The Seattle Seahawks are a team in transition. Not so much in philosophy, but in personnel. Gone are the days of Beastmode, Baldwin, bad play calling at the goal line, and Pete Carroll’s excessive chewing of bubble gum. Well, the bubble gum is still there, but over the past several years, Seattle has undergone a skill position facelift. The Seahawks now possess a young core of potential fantasy assets. The difficulty now is avoiding the players who will flop, while simultaneously targeting the players who will emerge as stars. The Seahawks head into 2019 with many question marks. Will Carson or Penny be the lead back? Who will replace Doug Baldwin’s production? How will DK Metcalf develop? One thing is certain: Seattle will remain a run-first team, but as many people love to point out, they did not choose to pay Russell Wilson $35 million a year to hand the ball off.
Russell Wilson – ADP: QB 6 – 65TH OVERALL
After a small regression in 2018, Russell Wilson heads into 2019 fresh off signing a new contract that makes him the highest paid QB in the league. Russell is a one-of-a-kind player. He showed the type of unbelievable ability he possesses in 2017, when he posted a 3983/34/11 passing line, while adding nearly 600 yards and 3 TDs in the rushing game. Predictably, Wilson’s numbers weren’t quite as good in 2018; however, he did finish with a nearly 3500 yards and 35 TDs, while completing 65.6% of his passes. At QB6 in ADP, Wilson seems slightly undervalued. While he will turn 31 during this upcoming season, Wilson is a safe and consistent option at QB. He should be a guy you target if your team is in a position to contend for years to come. He won’t have quite the longevity of some other QBs being taken near him, but he will likely produce at a high level for several years to come.
Rashaad Penny – ADP: RB 26 – 62ND OVERALL
The Seattle backfield presents a bit of a conundrum. Rashaad Penny has the traits desired to be a productive lead back. He was drafted in the 1st round, which correlates well to success; he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash, and he has good size at 5’11”/220lbs. So what’s the problem? Well, he’s not Seattle’s lead back. And while it may appear that 2019 is his chance to take that role, I wouldn’t be so sure. Moreover, at his current ADP, I think Penny is being overvalued. Could he develop into the lead back that Seattle presumably drafted him to be? Yes, he could. But I am not willing to pay the price in a startup draft. However, that does not mean that I don’t think he can be a useful asset. I could be a buyer of Penny if the owner is too low on him, or if I am a Chris Carson owner. I would still be apprehensive about acquiring him, but ideally, for me, I would own both of the Seahawks top RBs.
Chris Carson – ADP: RB 32 – 81ST OVERALL
This brings us to Chris Carson, the unheralded third-year back from Oklahoma State, who was drafted near the end of the 7th round in 2017. Carson flashed solid ability as a rookie before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. After the Seahawks drafted the aforementioned Penny in 2018, Carson’s value tanked. However, he earned the lion’s share of the Seahawks carries after he outplayed both Penny and Mike Davis. Many are still low on Carson, and are waiting on the “inevitable” usurping by Penny. However, I am not so certain that will happen. All Carson did was post a 247/1151/9 line in rushing last season, while adding 20 receptions for 163 yards receiving. Any other RB that posts these numbers would see his value skyrocket, but Carson is currently being overlooked. Most of his detractors will point to his injury history and Penny’s draft stock as evidence that Carson’s days are numbered. While their points cannot be entirely dismissed, Pete Carroll has shown us that he is willing to play the best player, regardless of draft position or salary, if it is best for the team. I believe that Carson is a player who you should try to acquire before the season while his value is tainted by the Penny hype.
CJ Prosise – ADP: RB 116 – 394TH OVERALL
One of the most frustrating players in fantasy, for me, is CJ Prosise. He looked like a promising young star as a rookie. But he has finished every season on injured reserve. And after suffering another injury in June of this year, many people are left wondering if he will even make the Seahawks roster. However, if CJ does get cut, it may not be the worst thing. A change of scenery could rejuvenate his career and allow him to turn into a useable PPR back. At this point, his value is so low, you likely could acquire him for dirt-cheap. If your team is thin at RB, you could do worse than having Prosise. I wouldn’t hold out a lot of hope, but I’m not quite ready to give up on him.
Travis Homer – ADP: RB 117 – 396TH OVERALL
The final RB on the Seahawks worth mentioning is Travis Homer. He was a relatively well-thought-of prospect heading towards the 2018 draft. However, he suffered an injury and elected to stay at Miami (FL) for the 2018 season. Following the 2018 season, he entered the draft and was selected in the 6th round by Seattle. He posted good athletic numbers, with a sub-4.5 forty time, a 39.5” vertical, and 130” broad jump. He certainly will have an uphill battle towards fantasy relevance with the Seahawks, but if your league has a taxi squad, he would be a prime candidate.
