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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