Seahawks Start ’em & Sit ’em
Two games left before the bye for the Seattle Seahawks — this week on the road against a surprisingly bad Atlanta Falcons team before they return home next week to host an even worse Minnesota Vikings squad.
The Hawks have been just OK the last three weeks Fantasy wise — none of their efforts have been awe-inspiring outside of Marshawn Lynch‘s big game last week.
This week they face a defense that has not been great all year, so the numbers could pile up for a few of the Hawks’ position players.
QB Russell Wilson
25 rush yards, 225 pass yards, 2 TDs
I have been projecting Russell Wilson to generate average numbers the last few weeks. This week I am cautiously optimistic that he can have a good game and help a fantasy team that may be without a Tom Brady who is on a bye or Aaron Rodgers who is out a while.
Wilson passed for 385 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs against the Falcons and added a rushing score on his seven carries for 60 yards as well – his history against this team is good.
If stuck, you could do far worse than Mr. Wilson – Atlanta’s defense is making everyone look good!
RB Marshawn Lynch
85 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 catches 10 yards
Marshawn Lynch looked better last week. He finally got the touches he needs to be effective, and this week, I like him to run for a TD again but fail to hit the Century mark.
Lynch is still a RB1 – he won’t be worse than my projections – no surprise if he eclipses them.
The emergence of Robert Turbin who had eight touches last week also slightly dents Lynch’s value.
WR Doug Baldwin
3 catches, 50 yards, 1 TD
Baldwin was terrific last week in relief of Sidney Rice – 6 catches, 75 yards and a TD against the Tampa Bay Bucs. I like his rise to prominence to continue this week. He obviously has the trust of Wilson and could have a good game this week.
Do I start him in Fantasy? Heck no. Do I think he’ll be good in this game? Heck yes!
WR Jermaine Kearse
2 catches 40 yards
Jermaine Kerse is the legitimate No. 3 with Percy Harvin likely to be out another week. He will get a few looks, but not enough to warrant any Fantasy consideration.
WR Golden Tate
4 catches, 80 yards, 1TD
This guy was stuck on Revis Island last week and had a bad game because of it. I expect him to bounce back this week against a far softer defense. He is the No. 1 option by a mile for Wilson.
Golden Tate is certainly worth a look as a WR3 or flex this week. One hundred yards and a score wouldn’t be a surprise at all.
TE Zach Miller
3 catches, 40 yards
As always, 25-45 yards is a lock for Miller – nothing more, nothing less.
PK Steven Hauschka
1 FG 3 XP
Defense + Special Teams
21 points, 375 yards, 3 sacks, 2 Int. 1 FF.
The Falcons will be without their two Stud WRs again this week – Julio Jones and Roddy White are both on the sidelines. The team’s running game has been a bust as well, although Steven Jackson is showing a flicker of life.
The Falcons have been turnover machines this year – Matt Ryan is completing nearly as many passes to the opposition as he is his own team.
Simply put, Atlanta’s offense is a shadow of its former self. Start the Seahawks‘ defense with confidence this week and watch turnover after turnover come your way.