Tyler Lockett – ADP: WR 29 – 67TH OVERALL
Tyler Lockett is the top WR in Seattle. That sounds a little weird to say, but after the sudden retirement of Doug Baldwin, that is now the case. It would be nice if we could pencil Lockett into the Baldwin (slot) role in this offense and move on, but we cannot. Lockett is in a unique position. He is easily the most established WR on Seattle’s roster, but furthermore, he is the best slot option, while also likely being the best deep threat and potentially outside WR. Lockett has been a popular name for 2019 throughout the fantasy community, and rightfully so. If you are a Lockett owner, I think he is a solid hold. He is poised to put up good numbers, which will likely increase his value. Lockett has an ADP of 67th overall, which means he is going slightly after his teammate, Rashaad Penny. I would take Lockett over Penny in most scenarios in a startup.
DK Metcalf – ADP: WR 38 – 89TH OVERALL
Instagram superstar DK Metcalf is probably the most polarizing rookie in dynasty. After blowing up the internet with his shirtless post, he went to the NFL Combine and ran a 4.33 forty and jumped 40.5” in the vertical. Subsequently, the internet blew up again. People were losing their minds. Pete Carroll took off his shirt. Chick-Fil-A was open on Sunday. Well, maybe not the last one, but the point is that DK Metcalf caused quite a stir. However, shortly after running a blazing 40-yard dash, DK posted an extremely slow 7.38 3-cone drill. The internet was split. Simultaneously, DK moved up and down rookie boards everywhere. Then he was drafted by the team that runs the ball at the highest rate in the league. Could a one-route receiver produce on a team that hardly throws? Needless to say, the public is split on the appropriate value of Metcalf. He’s an athletic freak. But will that translate to NFL WR production? If you haven’t had your rookie draft yet, the area I would feel comfortable drafting him is 10th and beyond. There have been too many athletic freaks that haven’t produced in the NFL for me to invest an early or mid-1st on him.
David Moore – ADP: WR 85 – 199TH OVERALL
Former East Central (yes, that is a university) WR David Moore is the next Seahawks WR worth discussing. In 2018 he showed flashes of ability. He likely will have an opportunity to compete for a starting outside WR position. It is hard to trust a player that came from a very small school and has shown very little in the NFL, but I think David Moore is an asset worth owning. He’s someone who you could get added to a deal as a throw-in that could end up putting up useable numbers for you. It is certainly going to be difficult for the Seahawks offense to support 3 viable fantasy WRs, so the likely scenario is that Moore and Metcalf will both be inconsistent options that are hard to predict. However, if Metcalf struggles to adapt, Moore could see a bigger role.
Gary Jennings Jr. – ADP: WR 105 – 264TH OVERALL
Gary Jennings Jr. is a rookie speedster from West Virginia, who was taken in the 4th round of the 2019 draft. He is a player who is likely best suited for your taxi squad, or if your league does not have one, the end of your roster. He certainly has the traits (4.43 forty, 6’2”) to develop into a starting NFL WR, but he likely will need time to develop. I will always be hesitant to get too deep into the Seattle WR corps until they show a desire to throw the ball more, but he is someone that I would be keeping an eye on. If he’s available in your league and shows any flashes, I would look to find a spot for him on my team.
Jaron Brown – ADP: OUTSIDE TOP 400
The final WR for Seattle that I will mention is Jaron Brown. The former Arizona Cardinal didn’t have an impressive year with the Seahawks in 2018. He was able to record 5 TDs, but only caught a total of 14 passes for 166 yards. He is probably Seattle’s second-most established WR, and therefore, may get some early-season work as other WRs acclimate. If you are rebuilding, he could be a player to flip after a good week or two to a contender for a 2020 pick. He likely will not produce great numbers, but could turn a profit if you sell at the right time.
Will Dissly – ADP: TE 41 – 309TH OVERALL
The TE position is not Seattle’s strength, and in most cases, you will have better options on your dynasty roster than Will Dissly, Nick Vannett, Jacob Hollister, or Ed Dickson. Dissly comes in as the first Seahawks TE at TE41 in ADP, which is underwhelming to say the least. Dissly put up a 3/105/1 game against Denver in week 1 of 2018, but shortly thereafter suffered a torn patella tendon, which ended his season. The patella tendon injury is considered one of the toughest to recover from, and usually takes a significant amount of time. Because of this, I would be looking to stay away from Dissly in all formats, aside from the deepest of TE premium.
Nick Vannett – ADP: TE 42 – 327TH OVERALL
The next TE on the Seahawks roster is Nick Vannett. He was an interesting prospect coming out of Ohio State in 2016, when Seattle drafted him in the 3rd round. He has also been rather underwhelming, but he was able to show some signs of life in 2018 when he put up 29/269/3 in 15 games. Those certainly are not eye-popping numbers, but it is a step in the right direction for a team that has little at the position. He is being drafted right after Dissly, but would easily be my preference between the two.
Jacob Hollister – ADP: OUTSIDE TOP 400
Jacob Hollister is the last name worth mentioning. He was acquired during this off-season by Seattle in a trade with New England. While the Seahawks did not have to give up much to acquire him, he is worth mentioning. The former Wyoming star was able to show enough to peak Seattle’s interest and therefore should be on your radar. He is a longshot, but when you have a team with a position group as thin as this one, he could be a lottery ticket that eventually pans out.Follow @TRISTANCOOK_ Tweets by tristancook_
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