Nobody said it would be easy.
The Seahawks showed up in Kansas City looking for a fight Sunday afternoon, and, that's just what they got. From a fantasy football perspective, this game more or less followed suit with the last couple games the Seahawks have played. Basically, the run game was on point, Doug Baldwin made his nut, and there was a Jermaine Kearse sighting.
Those that had relevance, stayed relevant...
Russell Wilson - As expected, KC played Russell Wilson tough, but, he eventually found the end zone early in the second quarter on a 7-yard pass to Doug Baldwin. He would find the endzone just one more time later in the game, but, this time it was to the newest tight end addition Tony Moeaki, from one yard out.
Russell played a solid game, despite more offensive line issues and a tough road matchup. He finished the game rushing for 71 yards on 8 carries, but, did not find the endzone. This is the Russell Wilson I think we can expect from week to week, a moderate amount of pass yards, 2 touchdowns, and 40-60 yards of damage from his feet. He will continue to be a QB1 regardless of whether or not he throws for over 200 yards passing.
(71 Rush Yards, 178 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TDs = Total Points 26.22)
Marshawn Lynch - Nothing has changed here, Marshawn is still one of the best backs in the league and the player to own on the Seattle Seahawks. We saw a regression in pass game usage today as he finished with 3 targets for a single catch and just one yard receiving. None of that matters though, because Lynch went nuts once again as he toted the rock 24 times for 124 yards (5.2 YPC).
I'll keep saying it till I am blue in the face, this guy is a monster and Seattle feeds him the rock. Start him every week with extreme confidence. He is an ELITE RB1.
(124 Rush Yards, 1 Catches, 1 Rec Yard = Standard 12.5/PPR 13.5 Points)
Robert Turbin - 4 carries for 11 yards, and, the irrelevance wagon keeps on chugging along.
(11 Rush Yards = 1.1 Points)
Christine Michael - Zero action to discuss here, he is still purely a high-end dynasty Hold.1 carry for -2 yards, this statistic is meaningless.
(-2 Rush Yards = -2 Points)
Doug Baldwin - The ever consummate grinder, Baldwin wiggled his way open in the first half to secure a 7 yard TD pass from Russell Wilson. He would score just once on the day and finish with a 6-45-1 stat line on 9 targets. It was actually a pretty solid day for Baldwin, who often doesn't find the endzone. He will continue to be a low end WR3 from week to week as the guy running the higher volume routes. You realize the risk of starting ANY Seahawks receiver by this point.
(6 Catches, 45 Rec Yards, 1 Rec TD = Standard 10.5/PPR 16.5 Points)
Jermaine Kearse - Jermaine finished the game with a team high in receiving yards on Sunday after posting a 5-54 line. Tied with a team high 9 targets, and, played the role of go-to option on a ton of different occasions. His day was "meh" by PPR standards, but it could have been better. The stinger of the day was when he dropped the would-be touchdown pass from Russell Wilson as the ball drilled him in the hands just inside the endzone. Beggars can't be choosers, and, Kearse owners can't be serious. His inconsistent play keeps him in the WR4/WR5 conversation from week to week.
(5 Catch, 54 Rec Yards = Standard 5.4/PPR 10.4 Points)
Paul Richardson - Paul finished with just 3 catches for 24 yards on 4 total targets. A very meager day, and, thats BEFORE we subtract points for his fumble. There is a serious level of development that needs to take place here, but, his increased usage is a good sign. Purely a dynasty hold for now.
(3 Catches, 24 Rec Yards, 1 Fumble, 24 KR Yards = Standard 3.4/PPR 6 Points)
Luke Willson - He flashed his play making ability today as he reeled in 3 catches for 51 yards on just 3 targets. His athleticism was never really the question here, but, it was nice to see it put on display Sunday.
He will be at best a low end TE2, but, the development of new addition Tony Moeaki may eat away at Willson even further. It would have to be a pretty deep league to have any need to start Luke Willson.
(3 Catches, 51 Rec Yards = Standard 5.1/PPR 8.1 Points)
Tony Moeaki - A gifted athlete, Moeaki had a stint with the Kansas City Chiefs that never panned out and Seattle recently took a flier on him. He saw only one target today, but, how he used it was what mattered. Reeling in his single target for one yard and his first touchdown as a Seahawk Sunday. Hes an intriguing add for owners looking for an option, but, I doubt he turns out to be relevant whatsoever this year.
(1 Catch, 1 Rec Yards, 1 TD = Standard 6.1/PPR 7.1 Points)
Cooper Helfet - Not a super relevant player to start with, but, today was icing on the cake. Cooper was targeted 3 times Sunday, but, only hauled in one pass for a meaningless two yard reception. Luke Willson is already the primary option at TE, and, with the addition of Moeaki its safe to say Cooper may be fading away altogether.
(1 Catch, 2 Rec Yards = Standard .2/PPR 1.2 Points)
Seattle Seahawks - Like everyone before them, they felt the wrath of Jamaal Charles. The KC offensive line did its job as well as it kept the Seattle pass rush at bay all day long. This was a pretty standard outing for anyone attempting to deal with Jamaal Charles on the road. Aside from 2 forced fumble recoveries this wasn't an impressive defensive effort. This hasn't been even close to the SEA DST we all saw in 2013, and, they are a better streaming option than "must-start" option.
(24 Points Allowed, 2 Fum Rec, 89 Return Yards = Standard/PPR = 6.23 Points)
Steven Hauschka - After tonight Hauschka has either scored or exceed 8 fantasy points in 8 of 10 outings. A very accurate kicker on a team that often drives the ball down into field goal range. I've always been a believer in kicker streaming rather than sticking to a particular player. Steven is a solid play, but, he has been a conservative play all year, owners may consider dropping him for other streaming options from week to week.
(2 FG's, 2 XP = 8 Total Points)
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