Seahawks Fantasy Start + Sit vs. Vikings
The Seattle Seahawks return home this week to takes on a Minnesota Vikings team that has floundered around the bottom of the NFL standings all season long but offer more than just an average challenge for a below average team.
Minnesota’s defense has been bad in every aspect so a number of Hawks could have a big day Sunday.
The Seattle offense has shaken their mid-season doldrums and looked exceptional last week in Atlanta. In Week 11 – before their bye, it looks like they will have a chance to keep their offensive roll going. After all a new toy returns this week – Percy Harvin is supposed to suit up Sunday!
Let’s break it down.
QB Russell Wilson
30 yards rushing – 250 yards passing, 2 TDs
I admit, I have been guilty of calling Wilson a game manager this year but he has proven to be far more than that – he has become a legit Fantasy entity. Russell Wilson has thrown for multiple TDs in four straight games and has 17 TDs on the year. He is comfortable in the pocket and can hurt you with his feet as well.
I like Wilson to throw for a couple scores this week again as well as good yardage. He may not be a top 10 Fantasy QB this week but you certainly could do a whole lot worse.
Feel no shame in starting Wilson if you are stuck.
RB Marshawn Lynch
100 yards rushing, 1 TD
Marshawn Lynch has been a beast at home and after last week’s game in Atlanta, you have to be scared if you are a Vikings defender. What’s interesting though is that Lynch has his worst games against the softer defenses.
That said he has gotten 20+ carries in four straight weeks and should do so again. With that amount of touches, how can Lynch not do some damage this week?
WR Golden Tate
6 catches, 70 yards, 1 TD
Golden Tate was superb last week – six grabs for 106 yards and a TD but this week he gets a bit more competition for touches with the return of Percy Harvin. Still, Tate has been Wilson’s most trusted target and should be so again.
On the flip side, he hasn’t scored at home yet this year and he has only had one game above 33 yards. Start Tate with caution this week although it wouldn’t be a shock to see him go off!
WR Doug Baldwin
5 catches, 70 yards, 1 TD
Doug Baldwin could be the guy that benefits most from the attention that Percy Harvin will get. Although not a recommended Fantasy play, I like Baldwin to have a good game this week as Tate and Harvin will be the focus of Minnesota`s defense.
Baldwin should be good but is not a starter in Fantasy starter.
WR Percy Harvin
2 catches, 50 yards, 2 runs 20 yards
Percy Harvin is no lock to play this week and even if he does you have to figure he will be on a snap count as he battles back from his hip injury. But just the presence of Harvin on the field makes this team more dangerous.
WR Jermaine Kearse
3 catches, 50 yards
Kearse has scored in two straight games but never gets more than a couple of targets per week. He certainly makes the most of those targets but his scoring streak stops this week.
TE Zach Miller
2 catches, 25 yards
Typical Fantasy numbers again for Miller – he is pretty predictable isn’t he?
PK Steven Hauschka
1 FG 4 XP
Defense + Special Teams
13 points, 300 yards, 5 sacks, 2 INT.
Seattle knows that there is only one player to key on this week – Adrian Peterson is about the only Viking that can beat them.
Garbage-time yards are a reality this week but there is no doubt that the crowd noise, the unflattering Christian Ponder and the absence of Kyle Rudolph due to injury will make the Seattle D one of the top 5 Fantasy starts again this week.