Cardinals vs. Seahawks - Week 11
AZ @ SEA
56.5 O/U -3 (SEA)
This Thursday night NFC West showdown has a chance to determine the winner of the division, although certainly LA will have something to say about that as the season goes on. These teams’ first matchup was also a prime-time game, and lived up to the hype, with Seattle notching their first loss. They have lost two more since then, so they are looking to right the ship against the team that sent them into the spiral. Arizona will be looking to establish themselves as a true contender for the division, a division they haven’t won since 2015 while watching all their opponents get at least one title. With two teams that have excellent offenses and iffy defenses, this game should produce some solid fantasy performances.
Through the Air
Arizona’s questionable defense will be put to the test again, as they will be facing Russell Wilson a second time in a month. He was able to rack up 388 passing yards and 3 TDs in the first game in Arizona, but he also threw 3 picks. It’s hard to see a repeat performance of those interceptions in Seattle, so you have to like the outlook here. Tyler Lockett has yet to practice this week, which is unfortunate since he put up 200 yards and caught all 3 TDs in the last meeting. Start him if he is active, but know that his knee sprain could hobble him a bit. DK Metcalf was held down last time against Patrick Peterson, but if Lockett is out, he will definitely get more looks, even if the coverage is there. David Moore becomes a Flex option if Lockett is inactive as well, so give him a look at gametime. Greg Olsen, Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly are the options at TE, but none of them are reliable options. This game should be all about the WRs, and mostly Metcalf (and Lockett if he plays). Start Wilson, Metcalf, Lockett if he plays, and Moore if he doesn’t.
On the Ground
The RB group for Seattle is a bit of a muddy picture. Chris Carson is the main man, but he has been limited in practice and hasn’t played since the last Arizona game. Carlos Hyde is the main backup, but he’s also been limited in practice, although the team has said he’s ahead of Carson in his recovery. Alex Collins seems to be the guy if they both can’t go, ahead of DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer. Arizona’s rushing defense is much better than its passing defense, so this is probably a position to avoid this week, especially with the injuries to the top players.
Through the Air
Kyler Murray has become a fantasy football stud, and that should continue this week in Seattle. Start him without question, and Deandre Hopkins and Christian Kirk should be the main recipients of his big play ability. Start them both, with Hopkins the top overall WR option this week, and Kirk coming in as a WR3. Andy Isabella and Larry Fitzgerald are also WR4/deep flex options this week. Keep TE Dan Arnold on the bench. This looks to be a shootout, and both passing offenses should benefit.
On the Ground
Kenyan Drake had a hot and cold week, reaching 100 yards rushing but also coughing up a fumble at a critical point, on the first play of a drive. Chase Edmonds has been heavily involved as well, and Kyler gets a share of designed runs, so this is starting to lean toward a committee approach. Keep Drake in your lineup at the time being, but he’s a low-end RB2 at this point, and you’ll want to keep an eye on his usage and try to see if he can get some consistency in his touches. Edmonds is a RB3/Flex option as well.
Both Zane Gonzalez and Jason Myers should get plenty of opportunities at K, and you should avoid both of these D/STs, as there should be a lot of scoring, and neither of these QBs gets sacked very often. Enjoy what should be an exciting, important Thursday night game this week, as we don’t get them too often.