Seattle Seahawks Buy & Sell

Quarterback

Buy Russell Wilson. Wilson had a great 2015 and exploded during the fantasy playoffs too, then last year, with expectations sky high, he got injured early and failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed on him. Frustrated owners might be ready to move on after being let down in 2016 so now is the time to get him at a lower price.

Buy Trevone Boykin. This is only for the Russell Wilson owners out there. The undrafted rookie out of TCU looked decent in his limited time on the field for Seattle during both the preseason and regular season. I’m not a fan of carrying multiple quarterbacks in fantasy but, if you have Wilson, would you rather have somebody like Brock Osweiler sitting on your bench or would you rather handcuff Wilson with his replacement should he get injured? He had a great college career and if thrown into the fire at the NFL level, he should be able to put up serviceable numbers until Wilson returns.

Wide Receiver

Buy Doug Baldwin. Baldwin is trending upwards. The chip on his shoulder is only growing and you can go anywhere on the internet and read about his chemistry with Russell Wilson. He probably won’t come cheap but many people still don’t like Baldwin, so there’s a chance to get him at a reasonable price.

Buy Tyler Lockett. This only applies in leagues that count kick and punt return numbers. He suffered a pretty catastrophic injury to end the season, and there is a chance he may never be the same player again. Hopefully, that isn’t the case, but a Lockett owner who thinks he might be out for a while and/or doesn’t think he’ll ever be the same player again might be looking to move on. He’s worth the risk, buy where you can.

Sell Paul Richardson. Here’s the thing, I love Richardson. I think – based purely on talent – he’s the best wide receiver on this roster and has been for some time. He has just never, ever, ever, ever been able to stay healthy. He was a monster in the recent playoffs and everybody in the world saw it, so it’s the best time ever to capitalize on that, his price will never be higher, so if you can move him now is the time. Just like a stock at its all-time high, sell, sell, sell!

Tight End

Buy Nick Vannett. I thought Vannett was the #1 tight end in the 2016 draft and I still think he has enormous upside and potential. Luke Willson is a free agent and Jimmy Graham will be after the 2018 season. Seattle uses 2+ TE formations quite a bit and if Willson doesn’t come back, expect to see Vannett step up in his sophomore season. Also, Jimmy Graham’s contract runs out in 2018 and although I can’t see the future, I don’t see Seattle offering him the 10-mil he makes per season now, but somebody else might. Obviously, Vannett will need to develop a bit, but he has nothing but time at this point. I’d rather buy him now for nothing than wait 2 years and have to pay something significant. It’s a very speculative move, but in dynasty, sometimes that’s the name of the game.

Sell Jimmy Graham. Wow, was he cheap at this time last year, but his miraculous recovery from a patellar tendon injury has returned Graham to his normal the top-3 spot in the TE hierarchy. He’s good, he’s a game changer, he’s elite at his position – and you should trade him away right now. The tight end position is the deepest it has ever been for fantasy and each week you can look at matchups and grab a guy off of waivers who can get you a top-10 week at the position. Graham is great, but the haul you can get in return for trading him plus the other tight ends you can plug in are better.

Running Back

Buy CJ Prosise. I wasn’t very high on him coming out of Notre Dame, but once I saw him on the NFL field I was impressed. He looked great as a runner, although I thought his pass blocking was poor. We don’t get fantasy points for blocking, so who cares, but if he can’t block, we’re not going to see him in there on passing downs where he can do a lot of damage as a former wide receiver in college. He suffered a few injuries to close out the season and Thomas Rawls looked good and with the pre-draft hype from a year ago finally dying down, the price on Prosise might be right to make a deal and add him to your roster.

Sell Thomas Rawls. The injuries have me a little concerned and Prosise looked good enough that you can see a scenario where his touches will be cut into. I’m huge fan of his, but while he still has value for fantasy it might be the last chance you can still get a decent return for him before he loses his job outright.

IDP

Buy Cliff Avril (DE) & Frank Clark (DE). tackles and sacks coming from the end, not much more you can ask for, and Clark wasn’t a starter all year. Avril is a veteran and has fit into Seattle’s scheme well after coming over from the Lions. Clark is coming into his own after 2 seasons in the league and might be on the verge of a breakout.

Buy Jarran Reed (DT). The Rookie out of Alabama was ok in his freshman campaign. He did play 44% of the team defensive snaps and flashed a little potential in those opportunities. By comparison, Ahtyba Rubin was the starter at DT and played 55% of the snaps and they put up very similar numbers. Out with the old and in with the new, look for Reed to contribute at DT going forward.

Buy KJ Wright (LB) & Cassius Marsh (LB). KJ wright had 138 tackles and is coming off of his 3rd straight season of 16 games played and saw an uptick in his sack numbers too. He’s as reliable as they come and not very flashy which may keep his price down and keep him affordable. Marsh was used as a reserve and filled in mostly on passing downs in more of an edge rusher role. With Mike Morgan a free agent, the door is open for Marsh to assume a regular role on this defense. He was able to make a few big plays throughout the year in limited game action and should see more playing time next year.

Buy Earl Thomas (S). Rumored to be contemplating retirement after a broken leg ended his season, his future is still technically in the air. The retirement talk combined with an unknown recovery timetable, the Thomas owner might want to move him sooner rather than later.

Buy Jeremy Lane (CB). The starter opposite Richard Sherman, DeShawn Shead is a restricted free agent and sustained an ACL tear and other knee damage in Seattle’s playoff exit and will probably not be ready for the start of next year. Barring any big splashes in free agency or the draft, that leaves Lane as the guy to fill the role going forward. Next man up, and luckily in Seattle, being opposite Sherman gets a lot of balls thrown your way and that means more opportunities for fantasy points.

Sell Michael Bennett (DE). If you got fantasy points for hip thrusts, he’d be the number 1 pick in real life and fantasy, but we don’t, so it’s time to move on. Bennett only played 11 games last season and was rewarded with the big contract he had been vocal for. He won’t be the first 32-year-old coming off an injury who underperforms once they finally get their big contract. He still has a big name and others will pay for that.

Sell Bobby Wagner (LB). Wagner led the NFL with 167 tackles last year, and a large part of that was that Wagner played a full 16 games for the first time since his rookie season in 2012 and he was on the field for a ridiculous 99.4% of Seattle’s defensive snaps. I don’t see Wagner topping any of those numbers in 2017 or after. He’s peaked and it’s time for you to extract maximum value from him. He’ll still be a top option at the position, but you should be able to extract quite a bit of value from him in a deal right now.

jdibari

Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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