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In this series, we will look at the most important fantasy football position battles for each NFL team. Opportunity is king in fantasy, as you can’t produce fantasy statistics without getting on the field. So, the first step when looking for value plays is to project — correctly — which players will win training camp battles.
Here’s a look at our picks to win the training camp battles for the Seattle Seahawks ahead of your 2022 fantasy football drafts.
Drew Lock vs. Geno Smith
This is quite the step down from Russell Wilson, who was traded to the Denver Broncos this offseason, but somebody needs to throw the ball in Seattle. Drew Lock played his first three NFL seasons in Denver and made three starts in 2021, while Geno Smith is in his fourth season in the Seahawks organization, starting three games last year.
Our pick to win: Geno Smith
It seems like this is anyone’s job at this point, and there is still a decent chance the Seahawks make a move at quarterback prior to Week 1 with Jimmy Garoppolo as a potential trade option. If it ends up being a battle between these two, Geno Smith has the inside track considering he has been with the organization longer.
Kenneth Walker III vs. Rashaad Penny vs. DeeJay Dallas
In a surprise move at the start of camp, RB Chris Carson announced his retirement from the NFL. With Carson out of the picture, it makes the Seahawks’ RB room a bit of a mystery. Penny and Walker have the fast track to be the every-down back. Travis Homer will also be in the mix with Dallas in terms of a 3rd-down role.
Our pick to win: Kenneth Walker III
Both Walker and Penny are going to be strong picks in season-long formats and best ball. Penny has the slight edge based on knowledge of the offense and experience. Walker is the more talented player and we’ve seen rookie RBs step up and overtake backfields in the past. It really depends if he can keep the ball off the ground and pass protect. If Walker can stay on the field, he’s got a chance to be a solid sleeper. If nothing else, Walker is a great keeper/dynasty pick-up with future upside to lead Seattle’s backfield.
Freddie Swain vs. Dee Eskridge vs. Marquise Goodwin vs. ???
The top two wide receiver options are set in stone for the Seahawks with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett as the position’s primary pass catchers but with the uncertainty regarding Metcalf’s contract situation, the next available receiver could hold some value. The top options are third-year pro Freddie Swain, Dee Eskridge in his second year and veteran NFL wideout Marquise Goodwin.
Our pick to win: Marquise Goodwin
The Seahawks picked up Marquise Goodwin from the Chicago Bears this offseason, and his strength comes in stretching the field with his speed. Quarterback remains a concern for this offense and at this point, it does not seem like a No. 3 wide receiver will hold a ton of value for the Seahawks.