Scott Engel is beginning his 11th season as the official Fantasy Football writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 10-time nominee, including being a finalist for last year's FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year Award, which he won previously. You can find more of his fantasy football analysis, including early 2022 player rankings, at The Game Day this season.
The 2022 fantasy football season is quickly approaching, and to celebrate the impending arrival of the new campaign, we will take a look back at the most decorated and memorable Seahawks players that have made significant contributions to our enjoyment of the game. We will soon start to prepare you for the upcoming season, but we first must salute those outstanding Seahawks who have created many special fantasy football memories.
Much of the statistical information we have supplied along with our analysis was verified on stathead.com, the ultimate resource for historical fantasy resources. When we assembled this countdown, we took several key factors into consideration. They included fantasy impact during the prime of a player's career, eras in which they played, the player positions in regard to fantasy importance, and best seasons and some single-game performances. We did emphasize the "modern" fantasy era, which is considered the mid-1990s until present, but certain players from the 1980s did stand out and deserved their notable places on the list. Point totals and averages reflect Points Per reception league formats, but we did consider the impact of other scoring systems in years prior to the introduction of widespread PPR scoring.
Naturally, the list of the Greatest Fantasy Seahawks Of All Time was set at 12 players in honor of the 12s who play fantasy football with much passion and enthusiasm, and will revel in this countdown of their favorite fantasy players from the team's record books.
12. Chris Warren, RB: The 1990s were a transformative decade for the growth of the internet and fantasy football. The game started to progressively gain more popularity in the 1990s, and Warren was one of the first prominent Seahawks to become a key figure on winning rosters. In 1994 and 1995, Warren scored 280-plus fantasy points in each season, as he rushed for 1,545 and 1,346 yards, respectively in each campaign. He had 24 rushing touchdowns over those two seasons. Warren was a model of fantasy consistency in his two best seasons. He averaged 96.6 rushing yards per game in 1994.
11. Joey Galloway, WR: As the fantasy football phenomenon exploded on the internet in the mid to late 1990s, Galloway emerged as an upside performer at wide receiver. His best season was in 1997, when he averaged 17.07 fantasy points per game, the most by a wide receiver over a full season in team history. Galloway scored 238-plus fantasy points in 1995, 1997 and 1998. In the latter two seasons, he went over 1,040 receiving yards in each campaign and had 22 touchdown receptions. On November 12 of 1995, Galloway scored 43.0 Fantasy Points as he caught five passes for 114 yards and two TDs and rushed for an 86-yard score. It was the second-best Seahawks wide receiver performance in the "internet era" of fantasy football (after 1987). On October 26 of 1997, Galloway had 41.1 fantasy points against the Oakland Raiders, as he caught seven passes for 117 yards and three TDs and added a 44-yard run.
10. Doug Baldwin, WR: Most savvy Seahawk fans know that Baldwin hooked on with the team as an undrafted free agent, and in 2015 he became one of the best sleeper plays in fantasy football at the wide receiver position. Baldwin enjoyed a breakout season, as his 268.69 fantasy points scored are the second-most by any wide receiver in team history, and set a new fantasy record for single-season points by a WR at the time. He finished the year with a career-high 14 receiving touchdowns. Baldwin was a key player on many fantasy football championship teams that season, as he caught 11 TD passes from Weeks 12 through 16, the most important weeks on the fantasy schedule. In 2016, Baldwin was a consistent presence in fantasy starting lineups, as he had career -highs in receptions (94) and yardage (1,128) and finished with 253.6 fantasy points. From 2015 to 2017, he caught 29 TD passes.
9. Ricky Watters, RB: Watters was widely regarded as one of the most sought-after running backs in the game as fantasy football surged to great popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s. From 1998 to 2001 as a Seahawk, he averaged 16.2 fantasy points per game, the third-best average in team history. His 2000 campaign was his best in Seattle, as he scored 298.5 fantasy points and averaged 18.6 fantasy points per game. It was the best fantasy season by any Seahawks running back prior to 2003. He rushed for 1,242 yards, caught 63 passes for 613 yards and totaled nine TDs from scrimmage. It was one of the most impressive displays of versatility by a Seahawks running back in a single season. He rushed for 1,200-plus yards in every season as a Seahawk from 1998 to 2000 and Watters had nine rushing TDs in 1998.
