Tyler Lockett Poised to Have Monster 2019 NFL Season

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28: Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks his touchdown catch against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field on October 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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After finishing just 35 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2018, Tyler Lockett's stock is at an all-time high heading into the 2019 NFL season.

With Doug Baldwin, the Seattle Seahawks' No. 1 receiver for the past five-plus seasons, now retired, Lockett is seemingly in line for a monster season.

Lockett put together his healthiest season in 2018, which allowed him to play nearly 85 percent of the offensive snaps for the Seahawks. That's a 20 percent increase from the previous season. He racked up 70 targets, second on the team to Baldwin's 73, meaning there's lots of additional opportunity in 2019.

While D.K. Metcalf will likely see some of the now-available targets on the outside, the rookie's route running is still nowhere close to what it needs to be at this level. Baldwin also played primarily in the slot (62.3 percent of his snaps), a role that Lockett will not only fill, but likely thrive in.

Finding a diamond in the rough is easier said than done in fantasy football, but Lockett continues to slip under the radar in drafts. He finished last season with 57 catches for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning him a WR16 finish in PPR scoring formats. Despite that finish, he has an average draft position (ADP) of WR23 so far in 2019.

With the increased opportunity, Lockett could put up career numbers in 2019. If his target count increases to close to 100, Lockett is looking at a season with around 80 catches, 1,300 yards and 10-plus touchdowns, playing off his numbers from last season. Those totals make him a top-10 WR, something we should likely expect from him in the NFL's 100th season.

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