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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
2022 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. DEN at SEA
Week 2 at SF vs. HOU
Week 3 vs. ATL vs. SF
Week 4 at DET at LV
Week 5 at NO vs. IND
Week 6 vs. ARI at LAC
Week 7 at LAC vs. NYJ
Week 8 vs. NYG at JAC
Week 9 at ARIBYE WEEK
Week 10 at TB at TEN
Week 11BYE WEEK vs. LV
Week 12 vs. LV at CAR
Week 13 at LAR at BAL
Week 14 vs. CAR vs. KC
Week 15 vs. SF vs. ARI
Week 16 at KC at LAR
Week 17 vs. NYJ at KC
Week 18 vs. LAR vs. LAC
Player Projections Comparison
 
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts163.5153.7
Rush Yards714.9698.5
Rush TDs4.86.2
   
Receiving
   
Receptions19.023.8
Rec Yards146.1180.6
Rec TDs0.51.3
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points114.2129.1
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
2021 Points 
Week 117.8
Week 26.9
Week 314.2
Week 46.7
Week 54.3
Week 67.3
Week 79.2
Week 816.2
Week 915.5
Week 108.3
Week 11
Week 128.8
Week 13
Week 1423.1
Week 156.1
Week 160.0
Week 177.2
Week 1815.6
Total0.0167.2
Average10.5
Player Targets Comparison
 
2021 Targets 
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Week 32
Week 44
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Week 63
Week 73
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Week 92
Week 104
Week 11
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Week 13
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Notes for Player Combination
 
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Derek Brown
FantasyPros
Kenneth Walker could also emerge from camp as the starter. Walker's 99th percentile college dominator and 96th percentile speed score will be a welcome sight for Pete Carroll. We know the Seahawks want to establish the hell out of it with one of Drew Lock or Geno Smith looking like a possible Week 1 starter at quarterback. Since 2018 the Seahawks are third in neutral script rushing rate, so the volume will be there to support one elite-level back or tandem of backs with weekly RB2 or high RB3 potential. 
Andrew Erickson
FantasyPros
Kenneth Walker III made a massive splash upon transferring to Michigan State in 2021, leading his class in rushing yards (1,634), missed forced tackles (89) and explosive runs (46) en route to winning the Doak Walker Award -  an honor bestowed upon college football's best running back. His success earned him a 34% dominator rating, which considers the number of touchdowns and receiving yards a player commands within their offense. The number is solid considering Walker commanded just a 4% target share in his junior year, catching 13 passes for 80 receiving yards.  His massive accomplishments this past season were inevitable after he rushed for 13 touchdowns as PFF's 15th-best graded running back in 2020 as a sophomore at Wake.  With the second-most missed tackles forced over the past two seasons - trailing only Iowa State's Breece Hall - and third-most rushing yards after contact, Walker possesses the groundwork to be an effective rusher at the next level. Breaking tackles and creating after contact in college translates to the pros extremely well, as seen most recently by Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams. Williams led the nation in missed tackle rate (48%) in his final season at North Carolina and would go on to lead the NFL in the same metric at the conclusion of his stellar rookie season.  Elusiveness is just one trait Walker has in common with Williams, as both skipped their senior years to enter the draft. Declaring early is a positive sign for a running back in dynasty formats, as they save themselves from another year of wear and tear.  The lack of work in the passing game is really the only major blemish on Walker's prospect profile because his testing at the NFL scouting combine was also exceptional. He weighed in at 211 pounds and ran a 4.38 40-yard dash (96th percentile). "The player I am avoiding is running back Kenneth Walker III. With a rookie draft ADP in the top-3, it's just too steep a price to pay for a running back that is projected to be used heavily on early downs on an offense that easily projects to be bottom-5 in the NFL led by the unsurprising duo of Drew Lock/Geno Smith at quarterback. Even if Walker can carve out a first-year workload similar to that of Chris Carson circa 2020 - 16.4 touches per game, 56% snaps share when healthy - it's still going to be a massive uphill battle for him to be a fantasy producer in Year 1. Pete Carroll has a stable of backs including Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas who all figure to work in at some point despite Walker's Round 2 draft capital. Again, even when Carson was the RB1, he was splitting snaps. Penny was brought back on a one-year deal for $5 million (12tth-highest cap hit), Chris Carson - if healthy - is due $6.1 million (10th-highest cap hit) and Homer/Dallas have routinely worked as pass-catchers out of the backfield. Seattle also finished dead-last in targets to the RB position last season, creating serious doubt that Walker will be used in that fashion in any capacity as a rookie. Part of that is on Russell Wilson's lack of juice in the screen game, but the offense itself doesn't predicate much RB pass-game usage. Geno Smith posted a meager 12% RB target rate (three per game) in his three starts last season. Drew Lock was at 17%. The Seahawks have the chance to be a running back by committee and dumpster fire on offense this season for all the reasons I've laid out, which is why I am adamantly against paying the premium for Walker. If this team falls behind in games, there's no telling which RB will even be on the field. I feel so much better about going with one of the many rookie WRs selected in Round 1 ahead of Walker based on his landing spot. Hopefully, opportunities should open in this backfield in Year 2 for Walker with Penny likely leaving in free agency. But does he get replaced with another Day 2 running back? Will Seattle's offense even be efficient in 2023 and beyond? So much uncertainty with this entire situation has me hesitant.Gordon is bound to be written off by fantasy draft pundits this offseason due to his age, but he proved that he still has gas in the tank in 2021. The 29-year-old running back was efficient across the board, ranking eighth in both PFF rushing grade (83.4) and forced missed tackles (45) while compiling 231 touches (16th). With him back on a high-powered offense and with the potential to receive goal-line touches, he could easily become a screaming value in 2022 like James Conner or Leonard Fournette last year.
Kevin Wheeler
The Draft Zone
5'9", 211lb, 31.2 BMI 4.38 forty, 96th percentile speed score. Likely a committee backfield, bad quarterbacks, play NFC/AFC West and will trail heavily, terrible O-line, low-volume offense. 
Nick Spencer
Fantasy Six Pack
 Was an RB2 last year with a worse offense, he will likely finish better than where he is drafted but upside is clearly capped. A good 0RB or Hero RB late target as he will be serviceable more weeks than not.
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
6/22: Rashaad Penny in "driver's seat"... but also Ken Walker is a complete HORSE & Penny has big injury history. Easy guy to fall in love with5/2 Update: Returns to Denver where he was the RB21 last year in a grosser overall offense. Significant upside at a minimal price
Justin Lampkin
Clock Management Fantasy Football
This is one of my favorite draft picks. Ken Walker is going to a team that has been top 5 in run percentage 6 of the last 10 years, and Carroll says he wants to get back to the run. Carson may never paly football again and Penny has never impressed in the opportunities he has been afforded. Ken walker will go later in the draft than where I have him ranked but he will finish the year as a top 15 RB. 
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
I actually really like Walker landing in Seattle. Carson has health concerns and Penny is on a one year deal. Walker could be the #1 RB in this backfield this year, and his dynasty outlook is great.