Seahawks fantasy football startability ratings for week 3
The Seahawks are set to play the Dallas Cowboys for the eighth time in 10 seasons and have gone 4-3 against them while under Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks have a handful of fantasy football contributors on offense. I hate to highlight the same players every week but essentially, the Seahawk’s biggest playmakers are the ones to watch week after week.
This week I wanted to take a bit of a different approach to this topic and avoid the repetitive player listings and general player descriptions. Thanks to an idea sparked by my colleague Geoff Shull, we’re going to take a look at Seattle’s offensive playmakers and rank their fantasy standings according to their start-ability ratings.
Russell Wilson has been putting on a show for fantasy owners through two weeks of the NFL 2020 season thus far. He’s thrown for an 82.5% completion percentage (1st) and nine touchdowns (1st) for 610 yards (7th). According to Pro Football Reference, Wilson leads all other quarterbacks in passing touchdowns, passer rating, adjusted yards per pass attempt, completion percentage, adjusted net yards per pass attempt, and passing touchdowns percentage.
In Wilson’s previous five regular-season match-ups against The Cowboys, he hasn’t thrown for huge numbers but has managed to carry his team to a win in four of those. Considering the different direction Seattle’s offense has taken this season and the numbers Wilson has put up so far, I would 100% start him against Dallas.
The Cowboys are also going to be without corners Anthony Brown and Chidobe Awuzie and playmaker Leighton Vander Esch, among others. Wilson had no trouble targeting 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore last week, he should have no issue targeting rookie Trevon Diggs, Jourdan lewis, C.J. Goodwin, Darian Thompson, and Xavier Woods.
D.K. Metcalf has made some incredible plays for the Seahawks and is quickly progressing into a top receiver in the league. Hey may still have some difficulty bringing in the ball but he’s put up big points in fantasy this season. In week two, he played 100% of the snaps on offense. It will be interesting to see how prominently Seattle plays him against the Cowboys. I’d expect him to have another big game.
The Cowboys have allowed an average of 133 rushing yards per game (12th) and 3.6 yards per attempt (6th) in two games. Chris Carson has been an important factor for the Seahawks in both the run and passing games. It’s kept defenses guessing where he will be used and has worked great so far. In fact, he has been better utilized in the passing game through the first two weeks. His receiving stat line is nine receptions, 81 yards, three touchdowns, and a 100% catch percentage.
If Seattle was going into this game still run-focused, I wouldn’t be as sure to start Carson. But because of his versatility on the offense and how he has been used up to this point, I’d bet on starting him.
In the past few seasons, Tyler Lockett has emerged as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He’s had two really good years in the past two seasons after moving from a special teams role player to star wide receiver on the offense.
Through the first two games of the season, he’s caught 15 out of his 16 targets, for 159 yards, one touchdown, and a 93.8% catch percentage.
If Carlos Hyde is the only option you have left, then play him. But with Carson looking so comfortable after his hip injury last year, Hyde isn’t going to get more than 10 carries a game—if that. He’s a good running back and has done well of relieving Carson here and there on the field but he isn’t a huge enough role player on the offense to consistently give you fantasy points every week.
Greg Olsen showed good promise in week one against the Atlanta Falcons as a safety net for Russell Wilson. But in week two he really lagged around on the offense and even dropped an easy pass that was intercepted by the defense and run in for a pick-six. It’s been risky with Olsen’s age anyway, but I’d expect Seattle to take a chance on rotating between Olsen, Luke Willson, Will Dissly, and Jacob Hollister to see who is the right diamond in the rough for the offense.