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. Scott has also won his highly competitive Fantasy Football league with other experts and top players in each of the past three years.
In both real life and Fantasy Football, you will find the Seahawks at the top levels in both worlds.
For the second time in franchise history, the Seahawks have started 6-1, and they have the best record in the NFC as Week 9 beckons. They lead the NFL in points per game at 34.3. Those indicators of outstanding success so far this season are reflected in elite Fantasy production so far.
The Seahawks standout pair of wide receivers, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, rank first and third, respectively, in Fantasy Points Per Game at wide receiver. Lockett's historic Fantasy outing in Week 7, as chronicled here, has put him atop the Fantasy Football WR ladder with 148.5 points. Metcalf is third with 144 points, as he is blossoming into a true Fantasy superstar in his second pro season.
One week after Lockett delivered the best Fantasy Football performance of the 2020 season with 53 points, Metcalf provided an encore spectacular performance. In the best Fantasy Football outing of his career, Metcalf totaled 40.1 points as he caught 12 passes for 161 yards and two TDs. Metcalf's performance was fifth-best among Fantasy WRs so far this season. Metcalf and Lockett are both tied for the league lead with seven TDs each. As a pair, Lockett and Metcalf have scored over 53 points more than the next most productive tandem of wideouts in Fantasy Football.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson has maintained his high perch among all players. With 206 points, he ranks as the No. 2 overall player in Fantasy Football after eight weeks. When you consider he is just over one point out of the top spot while he has already had his bye week, there is truly no player more productive in Fantasy Football than Wilson right now. He is averaging 30.3 Fantasy Points Per Game, more than four points ahead of the next best QB in that regard. Wilson has scored 28-plus points in five games and has never scored below 20. He is just one of three QBs to average above 25 points per game, and only eight QBs are averaging more than 20. Fantasy QBs are averaging 18.2 FFPG this season.
If you are leaning on any or more than one of these three Seahawks standouts, you are more than likely enjoying a winning season so far. Lockett has the sky-high potential to completely explode in any given week. Metcalf and Wilson give you the rare peace of mind in Fantasy Football, where you simply "set it and forget it' with them. They are matchup-proof players who are locked into your lineups every week without a second thought.
The "Set and Forget" guys are the type of players that can anchor your Fantasy team during the second half of the season. How you manage your team around them will be a big key to your success. Outside of your must-start superstars, the rest of your lineup requires constant management as you try to deal with less certainty at other positions. Many times, Fantasy leaguers want a "Rest of Season" evaluation or comparison to another player in that regard. When we are talking about your complementary options, there often is not a fully clear "Rest of the Season" answer. There are varying trends and new matchups every week to consider.
Fantasy Football is a week-to-week game. Because of injuries and fluctuating performances, you will always be constantly adjusting your roster. You will never have the fully ideal lineup for the rest of the year. What looks like a perfect lineup one week will quickly turn to one with a few concerns after your matchup is done. Fantasy Football will never let us rest and relax, and we will never have complete "Set it and Forget it" lineups. Be happy when you have the Set it and Forget players and always be ready to shuffle lineup puzzles around them.
Let the mantras of Pete Carroll guide you every week. Treat every Fantasy matchup as a singular 'championship opportunity" and be ready to "Always Compete" in terms of roster adjustments.
Week 9 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets
Players listed in order of preference for Free Agent Acquisition by position
Zack Moss, RB, Bills (30.5 percent rostered in NFL.com leagues): The rookie registered a season-high 20.5 points in Week 8, as he scored twice. Moss has more promise for the weeks ahead as the primary goal line option for a good Bills offense. He rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries last week and should emerge as the preferred Fantasy option from the Buffalo backfield.
DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seahawks (12.2 percent): He joined the trio of standout Seahawks among the Fantasy stars of Week 8, finishing fourth among RBs with 22.8 points in his first NFL start. When asked to take on an expanded workload, Dallas demonstrated he can capably finish off scoring drives, as he had TDs as both a runner and receiver. Considering San Francisco allows the least Fantasy Points Per Game, Dallas' performance was quite impressive. He is versatile and has a better matchup this week vs. Buffalo, which is 16th in FFPG allowed to RBs.
