2018 Fantasy Football Free Agency Preview : Seattle Seahawks

Free agency has a major impact on fantasy football. We’re a long way from the 2018 league year, I know. But for dynasty team owners — especially those who’ve missed the playoffs — it’s never too early to start thinking about how player values could change.

I’m going to take a look at the Seattle Seahawks fantasy-relevant free agents. I’ll also offer some thoughts on the players who may not be long for the team. After a look at the free agents and possible cut candidates, I’ll circle back and do some more player or position-specific analysis.

Free Agents information and cap numbers are courtesy of OverTheCap.com

As it stands, the Seahawks currently have $19,414,950 in projected cap space heading into the new year, assuming a team salary cap figure of $178 million.

FREE AGENTS

PLAYER POSITION TYPE 2017 SALARY
Jimmy Graham TE UFA  $10,000,000.00
Eddie Lacy RB UFA     $4,250,000.00
Luke Willson TE UFA      $1,800,000.00
Paul Richardson WR UFA  $1,178,209.00
Austin Davis QB UFA  $855,000.00
Mike Davis RB RFA  $615,000.00
Thomas Rawls RB RFA  $530,000.00
J.D. McKissic RB ERFA  $495,000.00

CUT CANDIDATES

PLAYER POSITION DEAD MONEY CAP SAVING
Trevone Boykin QB  $                       –  $630,000
Tanner McEvoy WR  $                       –  $630,000
David Moore WR  $                       –  $555,000

Trevone Boykin hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the Seahawks and lost the backup QB job to Austin Davis this past season. Davis is also a free agent. Russell Wilson has yet to miss a start in his NFL career, but the Seahawks could do with upgrading behind him. Tanner McEvoy and David Moore are both just guys and have done nothing to justify sticking around for long.

NEEDS

RB, WR, TE, QB

SUMMARY

There is little doubt that the Seahawks need to find a running back. Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, Mike Davis, and J.D. McKissic are all free agents this offseason, and none of them have done much to persuade the Seahawks that they can be relied on moving forward. Their combined 241 rushing attempts brought the team 763 total rushing yards, at an appalling 3.16 clip. Wilson himself had 586 yards on just 95 carries. The free agent market for RB is not exactly bursting with talent, and the Seahawks are not flush with cap space. They’ve had so many troubles with their offensive line, it’s hard to see any back they sign emerging as the second coming of Marshawn Lynch.

Wide receiver is something of a trouble spot as well, even if Paul Richardson does re-sign with the team. Outside of Richardson, Doug Baldwin, and Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks got just 13 receptions from their WR corps in 2017. The tallest of this trio is Richardson at 6-foot-0, and a bigger WR could certainly help the offense, particularly in the red zone. 58 percent of Seattle’s red zone possessions ended in touchdowns in 2017, the 25th-worst mark in the NFL. Terrelle Pryor is unlikely to be back in Washington, and standing at 6-foot-4, he may be able to help Wilson in the scoring area. There is also potentially Eric Decker, who is unlikely to contribute much between the 20s but has been one of the best WRs inside the 20-yard line of the last decade.

Jimmy Graham hit 10 TDs in a season for the fourth time in his career, finishing with 57 receptions for 520 yards. His yardage total was his lowest since his rookie season. He is not likely to return, and he will certainly be missed as a red zone weapon. 26 percent of his receptions came inside the opposition 20-yard line, as well as 20 percent of his yardage and all of his TDs.1 Fellow free agent Luke Willson only caught 15 passes in 2017 but did have four TDs. He’s unlikely to command too much attention on the open market and could be back cheaply. That would leave Willson and Nick Vannett as the senior TEs. Vannett caught 12 passes for 124 yards and a TD in 2017. The Seahawks could look to bring in a low-cost veteran to give them some depth, but it is hard to see any of the free agent TEs offering huge fantasy upside.

There are questions about the Seahawks offense that will remain unanswered until they fill their vacancies at offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.2 But given the lack of star power among their free agents, and their far-from-overflowing-wealth, the Seahawks could be faced with a “make do and mend” approach in 2018.

  1. As a poor blocker, his value to an offense on the other 80 yards of the field is limited.  (back)
  2. As I finished typing this up, it appeared likely that the Seahawks would be appointing Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator. I give up, I really do.  (back)