Seahawks Fantasy Forecast – Week 7
The Seattle Seahawks head back out on the road this week for a Nationally Televised game in Phoenix, off a rather unflattering week in terms of Fantasy. Marshawn Lynch owners have to be happy with his two TD effort but everyone else failed to deliver for their owners.
This week they takes on an Arizona team that played well last week, hung with the 49ers only to allow San Fran to pull away at the end.
It figures to be a low scoring game Thursday night. Who should you trust to help your Fantasy squad? Let’s take a look.
QB Russell Wilson
60 yards rushing, 230 yards passing, 2 TDs
Russell Wilson hasn’t been throwing many touchdowns as of late but it changes this week. Arizona’s stout run defense will dictate the game plan, and as we’ve seen all season long – Wilson is a master of giving what the defense gives him. He throws for two TDs this week and adds 60 yards rushing – about what he is averaging on the ground the last three weeks.
Wilson becomes a decent bye-week fill in this week and should reward owners with an OK Fantasy day.
RB Marshawn Lynch
70 yards rushing, 3 catches, 40 yards
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 85 yards in Arizona for 2012 and is coming off a 78, 2 TD performance. He is third in the NFL in rushing but will likely find very little room against Arizona who owns the third ranked run D. He has been doing a little damage as a receiver lately as well which is nice – 78 yards on 4 catches last week.
You absolutely have to start Lynch because of his ability to punch one in from short-yardage. Just don’t expect an explosion this week.
WR Doug Baldwin
5 catches, 60 yards
It’s pretty hard to figure out which wideout is going to do the damage each and every week and this week is no different. No wideout has topped 100 yards in a game this year and the unit has combined for six total TDs all season. I like Doug Baldwin to continue to be that possession guy – moderate yardage.
He is not a recommended start in Fantasy
WR Jermaine Kearse
2 catches, 25 yards, 1 TD
Jermaine Kearse seems to be the guy that Russell Wilson looks for inside the 20s – red zone looks will translate to a score this week. He isn’t targeted very often between the 20s though – minimal yardage and a score is an optimistic projection this week.
WR Sidney Rice
3 catches, 30 yards
This guy makes me scratch my head each and every week. Same for you? Has had just one big game this year and although I think he gets a few looks this week, don’t expect a big game.
The younger, faster guys seem to have caught the eye of Wilson.
WR Golden Tate
5 catches, 50 yards
Golden Tate could emerge as the top receiver on the Hawks this week but saying that, you can’t expect a monster Fantasy-relevant game. Wilson spreads the ball out very well and things won’t change Thursday.
TE Zach Miller
3 catches, 20 yards, 1 TD
Welcome back to the lineup Mr. Zach Miller!
While not a recommended Fantasy start, I like Miller to score this week in his return to the field. The running game could be minimized meaning more opportunities for the big targets in the red zone.
PK Steven Hauschka
2 FG 2 XP
Defense – Special Teams
17 points, 325 yards, 4 sacks, 2 Int.
The Cards turned the ball over four times in San Francisco last week and enter this week with Larry Fitzgerald seriously banged up. The Cardinals will also struggle, as always to run the ball. It all translates to a big Fantasy day for the Seattle defense, although they are more vulnerable on the road.
The Hawks are an elite start once again this week against the mistake-prone Cardinals.