Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week 12 Start/Sit...Please Hawks don't blow it!!

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Offense
Start 
Marshawn Lynch, RB
The only thing working in Seattle's offense is BeastMode. Arizona's number three against the run allowing 5 TDs this season. The Skittles stunt by the Cardinals last year at Century Link should motivate him to taste the rainbow down their throats. Look for 120 yards and a TD.

Doug Baldwin, WR
If playing in a PPR format, Baldwin is a decent low-end flex. He's also the only receiver in the Seahawks offense worth starting...barely. He'll play a key role in the short yardage passing game, but wouldn't count on any TDs this week.

Steven Hauschka, K
Outside of Lynch, the kicker has been the other reliable component in the Seattle offense.

Sit
Russell Wilson, QB
We're advising another week of sitting Wilson. After 4 wildly inconsistent weeks of low passing numbers (under 200), and spotty protection; Wilson faces a defense that's only allowed 2 TDs in the past 3 games and a ball hawking secondary. If Wilson holds any value, it'll be in the ground game, but he's a risky start and only startable if you're desperate.

Seattle WRs not named Doug Baldwin and TEs
2 rookies, inconsistent Kearse, flukie Lockette, hanger-on Bryan Walters...we miss you Golden Tate and Percy Harvin. The TEs....you ask because you're new here. 

Defense
Start
Michael Bennett/Cliff Avril, DE
It' time for some sacks and we can't imagine lifetime backup, Drew Stanton is unsackable. Gotta DE spot to fill this week? This should be a good week.
 
Byron Maxwell, CB 
Because Drew Stanton will avoid Sherman.

Earl Thomas, S and Kam Chancellor, S 
This is the first week we're recommending both Safeties. Stanton and Palmer were/are journeymen and  backups for a reason and Arizona has won because of defense. Stanton will be picked and both safeties hold decent idp value this week for both INTs and tackles.

Sit
Bobby Wagner/Brock Coyle/KJ Wright
Rumor has Wagner maybe back...if he's not does Coyle start? Is KJ Wright the starter? Until we know, we can't make a recommendation.

Seattle DTs
A heavy rotation of the waiver wire wonders and practice squad extraordinaires...with a light sprinkling of viable starters.These are sad times indeed.

Richard Sherman, CB
See Maxwell

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Week 11 Bring the Noise...Start/Sit Week 11

When we think of this game we can't help but hearken back to days of the old AFC West. Seahawks fans delight in the legendary Dave Kreig to Paul Skansi miracle TD; Chiefs fans delight in Christian Okoye carrying Seattle defenders into the end zone.

Both teams are 6-3. Both teams rely on the run. Both QBs play safe and make smart decisions instead of taking ridiculous risks. Both stadiums are ridiculously loud. This should be a fun game to watch, but cannot recommend to many starts on offense for your Seahawks.

Offense 
Start
Marshawn Lynch, RB
The Chiefs have not allowed a rushing a TD this season. We believe this week Lynch gets in the endzone. Look for a modest 80 to yards all purpose yards and a score. 

Steven Hauschka, PK
If there's one fantasy brightspot in Arrowhead this week...he is it!

Sit
Russell Wilson, QB
Gambler? Desperate? Nothing on the waiver wire? Wilson is your man. Otherwise, steer clear against a Chief's defense which is 4th in the league in sacks and has allowed the least passing yards per game in the league. Still not convinced to bench him? Hali, Poe, and Bailey have 4 sacks a piece. Houston is already in double digits. Seattle's allowed 18 sacks thus far in 2014. 

Doug Baldwin, WR
His groin is not an issue, but Wilson is. Against two lesser opponents, Wilson's struggled in the passing game. Even though Baldwin's matched up against one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL; the Chiefs rushing defense will give Wilson fits. Don't look for much production from Baldwin or any of the Seahawk's receivers.

Seattle TEs
Helfet's showing us why Seattle was high on his pass catching ability. He's certainly an exciting dynasty prospect. Willson appears a work in progress as well with big ability. Moeaki could be elite if he ever stays healthy. You're not playing for the future. You're playing for week 11. Look somewhere else.


Defense
Start
Michael Bennett, DE
Alex Smith leads the league in QBs sacked at 25. Buffalo put on a clinic against Smith sacking him 6 times. Bennett should come away with at least a sack.
KJ Wright, LB
Coyle's injury returns KJ Wright to the WIL. The Chiefs go through Jamal Charles providing plenty of tackle opportunities for KJ who'll be counted on with the absence of Mebane in the middle. Alex Smith also is known more for the check down than the deep pass. Wright should also see tackling opportunities with Smith's patented dunk and dunk passes.

