The Seattle Seahawks’ passing offense will look a little different this week, as many fantasy managers no doubt know. Tyler Lockettthe team leader in receiving yards (964) and receiving touchdowns (8), will be sidelined for the Week 16 game against the Kansas City Chiefs after undergoing hand surgery on Monday — and somehow there’s a chance that Lockett will only miss this one game, per head coach Pete Carroll. Of course, that’s great news for Lockett and the Seahawks as they remain in the playoff hunt.
What could this mean for in the short term DK Metcalf and other passcatchers in Seattle’s offense? It’s easy to expect more work for Metcalf, the team’s leader in receptions (79), but others will face the Chiefs in a game that featured two of the league’s highest-scoring offenses. From Andy Behrens’ Waiver Wire Pickups column:
But without Lockett in the mix, 7-9 goals per game are up for grabs and Marchioness Goodwin will probably claim a few of them. He is one of the fastest men in the league and just a week away from a 5-catch, 95-yard performance that saw him deliver his fourth touchdown of the season. Seattle will definitely have to throw the ball in the air against the Chiefs in Week 16, so Goodwin has a clear path to fantasy relevance.
Barring Lockett’s absence, Metcalf at least expects to be relevant enough to face a Chiefs defense that is the sixth-best match for WR fantasy scores (30.3 ppg). Metcalf is a clear top-10 player at his position in our analysts’ weekly rankings – and in the eyes of one, he ranks among the top-five WR.
Here’s the position of the wide receiver – see where Metcalf and the rest of the WRs landed in our analyst rankings for Week 16:
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