Sunday Night Preview
Sunday Night Preview:
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals
Vegas Odds: SEA -3.5 O/U 55.5
Two of fantasy’s premiere QBs take the stage in tonight’s grudge match. Russell Wilson is our #1 expert ranked QB for this week, while Kyler Murray is #4. Although the Cardinal secondary has been impressive this year they are unlikely to slow down Danger Russ on his quest for his first MVP award. In 5 games he’s got an absurd 19 TDs to 3 INTs, plus a bonus of 153 rushing yards. Don’t let this chef leave the kitchen. As for Murray he’s been fantasy gold all season. He had his ugliest game by efficiency last week (9 completions!) but still threw for 2 scores and ran for another. He has a ridiculous 6 rushing TDs and just one game this year without running one in. We can’t expect that to last but we also can’t put him anywhere outside of the top 5 QBs the rest of the year regardless of matchup.
Chris Carson leads the way for the Hawks and has been a solid value on his draft day price. Despite his typical nagging injuries in 5 games he’s produced 429 total yards and a well balanced 6 TDs (3 rushing/3 receiving). He’s been PPR gold with 21 catches as well, which is 3rd on the team. He’s our expert ranked RB #10 this week. His backup Carlos Hyde is a semi valuable handcuff that lacks much stand alone value at the moment. On the other side we finally had the Kenyan Drake breakout game on MNF. Drake exploded for 164 rushing yards and 2 TDs, showing why he was a 2nd round redraft pick for the first time this year. Despite this monster performance note that he had an easy 4th quarter 69 TD run that really inflated his stats. He didn’t look like a star back at any point, and did not register a catch. Also note that before Monday he hadn’t rushed for more than 90 yards or multiple TDs all season, and has still yet to catch more than 2 passes or gain more than 9 yards receiving in a 2020 game! He is a volume and game script dependent mediocre RB on a good offense. I expect him to have some decent outings in the future but this past breakout against a pathetic Cowboys defense is likely to be his ceiling game. For this week he is our #19 RB. His backup Chase Edmonds seemed primed to take over a bigger role, but instead didn’t do much with his limited chances last week. He still has a higher yard per carry average than Drake even after the 69 yarder (4.9 to 4.6), and is 3rd on the team in catches. Keep him rostered and use him in deeper leagues as a flex from week to week. I know I have to play him in a couple of leagues tonight. He’s our #31 RB.
A star studded cast of divas hits the field this evening, and boy are we in for an early Halloween treat. For Seattle the Pro Bowl caliber duo of DK Metcalf (our WR#4) and Tyler Lockett (WR#9) should continue to eat, although DK may get shadowed by Patrick Peterson. Peterson is not quite the player he once was so this shouldn’t be too much trouble. If anything this could lead to extra 1 on 1 coverage for the league’s biggest breakout receiver. The duo also is aided by Antonio Brown not signing with them earlier this week, but that would’ve been pretty fun to watch too. Outside of these starters David Moore has weekly boom potential but also limited targets. He remains outside of our top 40 wideouts. For AZ DeAndre Hopkins has obviously been worth the trade and your draft pick, although he has been battling some injuries and coming off his quietest game of 2020. Despite this he’s still our #1 ranked WR because he continues to get peppered with quality targets and just isn’t a guy you should bet against. Next in line is Christian Kirk. Kirk is coming off his breakout game of the year and back to back games with end zone visits. He’s still not getting consistent high volume targets, but in this offense he’s showing to be used just enough to give him some relevance. He will be a boom/bust guy from here on out but is facing a leaky secondary. He’s our #32 WR. Beyond him Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Isabella are also not locked into enough chances to be counted on. Leave them out of your lineups and even off your rosters for the time being.
The nightmare continues at the TE position throughout the league and especially in this game. Greg Olsen is our #16 TE this week, but do what you can to avoid him. He’s been low volume and rotates in and out often with Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister. For the Cardinals TE Dan Arnold is not in our top 20 and just isn’t used much in this spread offense. Maybe one day this position will stabilize, but in this chaotic year we shouldn’t have expected anything less.