2023 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview

by Dennis Sosic

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the final chapter of the team previews from a fantasy perspective as I bring you the 2023 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview.

Typically, when you used to talk about the Seattle Seahawks, you would mention a ground-and-pound rushing attack and a suffocating defense. However, head coach Pete Carroll doesn't have the personnel to execute those game plans. The offense centers around the quarterback Geno Smith, who won Comeback Player of the Year with over 4,000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. It also revolves around a dynamic wide receiver duo in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

The Seahawks finished with a 9-8 record and a wildcard berth. Unfortunately, they were forced to take on a San Francisco 49ers team that has their number. After sweeping the Seahawks in the regular season, the Niners went out and walloped them 41-23.

The Seahawks ranked 13th in total offense with 351.5 yards per game last season. Carroll believed that wasn't enough, so he selected two more weapons in wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back Zach Charbonnet, thanks to the Russell Wilson trade that continues to give. In addition, they went out and selected shutdown corner Devon Witherspoon and pass-rusher Derick Hall to upgrade a defense that finished 26th in total defense, allowing 361.7 yards per game last season.

Can Geno Smith have another breakout season? Does the defense have enough to be competitive? Will JSN and Charbonnet be fantasy football difference-makers? The answers to those questions and more can be found in the 2023 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview.

2023 Fantasy Football Seattle Seahawks Preview

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Quarterbacks

Gemo Smith was once a laughingstock draft pick. However, Smith enjoyed a career-best season in a fairytale 2022 season on his way to winning Comeback Player of the Year. The Seahawks confirmed their belief in the fairy tale by signing Smith to a massive three-year contract extension.

Smith threw for 4,282 yards, 30, and 11 touchdowns while leading the NFL with a 69.8% completion percentage. The former Mountaineer finished as the QB5 last season, and his breakout season won many fantasy titles for fantasy managers the previous season.

The Seahawks also rewarded Smith by strengthening the offense this offseason. They brought in more weapons with wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back Zach Charbonnet to the ninth-ranked offense last season with 23.9 points per game.

Fantasy managers are expecting regression with Smith, but to what level? The Seahawk's offense is stacked with playmaking weapons in the elite duo of D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and sophomore running back Kenneth Walker. Smith is not asked to do much except to get the ball in his playmaker's hands and let them make plays.

We have Smith ranked as the QB13, and FantasyPros consensus rankings place Smith as the QB14. Both rankings are a far cry from his breakout 2022 season. Smith is still a viable QB1 for fantasy managers and should be targeted and projected to outperform his current ADP again with his surrounding offensive weapons.

Speaking of draft busts, Drew Lock backs up Geno Smith in Seattle. And if the unthinkable happens and we are forced to see Lock behind center. Look elsewhere immediately.

Running Backs

The Seahawks hit the jackpot with the selection of Kenneth Walker in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. With the continued uncertainty of Rashaad Penny's health,  Pete Carroll needed another running back to push the Seahawks' ground attack. Walker exceeded expectations with his RB16 finish while rushing for 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. Walker took over as the team's lead back and ran for over 100 yards in the final three games. The only knock on Walker is his lack of involvement in the passing game. The former Spartan finished with only 27 receptions on 35 targets across 15 games.

The Seahawks solved their hole in the passing offense by drafting UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Charbonnet thrives in the passing game and will be an exciting complement to Walker in the Seahawks backfield.

Pete Carroll's infatuation with running the ball will catapult both running back into more touches, making them a 1A and 1B in their game planning. Charbonnet will make his fantasy impact as a passing game.

Neither of these backs can now be labeled as a featured back, but both running backs will have immense fantasy value dependent on value and game script. Walker should be viewed as an RB2, while Charbonnet is a flex-worthy option in PPR formats.

Wide Receivers

The Seattle Seahawks have one of the most potent wide receiver tandems in the league with D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Metcalf set career-highs in targets (141) and receptions (90) last season but finished with a career-low six scores. Oddly enough, Metcalf finished with the second-highest red zone targets (27). Positive touchdown regression looks to be on the horizon for Metcalf, who finished as the WR18. Currently, Metcalf is ranked as the WR20 in FantasyPros ECR, a slight downgrade but the infusion of more weapons has pushed Metcalf closer to being a low-end WR2. However,  don't be surprised that his regression doesn't move him up the rankings.

Tyler Lockett is often overlooked, but it should not be the case. Lockett has produced four consecutive 1,000 yards and 8+ touchdown seasons. He has not finished lower than WR15 across the past five seasons, including his WR13 ranking last season. Lockett fails to disappoint and is one of the consistent fantasy performers in the league.

The Seahawks went best player available with their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and selected former Buckeye Jaxon Smith-Njigba (JSN). JSN was the first receiver selected in the draft despite missing most of the 2022 season due to a hamstring injury. His elite route running and ball skills allowed JSN to set the Big Ten receiving record in 2021. However, he will be fighting for targets in the Seahawks' offense. His talent should win out and provide fantasy value, but his upside is somewhat limited.

Tight Ends

It seems that every season fantasy managers are anticipating Noah Fant to live up to his lofty expectations. In his first season in Seattle, Fant finished with 50 receptions, his third consecutive season hitting that mark, career-low 486 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Fant finished as the TE19 last season, and it will be challenging for Fant to reach that level this season. The additions of rookies Zach Charbonnet and Jaxon Smith-Njigba will provide fewer targets and opportunities for Fant to be nothing more than a TE2 streamer. Will Dissly works proficiently as the second tight end in the Seahawks' offense but provides limited fantasy value.

The Final Verdict

The Seattle Seahawks are primed to claim one of the three NFC wildcard spots. However, they are behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. The Seahawks went 4-2 in their division, with both losses to the Niners. The Niners also ended their playoff dreams last season with a 41-23 defeat in the NFC Wild Card round. The Seahawks have not made it past the Divisional Round since 2014!

The offense will put up plenty of points, but can the defense stop the opposing offenses?

Look for a thrilling offense once again with multiple fantasy elite options on their way to a one-and-done playoff run in the 2023 season.


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