The Seahawks finished 2019 with a (11-5) record and a playoff bid. The offense ranked 9th in points scored, 4th in rush yards averaging 137.5 yards per game, and 14th in pass yards averaging 236.9 yards per game in 2019. A Pete Carroll offense historically is a run first attack, and 2020 likely will be more of the same. About one fifth of the team’s offensive snaps in 2019 were run in 6 O-Line personnel, which may change this season since they will be without George Fant. This type of scheme allows the passing game to attack off of the run. This passing attack looks for those big explosive plays that are presented off of the heavy ground attack.
Russell Wilson (QB) – as mentioned above this offense is a run first scheme with an explosive passing attack that stretches the defense. Wilson has proven to be very effective in this style of offense not only due to his strong arm, great touch and timing, but his mobility as well. When the scheme stretches a defense deep it opens up lanes for Wilson to attack for big chunk yards on the ground. When the defense tries to key in on this by spying him he makes them pay with a bomb over the top. This is what makes Wilson and the offense as a whole hard to defend.
Fantasy Spin: Wilson has been a top ten option at the position pretty much his entire career thus far. In 2020 we see more of the same out of Russell, as our projections have him looking like the 4th ranked quarterback in redraft. Wilson is still young and has many years left to produce for not only the Seahawks but our fantasy teams as well, so we have him ranked as our 6th quarterback in dynasty leagues entering 2020.
Chris Carson/Carlos Hyde/Rashaad Penny/DeeJay Dallas (RB) – it is highly unlikely that Penny will be ready to go when the season kicks off this season. This is why the team brought in veteran Carlos Hyde who is coming off a solid 1,000 yard season last year with the Texans. The team initially made a push to land free agent Devonta Freeman but he wanted too much money, money the Seahawks didn’t want to pay. Carson should be ready to go week one as the teams starter, but if he isn’t Hyde would get the nod. Ideally the backfield will shake out to be Carson as the starter, Hyde offering that veteran backup/ 1B, Penny when he is healthy, then likely rookie DeeJay Dallas who is talented enough to surpass Travis Homer on the depth chart.
Fantasy Spin: We all know that there is significant value in owning Seahawk running backs. The team as mentioned above is a run first offense. Carson comes into 2020 ranked as our 25th running back in both redraft and dynasty formats, leading all in this backfield. A Hyde figure to see some work so is ranked as our 62nd running back in redraft entering 2020. In dynasty he falls as he is now over that 30 year old mark so ranks as our 73rd running back. Penny if he can get back ranks as our 77th running back in redraft and 47th in dynasty formats. Rookie DeeJay Dallas is intriguing for dynasty as our 59th ranked running back, but offers little appeal for redraft being part of a crowded backfield. Dallas ranks as our 83rd running back in redraft entering 2020.
Tyler Lockett/DK Metcalf (WR) – DK Metcalf fits this offensive scheme perfectly, which is why he made it look easy at times during his rookie season. Metcalf is a vertical receiver in the sense that he is very effective in running the intermediate to deep routes. This receiving group is built for deep explosive plays and Metcalf, Lockett, and now Phillip Dorsett all fit this style of play, as they are fast and can run well. In regards to Lockett the team may force him out of the slot more in 2020, as the team would like to use John Ursua more in the slot. This is a name to keep an eye on especially in deep dynasty leagues. Ursua has great hands and is very good at getting open quickly and the team loves him and would like to expand his role in 2020.
Fantasy Spin: When looking at ADP we see both Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf going pretty close in drafts. Both these guys have explosive upsides, as both can do damage suddenly in a game and break off a long touchdown. We have DK Metcalf ranked slightly higher in both formats over Tyler Lockett. Metcalf enters 2020 as our 17th ranked wide out in redraft, and 19th ranked receiver in dynasty. Lockett enters 2020 ranked as our 22nd wide receiver and 28th in dynasty formats. As mentioned above use a drat throw on Ursua late in dynasty drafts in case his role is indeed expanded in the slot.
Greg Olsen/Will Dissly (TE) – Olsen will lead this group in snaps in 2020. The Seahawks will likely feature a heavy dose of 12 personnel so it will be Olsen and Dissly if healthy. Jacob Hollister flashed last season, but his issue is he isn’t physical enough for the position. This could be why the team felt the need to draft Stanford product Colby Parkinson, who we view as the future at the position in Seattle. Parkinson will benefit from having Olsen’s leadership and knowledge in that locker room, which the team wanted. Olsen may not see a lot of targets in this offense, but he could see a lot of red zone work, as this team is very good a scheming the tight end open in the red zone.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen comes into 2020 as the tight end to own in Seattle. Olsen may not get a lot of work between the 20’s but once inside he could be a fantasy scoring machine. The Seahawks historically like to get the position involved in the red zone and we like that to continue again in 2020. Olsen enters 2020 as our 26th ranked tight end in redraft. In dynasty his age and likely end of career in the very near future as him ranked towards the bottom of our rankings as the 49th tight end in that format. Will Dissly comes in ranked as our 43rd ranked tight end in redraft and 38th ranked in dynasty formats. Parkinson is the tight end to target for dynasty leagues, as he should emerge as the future starter at the position in a couple years. With that thinking in mind we have him ranked as our 34th tight end in dynasty formats.
Defense – this unit ranked 22nd in points allowed, 21st in rush yards allowed averaging 117.7 yards allowed per game, and 27th in pass yards allowed averaging 263.9 yards allowed per game in 2019. This defense under Ken Norton was a bit of an enigma last season in the sense that they stayed in their base defense more than any other team in the league. In fact Seattle was in their base 4-3 over 70% of the time. The team has stated that this season they plan to run more nickel, the guy likely to fill that slot corner role will be Quinton Dunbar. The area of concern on this defense last season was their inability to generate a decent pass rush. The team addressed this area of concern this offseason by bringing back veteran end Bruce Irvin. They also drafted two guys this past draft they hope will develop into great pass rushers in Darrell Taylor, who is a freak athlete, and Alton Robinson.
Fantasy Spin: If this unit can start to generate a pass rush in 2020 we like them to take a big step forward. The backend is decent and improved as the 2019 season went on so a pass rush would help tremendously. We have this unit on the streamer radar for 2020 as they enter this season as our 14th ranked unit.
Strength of Schedule
The Seahawks wide receiver corps will face the 16th toughest schedule this fantasy regular season. Their playoff schedule will be the 10th easiest during weeks 14-16. The Backs will be looking at the 15th toughest schedule during the fantasy regular season. The backs will then have the 13th easiest schedule during the fantasy playoffs. Wilson will face the 9th easiest schedule during the fantasy regular season, and the 6th easiest during weeks 14-16. The tight ends will face the 14th easiest fantasy regular season schedule and will face the 8th easiest playoff schedule from weeks 14-16.