Sunday's game was the Seahawks' shot at their biggest rival the 49ers, and Seattle reminded San Francisco who's king of the NFC West division.
Also some pass protection would be nice...
Russell Wilson - (27 Rush Yards, 168 Pass Yards, 1 Pass TD, INT = Total Points 13.42)
At this point I think we just have to stay calm when it comes to slow Russell Wilson starts, because they are going to happen. Let's take his first half for instance, Russell completed nine passes on eighteen attempts for just 140 yards. The real kick in the pants was the interception he threw with just :08 left in the first half, in a play that I am sure he wishes he could have back.
Russell finished the game with 12 completions on 24 attempts and 168 pass yards with one touchdown.His solo touchdown on the day came on a nice red zone pass to rookie Paul Richardson from 10 yards out. The unfortunate news for Wilson owners is that he didn't need to use his legs as much as he has in the past; he rushed five times for 27 yards (5.4 YPC). This was one of Wilson's more disappointing fantasy outings of the season. A clean pocket became a thing of the past as Wilson was constantly attempting to make plays under duress and finished the afternoon taking five sacks.
He will be a mid range QB1 option next week as he rolls into Arizona to face the Cardinals on the road. The last time he faced the Cards, he passed for 211 yards, one touchdown and racked up 73 rush yards.
Marshawn Lynch - (91 Rush Yards, 1 Rush TD, 1 Catch, 7 Rec Yards = Standard 15.8/PPR 16.8 Points)
There is just no defensive front in the universe that can keep Marshawn Lynch out of the end zone, and yet again on Sunday he proved that to be true. It was late in the 3rd quarter with Seattle down 7-3, when Lynch "strolled" right into the endzone for a score from four yards out. Its hard to believe that Lynch may not be in Seattle come 2015, as he's shown no signs of slowing up and continues to run super efficiently.
His final stat line Sunday came out to the tune of 21 carries for 91 yards (4.6 YPC) and one score. He also chipped in a little PPR help after he caught a lone pass and took it for seven yards (2 targets) as well. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Marshawn Lynch is an RB1 until the day he hangs up the cleats.
Roll him out with confidence again next week as Seattle faces Arizona on the road.
Robert Turbin - (33 Rush Yards = Standard 3.3/PPR 3.3 Points)
All I remember was a bruising 15 yard run by Turbin that set up an easy Lynch touchdown from four yards out. He rushed 5 times for 33 yards on the day, and continues to be a better real life contributor than fantasy one. He shouldn't even be a consideration as you approach your fantasy football championship games.
Side Note: Turbin yet again out touched Michael 5 to 1, this is worth noting for dynasty owners.
Jermaine Kearse - (5 Catches, 74 Rec Yards = Standard 7.4/PPR 12.4 Points)
Flashing his big play ability on numerous occasions today, Jermaine became a prime target for Wilson early on Sunday. Kearse finished the day going 5-74 on six targets. As one of Wilson's biggest receivers and most trusted options, Kearse was given his chances. One of his drops was on a beautifully thrown 50/50 ball which Kearse just couldn't come down with in coverage -- and it would have been good for 30+ yards. A very talented receiver with size and speed, Kearse is a weekly WR3/WR4 gamble and worth a stash in dynasty fantasy leagues.
Doug Baldwin - (3 Catches, 53 Rec Yards = Standard 5.3/PPR 8.3 Points)
This is the risk you take when you start Doug Baldwin. He will never drop a doughnut on you, but he can definitely produce less than respectable fantasy outings (for example today). His day was stamped with a 3 catch, 53 yard effort. Always a speculated fringe WR3, but has the ability to sting you for taking chances on him. Arizona boasts one of the toughest secondaries in the NFL so things won't get any easier next week. You should definitely look elsewhere if you are looking to bet on Baldwin in your fantasy semi-finals or championship game.
Paul Richardson - (3 Catch, 30 Rec Yards, 1TD 12 Return Yards = Standard 8.7/PPR 11.9 Points)
Richardson showed some serious confidence Sunday as he made some very impressive catches in traffic. It was always a matter of time and opportunity for Paul, the skill was never the question. The big news on the day would be that Richardson located his first touchdown on the season from 10 yards out. Closing out his day with three catches for 30 yards on five targets with a score, Richardson found new ways to contribute. Still a much better dynasty stash than anything, its good to see the rookie become such a contributor this close to playoff time. He is still a PPR WR5 until we see more from him.
* Unbelievably not a single tight end caught a pass.
Seattle Seahawks DST - (7 Points Allowed, 6 Sacks, 31 Return Yards = Standard/PPR = 14.05 Points)
Versus their division rivals, the Seahawks came out aggressively early. Leaving little room for Colin Kaepernick to scramble, they collapsed the pocket around him numerous times in route to a majority of their six team sacks. As expected for owners, the SEA DST kept the score low and held San Francisco to just 7 total points on the day.
All in all it was a solid performance from a SEA DST that continues to play well against its difficult division rivals. It's another division rival next week as the Seahawks face the Cardinals on the road in Arizona. With injuries all over the Cards' backfield and major injuries to their starting quarterbacks, this game could turn into an absolute arcade style beatdown. Start Seattle as a top-3 option heading into next week..
Steven Hauschka - (1 FG, 2 XP's = 5 Total Points)
This was a very mediocre performance from a high end kicking option. Look for more opportunities to put up points next week as Seattle should have possession more often than they did today. Steven is a top 10 kicking option next week against a hobbled Arizona Cardinals team.
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