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Tyler Lockett is now a historic Fantasy Football figure.
Lockett's 15-reception, 200-yard, three-TD outing on Sunday night was the greatest single game Fantasy Football performance in the modern era by any Seahawks wide receiver. Lockett scored 53 Fantasy points in Points Per Reception League scoring. It was the most Fantasy points scored by any Seahawk in 18 years, and the most by a Seahawks wide receiver since 1995, according to Sports Reference.
If we define the "modern era" as when Fantasy Football first rose to widespread popularity with the growth of the internet in the mid 1990s, only Shaun Alexander's 56.1 PPR points on September 29, 2002 (231 scrimmage yards, five TDs) vs. Minnesota stands above Lockett's Week 7 performance in terms of Fantasy Points produced in a single game in Seahawks history. For those playing in the pre-1990s "pen and pad" era of Fantasy Football, when the game was a "cult" hobby, Steve Largent's 59.1 Fantasy points on October 18, 1987 (15 receptions, 261 yards, three TDs) vs. Detroit still stands as the greatest single-game Fantasy performance in Seahawks annals.
Lockett will soon find himself on the list of the Greatest Fantasy Seahawks of All Time. Until Sunday, Lockett's most prolific Fantasy outing was on November 3 of the 2019 season, when he caught 13 passes for 152 yards and two TDs for 40.3 points vs. Tampa Bay. The third-best Fantasy outing of his career actually came earlier this season, when he caught nine passes for 100 yards and three TDs vs. Dallas for 37 points in Week 3. Prior to Sunday, Joey Galloway had posted the second-best Fantasy total by a WR in the modern era, scoring 43 points (200 scrimmage yards and three TDs) vs. Jacksonville on November 12, 1995. Previously, Daryl Turner's 43.1 points on September 15, 1985 (seven catches, 121 yards, four TDs) vs. San Diego had stood as the all-time second-best WR performance behind Largent's.
What is truly impressive, is that Lockett's performance was the second-best Fantasy outing by any wide receiver and fourth-best of any player overall since 2010. His outing ranks sixth-best among any WR since 1995, further illustrating the sheer magnificence of the performance. The 53 points are the most scored by any Fantasy player this season, over seven points ahead of the next best performance of the year so far. Lockett now ranks as the No. 2 Fantasy WR of the 2020 season, with 141.2 points.
Trading for Tyler Lockett?
If you want to acquire Lockett right now, it won't be easy, as you will have to give up a very heavy package in value to land him in a Fantasy Football trade. With four games of 17-plus Fantasy points already, the Fantasy player that already rosters Lockett will certainly demand another superstar or more in return. It may be better to wait to acquire him. Patience can pay off in some Fantasy trade approaches.
If you roster Lockett, you should never turn down any opportunity to improve your team, but Lockett's performances in Weeks 4 and 7 demonstrate he could be a key to helping you win a Fantasy Football championship in 2020. Many Fantasy players look to trade away a player when he is coming off a spectacular performance, figuring such outings put a guy at the peak of his appeal for the season. But if your Fantasy team is in contention and winning games, it may be actually a good idea to keep a player like Lockett, because his performances vs. Arizona and Dallas indicate he could be a very important part of your title drive. You don't want to miss out on more explosive outings, especially during the Fantasy playoffs. Sometimes, it's better not to mess with success in Fantasy Football.
In the meantime, while the Fantasy spotlight is deservedly on Lockett, you should see if you can discuss a possible trade with the Fantasy GM/coach who rosters DK Metcalf, because more outstanding performances are on the way for him. The Seahawks' No. 2 passing offense will be able to support two higher-level Fantasy WRs this season.
Before You Add Fantasy Free Agents and Set Lineups, Make This Move
You may spend a lot of time making waiver and roster decisions this week. The most important move to make, though, is to make sure you vote. Here is more information from the on how to get it done prior to setting your Week 8 lineups.
