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Week 11 Thursday Night Reaction

Week 11 Thursday Night Reaction

Thursday Night Reaction

Defense seems to be the theme of these Thursday Night games. This game was touted as a shootout and it came up short of those expectations. The Seattle Seahawks defense came to play and they blitzed the Arizona Cardinals all night hitting the slick moving Kyler Murray 7 times, sacking him 3 times, including a safety. They also had 3 tackles for loss. One of the best defense performances by Seattle this season, only giving up 21 points, put them in first place in the NFC West with a 7-3 record. It wasn’t all the defense though, the offense played a near perfect game, doing just enough for the 7 point victory.

Russell Wilson didn’t have to be special, just don’t make mistakes. He finished going 23 of 28 passing for 197 yards and 2 TDs and more importantly no turnovers. Back in Week 7, Wilson had 3 INTs.

The Seahawks found success with the running game with a healthy Carlos Hyde and not the group of RBs that they kept running out there who looked like they was trying to make the team. Hyde carried the ball 14 times for 79 yards and a TD, and the Seahawks announced that Chris Carson will be back Week 12, so you can probably drop any Seattle back that you picked up not named Carson or Hyde.

Going into this game, wide receiver Tyler Lockett had a knee injury and was questionable to play and DK Metcalf was going to be shadowed by Patrick Peterson, so in theory, you shouldn’t have expected much from either one. Lockett had the best night with 9 receptions and 67 yards and 1 TD; Metcalf was mostly held in check by Peterson with 3 receptions, but he did have a 1st quarter TD, which saved his fantasy day.

It wasn’t all happiness for Seattle as tight end Greg Olsen was carted off in the 4th quarter with a non-contact injury, which turned out to be a ruptured fascia in his left foot. I think it is time for Greg Olsen to retire, but of course I said that the last couple of years. He already has a contract with Fox when he does retire, I think it’s time to hang up the cleats.

The Arizona Cardinals also had a respectable night defensively, as thy chased Russell Wilson around and hit 8 times with 3 sacks, and 5.5 tackles for loss. The defense did their part but the Seattle defense was just that much better. Seattle blitzed Kyler Murray and their bad offensive line all night and they contained him and took away not only his ability to run the ball, but the offense as whole. Kyler Murray usually runs the ball at a clip of 67 yards per game but tonight he got 15 yards on 5 carries; starting running back Kenyan Drake carried the ball 11 times for 29 yards but he did score; Chase Edmonds only carried the ball 2 times for 13 yards but he did catch a TD.

With no run game, the Cardinals could not get going. Murray finished with 29 for 42 and 269 yards and 2 TDs, and most of night he looked like his throwing shoulder was bothering him. They also didn’t have the explosive plays that they seem to rely on. Larry Fitzgerald actually led the team with 8 receptions and 62 yards, followed by DeAndre Hopkins 5 receptions for 51 yards. Christian Kirk came up small in this game with 4 receptions and 50 yards

Fantasy Studs

Kyler Murray: 29/42 269 yds 2 TDs, 5 carries 15 yds. Nothing special, not the production you would have expected but he did enough.

Russell Wilson: 23/28 197 yards 2TD; 10 carries 42 yards. Not the MVP 4 TD game you’ve been used to but they didn’t need that from him.

Carlos Hyde: 14 carries 79 yard 1 TD, 2 receptions 16 yards. He gave you the production you’d expect off the bench from a backup RB that had 1,000 yards last season. As long as he’s healthy, he needs to be owned.

Kenyan Drake: 11 carries 29 yards 1 TD, 4 receptions 31 yards. He scored so that made the difference. The Seahawks really shut down the run.

Chase Edmonds: 2 carries 13 yards; 4 receptions 36 yards and a TD. Double digit PPR fantasy points, you’ll take it every time.

Larry Fitzgerald: 8 receptions on 10 targets for 62 yards. You probably didn’t have him in your lineup like I did unless you was struggling. He paid off though with 14 PPR Points

Tyler Lockett: 9 receptions 67 yards 1 TD. All he does is produce against the Cardinals. In two games, he’s averaged 12 receptions 133 yards and 2 TDs this season.

DK Metcalf: 3 receptions 46 yards 1 TD. Again, pretty much held in check from Patrick Peterson but he scored saving his fantasy day. In two games this season against Peterson he’s average 2.5 receptions and 34.5 yards.

Fantasy Duds

Deandre Hopkins: 5 receptions 51 yards. 10 PPR fantasy points is ok but not if you expect 15-20 every week

Christian Kirk: 4 receptions 50 yards. 9 PPR fantasy points. Someone who can usually get you 12 and hit a long one, 9 isn’t going to cut it, but I’ll tell you to start him next week also


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