8. DK Metcalf, WR: In just three seasons, Metcalf has quickly become one of the top wide receivers in fantasy football. He has totaled 29 TD receptions in the last two years. Metcalf's 2020 campaign is the best in team history for a wide receiver, as he scored 271.3 points. He caught 83 passes for a team-record 1,303 yards and had 10 TD receptions. His 14.3 Fantasy Points Per Game career average is already the best for any Seahawks wide receiver. His best fantasy performance so far was on November 1, 2020, when Metcalf scored 40.1 points. He caught 12 passes for 161 yards and two TDs against the 49ers.
7. Seahawks Fantasy Defense: The "Legion of Boom" certainly deserves its place in Seahawks fantasy football lore. From 2012 to 2015, the most consistently fearsome defensive unit in the league and one of the greatest ever made a significant impact on fantasy football. The unit placed in the top 6 at its fantasy position in every season during those years, and was top two overall in 2012 and 2013. Fantasy defenses that can be started on a weekly basis are hard to find, but the Seahawks were a "set it and forget it" unit. Many fantasy players also adjusted their lineup decisions on a regular basis when their key offensive players faced the Seahawks defense. In the 2013 Super Bowl season, the Seahawks totaled 213 fantasy points, with 44 sacks and 28 interceptions and 225 offensive points allowed. On Dec. 9 of 2012, the Seahawks defense scored in the 40-point range on most fantasy football platforms in a 58-0 win over Arizona. In one of the greatest defensive performances in fantasy football history, Richard Sherman returned an interception for a TD and Malcolm Smith returned a fumble for a score. The Seahawks had four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three sacks. Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and their standout teammates of the "LOB" era must be recognized for their significant impact on fantasy football during their memorable run of glory.
6. Curt Warner, RB: Warner was the first standout fantasy running back for the Seahawks, as he was a star during the pre-internet days, which is often referred to as the "pen and pad" era of fantasy football. Many league managers kept stats by hand and you had to go to a local bookstore to find fantasy football research materials. Warner's 1,346.2 career fantasy points are the third-most by any Seahawks running back. He averaged 14.4 Fantasy Points Per Game, fourth among Seahawks RBs. Warner scored 295-plus fantasy points in 1983 and 1986. He had the best rookie seasons in Seahawks annals in '83, rushing for 1,449 yards and 13 TDs, and he rushed for a career-high 1,481 yards and 13 TDs in '86. On November 20 of 1986, Warner rushed for 192 yards and three TDs against Denver and finished with 43.1 fantasy points, the third-best fantasy performance of all time by a Seahawks RB.
5. Tyler Lockett, WR: Lockett has delivered two of the greatest fantasy football performances by a Seahawks wide receiver. On October 25 of 2020, Lockett busted out for 53.0 fantasy points against the Arizona Cardinals, catching 15 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. It is the third-best fantasy performance by any Seahawks player in team history. On November 3 of 2019, Lockett finished with 40.2 fantasy points, the fourth-most of any Seahawks WRs since 1995, as he had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two TDs. In 2020, Lockett scored 265.4 fantasy points, the third-most by a WR in team history. Lockett had a franchise record 100 catches for 1,054 yards and 10 TDs. Lockett has caught 36 TD passes in the last four seasons.
4. Steve Largent. WR: Largent was an elite wide receiver in the years before fantasy football became a national fan pastime, he posted outstanding fantasy totals that still hold up today. Largent remains the author of the greatest fantasy football performance in team history. On Oct. 18, 1987, he scored 59.1 fantasy points, as he caught 15 passes for 261 yards and three TDs against Detroit. It remains the fifth-best fantasy performance by an NFL wide receiver. Largent's 2.728 career fantasy points recorded from 1976 to 1989 are the most for a non-quarterback in Seahawks history. He scored 262.4 fantasy points in 1984 (1,164 receiving yards, 12 TDs) and 260.1 in 1981 (1,224 yards, nine TDs). Those were the two best fantasy wide receiver seasons by a Seahawks player until 2015. He caught 23 TD passes total in 1983 and 1984.
