Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tyler Lockett
- Tyler Lockett produced one of the most efficient seasons in NFL history for a receiver in 2018. What will his encore look like in 2019?
- Ian Hartitz analyzes the fantasy football outlook for the Seattle Seahawks' new No. 1 wide receiver.
We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.
The Seattle Seahawks have racked up double-digit wins in six of seven seasons with Russell Wilson under center. Their Legion of Boom days might be over, but Wilson’s ability to consistently make something out of nothing should help elevate the offense for years to come.
Also helping matters is the presence of Tyler Lockett, who has emerged as one of the most explosive players in the NFL. What follows is a breakdown of just how many ways Lockett is capable of beating defenses as well as an analysis on his fantasy football value entering 2019.
Tyler Lockett Can Hurt Opposing Defenses
The Seahawks have gotten Lockett the ball in a variety of ways since drafting him 69th overall in 2015.
Speed kills, and defenses have accordingly been forced out of their comfort zone when attempting to guard Lockett. Only six receivers had a larger average cushion from defensive backs in 2018 (PER Next-Gen Stats).
The ability to also make an impact as a rusher and returner is icing on the cake for the Seahawks’ do-everything star. Stacking Lockett with the Seahawks defense and special teams will always provide extra upside thanks to the possibility for a double-dip touchdown.
Containing a quick-twitch athlete who boasts a 4.4-second 40-yard dash has been easier said than done for defenses around the league, and this task proved to be particularly impossible last season.
Lockett Has Been Efficient on a Legendary Level
The Seahawks called the fewest pass plays in the league in 2018, as they regularly chose to take the ball out of Wilson’s hands to instead pound Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny into the teeth of opposing defenses.