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D.K. Metcalf Stats Against Man and Press Coverage are Insane

David Kaestle
D.K. Metcalf during the 2019 Wild Card Round.
D.K. Metcalf during the 2019 Wild Card Round. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images
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If you watched Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf play last season, it was easy to see that he had a successful rookie season. In fact, most would say he well surpassed the expectations he had coming in as a second-round pick with a couple of questionable numbers in drills at the NFL Combine.

When you take a look at some more advanced stats, it paints an even more impressive season from the now second-year wideout.

In 2019, Metcalf was incredible against press and man coverage. He ranked in the 85th percentile in success rate against man coverage among measured wide receivers, as well as in the 79th percentile against press coverage.

Furthermore, he ranked above the 60th percentile in all but two type of routes on the route tree. That's especially impressive considering one of the top concerns about his rookie year outlook was that he may struggles as a route-runner.

If Metcalf can further improve on these numbers in 2020, he will truly take a step into the No. 1 receiver conversation and could end up being a steal in some fantasy football drafts.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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