DK Metcalf really drew the short straw this week. You know when you were a kid and your family had plans to do something fun on the weekend only to see it rain? That’s about how I imagine it felt when Metcalf found out that the Ravens had traded for Marcus Peters just days before he was set to face their secondary. Because, believe me, it was shaping up to be a very good matchup for the rookie. Metcalf hasn’t been the most consistent fantasy performer in his first professional campaign, yet when he’s hit, he’s hit big. Metcalf leads all qualified receivers in yards per reception (21.0) and his 3.65 PPR fantasy points per touch are the eighth-most at his position among all player with double-digit catches. His archetype would have been perfect to exploit a Baltimore defense that’s allowed 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 24 receptions of over 20 yards. Alas.
Much of the Ravens’ struggles can be attributed to Jimmy Smith’s Week 1 injury and Maurice Canady’s inability to step into that void. Well, now Canady’s out and Peters, an All Pro back in 2016, is in. The veteran corner hasn’t been infallible through the first six weeks of the season, yet he’s still graded out as Pro Football Focus’ sixth-best boundary CB to this point in the calendar. Between he, Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey and safety Earl Thomas, Baltimore can now claim one of the more effective secondaries in the AFC.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Seattle Seahawks WRs DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett
Tyler Lockett’s volume has been down the past few weeks, but the 27-year-old still has two things working in his favor. First, Russell Wilson is his quarterback, a man who’s been generating the most fantasy points per drop back of any pivot in the NFL (0.70). Second, Lockett remains one of the game’s most efficient wideouts; as he, Michael Thomas and T.Y. Hilton and the only three WRs averaging more than 2.0 yards per route run with catch rates above 80%. Metcalf, unfortunately, is not nearly as consistent. With his ability to take the top off a defense, the Mississippi product can still be a FLEX option in standard formats, yet I’d steer clear in PPR.
Metcalf Sit. Lockett Start.