Ben Obomanu: Updated Fantasy Profile & Analysis for Seahawks WR

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 24, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Ben Obomanu #87 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a reception in the first half against D.J. Smith #51 of the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is out with an ankle injury.

This means Ben Obomanu might be a bigger part of the team's offense for the time being, but what does it mean for fantasy football owners?'s Tony Drovetto reports:

Carroll was quick to mention that Doug Baldwin, last year’s leading receiver, will not play Sunday in Detroit and is a couple weeks away with a high ankle sprain. With Baldwin out, third-year receivers Golden Tate and Charly Martin are expected to step in and work in the slot receiver role.

With Tate and Martin working the slot, Obomanu will compete with Braylon Edwards to play on the outside, opposite Sidney Rice, when the team runs three-wide sets.

Unfortunately for wide-receiver-needy fantasy owners, the Seahawks don't run many three-wide sets. They are more apt to use two wide receivers on one side of the field, with the inside receiver being the slot. 

Furthermore, Edwards is the more natural outside receiver and given his extensive experience and significant size advantage, I'd expect him to at least cut into Obomanu's playing time—if not cancel it out altogether. 

For the season, Obomanu has caught just four passes on nine targets for 58 yards with zero touchdowns. As a comparison, Edwards has caught eight passes on 15 targets for 74 yards with one touchdown. 

The Seahawks are a team dedicated to the run, further damning Obomanu as a viable fantasy target. Through seven games this season, Wilson has attempted 175 passes, while the team has run the ball 227 times. 

Obomanu isn't someone I'd recommend you add to your fantasy roster. If you're in need of a third wide receiver, you'd be better off taking a look at guys like Nate Washington, Brandon Gibson or Titus Young. 


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