Scott Engel is in his ninth season of Fantasy Football coverage on Seahawks.com. Scott is a 20-plus year veteran of the Fantasy industry and an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. You can find more of his Fantasy analysis at RotoBaller.com and SportsLine.com. You can listen to Scott on weekend mornings and on demand on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Follow him for Fantasy advice throughout the offseason. Scott won his oldest Fantasy Football league for the third time in six championship appearances in 2020.
The 2020 Fantasy Football season is now over, yet players are already looking ahead to the 2021 campaign. Whether you play in seasonal, keeper or dynasty leagues, the scouting, evaluating and speculation on where to pick players during the upcoming year has started. Fantasy players are actively thinking about who they should draft in the first round or keep from their 2020 squads. The countdown to summer drafts of 2021 have started. Watching the Seahawks and other teams in the NFL playoffs will only help us further determine who we should be targeting. The guys that perform the best on the biggest stages of the postseason can only increase their Fantasy appeal for next season.
Before we look ahead, though, you should take the time to show appreciation for the players who helped you win Fantasy Football championships in 2020. Donating to the chosen charities of the Seahawks and other NFL players who helped you win your league title is the ideal way to say "thank you" for their essential contributions to your Fantasy Football championship season. The players are the people who truly make the game of Fantasy Football possible, and contributing to their causes of choice is the best method of reciprocation.
In past seasons, I have always made contributions to charities of Seahawk players who have been on my Fantasy championship rosters. In recent years, I have donated to Russell Wilson's Why Not You Foundation and "Rising Out of the Shadows" (ROOTS), an organization endorsed by Chris Carson. Those are two organizations you can also consider among this season's suggestions for giving back to the players.
This season, we can support Prison Fellowship on behalf of DK Metcalf. Making a trade for Metcalf in my dynasty league was a big part of completing my championship puzzle, so I will be donating to Prison Fellowship. You can contribute to the Light it Up Foundation if you rostered Tyler Lockett this season. The Fantasy community has shown much generosity to various and important causes over the years, and it is encouraged that you become a part of such endeavors to positively affect other lives through Fantasy Sports.
David Moore Helps Us Scout the Seahawks for Fantasy Football in 2021
As we peer ahead to the next season, Seahawks Fantasy Insider brought in a prime talent evaluator to assist us in our Fantasy scouting reports for 2021. Seahawks wide receiver David Moore joined us to provide expert takes on some of his teammates. As part of a combined effort to help you get an early jump on drafting or revising your rosters, David provides his in-depth insights here on his offensive teammates while we supply our Fantasy spins on his comments.
Moore has been well aware of Fantasy Football since his days at East Central University. He would watch his friends participate in their drafts and had fun seeing them place stickers on their draft boards.
"I think it's pretty cool, especially the way people are excited about it," Moore said about Fantasy Football. He said his friends would come over and he would enjoy seeing how fiercely they compete in their drafts. During the season, Moore's friends would often try to tap into his knowledge for some Fantasy advice. "They'll ask me sometimes here and there. Who you think you like this week? Who you think is going do good?"
Moore very much backs the idea of donating to the charities of players who help Fantasy players win championships. He featured the Children's Tumor Foundation as part of the My Cause My Cleats campaign this season.
"I would say it's pretty awesome that they do that," Moore said of Fantasy players who make charitable contributions. "The fact that they care that much to give back just as much as we do, that shows appreciation. It's awesome to see."
Moore then gave us the inside slants and future outlooks on some of his top offensive teammates.
David Moore on DK Metcalf: "I don't think he has a ceiling, with his talent. He's one of those men that is going to work until he's achieved all his goals. And that's the kind of dude you want on your team. He's young, he's only just turned 23. So he still has a lot to learn, a lot to just get better at. I say, if he just keeps going, I think he can surely be the best receiver to play the game of football. People tell him what he can't do and then he goes out and does it. So the fact that he can run routes and then he has size and the speed, it's kind of dangerous. You don't want to see him in the slot with somebody small and then it's going to be embarrassing for the other guy."
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Spin: In his breakthrough campaign, Metcalf finished as Fantasy WR7 on NFL.com with 271.3 points. He is already being viewed as a clear No. 1 Fantasy WR for the 2021 season, and is being mentioned as a Top 5 player at the position. Metcalf is going as early as the back half of the first round of some early mock drafts. He has truly arrived as a Fantasy star and should be a first or second choice to retain in keeper leagues. It will take a pretty significant offer to acquire him in dynasty formats. I am already considering him on the first/second round turn for 2021 seasonal drafts.
David Moore on how playing with Metcalf benefits Tyler Lockett and himself: "Seeing him achieve goals makes us do the same thing and we all work together. Everybody's worried about him and then people worry about Tyler. It's not just one person you have to worry about. Teams just don't know what to do with all the weapons that we have."
