Seahawks Fantasy Start + Sit vs. 49ers
What a performance by the Seattle Seahawks Monday night – total domination in every aspect of the game against the Saints.
This week they head back out onto the road – red-hot and looking to essentially lock up first place in the NFC.
Standing in their way, the stout and improving San Francisco 49ers defense – Seattle’s biggest challenge to date.
So how will the Seahawks position players fare in the first week of most’s Fantasy Playoffs. Let’s take a look at who you can rely on this week to take you to the next round.
QB Russell Wilson
40 rush yards, 250 passing yards, 2 TDs
Everyone that watched Monday night’s game came away with the same feeling – Russell Wilson has complete and utter control of this offense!
He has now tossed for multiple TDs in six straight games – I like that to happen again. But to expect over 300 yards passing against the Niners may be a bit too much to ask.
Start Wilson with a little hesitation this week – SF’s defense has been incredible lately and Wilson passed for only 142 yards and one score on his eight completions in the first meeting this year.
The Niners have allowed just 3 passing TDs in the last five home games.
Simply put – you could do worse with Russell Wilson this week but you could also do better. He sits just outside the top 10 in my Rankings but is an OK start.
RB Marshawn Lynch
80 rushing yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 10 yards
Marshawn Lynch dominated this matchup in the last meeting – part of the reason the passing game was under-utilized. He ran for 98 yards and 2 TDs. You will have to start him but beware, he hasn’t faced a top defense in a while and he has gone over 100 yards just three times this year.
Lynch is a stud – you never bench him but temper your expectations against San Francisco’s ever-improving defense.
WR Doug Baldwin
5 catches, 80 yards, 1 TD
Percy Harvin may/may not play this week but others have certainly stepped up – none more than Doug Baldwin who hasn’t gone for less than 63 yards in the last four games and has scored in three of those games. He has become Wilson’s go-to-guy and should have another solid game Sunday.
He is on my WR3 radar but in Fantasy Playoffs you have to go with the guys that got you there – I’m sure Baldwin isn’t one of those guys.
Start if desperate this week and enjoy the consistently decent numbers from Baldwin.
WR Golden Tate
5 catches, 60 yards 1 TD
Had just 19 yards receiving in the first matchup but will be better this week. Golden Tate has had a knack of playing huge or not showing up at all this year – frustrating for sure. But with Baldwin taking some of the attention, Tate could flourish this week.
I wouldn’t start him except in the deepest of leagues – too inconsistent. But he could reward those willing to take a big gamble.
WR Jermaine Kearse
3 catches, 40 yards
Don’t let last week’s TD fool you – Kearse is not a Fantasy start this week.
TE Zach Miller
4 catches 40 yards
Zach Miller exploded last week and is becoming a bigger part of the passing game each week. He has been around the 50 yards mark in the last three games at home but has struggled a bit on the road.
Something tells me he is going to be held in to block a fair bit this week – don’t expect big numbers.
PK Steven Hauschka
2 FG 3 XP
Defense / Special Teams
23 points against, 350 yards, 4 sacks,2 INT
An underlying storyline ahead of this game is the fact that LT Joe Staley will miss Sunday’s game allowing the Seattle pass rush a little extra room. This unit has been great against the pass and has surrendered only four rushing TDs all year long.
Seattle can smell blood and the swarming defense should have yet another good game.
Start with confidence as always.