder.
As far as the Seattle defense/special teams unit goes, they were the third highest fantasy point getter at their position, gathering 172FP last season. Look for them to once again project as a solid D/ST1 unit, but still not deserving a value better than a later pick in fantasy drafts. But with the improved passing game that the Seahawks offense will have, the ball control definitely should be heavy in Seattle’s favor for 2013.