2020 Preview: Seattle Seahawks


More than ever, Seahawks need to ride on Russell Wilson's healthy ...

The 2020 NFL Season is nearly upon us, and in anticipation of the new season we’ll be previewing the action team-by-team, using the draft order from last season. The previews will kick off with the Bengals and run right through the reigning champion Chiefs. Come back each day to check out your favorite team. All ADP and Rankings reflect PPR scoring. 2020 Projections are based on a 12-team league (i.e. WR1 (Top 12), WR2 (13-24), WR3 (25-36)).

            It’s tough to count the Seahawks out. Heading into 2019, the 49ers were the hot, up-and-coming team, the Rams were fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and the Cardinals added stud rookie QB Kyler Murray. For many, myself included, the Seahawks seemed like an afterthought. But Russell Wilson wasn’t about to go down that easy. Instead, he played his heart out and the Seahawks surged to the top of the standings.

            Heading into the final stretch of the regular season, the Seahawks were in position to be the NFC’s top seed. The team was 11-3 at one point, dropping the final two games to the Cardinals and 49ers to slip to 11-5 and the NFC’s top Wild Card. Their reward was a trip to Philadelphia, where the Seahawks got past the Eagles before ending their run in Green Bay in the Divisional Round. Heading into 2020, the Seahawks again are a bit under-the-radar, but they’ve re-loaded and are ready to make a run again.

Off-Season Changes

            The biggest addition for the Seahawks came at the end of July, as the Seahawks sent two future First Round picks, among other things, to acquire star safety Jamal Adams from the Jets. Adams should give the Seahawks a powerful addition on defense as they look to compete in a loaded NFC West and NFC Conference in general. The Seahawks added a few pieces in the draft, too, including receiver Freddie Swain and tight ends Colby Parkinson and Stephen Sullivan. Their biggest offensive addition in the draft might be running back DeeJay Dallas out of Miami. Dallas had 1,527 yards and 17 TDs in three seasons with the Hurricanes, including 693 yards in 2019.

            The Seahawks also re-loaded on offense with a group of veterans. To help carry the load on the ground, the team signed veteran Carlos Hyde. Last year with Houston, Hyde had a career year with 1,070 yards. With Chris Carson coming off a broken hip and Rashaad Penny coming off a torn ACL—both of which happened in December—Hyde provides needed insurance. Tight end Will Dissly is also returning from injury, so the Seahawks signed veteran Greg Olsen as insurance. In nine seasons with the Panthers, Olsen had 524 receptions for 6,463 yards and 39 TDs. The Seahawks also added receiver depth by signing veteran Philip Dorsett, who played with the Colts and the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact

            The Seahawks chances begin and end with Wilson, one of the best quarterbacks in the game. He was QB4 in 2019, and is an easy QB1 in 2020 with Top 5 potential. The backfield is more unsettled. Carson is the best returning rusher, going for 1,230 yards and seven TDs, catching 37 passes for 266 yards in just over 14 games. If he’s back healthy, he’s a no-brainer RB2. Penny had 370 yards and three TDs and served as mostly a change-of-pace guy. Both are trying to return from injury, but while Carson seems on track to be ready near the start of the season Penny is viewed as more of a longshot. Hyde and Dallas are also in the mix. I still like Carson as an RB2, but I wouldn’t want to rely on Penny. Hyde is the player I think is worth grabbing late. He could well share the load early and would seem to be an ideal handcuff should Carson go down again.

            Among the receivers, the Seahawks have two good ones in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Lockett caught 82 passes for 1,057 yards and eight TDs, while Metcalf had 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven TDs. Lockett was WR13 while Metcalf was WR33, but I think both end up in the WR2 range in 2020. I don’t see Dorsett or David Moore adding much sustainable value this year. At TE, Dissly has been great when he’s played, but it’s unclear when he’ll be ready. Olsen is a polished veteran and we’ve seen Wilson elevate those types of players in the past. I think Olsen ends up having a role and showing he has something left, giving him TE2 value in 2020.

Prediction   

          The Seahawks don’t get a lot of headlines, but they have a lot of great players on both sides of the ball. In addition, with Wilson and Head Coach Pete Carroll, the team has been incredibly consistent and always in the playoff hunt. With the addition of Adams and some good role players, the Seahawks figure to be one of the better teams in the NFC again. I think they have sneaky potential to win the division and I expect they’ll be in the playoffs again.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.

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