Preseason - 2021 Seattle Seahawks Outlook
WR Freddie Swain, SEA - Not Draft Worthy
Swain owns an edge in speed (4.46 forty) with enough strength to hold off defenders. His issues come with route running and movements when trying to create separation. He does protect well in the open field with reliable hands. For now, Swain needs to develop his plan and technique while showing he can handle top NFL cornerback in press coverage.
Seattle looked his way 21 times in his rookie season, leading to 13 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Other Options: Penny Hart, Cade Johnson, John Ursua, Aaron Fuller
WR D'Wayne Eskridge, SEA - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Over his final four seasons at Western Michigan, Eskridge caught 105 passes for 2,139 yards and 14 touchdowns on 195 targets. He gained 20.4 yards per catch while pushing his game forward in 2020 (34/784/8 over six games).Fantasy Outlook: The Seahawks should use him as a game flow deep threat. In mid-June, Eskridge is battling a toe issue. He'll be found in the free-agent pool in all leagues.
TE Gerald Everett, SEA - Sleeper (undervalued)
Despite lacking a top-tier tight end, Russell Wilson continues to get the most out of his tight ends with value in scoring (22 over the past three seasons). Over the last two years, Seattle produced almost the same results (73/704/7 and 77/733/7).
After showing improvement in each year in the league, Everett slides in the top tight end role for the Seahawks. Over his previous 29 games, he caught 78 passes for 825 yards and three touchdowns on 122 targets. In 2020, he scored over 10.00 fantasy points in three matchups (4/90, 4/28/1, and 6/44) while delivering three productive games (5/44/1, 7/136, and 8/68) in 2019.
Fantasy Outlook: Everett draws a TE2 ADP (183) in the early draft season. A move to Seattle should lead to an increase of at least 20 percent in his opportunity. My early thought points to 50 catches for 500 yards and five touchdowns.
TE Will Dissly, SEA - Low Potential
In his rookie season in 2018, over the first four games, Dissly caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 14 targets while flashing more upside than expect in Week 1 (3/105/1) and Week 2 (3/42/1). His season ended with a broken kneecap that required surgery.
In 2019, he flashed in Week 2 (5/50/2), Week 3 (6/62/1), Week 4 (7/57/1), and Week 5 (4/81) before blowing out his Achilles.
Dissly played all 16 games last year, but he finished with only 24 catches for 251 yards and two touchdowns.Fantasy Outlook: Dissly has enough of a resume to win the starting job this year. At the very least, he'll work as a rotational tight end for Seattle with some scoring value.
TE Colby Parkinson, SEA - Dynasty Only
Over the last two seasons at Stanford, Parkinson picked up 77 combined catches for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns. His game improved in 2019 (48/589), but he posted only one touchdown compared to seven the previous year on 29 catches.
He won the top-end tight end battle in last year's draft class as far as height (6'7") but trails the top options in speed (4.77 forty) and quickness.
Parkinson has the look of a jump ball specialist in one-on-one coverage, especially in the red zone. His release and route running look viable at tight end, but I don't see much damage after the catch unless he breaks a tackle or slips free after a defender blew his assignment. Parkinson offers strong hands and the ability to catch the ball at a high point.
Seattle only had Parkinson on the field for six games in his rookie season, leading to two catches for 16 yards.
Other Options: Tyler Mabry, Cam Sutton, Dom Wood-Anderson
PK Jason Myers, SEA - Quality Backup
After a breakthrough season in 2018 (33-for-36 in field goal attempts), the Seahawks created only 52 field goals over the past two years.
Over his six seasons in the NFL, Myers flashed a booming leg (20-for-32 from 50 yards or more) with strength in his success rate on field goals (86.2). He missed 16 of his 179 extra points since 2016.
The Seahawks run the ball well in the red zone, which restricts his field goal chances. As a result, Myers is more of a matchup play in fantasy leagues.