2021 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview

by Mike Bonni

The F6P team is back at it again for you Fantasy Football addicts. The team previews have been coming in quickly, so be on the lookout. I have been tasked with providing everyone the 2021 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview.

Last season the Seattle Seahawks started off the season like a rocketship to the moon. Russell Wilson was a Top-3 Fantasy quarterback, Chris Carson was RB8, and Metcalf/Lockett were dominating the world as WR1's. Eventually, it all came crashing down.

Chris Carson went down for four weeks, which put them into a very basic passing offense. The opposing defense's started to figure out this offense and Seattle paid for it. Russell, Carson (when he returned), Metcalf, and Lockett all struggled. I will be going over all of this in-depth later in the article.

In the offseason, Seattle fired Brian Schottenheimer, then hired Shane Waldron. He is another member of the "McVay coaching tree", which everyone team still seems to love. The Seahawks added Gabe Jackson, to finally help the offensive line. They also added tight end Gerald Everett, some solid defensive players, and drafted Dwayne Eskridge in the second round.

Enough with that run-down, let's get into the 2021 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview.

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Oh, what could have been if Wilson was able to keep it up the whole season. For Wilson owners, you were riding the wave early on in the season (probably top in your leagues). Unfortunately, this all came crashing down for us (me included). This crash, like me, possibly cost you a championship/playoff appearance. If so, my heart goes out to you guys.

In 2020, Wilson finished with 40 touchdowns (most in his career) and 13 interceptions. He also threw for 4,212 yards (2nd most in his career). This led to him finishing as the QB6 in 2020. It looks great, but it was a tale of two different seasons for Mr. Unlimited.

From Weeks 1-9, Wilson had played eight games. He scored 20+ Fantasy Points in all of those games, including four games with 30+ Fantasy Points. He was averaging 29 Fantasy Points a game, throwing for 28 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. This was good enough to put him as the QB3 in that time. Now we get to the bad part of the season.

From Weeks 10-17, Russell Wilson was only able to score 20+ Fantasy Points twice out of eight games. He had zero 30+ Fantasy Point games during this stretch. Wilson went for 12 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, averaging 17 Fantasy Points a game. He was only able to muster up a QB12 during this time.

In 2021, I expect the team to be a more balanced offense. Last year they had a 59.5%-40.5% pass-run ratio, which defenses were able to key in on. Switching to a more balanced offense will help out the play-action game, which Russell was deadly in. He was ranked first in the league in play-action completion percentage. Let's give him more of that.

Russell Wilson is currently being drafted as QB6, right where I expect him to be. He has played nine seasons and has finished in the top-10 in eight of those years. Please draft him as he should be, a top-10 quarterback with a very high possibility of being a top-five at the position.

*Something to note; Wilson has a tough schedule to start the year (SF, LAR, PIT), but his schedule at the end of the year is money (HOU, DET, ARI).

As for Geno Smith and Danny Etling, don't worry about these guys unless something bad happens to Russ-man.

Running Backs

It's Chris Carson's job and you can't tell me otherwise.

In 2020, Chris Carson had an injury that derailed a possible RB1 season. He missed four, pretty much five games because of a foot sprain. Before that injury, Carson was the RB8 (Weeks 1-6), he had two games over 20 Fantasy Points, and four out of five games over 19 Fantasy Points. He was averaging 20 Fantasy Points a game before this injury.

Since coming back from injury (Weeks 12-17), he was RB13 in that stretch but was only averaging 13.8 Fantasy Points this time. Carson still had 10+ points in five out of six games, including two 18+ pointers. He ended up finishing as the RB19 in 2020 with 681 rush yards and five touchdowns. Carson also added 37 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns. All in all, Chris Carson averaged 15.7 FPPG according to fantasy data, which was the RB11.

Currently, Chris Carson is going as the RB17 by Average Draft Position. He was RB8 when fully healthy and RB13 coming back from injury. In what world do we think he will fall to a mid-level RB2? He has proven that he is a borderline RB1 or a high-end RB2. Please draft him as such, don't let Rashaad Penny scare you away.

