Thursday Night Football Preview: Seahawks at 49ers
Thursday October 22, 2015
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
The Seahawks have been struggling this season. Who better to get back on track against than the 49ers? They aren’t particularly good at anything. As difficult as it is to win on the road on Thursday night, it’s even harder to beat the defending NFC Champs when your elite coach gets fired and half your team retires. It’s hard to expect much of anything out of San Francisco, even coming off a win against the suddenly miserable Ravens. Who would have thought they’d miss a one dimensional wide receiver with feet for hands, who just so happens to play for the 49ers now?
Seattle Seahawks: Key Players
QB Russel Wilson
Wilson has not been overly impressive. While many predicted Wilson to finish as high as the QB3 this season, he’s barely been a QB1 so far this season. He’s only totaled seven touchdowns. His 251 rushing yards has kept his fantasy value afloat. Nevertheless, he should be able to have his way with the 49ers defense. Wilson still has plenty of time to turn this thing around.
Verdict: Start Wilson. He’s just too good to bench against the 49ers.
RB Marshawn Lynch
Beast Mode hasn’t been as great as we’ve all grown accustomed to him being. With that said, he’s been dealing with calf and hamstring injuries this season and hasn’t quite been himself. He is getting healthier by the day and he should bounce back very soon. By very soon I mean tonight.
Verdict: Start Lynch. You start Beast Mode because he’s Beast Mode damn it! … Oh, and he’s playing the 49ers. That’s kind of a running theme here.
WR Doug Baldwin
Baldwin is the top wideout in Seattle. With that said, none of their receivers are very good fantasy options. He’s talented, but that system just is not WR friendly.
Verdict: Sit Baldwin. It’s hard to trust any Seahawks wideouts. Any one of them could be a cheap DFS option though. Tyler Lockett is solid in leagues that award points for return yards.
TE Jimmy Graham
Graham has been off to a slow start but is coming off by far his best week as a Seahawk. He caught eight of his 12 targets for 140 yards, all of which are season highs. It was only a matter of time until Pete Carroll figured out how to use the former Miami Hurricane.
Verdict: Start Graham. He is still a top-five TE and should be started every week.
San Francisco 49ers: Key Players
QB Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick is coming off his best game of the season against the Ravens. And he will end the season with that being his best game. It seems a lot of quarterbacks are having their best game against Baltimore this year. It’s not likely he gets so lucky against the Legion of Boom.
Verdict: Sit Kaepernick. He has consistently regressed since exploding onto the scene and leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
RB Carlos Hyde
Hyde is a very talented back. However, he has a terrible offensive line, an injured foot and is facing the defense allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. That is not a recipe for success.
Verdict: Sit Hyde. It’s not his fault. The poor guy is just a victim of circumstance.
WR Anquan Boldin
Boldin is dealing with a hamstring injury. However, he’s by far the best wide receiver in San Fran. As a matter of fact, he’s the best football player in San Francisco. He has played his position so well, for so long. I expect him to give it a go. The guy is so tough and hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2011. He is also coming off back-to-back 100-yard games.
Verdict: Sit Boldin. As good as he is, a bad hammy on a short week against Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom is a bad combination.
TE Vernon Davis
This guy’s a nightmare. He’s been absolutely horrific for going on two years now. It’s incredible how far and how fast he plummeted.
Verdict: Sit Davis. Dion Sims, Nick Boyle and Clive Walford are better options at this point.
San Francisco: 10