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Fantasy Forecast: 2021 Seattle Seahawks

Why is Tyler Lockett the Seahawks WR you should try to acquire? @tristancook_ breaks down the Seahawks 2021 dynasty outlook!

OVERVIEW

It’s no secret that both the Seattle Seahawks NFL prospects and fantasy outlook, live and die with Russell Wilson. He started 2020 on fire, totaling 19 TDs and only two INTs en route to a 5-0 start for Seattle. The fantasy world was rejoicing in the fact that Pete Carroll was finally going to ‘let Russ cook’. Unfortunately, the trajectory of the season changed a bit and Wilson’s sizzling start cooled down to a simmer. But, despite slowing down as the season progressed, Wilson still set career-best marks in nearly every major passing category. 

The 2021 Seattle Seahawks have a lot to offer any dynasty team, with their top dynasty asset being an Instagram superstar, DK Metcalf. Whether your team is a contender looking for another shot at a championship, or a team entering a rebuild, or anywhere in between, you are going to want at least a piece of the Seattle offense. 

Quarterback

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Russell Wilson – ADP: QB 8 – 23RD OVERALL

It’s hard to believe that Russell Wilson is entering his 10th year in the league, but the 32-year-old is now a seasoned veteran. His ADP has slowly dropped over the past few years as the likes of Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, and others have seen their respective stocks rise. It is somewhat understandable to see Wilson’s value steadily declining, but it has gotten to a point where I now think he is a value. 

Russell Wilson has been a QB1 every year of his career, including the top QB and several top-five finishes. His value is low because of the influx of youth. But, if I am a team in need of a QB, Wilson offers steady top-tier QB production at a significantly lower cost. He still has enough productive years to provide value for nearly any type of team. Additionally, he is a significantly safer option for a contending team. He has been a QB1 every year; he doesn’t miss games, and he costs less than the other QB1s. I’m buying Wilson if I’m in need of a QB at all.

Running Backs

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Chris Carson – ADP: RB 23 – 75TH OVERALL

The only RB I am interested in for Seattle is Chris Carson. He is currently being drafted as a low-end RB2 and has returned slightly better value than that for a few years now. Carson has always had his value capped because of the expectation that Rashaad Penny would ultimately take over the RB1 job. However, Carson has held him off year after year. Personally, I have never been much of a fan of Penny. But the presence of Penny has helped keep Carson’s cost down and should continue to make him a value pick.

I expect Carson to continue to provide the high-end RB2/low-end RB1 numbers that we have seen from him. As a contender, I am a big fan of adding Carson if you need to shore up your RB depth. You’re not going to find a much lower-cost RB option that can return a low-end RB1 season. Carson may not have the longevity that other RBs do, but as a contender, he should be the type of guy you target. As a rebuilding team, I’d be looking to get a first round pick from a contender or anyone that thinks they are an RB short of contending.

Rashaad Penny – ADP: RB 52 – 164TH OVERALL

Penny is hardly worth mentioning in this preview. He’s been underwhelming, to say the least, and is nearing full-blown bust territory. If he was poised to finally take the RB1 job this year, you could make an argument that he’s worth a lottery ticket investment. But, he is still not fully healthy after tearing his ACL in 2019, and just had a clean-up procedure on that same knee. I am staying away from Penny.

Wide Receivers

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DK Metcalf – ADP: WR 2 – 8TH OVERALL

The top asset in Seattle is unequivocally DK Metcalf. He has silenced all of the critics and looks like he’s turned into the dominant WR that a few people thought he could be. At his current value, it is nearly impossible to acquire him. He’s being taken in the middle of the first round of startup drafts. Metcalf is one of the cornerstones of countless dynasty teams. 

If you were a truther from the start, you likely won’t be looking to move him. And, if you didn’t draft Metcalf, the person who did is probably not interested in moving him. There are very few scenarios in which you’d get an opportunity to acquire him. I would certainly be interested in doing so, regardless of the situation for my team, but it will likely be very tough. You could try to cash in on Metcalf’s current value, but I would rather have him on my roster than try to cash out. 

Tyler Lockett – ADP: WR 33 – 83RD OVERALL

The WR that I’m most interested in on the Seattle roster is not the aforementioned DK Metcalf. Instead, it is the criminally undervalued, Tyler Lockett. It’s not because I don’t believe in Metcalf, but rather the price on DK is so high that there’s not much value. Lockett is being drafted as a low-end WR3 but was a WR1 in 2020 and a high-end WR2 the two previous years. Additionally, Lockett just signed a long-term deal with Seattle. FantasyPros Expert Dave Kluge put it best in a series of tweets linked here and here. Lockett is the value, and the WR I am looking to acquire.

Lockett is similar to Robert Woods. They both routinely aren’t valued highly but continue to produce low-end WR1/high-end WR2 numbers. He is certainly someone that I’m trying to acquire as a contender. At 28, he is getting a little older, so if you’re in a rebuild, Lockett may be someone to look to move. However, it may be hard to find a deal that feels worth making. 

D’Wayne Eskridge – ADP: WR 75 – 187TH OVERALL

The last WR I will mention here is rookie D’Wayne Eskridge. He likely won’t see many targets behind the other two WRs. But, he is a low-cost WR and could be a solid PPR guy down the road. At WR75, he is being drafted around players who are nearing the end of their careers. Unless you are in a position of contending immediately, I would rather have a rookie WR that could increase in value, than a player that will be out of the league in a few years.

Tight Ends

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Gerald Everett – ADP: TE 23 – 182ND OVERALL

The final player worth noting on the Seattle Seahawks is their newly acquired TE, Gerald Everett. He comes to Seattle after a handful of seasons with the Rams. Everett was touted as Sean McVay’s ‘next Jordan Reed’, but never quite lived up to that hype. He certainly showed flashes of ability, but never gained enough traction to stick to the TE1 spot with LA. Instead, Everett split targets with Tyler Higbee which capped his upside. He’s finally in a position where he doesn’t have much competition at TE and could gain a lot of value in Seattle. 

At his current ADP of TE23, you’re basically just throwing darts and hoping for something to stick. Everett certainly has shown the skill, and now has the opportunity, and now needs to put it all together. I would be looking to acquire Everett in any kind of TE Premium league. In regular 1TE leagues, I’m still interested, but significantly less so. 

Summary

The Seattle Seahawks have a significant amount of talent on the offensive side of the ball. In terms of dynasty assets, they mostly have players that appeal to contending teams. Wilson, Carson, and Lockett are all veterans that produce more than their ADP currently would suggest. Everett is an intriguing new face and DK Metcalf is an elite-tier dynasty asset that will be tough to acquire. This team should continue to produce strong fantasy seasons as long as Russell Wilson is under center. He should still have a handful of seasons left, so I’m not concerned about any of the players on this offense. 

Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter if you ever want to talk about dynasty. Download the Dynasty Nerds mock draft app for Apple or find it on the Google Play Store. If you are a DynastyGM subscriber, it syncs with your team so that you can do rookie mock drafts with ALL of your actual picks. It is also on Desktop.

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