Damien Harris, RB, Patriots (26.2): Another rookie, Harris logged a season-high 16.2 points in Week 8. He scored his first NFL TD vs, the Bills and rushed for 100 yards for the second time in four games. Harris is becoming the most useful player on the New England roster as he is clearly taking over the lead ball carrier role. Harris is earning Fantasy flex consideration.
Brian Hill, RB, Falcons (0.5): He rushed for 55 yards on 11 carries in Week 8 and could see his role start to grow in the Falcons offense. Hill added a spark to the Atlanta ground game vs. Carolina and is a good depth add in Fantasy Football.
Dexter Williams, RB, Packers (0.0): This is a one-week add if you are on the more desperate side for a starter. Because of injuries and health concerns, Williams may be the lead ball carrier and preferred goal line runner for Green Bay on Thursday night.
Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles (13.3): Reagor caught his first NFL TD pass in Week 8 and you should expect some excitement in the upcoming weeks from the rookie speedster. He will slot in nicely as the prime downfield target for Carson Wentz. He is on a bye in Week 9, so you may be able to snag him for your roster more easily. Don't make the mistake of leaving quality players on waivers when they have bye weeks.
Marvin Jones, WR, Lions (43.8): An injury to Kenny Golladay will mean that Jones will continue to play a heavily featured role in the Detroit passing game. Jones caught two TD passes in Week 8 and has scored over 31 Fantasy points in his past two games.
Corey Davis, WR, Titans (37.8): In his fourth season, Davis is showing signs of starting to tap into his tremendous potential. He has scored in each of his past two games and has totaled over 42 Fantasy points during that span. Davis can become a Fantasy WR3 if he continues to perform well.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants (30.8): Shepard is healthy again and has regained status as the top WR option in the New York passing game. He caught eight passes on Monday night and has scored 15-plus Fantasy points in his past two games.
Jordan Reed, TE, 49ers (10.0): An unfortunate ankle injury could keep George Kittle out for the rest of the Fantasy season. Reed scored 24.9 points in Week 2 in Kittle's place and now re-surfaces as potential Fantasy TE1. Ross Dwelley should stay on your radar as well for further depth at the thinnest position in Fantasy Football.
Robert Tonyan, TE, Packers (54.0): He is still a free agent in too many leagues. Tonyan scored 12.9 points in Week 8 and should continue to be a pretty reliable option at a very thin position.
Nick Mullens, QB, 49ers (0.2): One of the best backup QBs in the league, Mullen rang up 17.5 points in a relief role in Week 8. He also threw for 343 yards in Week 3. Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is out indefinitely and Mullens is a good add in Superflex and two QB formats. He is also worthy of QB2 consideration in standard single QB formats.
Week 9 Lineup Options to Consider
The Raiders are 28th in FFPG allowed to RBs, so Justin Jackson is a good option. … Chase Edmonds is an upside play vs. Miami. … Damien Harris could roll to 100 yards again vs. the Jets. … Antonio Gibson will find the end zone vs. the Giants. … The Titans are 31st vs. WRs, so Darnell Mooney is a quality starter this week. … Jerry Jeudy could have one of his best games yet vs. Atlanta. … Expect Justin Jefferson to bounce back vs. Detroit. … Damiere Byrd is a viable streamer vs. the Jets. …. Eric Ebron has TD potential vs. Dallas. … Logan Thomas is a quality streamer at TE vs. the Giants. …Derek Carr faces the Chargers, who rank 30th vs. QBs. … Ben Roethlisberger is a good bet for two-plus TD passes vs. Dallas.
Week 9 Defensive Streamers
Atlanta has played better on defense since their coaching change and should fare well vs. the Broncos. … Washington should be good for a quality combination of sacks and turnovers vs. the Giants. … Green Bay is worth a start vs. the injury-depleted 49ers.
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