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What to do with Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf in the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL playoffs

We go over the fantasy football and DFS outlook of Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf ahead of the Seahawks Wild Card matchup against the Rams in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

Freddie Swain #18, Tyler Lockett #16, DK Metcalf #14, and David Moore #83 of the Seattle Seahawks warm up before the start of their game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on December 20, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

After a hot start to the season, Seattle’s offense turned into a pumpkin down the stretch. That came with a serious dip in the must-start fantasy football appeal of their two best wide receivers, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. With a Wild Card on Saturday against the NFL’s best defense, can either player have an impact?

Fantasy Football analysis: Seahawks WRs Tyler Lockett ($6,900), D.K. Metcalf, ($6,700)

Metcalf finished the season with just 21 yards on three catches, nine targets, in Week 17. However, Lockett’s performance—90 yards on 12 catches with two touchdowns—was the best sign of hope we’ve seen out of Seattle’s offense in some time. He’s also priced over his teammate on DraftKings now, giving Metcalf some appeal just to avoid players with high ownership numbers.

Neither player did much against the Rams this season. In Week 10, Lockett had five catches on nine targets for 66 yards, while Metcalf caught two of four targets for a paltry 28 yards. In Week 16, Metcalf caught six of eight targets for 59 yards, and Lockett hauled in three of five for 44 yards.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

This is a tough decision, because both players could explode for big points. In traditional fantasy formats, they’re both fringe WR2/3. I like Metcalf a little more in DFS, though both have some appeal as secondary options.