Two Headed Tandem (or TanDOOM)
I am a total geek when it comes to constructing a lineup for anything related to DFS. The time of day, when I can sit down, clear my mind, and then immediately fill it with all sorts of information to help me construct the best possible lineup makes me feel like a kid on Christmas. However, in this current NFL season, two gentlemen have been ruining my fun week to week by the names of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
Let’s just get the cat out of the bag – Russell Wilson is looking more like a lock for MVP each week. Through the first seven games of the season, he has 2,151 yards passing, 26 touchdowns, to only six interceptions. Realistically, he doesn’t even need to keep this absurd pace up to lock himself as this year’s MVP, but with how efficient he has been looking, I think it’s safe to say he should be able to. That brings us to the culprits who constantly find a way to meddle with me weekly – Lockett and Metcalf.
The Two of them are To Good
Russ has always been an extremely talented quarterback, regardless of who his targets were, but now, he is privileged enough to play with two of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL. In my opinion, Tyler Lockett has always been an under the radar receiver. You can line him up anywhere and he is a mismatch. He primarily lines up in the slot, as Metcalf and David Moore are typically on the outside, but his ability to be moved to the outside if need be, is what makes him such a gem to have on your offense. Through seven games, Lockett currently has 575 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns, easily on pace to surpass the 1,000 yard mark this season.
In his second year, looking more like a true number one week after week, D.K. Metcalf provides a rather similar stat line to his partner in crime Tyler Lockett. Metcalf has 680 receiving yards, as well as seven touchdowns of his own this season, also on pace to surpass 1,000 yards through the air.
Both of Russ’s weapons are well on their way to 1,000 yard seasons, and are easily going to finish as Top 15 receivers this year, but with how they have been playing, they could even both be in the Top 10.
Too Hard Too Core
I appreciate their talent on the field so much, but I do not appreciate how hard it is to guess on which one is going to go nuclear versus, the one who is going to be more of the decoy. The worst part about that is, for the past three weeks, they have both had 25% ownership, or more. This is a fantasy headache for just about anyone as there are only a few scenarios that can pan out with this dilemma.
Scenario 1: Full stack the game with Russ, who has been seeing a ridiculous amount of ownership these past few weeks as well. Play both Seahawks receivers so you can’t miss if one of them has a ceiling game versus the other playing half decent. The upside is there if they both go nuclear, but if one has a dud day, it could be costly.
Scenario 2: Pick one fade the other. This once again comes down to who goes nuclear versus who is occupying so much of the defense that allows said receiver to go nuclear. If you guess the right one, you beat the other third of the field who guessed wrong.
Scenario 3: Fade both of them and pray they are playing with a lego in their cleat.
There has only been one game this season where they saw the same amount of target share (eight targets each vs. Atlanta), one game where they both surpassed 100 receiving yards (vs. Dallas), and two games where they both had at least one receiving touchdown (vs. Dallas and vs. New England). For the most part, every game this season one of them goes off while the other stays quiet, or they both have ‘good’ games. I’d say D.K. is trending slightly more as the favorite between the two receivers, as his athletic metrics are just god tier against any defensive back that is put in front of him, but they go hand and hand with each other.
As long as Russ and the Seahawks stay grinding on all cylinders, any Main Slate the Seahawks are on, this dilemma will always be apparent. Get your dart boards ready as we all try and guess on who the right Seahawk receiver to core each week.