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WR Tyler Lockett - Seattle Seahawks

5-10, 182Born: 9-28-1992College: Kansas StateDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): Lockett was able to get behind the Jaguars defense to score a long touchdown and reminded us of a weekly ceiling that hasn't been in view lately. He's at least emergency depth against the Rams and Cowboys the next two weeks.

Week 15: vs Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Seahawks had a tough time with Jaguars defense last week, but nonetheless, Russell Wilson still stacked up numbers as he finished as the fifth best fantasy quarterback of the week with his second straight three-touchdown game. Wilson did, however, struggle with the tight coverage by Jacksonville as he tossed three interceptions for the first time this season--all three going to Jaguars cornerbacks. Doug Baldwin has seen his usage drop in recent weeks with three or fewer receptions in three of his last five games, but he is still amassing decent yardage totals and finding the end zone on a relatively regular basis. Both Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett have been unpredictable, boom or bust plays for the entire season. Jimmy Graham had been the most consistent fantasy performer on the team outside of Russell Wilson, but his streak ended sharply last week as he laid a fantasy egg for the first time since 2014 as Graham was held with no reception on two targets while playing his usual range of snaps (67%). Graham had hauled in at least three receptions in each game and scored nine touchdowns in his last eight games leading up to last week, with the first of those coming against the Rams in Week 5. His yardage totals had not been spectacular, but that is to be expected from the routes run by a typical tight end. The Rams defense struggled to contain a potent Eagles passing offense last week as they gave up 333 passing yards and four touchdowns while four different receivers posted 50+ yard outings. This game was a true shootout, so the 51 passes attempted by the Eagles must be factored into those numbers as that marked 13 more passes than any other team has attempted against the Rams in a game this season. The Rams still possess one of the league's better secondaries with a top-tier duo of safeties in LaMarcus Joyner and rookie John Johnson who has come along well throughout the season and has back to back games with two passes defended. The Rams did allow three touchdowns to Eagles tight ends last week and have now allowed seven on the season, so look out for Jimmy Graham to try and bounce back.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs ATL 47 0 0 0 5 4 37 0 0 3.7
12 at SF 46 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.2
13 vs PHI 29 0 0 0 2 2 17 1 0 7.7
14 at JAX 39 1 10 0 5 4 90 1 0 16
15 vs LAR PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 3 * * * *
15 vs LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3 * * * *
15 vs LAR PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 90 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Lockett had a great overall game, though it took a 74-yard TD with under four minutes to go, to make his day fantasy worthy. He had a chance in the end zone earlier in the game, but wasn't able to hang on to the leaping one-handed reception he would have had to make to hold on to it. He's a home run threat every game, but lacks the volume to find any consistency. The fact that Jimmy Graham disappeared in this game gave him a few more opportunities than usual.

2017 Week 13 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)

Lockett continues to show a great mix of big play ability and reliability on short routes. As with a few others on the team, the problem here is volume. His two catches were memorable - first, he showed some shifty moves on a short pass, picking up yards after the catch; and second was a goal line catch in which he found an opening underneath the coverage - but, as is typical, in the end it was still only two catches.

2017 Week 12 vs SF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Lockett was not a factor in any facet of the game. He saw one deep target in the end zone, and the throw was good - but the coverage was better.

2017 Week 11 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

Lockett's big contribution came as the primary kick returner, in which he consistently gave the Seahawks excellent field position, finishing with 197 yards on five returns. As a receiver, he was looked to early on a few times, on short slot routes, and occasionally as the game wore on. He once again was option 3a/b (behind Baldwin and Graham), in tandem with Paul Richardson, so the fantasy ceiling is pretty low each week, even if his actual contribution to the team is significant.

2017 Week 10 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Lockett seemed more visible than usual, possibly due to Paul Richardson nursing a groin injury - but in the end, he only had the one catch on two targets, same as Richardson. Lockett did have a chance at a deep ball, but the coverage was simply too good for him to bring it in. Lockett and Richardson are both talented and are essentially sharing the productivity of one receiver, dampening each of their values considerably.

2017 Week 9 vs WAS (8 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Last week, Lockett went over 100 yards with 8 targets and 6 receptions. This week, the targets were the same, but Wilson's throws were all over the place and so Lockett only finished with two catches. He still looked to be in fine form in doing so, especially in the 4th quarter, when they needed him most, but unfortunately there are too many quality options in this offense - on a good day - to predict how the ball will be distributed on any given week.

2017 Week 8 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 121 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Lockett made clutch grabs right from the start, moving the chains consistently on his catches. Given how small his frame is, he showed great positioning on several catches, after adjusting to the ball, it looked like it was just floating in there to him. He really came on in the final quarter, with a big 54 yard gain, and showed again that his incredible at finding the open space while Russell Wilson scrambles.

2017 Week 7 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)

Lockett is going to be hard pressed to have a truly productive fantasy game, yet he is immensely valuable to the Seahawks. As a returner, he is electric. As a receiver, his uncanny knack for getting open while Russell Wilson scrambles is nothing short of incredible. And he tends to get 2-3 carries each game as well. Not to mention that he plays so much bigger than his 5' 10", 180 lbs. frame would suggest. He did all this and more against the Giants, which translated into an acceptable but not special 44 yards from scrimmage, plus 70 return yards. This while: fighting hard enough for an almost sure interception that it was a Seahawks first down instead; taking a big hit (and getting right back up) after leaping for the ball in the end zone; and making a hugely athletic catch in the end zone - but, then getting it called back on a Pass Interference call.

2017 Week 5 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Lockett did not have a huge day as far as volume goes, but was relied on often in the clutch. He was especially looked to on third downs, and did not disappoint, pulling in those attempts and getting first down yardage each time. He also proved to be a great weapon on the ground, with a 7 yard red zone carry, but (there are a lot of 'but's' with all the receivers this week...) Lockett simply did not see enough volume to be a fantasy factor.

2017 Week 4 vs IND (5 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec, 2 / 24 / 0 rush)

Lockett was a big part of Seattle's success once they finally started moving the chains against the Colts. He was used twice as a runner, on a reverse and a motion handoff, both for first downs. Lockett also had a chance in the end zone, though a slim one, as the ball was thrown into double coverage. He showed his usual uncanny knack for finding the open space, and continued to be a reliable target when Wilson had to scramble.

2017 Week 3 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Lockett is as hit-and-miss as they come. He is very good when improvising as Wilson scrambles, and had a couple of gains on broken plays. Overall, he was having a pretty quiet game until the fourth quarter - coincidentally when Doug Baldwin had left the game? He is a clear upgrade if Baldwin misses any time.

2017 Week 2 vs SF (9 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

His first catch was a Tyler Lockett special - as Wilson scrambled, Lockett found an opening underneath and with the catch, brought the Seahwaks into red zone. It's strange, but he somehow appears less effective when actually targeted on his route. Lockett tied Baldwin for the most targets on the day, but it was almost all short stuff, with little opportunity to gain yards after the catch. Late in the game, Lockett had a chance with a deep ball on a 'what the heck' throw because of an offside, and came close - though he never really had much of a chance on it.

2017 Week 1 vs GB (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Lockett's snap count was presumably held back some as he is coming back from last season's broken leg injury. He looked as though back to health in every way. It will be interesting to see if he comes back fully to the #2 WR role, or if the Seahawks will continue to use him purely as a slot/3rd receiver. Lockett looked dangerous on his kickoff returns - he appears to be back 100% from his broken leg. It's hard to say from one game whether he will eventually fill the #2 WR shoes, but for now he is behind Paul Richardson on the depth chart.


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