Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview!
Just in case you have been living under a rock this NFL offseason, Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos. As a result, Geno Smith and Drew Lock will battle it out to see who is under center in Week 1. That is, of course, if Seattle does not trade for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo.
With their first draft pick in the post-Wilson era, Seattle's front office drafted offensive tackle Charles Cross with the ninth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Then, in the second round, with back-to-back picks, they added EDGE rusher Boye Mafe and running back Kenneth Walker. Then, in the third round, they added another big guy up front with offensive lineman Abraham Lucas.
Even with the two rookies on each end, Pro Football Focus ranks the Seahawks' offensive line last in the NFL.
Chances are, this offense struggles to generate much offensively. So you should seriously consider letting your league mates worry about when to hit select on a Seahawks running back, wide receiver, or tight end.
2022 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview
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Russell Wilson missed some games last year, leading to 95 pass attempts from Geno Smith. Smith had a higher completion percentage than Wilson but a slightly lower touchdown percentage. However, Smith's sack rate was 4.5% higher than Wilson's. With poor offensive line play expected, the Seahawks could be looking at a league-high sack rate.
Drew Lock was acquired from the Broncos in the Wilson deal. Unfortunately, Lock never was able to secure the starting quarterback role in Denver, the team that drafted him. That is not a good sign for him to beat out Geno Smith, who already has experience with the offense.
Neither quarterback is worth targeting in about every Fantasy Football format.
Rashaad Penny was unbelievable at the end of last year, rushing for 7.29 per attempt in the final five games with six touchdowns. However, he was only targeted seven times during that stretch, so don't expect much from him in the passing game.
Right now, Penny's ADP is in the low-end RB3 range and almost even with rookie Kenneth Walker. That is right in line with our consensus Fantasy Football Rankings.
Penny resigned this offseason on a one-year deal, which should lead you to believe that he will be the main guy to start the season. Walker is the dynasty target for teams in a startup or looking to rebuild.
Neither running back is expected to be heavily involved in the passing game.
Tyler Lockett also saw an increase in targets and receptions with Geno Smith, but the deep throws disappeared, limiting his upside.
Russell Wilson led the NFL in the intended air yards per pass attempt last year at 9.9 and was over nine yards per attempt in three of the previous four seasons. However, things are going to change for Lockett in 2022.
I think Metcalf can produce like the WR2 he is being drafted as, but I would rather draft the guys around Lockett as my WR3 - Adam Thielen, Hunter Renfrow, Brandon Aiyuk, and even some of the rookie wide receivers.
Noah Fant has quietly racked up 300 PPR Fantasy points (10th) over the last two seasons, averaging 9.9 points per game (13th), catching passes from Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. However, he has proven to be a low-end TE1 with questionable quarterback play and is not touchdown-dependent.
If you want to punt the tight end position, Fant could provide some excellent value in leagues that score receptions and even more so in tight end premium leagues!
This is the start of a long rebuild in Seattle. They do not have a Franchise quarterback on the roster and are rolling out there with a makeshift offensive line.
The defense is far from good, and it's safe to assume the Seahawks will be playing from behind early and often.
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