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Fantasy Football: Game of the Week Preview
Only one team has clinched a playoff berth thus far and it is Pete Carroll’s Seahawks. The eight wins at home were a given (Spoiler alert to the Cardinals and Rams in Week 16 and 17), but the quality win over Carolina and dominance within the division is what stands out the most.
San Francisco is riding a two-game winning streak and the defense has allowed fewer than 14 points in four of the last five contests.
I’m not expecting a lot of fantasy football value from this game, but it’s sure to be a great matchup between two solid defenses.
Players to start:
Quarterback – Russell Wilson
While Seattle has produced 30+ points in three-straight games, they have been against subpar defenses. You could argue that the Seahawks won 29-3 in Week 2 against the 49ers, but Russell Wilson only threw for 142 yards and a touchdown. The Niners own the third-best passing defense and Seattle has the best passing D. Avoid Colin Kaepernick at all costs. I’m only suggesting Wilson because of what he did to New Orleans (fourth-best passing defense) on Monday night.
This is where the fantasy points will come on Sunday. Marshawn Lynch was disappointing last Monday, but he still has scored four times in the last three games. In mid-September, Lynch ran for 98 yards and two TDs against San Francisco.
Frank Gore wasn’t as successful in the first matchup, with only nine carries for 16 yards. Even against the Rams last week, Gore only rushed for 42 yards, but he did find the end zone. I’d consider Gore as a flex in 10-team leagues and an RB2 in deeper formats.
Wide receiver –
No, I didn’t forget to write any names in this section, there just isn’t a reliable option at wide receiver. Seattle has the best passing defense and only allows 177 yards per game. The Seahawks also lack a stand-out No. 1 receiver. There are only two teams, other than the Seahawks, in the NFC without a player with at least 50 receptions (St. Louis and Minnesota). Anquan Boldin had a 200-yard performance the week prior to the Seattle game and then only registered one reception.
Tight end – Vernon Davis
When you score 10 touchdowns in 11 games and have a three-game TD streak, matchups do not matter. That’s the case with Vernon Davis this week. Earlier, Davis tallied only three catches for 20 yards in Seattle. However, Boldin and Davis are still the only players to receive a touchdown pass from Kaepernick this season.
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