3. Russell Wilson, QB: From 2012 to 2020, Wilson was a consistent No. 1 fantasy quarterback. During that span, he finished in the top 8 in fantasy scoring at quarterback six times, he placed in the top 3 a total of three times, and in 2017, he was the No. 1 QB in fantasy football. Wilson passed for 3,983 yards and 34 TD passes and added 586 rushing yards and three TDs, finishing with 347.9 points. In 2020, he scored a career-best 359.8 fantasy points, the second-most in team history, as he passed for 4,212 yards and a career-high 40 TDs. He also rushed for 513 yards and two TDs. Wilson's 2820.4 fantasy points top the Seahawks all-time list, as does his 19.5 Fantasy Points Per Game.
2. Marshawn Lynch, RB: Lynch was one of the very best running backs in fantasy football from 2011 to 2014, and he was a regular top draft choice at the position on an annual basis. During that span, he finished in the top 6 in fantasy points every year and he placed in the top 5 in three consecutive campaigns. He averaged 15.7 fantasy points per game during his career as a Seahawk, fourth-most in team history. Lynch's 58 rushing TDs are the second-most all-time by a Seahawks RB and fully illustrate his high-level fantasy consistency, as he totaled 48 rushing scores from '11 to '14. He rushed for 1,200-plus yards in each of those campaigns. Lynch was a fiercely determined runner who was a centerpiece of the greatest Seahawk teams and many fantasy championship squads.
1. Shaun Alexander, RB: From 2001 to 2005, Alexander was a fantasy superstar and an annual top draft pick who was strongly considered as a No. 1 overall selection during his very best seasons. In his MVP year of 2005, he scored a Seahawks franchise record of 376.8 points, as he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 TDs, the second-most in NFL history. He averaged 23.5 Fantasy Points Per Game in '05, which was another Seahawks seasonal standard. Alexander owns the four best fantasy rushing seasons in the Seahawks record books, as he scored 328.5 points in 2002, 323.6 in 2004, and 305.0 in 2003. He rushed for 14-plus TDs in each of those years. Alexander's 16.3 Fantasy Points Per Game ranks second in team history. He rushed for 14-plus TDs five times and 1,400-plus yards in every season from 2003 to 2005.
On September 29, 2002, Alexander produced the greatest Fantasy performance by a RB in team history and the best statistical outing by a RB since 1965 at the time when measured by fantasy points. He scored 56.1 points, as Alexander totaled 231 yards from scrimmage with five total TDs against the Vikings. On November 11 of 2001, Alexander delivered the fourth-best fantasy performance in team history with 46.3 points, as he rushed for a career-high 266 yards and three TDs against the Oakland Raiders. Alexander's 1,946 career fantasy points scored rank second-highest among non-QBs in Seahawks history. His superb blend of vision, patience and ability to evade tacklers, plus his great finishing skills at the goal line are traits that contributed to Alexander's tremendous fantasy success.
Honorable Mentions: John L. Williams scored 1,524 fantasy points from 1986 to 1993, second all-time among Seahawks RBs. … On September 1 of 1991, Brian Blades caught 12 passes for 160 yards and two TDs for 39.0 points vs. New Orleans. His 1,553 career fantasy points are second-most among Seahawks WRs … In 2006, Darrell Jackson averaged 16.8 Fantasy Points Per Game in 2006, as he had 956 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in 13 games. … Jimmy Graham delivered the two best tight end seasons in team history in 2016 and 2017. He caught 65 passes for 923 yards and six TDs in '16, and he had 10 TD catches in '17. … On November 22 of 2015, Thomas Rawls scored 40.5 Fantasy Points, the fifth-most for a RB in Seahawks history. He rushed for 209 yards and a TD against the 49ers, while adding a 31-yard TD reception. … On September 15, 1985, Daryl Turner caught seven passes for 121 yards and a franchise record four TDs for 43.1 fantasy points, the third-most ever by a Seahawks WR. … Chris Carson averaged 14.4 Fantasy Points Per Game in his career, fifth-best among Seahawks RBs. …Matt Hasselbeck scored 1,738 career fantasy points as a Seahawk, second among quarterbacks.
Scott Engel's early 2022 Fantasy Football rankings are now available at The Game Day. Check out his full Top 330 overall and in-depth positional analysis.
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