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Spin: Lockett finished as Fantasy WR8 with 265.4 points this season. He had 33 Fantasy points in Week 17, finishing the campaign in a highly positive manner and suggesting he should be viewed as an upside No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver for next season. Metcalf and Lockett will continue to benefit from playing with one another and Lockett is very capable of providing "boom" type of outings that can boost your Fantasy teams to victories. Moore himself has become a viable streaming option when one is needed, as he had five double-figure Fantasy performances in 2020.
David Moore on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing game: "I wouldn't say we changed too much. I would say we just started throwing the ball a little bit more. We have a lot of routes, a lot of concepts. All of us (wide receivers) are pretty good at the deep ball. Every single one of us can track the ball. If he ever needs anything, just throw the ball deep. We try to play as fast as we can and keep the defense on their toes."
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Spin: Fantasy players can be encouraged by the fact that Wilson had a career-high 558 attempts this season. He set a new career high in passing TDs with 40 and his 4,212 yards were the second-highest of his career. Once again, he finished as one of the best QBs in Fantasy Football, at sixth overall with 359.7 points. It is always a recommended approach to patiently wait to draft a QB, and if you can get Wilson in the range of the sixth or seventh round you will be set at the position in 2021. You should maintain confidence in him that he can continue to be one of the better Fantasy options at his position. As Moore indicates, Wilson has a quality group of playmakers and continuing to exhibit the threat of the deep ball will always lead to having an edge on defenses with Fantasy upside mixed in.
David Moore on Chris Carson: "Just as physical as he is, he can also get out and then catch the ball and run some routes too. He's got a few routes in his back pocket that nobody really knows about. Seeing him do that and watching that, he became just a scary sight. Having Chris Carson be able to be a running back and receiver at the same time, that's a good combination."
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Spin: Carson became more of a versatile player and a dual threat in Fantasy Football in 2020. He caught 37 passes in 12 games and caught a career-best four TD passes. He also averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry. Carson's promise as a pass-catcher boosts his Fantasy RB2 appeal for the 2021 season. A strong showing in the NFL playoffs can only bolster his outlook.
David Moore on the futures of "sleepers" Colby Parkinson and DeeJay Dallas: "Colby is a big tight end and he has great hands and he's actually pretty fast. Having a tight end that can move like that with great hands is nice to have on your team. DeeJay Dallas, the passion that he has for football, he loves it and he wants to get better day in, day out. His work ethic and his speed is going to help him out. So I would say both of those guys are some sleepers for sure."
Seahawks Fantasy Insider Spin: Both Parkinson and Dallas are good dynasty players to have on your roster. Parkinson has longer-term Fantasy as a TD threat who can build promise as a pass-catcher in key situations for the Seahawks. We already saw Dallas score over 33 combined Fantasy points in Weeks 8 and 9 this season and he should be rostered for future potential as a versatile performer and TD producer.
The Seahawks Fantasy Insider Early Top 25 Overall For 2021
Based on PPR scoring:
- Derrick Henry: A durable and dependable superstar.
- Alvin Kamara: If he does not play with a read option QB next year he stays here.
- Dalvin Cook: Often looks like the best RB in Fantasy Football.
- Christian McCaffrey: Expect him to regain most of his better form next year.
- Aaron Jones: Proven as a major TD threat, very safe high-level selection.
- Saquon Barkley: Will surge back into Fantasy prominence.
- Travis Kelce: You get a huge advantage at the thinnest position.
- Jonathan Taylor: Finished 2020 with so much promise.
- Davante Adams: A safe superstar to pick in the first round.
- DeAndre Hopkins: As Kyler Murray evolves he will produce amazing numbers.
- Calvin Ridley: So reliable for a high amount of TDs.
- Tyreek Hill: The best early upside WR pick.
- Stefon Diggs: The move to Buffalo has vaulted him into a higher tier.
- DK Metcalf: As David Moore indicated, the potential remains enormous. We may have actually not seen his best production yet.
- Austin Ekeler: The kingpin of versatility
- Darren Waller: I am very much in favor of taking the elite TEs early in 2021.
- Michael Thomas: The QB situation will further determine his true ranking.
- Nick Chubb: Great pure runner on a rising team.
- De'Andre Swift: Could leap in stardom in 2021.
- Allen Robinson: Underrated, provides great production in workmanlike fashion.
- George Kittle: The last available TE in a limited top tier.
- J.K. Dobbins: Will be a frequent threat to score from anywhere on the field in 2021
- A.J. Brown: A major TD threat with exciting big-play ability.
- Ezekiel Elliott: Some renewed optimism with Dak Prescott back..
- Joe Mixon: A healthy Mixon can produce well as Joe Burrow sparks the offense.