It’s Week 15 and the NFL is being destroyed by COVID. Unfortunately for fantasy football enthusiasts, this is happening in the middle of the knockout stages. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye out for members on the latest COVID roster that may miss this week’s competitions.
The Seattle Seahawks were one of the teams hit by COVID. Earlier today, they ordered their star wide receiver Tyler Lockett on the COVID list. Does that mean Lockett will miss this week? If he misses, what does that mean for the Seahawks’ offense?
Does Tyler Lockett play at week 15 to fight cheats?
As previously mentioned, Tyler Lockett was added to the COVID list earlier today. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s guaranteed to be out this week. If Lockett can do two negative tests between now and Sunday, he could still be game-ready. This is a wait and see approach.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2021
It is likely that Lockett will be forced to miss Sunday’s game but that is not a foregone conclusion so news should be watched closely.
If Tyler Locket missed this game, he would average 7.2 goals per game, and those goals have to go somewhere. However, the Seahawks would rather run the ball than throw it. That said, they get the Rams this week and they’ll follow for the majority of the game, which will force them to air.
The obvious beneficiary in Lockett’s absence is DK Metcalf. Metcalf has seen 7.1 goals per game in this offense and that should only be enhanced in Lockett’s absence. The unsettling part is that he should see more of Jalen Ramsey as the clear top recipient.
Gerald Everett would also benefit from Lockett’s absence. Everett is currently seeing 4.2 goals per game but Lockett’s absence will push that number up into the 6-8 range. Furthermore, if Ramsey can slow Metcalf, it could lead to more usage in Everett’s direction.
Final, Dee Eskridge can turn into Seahawks number two wide receiver without Lockett. Eskridge only gets two goals per game but he will be on the field a lot in an environment where the Seahawks are expected to throw. Maybe the Seahawks decided to rotate that WR2 slot among a number of players, but Eskridge is the one most likely to take advantage of that opportunity.
Should I start Tyler Lockett?
This is a difficult situation. However, if Lockett has completed his negative test and he is able to play then there will be no limit to him. Therefore, if he is ready to compete, he should be in your squad to create a good game environment.
That said, if he misses this game, Metcalf and Everett should be started all over the place as there is a shortlist of players that will be set up to outperform them. Eskridge is more questionable but he could be considered for a WR3 or flex option. In particular, considering the large number of players who are likely to be absent this week due to injury and/or COVID.
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