This is Chris Carson's job, with no RBBC like some people think. We could be looking at around 18+ carries a game again for Carson (possibly even more), which we love nowadays. Draft him as your RB2, because he is going to smash his ADP of RB17.

*P.S. he also gets decent work in the passing game*

The rest of the running backs are just guys that can help fill out the roster. Rashaad Penny was a first-round pick but has done nothing to deserve that draft spot. He has injury problems and needed a clean-up procedure in the offseason. This makes me want to fade him even more. Please do not draft Penny, I would wait till he does something throughout the season.

Deejay Dallas was given a shot last year. He ended up rushing for 41 yards on 18 carries. He was also able to score two touchdowns. Do not draft him. Travis Homer will have a limited role in 2021, I would suggest not drafting him too. Alex Collins could be the backup, it doesn't matter though. He won't be doing much.

Stay tuned for more of the 2021 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview.

Wide Receivers

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D.K. Metcalf broke out in 2020 as everyone expected. He finished the season catching 83 of 129 targets for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns, which slotted him as the WR7. There were four games where he scored 20+ Fantasy Points, including one 40-point game (12-161-2). When Seattle's offense struggled, so did Metcalf. He finished the season failing to score more than 10+ Fantasy Points in two of the last three games.

In 2021, D.K. (WR8) may come back to reality a bit with a more balanced offense. I expect him to be around the borderline WR1 range. If he can figure out the drops (eight last year, 7th most in the league), he could be even more deadly. I would take Keenan Allen over him, but do not be afraid to draft D.K. this year. He could still have a monster year.

In 2020, Tyler Locket finished the season with a stat-line of 100 catches on 132 targets with 1,054 yards and 10 touchdowns. This was good enough for WR8. It looks nice but this might have been the most inconsistent WR1 season ever. Lockett had seven games under 10 Fantasy Points and three games over 30 Fantasy Points (37,53,33 respectively). This is the definition of a boom/bust player. I think going into 2021 he will be more consistent.

Tyler Lockett, currently being drafted as WR23 is getting no love in 2021. He has three straight seasons as a high-end WR2 or better, draft accordingly. I would be taking him over Mike Evans, Kenny Golladay, and Diontae Johnson just to name a few.

Battle for WR3

Freddie Swain (13-159-2), Penny Hart (1 catch for 3 yards), John Ursua ( didn't play), and Dwayne Eskridge (2nd round rookie) will be fighting for the wide receiver three on the depth chart. As of right now, it could be anyone's job. My guess is that it is going to be Dwayne Eskridge. Either way, I would avoid drafting these guys until they prove something more.

It is possible they try and get someone from the free agency wire, we will just have to wait and see.

Tight End

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Gerald Everett finished 2020 as the TE24. He recorded 41 catches on 60 targets with 417 yards and one touchdown. Everett had six games with 5+ targets but only had two games with five or more catches. Gerald Everett had an amazing true catch rate (93.2%, 5th), which bodes well for him in 2021 because he now has the accurate Russell Wilson.

Currently going as TE24, he can truly be a steal on the waiver wires, or late in your drafts. Be on the lookout for Gerald Everett, he could easily see 80+ targets in 2021. He should be a solid TE2, so draft accordingly.

As for the other tight ends, Will Dissly has trouble staying healthy for the most part. In 2020, he played all 16 games and ended up as TE41. He didn't do much in 2020, so I don't expect too much from him in 2021. Avoid, for now, barring injury to Everett. Expect the same with Luke Willson (don't expect targets), and Colby Parkinson. Just don't think about drafting them.

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Quick Rundown

The Seahawks have a ton of fantasy value in 2021. Russell will be a top-10 quarterback, closer to the top-five. As for Carson, he should outperform his ADP of RB17, Metcalf/Lockett will be borderline WR1's or high-end WR2's, please draft them in that range, no reaching, please. Lastly, Gerald Everett should be a sleeper at TE24, so be on the lookout for that. The WR3 spot on the depth chart will most certainly be a coveted position.

That should do it for the 2021 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview. I hope you enjoyed it.

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