Seahawks Fantasy Forecast
The Seattle Seahawks suffered a major late-game meltdown last week and surrendered 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a loss to the Washington Redskins.
This week, they hope to right the ship and start another win streak when they host a Philadelphia Eagles team that is as hyped as any team in the NFL.
Seattle will likely go into the game without Sidney Rice who sustained a concussion last week and Linebacker David Hawthorne – two of Seattle’s better players on both sides of the ball.
Despite that, the Hawks roll on!
Let’s take a look at how Thursday night’s game figures to play out and let’s prognosticate the numbers that each skill player could garner against the Eagles talented but underachieving defense.
QB Tarvaris Jackson - 200 yards passing, 2 touchdowns – Jackson keeps plugging along – not winning games for the Hawks but not losing games either! He threw two touchdowns in last week’s game – the first time he has done that all season.
While the omission of Sidney Rice from the lineup will certainly dent Jackson’s passing numbers, I am still projecting him to have a decent game against an Eagles defense that is absolutely coming apart at the seams.
The Eagles pass defense has been tough on the road – they only allowed three of five opponents to throw a touchdown pass and only one had more than just a single score.
But they are in shambles, they are banged up and they are visiting Seattle – one of the toughest buildings in the league to play in.
He has made his whole team better. He has gone seven straight games with a touchdown and been around 100 total yards or more in five of the last six. I expect similar numbers on Thursday night.
He will get his chances guaranteed – the Hawks are committed to getting Lynch the ball! Lynch is definitely Fantasy starter material.
Doug has looked good recently – 2 straight games with over 60 yards receiving and five games with around that same total. His targets will increase this week as will the likelihood of better numbers and even a score.
Baldwin is a risky flex option for Fantasy purposes.
WR Mike Williams – 50 receiving yards, 1 touchdown – Mike Williams is questionable to play but I am projecting like he will start. Williams, with Sidney Rice out of the lineup become even more integral in the Seahawks passing game.
With the extra attention paid to Marshawn Lynch, I expect Williams to get open and to score as a Red Zone target.
Williams shouldn’t be used in Fantasy in any format – too many questions, too much inconsistency.
WR Ben Obomanu - 40 receiving yards – Obomanu could be in line for a breakout game but it is more likely that he remains a quality possession receiver for the Hawks. He will get more opportunity with Rice out but his numbers should be in the 40-50 yard territory.
WR Golden Tate – 20 receiving yards – Tate is the X-factor this week. He could have a strong game but it remains to be seen if Pete Carroll will use him or ride Marshawn Lynch.
TE Zach Miller – 10 receiving yards – Miller may see some more looks than usual this week but it is likely he is primarily a blocker again!
No Fantasy value here.