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Luke Willson Fantasy Value Rising With New Starting Role in Week 8 Following Will Dissly Injury

Zach Brunner
Seattle Seahawks v New York Giants
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Sitting at 5-1 and out-playing the expectations most fans had for them, the Seattle Seahawks have had little to feel bad about. That was until last week, when breakout tight end Will Dissly went down with an achilles injury, ending his season. This opens the door for Luke Willson to regain his starting role in Seattle.

After spending last season with the Detroit Lions and the preseason on the Oakland Raiders, Willson has made his return to Seattle, where he spent his first five seasons. Willson also made 37 starts in those five seasons, though he was not utilized much in the passing game.

In his 75 total games in Seattle, Willson has caught 94 passes for 1,181 yards and 11 touchdowns. His best season was in 2014, where he caught 22 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns.

Dissly was a featured part of this offense, totaling 23 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns through five games. While Willson might not be the receiver that Dissly is, Seattle's commitment to using a tight end could mean a more fruitful performance in his second stint in Seattle.

Willson is not ranked in our Week 7 PPR rankings, but he is an interesting pick up for the time being. With the tight end position being so volatile this season, the opportunity to find a consistent week-to-week producer is incredibly valuable and if Seattle continues to utilize the tight end as they have, Wilson might turn into that based on volume alone.


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