Let me say at the outset, that this piece is based on the normal scoring formats for Standard, PPR and Dynasty leagues. But there are several Seahawks that you will want to draft when the 2021 fantasy season comes around.
Much as every Seahawks fan wants as many of their own team on their fantasy squad, you should not throw away your chances of success by taking them way too early.
Which Seahawks to draft and where
For starters, I see Russell Wilson as the 9th best QB in fantasy leagues for 2021. Wilson has been a top ten fantasy QB in four of the last five seasons, but in the coming season, will come up against seven tough defenses. The Rams, 49’ers, Cardinals (twice each) and the Colts will all pose difficult matchups for Wilson in 2021.
Yes, he has some soft matchups too, but when the full league schedule is published, you might look for the most suitable handcuff for the weeks that Wilson has these tough matchups. I would have Wilson going around pick 75 in all leagues, taking him any earlier than at 66 is a big reach that you should avoid.
Penny is the front runner to succeed Chris Carson as the starting RB for the Seahawks in 2021. It is far from a given that he will be though, so watch out during pre-season if the picture changes. We also have to factor in Penny’s injury issues during his career.
Factoring all that in, where would we place him in comparison to the departing Carson? I had Carson as RB20 for fantasy purposes, but for the reasons specified you cannot think Penny will match Carson’s output of previous seasons.
So I think Penny would be an RB3 for fantasy purposes at this point. That would mean taking him with the 70th pick in all leagues. So if you want him and Wilson, take him the round before you intend to take the Seattle QB.
Other running backs
The likes of DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and Alex Collins can only be taken with late-round picks unless they seem to be competing with and/or beating Penny to the starting role.
If the Seahawks draft an RB in the second or fourth round, they will also compete with Penny, so they should be taken around about pick 85.
The lead WR is the best Seahawk in terms of fantasy rankings. I have at WR6 overall and WR5 in dynasty leagues, that would have him going around pick 18 overall, I would not recommend taking him before pick 15 though.
Metcalf is a great WR and would be a good addition to any squad, real or fantasy. But similarly to Wilson, will face tough matchups during the coming season.
On most NFL teams Lockett would be a lead WR, but with Metcalf around this lowers his value slightly. I would rank him 20th among WR’s in standard and PPR formats and 26th in dynasty leagues. That would mean taking him around pick 50, and pick 65 in dynasty leagues.
A couple of things to be wary of when considering picking Lockett would be if the Seahawks get an upgrade at WR3 that reduces his targets. Or if as he approaches the age when WR’s can start to drop off performance-wise. I think he is portably OK on the latter front for at least another season though.
Moore is going undrafted in most fantasy leagues, but if you feel you want him, take him in one of the last two rounds of your draft.
Although he is the only TE in town at this point, Dissly, like Moore is a last-round pick at best.
Myers is the tenth-ranked fantasy Kicker on my list, so there I son need to take him anywhere but in the last round. Unless you are taking Moore or Dissly in the last round, in which case take Myers in the penultimate round in your draft.
The Seahawks defense/special teams
With Carlos Dunlap being released and free agency looming in the secondary, the Seattle D may decrease in fantasy value in 2021. I currently have them 14th on my Fantasy DST list. So taking them between picks 155 and 165 seems about right.
If you want to go Seahawk crazy in your fantasy league then draft as follows in 12-team leagues:
Round 2 – D.K. Metcalf
Round 5 – Tyler Lockett
Round 6 – Rashaad Penny
Round 7 – Russell Wilson
Round 13 – DST
All other players take in the final two rounds at best. Good luck to all you fantasy addicts out there!