2018 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks

Are you worried about Doug Baldwin’s knee, despite Pete Carroll’s assurance that he’ll be ready for Week 1? Are you wary of investing in a Seattle backfield that lacks clarity between Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, all behind what was 1 of the league’s worst O-lines in 2017? Still believe in Russell Wilson, but don’t want to pay a draft-day premium for him?

Lockett presents your opportunity to buy an inexpensive share in the Seattle offense -- and to take a chance on a young guy who really wasn’t himself in 2017.

Carroll called last year “a struggle” for Lockett, coming off the ankle fracture that closed out 2016. Now, the former 3rd-round pick is all the way back and heading into just his age-26 campaign.

Lockett has drawn just 69, 66 and 71 targets in his 3 seasons. But WR Paul Richardson and TE Jimmy Graham left behind 176 targets from last year when they left in the offseason. They ranked 2nd and 3rd -- between Baldwin and Lockett -- in that category. Lockett should climb that chart, with players such as WRs Jaron Brown and Brandon Marshall and TE Ed Dickson (who has spent all of camp on the non-football injury list) stepping in.

Lockett has averaged only 2.9 receptions per game as a pro so far, but he has displayed his explosive ability with 3 return TDs and 192 rushing yards on 21 career attempts. Lockett also dominated market share over his final 2 college seasons, including 41.1% of team receptions as a 2013 junior at Kansas State and 39.1% of receptions in 2014.