The best part of the NFL preseason, in my opinion, is that it means the return of fantastic football – especially the return of fantastic drafts. There is nothing more satisfying than feeling like you've built the perfect alignment and then spending the next few days admiring the list of names you've put together.
Because in this moment, you are invincible. Your entire team is in good health and ready for a monster season (unless you spend restless moments hoping that Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott will show up at week 1).
I have won several fantasy leagues over the years – I remember being boasted, but ranking at the top of the league is not comparable to the excitement of the repechage. Because if you do it right, the draft is done in person with all your friends or colleagues. We constantly talk jokes and trash to those who make a bad choice or, worse, try to pick a player who has been selected three times before. There is the relief of landing a player who has pissed you off, hoping it falls on you or the satisfaction of hearing someone complain about the fact that you just steal his guy. It is these emotions that make the rough drafts so enjoyable.
If you share one of these feelings, then you are probably also someone who likes to study before the draft. Allow this article to help you in your preparations. Below you will find a complete overview of the Seahawks players you should target and who to avoid.
Here is the snapshot.
Who I target (in order of priority)
RB Chris Carson
WR Tyler Lockett
WR DK Metcalf
Russell Wilson Quarter
Who I avoid (in no particular order)
RB Rashaad Penny
WR David Moore
Any tight end of the Seahawks
Let's move on to each of my thoughts. I'll compare my opinions to each player's Rotoworld ranking to give you a perspective. (Note: I will use Rotoworld's PPR rankings because most leagues have at least 0.5 points per receipt.)
Who I target
Chris Carson – Rotoworld RB rank: 23
The first few rounds are just to avoid the risks, and I do not think you'll find many more safe halves than Carson. He's clearly number 1 in Seattle, and I think Penny will have less time share than Pete Carroll suggests. Carson has quietly recorded the fifth-highest rush in 2018 (1,151), and I think 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns are reasonable expectations. The plan to double Carson's goals in the passing game only raises his already high floor.
I think Rotoworld is a bit too low on Carson. I prefer Carson to Phillip Lindsay (22), Derrick Henry (16), Leonard Fournette (13) and Melvin Gordon (12). I'll also go to Le'Veon Bell (6) and Todd Gurley (8) for a wide receiver in the first round, and then Carson in the third or even fourth round if you're lucky.
Tyler Lockett – Rotoworld Ranking WR: 21
I admit that Lockett is ready for a monster year after Doug Baldwin's retirement. The Seahawks will remain a team run first, but Wilson's passing attempts must go to someone, and Lockett is the only confirmed receiver of the training. He set up a 57-965-10 line in 2018 with Baldwin still on the list. Lockett's chemistry with Wilson is also remarkable, as Wilson had a perfect 158.3-quarter mark when he was targeting Lockett last year. This is unheard of.
Lockett scored three catches for 27 yards on four targets in just two runs last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. He should easily exceed the 70 targets he saw last season. He has already shown that he is one of the most effective fantasy players, and now he will have the volume.
So, yes, I'm on Lockett, mostly because of its price. I would take him above D.J. Moore (20) and could argue his case in front of Kenny Golladay (18) and Robert Woods (17). He also wins in front of Cooper Kupp (22), AJ Green (23), Jarvis Landry (24) and Robby Anderson (25). It is quite possible that this is the last time you can write Lockett without the price tag of a WR1.
DK Metcalf – Rotoworld Ranking WR: 53
Metcalf's knee surgery is not ideal, but I still have a flier on the rookie arrival. I believe that the Seahawks expect Metcalf to be excellent and that they expect it to be excellent immediately. Wilson did not hesitate to launch against Metcalf in training and the rookie should be one of the main targets of the Seahawks in the red zone. A receiver other than Lockett will have goals this season, and I'd rather put my money on Metcalf than Moore or Jaron Brown.
It has a low floor, but it is also an interesting lottery ticket considering its skills and its price. Choosing Metcalf really depends on your approach to risk. You can find safer games at this price, but probably not many of those who share the same ceiling as late in the repechage. I'll take it in front of Michael Gallup (52), Golden Tate (50), Kenny Stills (48) and DeSean Jackson (45).
Russell Wilson – QB Rotoworld Rank: 8
OK, listen to me, I'd like to have Wilson on my list. But I will not do everything in my power to be sure to write it either. There are just too many quarters ready for the big seasons. Wilson will never be as successful as the other QBs, and although his rushing figures help to make up for that worry, he's a little too dependent on touch, for my taste. Wilson made a touchdown every 12.2 in 2018, which is why some regression seems inevitable.
What makes Wilson so strong is his stability and high floor. If it is on the board and there is no one else you would like to choose, go ahead and take it. I will probably choose to wait for players like Kyler Murray (10), Carson Wentz (11), Jameis Winston (12), Lamar Jackson (16) and a number of other players ranked behind Wilson. The situation is so profound this year that I think you could broadcast weekends from one week to the next and succeed.
Who avoids me
Rashaad Penny – Rotoworld Ranking RB: 36
In August, I am more and more opposed to the writing of Penny. I believe that Carson will be more of a workaholic than the head of a committee. Penny will start the season as a deciding game, and it will likely take Carson some injury to get Penny into the RB2 conversation.
He will have a role. Penny can even see 8-12 touch a game. But for me, there is an option of handcuffs for Carson at this point. I would much rather pay for Miles Sanders (29) or Tevin Coleman (31). Waiting for Peyton Barber (41), Kalen Ballage (46) or Duke Johnson (49) would also be a better choice in my opinion.
David Moore – Rotoworld WR Rankings: Uncategorized
I do not appear in any league for Moore, although Metcalf misses a few games to open the year. Moore showed that he was an NFL capable receiver as a rookie in 2018, but I do not see him getting the volume needed to make him relevant in fantasy. From weeks 13-17, Moore only caught four passes and never overshadowed 16 yards in a game. He does not have the physical tools or the ceiling like Metcalf to fly. There are too many options out there with more potential.
Seahawks DST – Rotoworld Rank: 20
I am a strong supporter of defensive defenses and once, the Seattle group is a must-see every week. Use your last two choices to take a defense and a kicker, and pass the rest of the draft depth into your list. That said, if the Seahawks are still on the board in the last two rounds, get them together and enjoy a tasty first-week home game against the less green Cincinnati A. Bengals.
Any tight end of the Seahawks
I like Will Dissly, and I even think that Jacob Hollister has a chance to contribute, but I do not see any one nor the other (nor Nick Vannett from elsewhere) do not see almost not enough volume to move to a draft. Put Dissly on your watch list after the draft, and keep an eye on him in case he recreates his early season magic from a year ago.