Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview:
Seattle Seahwaks @ Philadelphia Eagles
Vegas Lines: SEA -6, O/U 49
Russell Wilson continues his MVP quest on Monday Night Football. His league leading 30 passing touchdowns coming into the week should continue to grow against the Eagles, although they do have a surprisingly tough passing defense. He is our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked QB #5 this week, but expect him to be top 3 most weeks when he’s going against weaker defenses. Carson Wentz has struggled playing real life QB but has been decent for fantasy purposes. He racks up points due to being a high volume passer constantly chasing points on an offense that has had little success running the ball. His 14 TDs to 14 INTs is far from ideal but his 5 rushing scores have helped boost him up nicely. He is our QB #13 this week, and hopefully for clarity purposes the rumors of Jalen Hurts playing doesn’t muddy the waters too much. Keep an eye on any QB competition that may pop up later in the year.
Miles Sanders leads the way here as our #10 ranked back. He’s been a disappointment for those who drafted him early but has a respectable 585 yards and 3 TDs, including a robust 5.7 yards per carry. His 116 receiving yards with no scores is the most disappointing, but his usage should continue to go up as he gets back in rhythm post injury. He hasn’t scored since week 5 but the last two weeks he’s gotten 15+ carries and 5 targets both times games. He’s trending in the right direction and faces a generous Seahawks defense. His backup Boston Scott is a solid player and stashable handcuff but outside of our top 40 backs for now. Seattle’s Chris Carson is expected back after his 4 game absence with a foot injury. He was very effective when playing this year (4.9 yards per carry, 22 catches, 3 rushing TDs, 3 receiving TDs) but may be eased in for his first game back. He is our RB #13 as he faces a fantasy unfriendly Eagles front 7, but expect him to climb back into the top 10 once we see he is 100%. His counterpart Carlos Hyde is one of the league’s best backups and remains a good bench player, especially if you’ve got Carson. Avoid playing him this week though.
DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are both having outstanding Pro Bowl caliber seasons. Metcalf leads the team in yards (862) and touchdowns (9) while Lockett’s 67 catches lead the team by 19. They complement each other unlike any other duo in the league. This week we have DK ranked #5 and Lockett #14. The Eagles secondary has been much improved compared to previous seasons but it’s impossible to stop both of these monsters. Their third option David Moore is more of a WR5 that is easily outside of our top 40 WRs based off of his limited opportunities. Philadelphia’s WR room has gotten healthier and more frustrating as the season continues. Travis Fulgham was on a tear for several weeks before totaling 1 catch for 8 years in each of the past 2 weeks. We do have him ranked as WR #36 since he still is getting a healthy amount of targets (5 and 7 the last 2 games). Rookie Jalen Reagor has the same amount of targets as Fulgham the last two weeks and may soon be overtaking him as the top option in the passing game. He turned his recent 12 targets into 99 yards compared to Fulgham’s 16. Reagor is outside of our top 40 WRs this week but feel free to use him as a WR4 or flex. He is facing the team giving up the most fantasy points to WRs in 2020. He may end up cracking the top 40 rest of season. Alshon Jeffery and Greg Ward can be ignored for now as well. There’s just not enough footballs to go around on this underperforming offense.
Philly has continued to utilize the TE position heavily despite injuries to Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Ertz will likely come back next week, helping Goedert’s role for at least one more game. He is coming off of back to back 6 target games. Last week’s 77 yards and a TD will hopefully rollover into another productive outing. He is our TE #5. His teammate Richard Rogers has produced as well (60 yards two weeks ago and a TD last week) but is outside our top 24 at the position. The Seahawks are now moving forward without injured starter Greg Olsen. Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly both will play and have matching 14 catches for 1 score a piece this year. Both our outside our top 24 as well. Don’t expect this to change unless an injury occurs as Wilson has never leaned on the position much.