Week 8 Waiver Targets
Listed in order of preference for addition by position.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals (32.4 percent rostered in NFL.com leagues): This versatile and exciting RB is coming off a 21.5 point outing and is the starter for the Cardinals now with Kenyan Drake out. If he is available in your league, Edmonds will be the top waiver add for Week 8.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seahawks (2.5): Hyde scored 16.6 Fantasy points in Week 7, putting him just outside the Top 10 overall. You may be able to use him as a Fantasy starter for this week and maybe for more than one game. Hyde ripped off a 24-yard TD run on Sunday night and has already shown he can seize increased opportunities in the Seahawks offense. If you are able to acquire him off waivers, you should keep Hyde on your roster as a quality depth option. If you can make the room on your roster, you should also consider adding DeeJay Dallas along with Hyde, so you have even more needed depth.
Wayne Gallman, RB, Giants (0.4): Gallman scored 16.4 points in Week 7, and may play a larger role as Devonta Freeman deals with an ankle injury. Gallman did most of his work in the second half of the matchup vs. Philadelphia, as he had 54 yards from scrimmage and a TD run.
Zack Moss, RB, Bills (30.0): The rookie rushed for 47 yards on seven carries and caught three passes for 25 yards vs. the Jets on Sunday. His role in the Buffalo offense may increase as the Bills potentially look to upgrade their production from the RB spot.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers (10.7): He registered his first career 100-yard game on Sunday vs. New England and has three TDs, two of them as a rusher. An injury to Deebo Samuel can push him into a larger role.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Raiders (1.0): Derek Carr has started to regard Agholor as one of his favorite playmakers. He has scored 14-plus points in each of his past three games, with 21.7 in Week 7.
Marquez Callaway, WR, Saints (0.1): This undrafted free agent stepped forward to catch eight passes for 75 yards vs. Carolina and may be further needed to operate as a prime option in the passing game, at least in the shorter term.
Denzel Mims, WR, Jets (0.3): New York is desperate for playmakers, and the rookie caught four passes for 42 yards in his NFL debut on Sunday. He is worth the flier, because the opportunity to make an impact and the promising talent is certainly there.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Eagles (0.6): Rodgers was pressed into action in Week 7 and scored 14.5 points. The Eagles emphasize the TE in their offense and Rodgers can be a good fill-in while he is in the Philadelphia passing mix for now.
Harrison Bryant, TE, Browns (0.2): The rookie started vs. Cincinnati on Sunday and caught four passes for 56 yards and two TDs. You should take a shot on him if you need a TE plugger in the short term.
Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals (49.2): He already has five 300-yard games and scored a season-high 33.6 points in Week 7.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins (29.4): The rookie will make his debut in Week 8, and we have already seen first-year passers such as Justin Herbert and Burrow prove they can merit immediate Fantasy starting consideration.
Week 8 Defensive Streaming Options
The Chargers are a good start vs. Denver, which has produced the most Fantasy Points Per Game for opposing defenses (11.8). … Philadelphia is a prime option vs. Dallas (9.1, fifth most). ... The Titans can pick up some sacks and turnovers vs. the Bengals (8.8, sixth).
Week 8 Lineup Considerations
Le'Veon Bell should score as he faces his former team, the Jets. … Todd Gurley will also continue to find the end zone vs. Carolina. … Leonard Fournette deserves flex consideration vs. the Giants. … Mike Davis will rebound vs. Atlanta. … Travis Fulgham is a must-start vs. Dallas. … Henry Ruggs could make some big plays vs. Cleveland. … Marcus Johnson is a nifty and deep play vs. the Lions. … Rashard Higgins is a good WR plug-in vs. Las Vegas … Irv Smith Jr. should continue to emerge vs. Green Bay. … Robert Tonyan can bounce back vs. Minnesota. … Ryan Tannehill will be a strong streaming play vs. Cincinnati. … Carson Wentz has started to surge recently and is a very good starting option vs. Dallas.
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