The best thing about the NFL preseason, in my opinion, is that it means the return of fantasy football – especially the return of fantasy drafts. There is nothing more satisfying than to feel that you have created the perfect roster and then spent the following days admiring the list of names you have put together.
Because you are invincible at this moment. Your entire team is healthy and ready for a monster season (that is, of course, unless you spend anxious moments in the hope that Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott will appear in Week 1).
I have won several fantasy leagues over the years. I know it's a bad joke, but even if you're ahead in the championship game, you can not compare it to the excitement of the draft. Because if you do it right, the design will be created in person with all your friends or colleagues. There is constant talk of jokes and garbage when someone makes a bad choice, or worse, when trying to hit a player who was selected three laps earlier. It's a relief to land a player where you've sweated, in the hope that he'll call on you, or the satisfaction of hearing someone complain about the fact that you've just stolen his guy ̵
Here's the snapshot.
Who I target (in order of priority)
RB Chris Carson
WR Tyler Lockett
WR DK Metcalf
QB Russell Wilson
Who I shun (in no particular order)
RB Rashaad Penny
WR David Moore
Seahawk's Summer Time
Every Close End of Seahawks
Let us now turn to each of my lines of thought. I'll compare my opinion with each player's Rotoworld leaderboard to give you a perspective. (Note: I'll use the Rotoworld PPR Ranking list as most leagues now have at least 0.5 points per reception.)
Who I Address
Chris Carson – Rotoworld RB Rank: 23
The first few laps are about avoiding risks, and I do not think you'll find safer setbacks than Carson. He's the clear number 1 in Seattle, and I think it will be less of a penny timeshare than Pete Carroll suggests. Carson silently had the fifth highest fast speeds (1,151) in 2018, and I think 1,200 yards and double-digit fast runs are reasonable expectations. The plan to double Carson's goals in the passing game only adds to his already high score. I prefer Carson Phillip Lindsay (22), Derrick Henry (16), Leonard Fournette (13) and Melvin Gordon (12). I would also pass on Le Veve Bell (6) and Todd Gurley (8) in favor of a wide-angle receiver in Round 1 and then visit Carson on the third or even fourth round if you're lucky.
Tyler Lockett – Rotoworld WR Rank: 21
I agree with the story that Lockett is ready for a monster year after Doug Baldwin's resignation. The Seahawks remain a run-first team, but Wilson's pass attempts must go to someone, and Lockett is the only proven recipient on the list. He posted a line of 57-965-10 in 2018 with Baldwin still on the list. Also noteworthy is Lockett's chemistry with Wilson, as Wilson had a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating last year in the Lockett fixture. That's unheard of.
Lockett had three catches in just two rounds last Sunday for 27 yards on four goals against the Minnesota Vikings. He should easily surpass the 70 goals he had seen in the last season. He has already shown that he is one of the most efficient players in the imagination, and now he will also have the volume.
Well, yes, I'm with Lockett, especially considering his price. I would tell him about D.J. Moore (20) and could claim to be placed ahead of Kenny Golladay (18) and Robert Woods (17). It is also worthwhile getting in front of Cooper Kupp (22), A.J. Green (23), Jarvis Landry (24) and Robby Anderson (25). It is very likely that you can design Lockett for the last time without the price tag of a WR1.
DK Metcalf – Rotoworld WR Rank: 53
Metcalf undergoes knee surgery It's not ideal, but I still take a flight with the rookie wideout. I believe that the Seahawks expect Metcalf to be great and they expect him to be great immediately. Wilson did not shy away from throwing on Metcalf in practice, and the novice should be one of the top targets in the Seahawks red zone. A receiver other than Lockett will receive goals this season, and I would rather bet my money on Metcalf than on Moore or Jaron Brown.
It has a low floor, but is also a worthwhile lottery ticket due to its capabilities and price. Choosing Metcalf really depends on your risk appetite. You may find safer pieces at this price, but probably not many who share such a high ceiling so late in the design. I would lead him to Michael Gallup (52), Golden Tate (50), Kenny Stills (48) and DeSean Jackson (45).
Russell Wilson – Rotoworld QB Rank: 8  Okay, listen to me, I'd like to have Wilson in my squad. But I will not go out of my way to make sure I design it. There are just too many quarterbacks for big seasons. Wilson will never reach the volume of other QBs, and though his rash numbers help dispel this concern, he's somewhat touchdown-dependent to my liking. Wilson made a touchdown on all 12.2 pass attempts in 2018, so some regression seems inevitable.
What makes Wilson so great is that he is stable and has a high ground. If he's on the board with no one else left to pick, grab him. I'm probably waiting for people like Kyler Murray (10), Carson Wentz (11), Jameis Winston (12), Lamar Jackson (16) and a number of other players behind Wilson. The position is so deep this year that I think you could stream QBs from week to week and succeed.
Who I Avoid
Rashaad Penny – Rotoworld RB Rank: 36
Throughout August, I have increasingly objected to drawing Penny. I think Carson will be more of a workhorse than the chairman of a committee. Penny will enter the season as a boom or bust-flex game, and Carson is likely injured so Penny can enter the RB2 call.
He will play a role. Penny can even see that 8-12 touch a game. But for me, he is a handcuff option for Carson at the time. I would much rather pay for Miles Sanders (29) or Tevin Coleman (31). Waiting for Peyton Barber (41), Kalen Ballage (46) or Duke Johnson (49) would also be a better move in my opinion.
David Moore – Rotoworld WR-Rank: Not rated
I will not play Moore in any league, even though Metcalf misses a few games to open the year. Moore showed in 2018 that he is a capable NFL receiver as a freshman, but I do not see that he gets the volume that makes him relevant in the imagination. In weeks 13-17, Moore has just caught four passes and never darkened 16 feet in a game. He has neither the physical tools nor the blanket like Metcalf to accept a plane. There are too many options with more upside potential.
Seahawks DST – Rotoworld Rank: 20
I believe in streaming defense mechanisms and the days when Seattle's group is a must have passed. start every week. Use your last two tips to get a defense and a kicker and spend the rest of the depth of depth in your squad. In other words, if the Seahawks are still on the board in the last two rounds, you can scoop them up and take advantage of a tasty home game of Week 1 against the A.J. Green-less Cincinnati Bengals.
Any Seahawks End
I like Will Dissly, and I even think Jacob Hollister has a chance to contribute, but I do not see either (or Nick) Vannett almost looks enough volume to issue a draft pick. Put Dissly on your watchlist and follow the design. Keep an eye on him if he recovers his magic for the early season of a year ago.