The 2018 Seattle Seahawks’ season did not go quite as planned after getting bounced in round one of the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys. They then saw longtime safety Earl Thomas leave in free agency and sign with the Baltimore Ravens. Most recently they also traded away defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs.
It hasn’t all been bad for Seahawks fans, though. They were able to resign quarterback Russell Wilson to a new deal and acquired an additional first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft thanks for the Frank Clark trade. The Seahawks have some question marks, but should once again be playoff contenders. Here is the Seahawks edition buy, sell, and hold.
Russell Wilson – QB – Seattle Seahawks – Verdict: Buy
Russell Wilson has been a top dynasty quarterback for years now despite not always having a dominant wide receiver. He had the opportunity of playing with guys like Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin, but neither is your typical, big-bodied, dominant WR1. Despite this, he still produced multiple top 10 and top-five finishes on the year. Wilson added a lot with his legs but has also continued to make others around him better. All of that changed on day two of the 2019 NFL Draft.
This year Wilson will finally have the luxury of a big bodied, dominant WR1 to throw to. The Seahawks picked up Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf in round two of the draft. Metcalf is a physical freak at 6’ 3”, 238 lbs. and runs a 4.33 40 yard dash. He also added 27 bench reps and a 40.5” vertical at the combine. His blend of size, speed, and athleticism are rare, and while he still has plenty to work on, he gives Wilson a threat as he never had before. Wilson was a top dynasty quarterback for the past few years, but his dynasty stock has dropped due to the shiny, young quarterbacks that everyone hopes turn into the next Russell Wilson. He is still plenty young and with a new wide receiver, he could be in for a big year and outproduce his rank of QB7 and finishing as the QB1 on the year. As others begin to sell, I say buy! The best of him could still be to come.
Chris Carson – RB – Seattle Seahawks – Verdict: Sell
What a season it was for running back Chris Carson in 2018. After being an afterthought by many, he proved everyone wrong rushing for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games. Carson would go on to finish as the RB10 on the year in most leagues. His 1,151 yards were good for fifth in the entire league and his 247 rushing attempts were seventh most in the league. Carson was the Seahawks workhorse back and played well enough to keep their first-round pick last year, running back Rashaad Penny, on the bench.
The bad news for Carson is that Seattle has basically nothing invested in him, and a first invested in Penny. If Carson is to miss any time due to injury, Penny has the talent to steal the show and not look back. Not to mention there is nothing stopping Penny from outright taking the job from him before week one. Carson is a good running back, but Penny is just better. Carson had a great year but is unlikely to repeat which makes him a great sell high. The time to capitalize on his value is now.
Rashaad Penny – RB – Seattle Seahawks – Verdict: Hold
Rashaad Penny left a sour taste in dynasty owners mouths, although it is not all his fault. Penny was a top six rookie pick in a lot of dynasty drafts last year. He would go on to finish as the RB58 on the year, rushing for 419 yards and two touchdowns on 85 attempts. He didn’t get the volume we thought he might, nor what he deserved. Penny had a historic college career, rushing for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior for San Diego State. Many thought that, after he was taken in the first round by Seattle in 2018, he would be their main work-horse back, but instead spent most of his time on the sideline watching Chris Carson get the carries. Penny had plenty of times in 2018 where he flashed his upside, he was never given a consistent opportunity to seize the starting gig.
2019 could be much different. Now with a year under his belt, he should have every opportunity to steal the starting job from Carson. The Seahawks have too much invested in him to just let him ride the bench. Regardless of how you feel though, Penny isn’t returning trade value better than what you likely have invested in him, making him a firm hold. If Penny gets any crack at the majority of carries, he has the talent to run away with the job and keep Carson on the sideline. Dynasty owners need to be patient with Penny and wait for the big payoff.