Dynasty Football Debate: DK Metcalf

by Taylor Michel
Dynasty Football Debate: D.K. Metcalf

Week 9 of the 2023 NFL Season is underway, and we have already had players letting us down. George Pickens really couldn't get that second foot down? Nonetheless, in Dynasty Football Debate: DK Metcalf we are going to talk about why better days are on the horizon for Metcalf managers.

Metcalf, the dynamic wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, has had a rollercoaster journey in the NFL. While his previous seasons showcased his incredible talent, we're here to discuss his fantasy outlook for 2023 and beyond.

Despite a slower start to this season, there are solid reasons why Metcalf remains a valuable dynasty fantasy football asset. Let's take a look at why you should be optimistic about his outlook.

Dynasty Football Debate: DK Metcalf

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The 2023 Season

The 2023 season has not been fantastic for Metcalf managers expecting huge breakout performances and touchdowns. Metcalf is currently the WR44 in PPR leagues, and his best finish was WR18 in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.

Metcalf is currently dealing with a hip injury, and he has had some other nagging bumps and bruises so far through eight weeks of the season. But there is a reason I believe Metcalf is still a solid fantasy prospect and an intriguing "buy low" candidate right now.

Metcalf was being drafted way too high during start-up drafts this season. He was bound for disappointment right from the jump because fantasy managers for some reason expected him to be better than he has shown in recent years.

He was being drafted as a WR2 and even a WR1 in some cases so of course those managers are going to be frustrated with his performance.

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Fantasy Frustration

I still believe the WR1 upside is there with Metcalf, but even going back to last year in PPR leagues in 2022 he only finished within the top 12 WRs a total of two times! And he was top 24 only nine times. Yet, he has shown he can consistently draw at least 8-10 targets a game, and Seattle has proven to us in the past that they can put up a lot of points on offense.

From a fantasy football perspective, Metcalf's performance in 2023 has been underwhelming. He's only been averaging 13.23 PPR points per game and 10.98 half-PPR points per game. Fantasy managers who drafted him likely expected more significant contributions, and their records might reflect their disappointment.

But it's important to note that Metcalf has been dealing with injuries, and even during his slower start, he has yet to fall below 10 PPR points in a game. Moreover, Seattle's offense has shown glimpses of its productive 2022 self in recent weeks. When Metcalf is healthy, there's a good chance we'll see some explosive performances.

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A Glimpse of Hope

The remaining schedule for the Seahawks is very favorable for fantasy wide receivers, which is excellent news for Metcalf owners. He's a remarkable athlete. He has already proven himself as a valuable fantasy asset in the past.

While he may not be a WR1 on your team, he can serve as a dependable WR2 or a flex play, with the potential for WR1 upside.

In week 8, against the Cleveland Browns, Metcalf saw 14 targets from Geno Smith. These moments of brilliance remind us of the potential he possesses and how he can single-handedly win fantasy matchups when everything clicks.

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Looking Ahead

Despite the slow start to the 2023 season, Metcalf remains a valuable dynasty fantasy football asset. The key is patience and a belief in his talent and potential. He's a unique player who can turn a game around with a single play, and those who have him on their roster should hold on and wait for better days ahead.

If you're looking to add a solid wide receiver to your fantasy roster, consider floating an offer to the Metcalf manager in your league. You might just be able to acquire an incredible athlete with significant upside at a reduced cost.

Conclusion

The main reason for this Dynasty Football Debate: DK Metcalf article is to portray that despite a slow start this year, he still has the profile and potential to get some WR1 finishes. If you temper your expectations and look at him as more of a mid to low-end WR2 with WR1 upside then you can see his value a lot more and find a place for him in your fantasy lineups.

Chances are your league mate who may have drafted Metcalf expecting 17-20 PPR points per game is extremely frustrated, and you may be able to go add him to your team for a good price as a solid mid to low-end WR2 or flex play. It is worth taking the shot I believe given his youth and the upside he can bring.


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