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.

Running back – Marshawn Lynch and Frank
Gore

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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