Sunday Night Preview: New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks
Sunday Night Preview:
New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks
Vegas Odds: SEA -4, O/U 45.0
Russell Wilson and Cam Newton will both be rostered and likely starters in all leagues. Wilson is our FantasyHolics consensus rankings #3 QB while Newton is #12. I would note that while both are safe floor plays due to their legs their ceilings are lower than usual because they are playing better defenses then they played week 1. I’m anticipating a close but lower scoring, ball control type game script.
Chris Carson (#15 consensus RB) leads the way here, but no other backs in this contest made our consensus top 30 rankings. Carson looked good in the passing game last week but received a measly 6 carries for 21 yards against a poor defense in a game that they had a lead commanding lead in. He faces a tough matchup tonight that lowers my expectations some for this week only. James White is a solid flex play in PPR leagues (I’m starting him in several leagues), while Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and Carlos Hyde are better off on your bench. Each has a chance to vulture a TD but seem destined for few overall touches. You just never know what the Pats rotation will be week to week. 😏
Tyler Lockett (#13 WR) and DK Metcalf (#20 WR) lead the way here, but I’m concerned about Stephon Gilmore being glued to DK like red on a fire truck. Gilmore is one the last few shutdown corners and arguable is the best at it. This bodes well for Lockett in the slot. I expect him to lead the everyone in targets Sunday night. Metcalf is hard to bench with his 2019 league leading end zone targets, but I’m expecting lower targets than usual. Julian Edelman checks in at our #33 WR and is very safe in PPR. I think N’Keal Harry is due to have his first career breakout game soon, and his chances should be improved tonight in a game they will be fighting for points harder than versus Miami. Damiere Byrd and David Moore are not appealing plays as either team’s #3 WR, but at least Byrd should be on the field more often. He will have a game or 3 this year where his previous seasons with spent with Cam will pay off.
This is an ugly one. No TE in tonight’s game is in our top 20. Greg Olsen would be the best option and certainly could score like he did week 1, but the problem is Will Dissly (miraculous return from 2019 Achilles injury) and Jacob Hollister all have a role as well. Their ceilings all remain limited without any injuries. As for the Pats they heavily involved their TEs on the field for run game purpose in week 1 but minimal usage in the passing game. Ryan Izzo caught the only pass from the position last week, but at least was the clear cut starter. Rookies Devin Asiasi (on the field 15% week 1) and Dalton Keene (missed week 1 with a neck injury) remain dynasty players that belong deep on your bench until further notice.