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Ricky Seals-Jones: Waiver Wire Band-Aid or Long-Term Solution? (2021 Fantasy Football)

Oct 19, 2021
Ricky Seals-Jones

Can Ricky Seals-Jones be a breakout fantasy TE?

If you told me in the preseason, I’d be writing about Ricky Seals-Jones as a waiver wire target; I would’ve loved to see my reaction.

Alas, this is fantasy football, and nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

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Player Profile:

Seals-Jones is a 26-year-old TE playing in his fifth NFL season for his fourth team. Starting opportunities have been hard to come by for the journeyman; he’s amassed just 72 receptions, 910 yards, and ten touchdowns in his career. 

Seals-Jones played Wide Receiver at Texas A&M, but with his six-foot-five, 240-pound frame, he quickly moved to TE in the NFL. 

Despite profiling as a receiving-only TE, Seals-Jones has faced run-blocking assignments far more than many expected. However, with Washington’s shortage of weapons in the passing game, Seals-Jones has seen a solid 15 targets in the last two weeks, turning them into nine catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. 

State of The Offense:

I alluded to it in Seals-Jones’ profile, but Washington needs weapons. Terry McLaurin is ascending into a tier of elite WRs, but injuries have plagued this Washington offense all around him. The reason Seals-Jones is starting now is because of an injury to starter Logan Thomas.

WFT WR2 Curtis Samuel has only played 30 snaps this season due to injury. Antonio Gibson hasn’t missed much time but is a staple on the weekly injury report. 

This opportunity is the perfect situation for Seals-Jones to perform the way he has. After all, starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated to return sooner rather than later. Does this mean Ricky-Seals Jones is a worthy waiver wire addition?

Seals-Jones’ Outlook:

The short answer to my question posed above: if you desperately need a TE. However, I fear his best week may be behind him. The Kansas City Chiefs have given up more receiving yards to opposing TEs than any other team in the NFL, and last week, Washington’s receiving corps was as banged up as they’ve ever been.

He posted a 4/58/1 stat line against Kansas City; however, per Next Gen Stats, three of his four receptions were behind the line of scrimmage, making his 39-yard TD reception an outlier. 

The receiving ensemble in Washington, including Logan Thomas, should heal up soon and send the Ricky Seals-Jones rocket plummeting back to earth. 

Again, if you’re desperate, sure, you could do worse than RSJ, but he’s not a long-term piece by any means. Ricky Seals-Jones is a fantasy band-aid that’s ready to fall off. 

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