Sunday Night Preview
Sunday Night Preview:
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
Vegas Odds: SEA -7, O/U 57
It all starts with Russell Wilson. If you haven’t been watching him dissect defenses with ease this year you’re doing yourself a disservice as a football fan. No offense to Josh Allen or Pat Mahomes but this is clearly the MVP a quarter into the 2020 season. He will be a matchup proof top 5 or better fantasy quarterback every week, but expect him to really shine against a Vikings defense that is a shell of itself from past years of dominance. He is our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked #1 QB this week, and rightfully so. On the other side Kirk Cousins has been his usual up and down self this year, but has started to pick it up with the emergence of a legitimate second receiving option in Justin Jefferson. He’s our #16 ranked QB this week, mainly due to Seahawk star Jamal Adams missing another game. Seattle is giving up the 2nd most points to QBs so far. As long as these two teams don’t go back to their pre-2020 ways of running the ball and actually playing defense this should be a fun shootout for all to enjoy.
Two backs that have been league league winners so far are Dalvin Cook and Chris Carson. Both came into the year with offensive line and injury concerns but have quickly paid off for those that took the risks. We have Cook ranked #3 and Carson #12 this week. Both are locked in for 15+ carries and passing down roles. I don’t expect either to let you down now or anytime in the future. Back ups Alexander Mattison and Carlos Hyde are two high quality change of paces that make for good handcuffs if you have the bench space. Both have score a TD this year and are capable of handling a couple of drives pre game by themselves. I wouldn’t want to play them tonight if you can help it, but out of the 2 Mattison seems to have the better role and just a lot more gas left in the tank.
A lot of firework potential here folks. Let’s start with Seattle. The Seahawks boast the hottest receiving duo in the league in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. This week we have DK at #2 and Slot Lockett (I don’t know if anyone has trademarked this but I’ll gladly take the royalties as long as Hot Pockets doesn’t sue) at #7, but they play nice and take turns being “The Man” series to series and game to game. I’ve been surprised Metcalf has been the more consistent player so far, but Lockett coming off of his first dud of the year makes me think he’s gonna shine tonight as well. Adam Thielen is our #8 WR and should continue his role on your squad as a rock solid WR2 every week. Although he can rise and fall with Cousin he is too good and too much of a part of this offense to bench. Rookie Justin Jefferson is our #29 WR and is oozing with upside. His back to back 100 games have proven he belongs in your lineups. The only other wideout of note is Seattle’s David Moore. Moore has 2 TDs this year, including last week’s 95 yard performance, but note that he’s yet to get more than 4 targets in a game. Use him only if you have the guts.
The one underwhelming position in this game for fantasy purposes is tight end. Seattle’s Greg Olsen is at #21, while Minny’s Kyle Rudolph is at #25. Neither moves the needle much as low upside options, but may luck their way into a TD. Irv Smith, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister all belong on the waiver wire.