Starting

Earl Thomas, S
Always start your studs!

Sit
Seattle DTs
It's a rotation...not what you're looking for.
Richard Sherman, CB 
Alex Smith is too smart to try it.

Kam Chancellor, S
He's healthy...heard that before...'nuf said!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Week 9 Start/Sit

This game should be a real nail biter...as in biting your nails In boredom. Remember that preseason game? You know, the one Raidernation threw a preseason Super Bowl parade after; the coronation of Davis Carr. Seattle must win this game against a terrible Raiders team, but with a size able injury list; there is cause for concern. Let's get our Raiders-Busters shirts on and go hawks!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB 
Wilson faces a run defense which ranks 26th against the run, but is 13th against pass. Behind a banged up line still missing Zach Miller's tremendous blocking, look for Wilson to get it done with his legs with at least 50 yards and a rushing TD capped off by 2 through the air. 

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Is Lynch unhappy? Will he be back? Whatever the truth is, Lynch will play hard beit for a new contract from Seattle or an audition for another team. Look for at least 80 yards and a TD.

Doug Baldwin, WR
Baldwin is Seattle's WR1. We won't guarantee a receiving TD, but in a PPR league is a safe bet for for double digit points. He is the only receiver worth starting today as Seattle continues sorting out its receiver corps with departures of Tate and Harvin. 

Stephen Hauschka, PK
We hate to say it, but it could be one of those games. Hauschka's the one guaranteed scorer on the Seattle offense. 

Sit
Seattle TE
Too much risk.

Seattle WRs
See Doug Baldwin

Defense
Start
Brody Croyle, LB
Taking over at the WIL; Croyle should produce something. As an Undrafted FA rookie; this is a tepid endorsement. If you're desperate he's worth a start, but temper expectations.

Opposite CB from Sherman
Carr thinks he'll challenge Sherman. Doubtful.

Earl Thomas, S
Playing against a 31st ranked offense (32nd rushing, 20th passing) and with so many beat up players on the defense, look for Thomas to step up big against the reeling Raiders.


Sit
KJ Wright, LB
He's back to playing the outside so he's back to fantasy irrelevance.

Kam Chancellor, S
Add groin to the list of injuries.

Seattle DT,DE
Don't be deceived by the 4th quarter sackfest vs Carolina last week. Believe it or not, one of the few bright spots on the Raiders is the offensive line and QB protection. 

Good luck! Go Hawks!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week 8 Start/Sit...

We're tempted to tell you to sit 'em all, but we won't. In reality, the Seahawks are at a crossroads. The inconsistent 49ers, the below average Rams and an upcoming tough schedule for Cardinals present the Seahawks an opportunity. Barring another special teams disaster or botched replay situation, Seattle has a real shot to win the West. It starts this Sunday in Carolina. Seattle's offense must protect Russell Wilson. The defense must put pressure on Cam Newton and stop the Panthers on third down. You must win your week as the fantasy playoff push begins now!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
The one thing Seattle has going for it is Wilson. The Panthers defense ranks a putrid 27th (26th vs. the run and 21st vs. the pass). If Wilson has any protection, he should be able to get the short passing game going and have a few nice runs. Even under siege against a decent Rams defense, Wilson put up respectable fantasy numbers. With Seattle's season already on the line, look for Wilson to gut it out with a respectable day of 2 TDs (1 on the ground, 1 in the air).

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Lynch should gain no less than 60 yards and find the endzone at lease once. The Panthers defense gives up 5+ yards on first downs and Seattle wants to run.

Doug Baldwin, WR
Baldwin wants to be the guy and showed plenty of heart vs. the Rams. Baldwin may not find the endzone against Carolina, but should be valuable in PPR leagues.    

Jermaine Kearse, WR
With the ousting of Harvin and the rise of Baldwin, Kearse becomes the next man up. He may not be a great play in PPR leagues. However in a standard league placing emphasis on Touchdowns, this is the guy you want. If you're dealing with byes/injuries, Kearse makes a nice "what the heck" flex.

Sit
Paul Richardson/Kevin Norwood, WR
These guys both have potential in an offense looking for identity. Richardson could become what Seattle wanted in Harvin. His small frame and inexperience are a concern. Grab and stash if they're on your waiver wire.

Cooper Helfet, TE
Think Lockette....he could go off again....or not.

Defense
Start
KJ Wright, LB
If anyone in the LB corps benfits from Wagner's absence it's Wright. Against a running QB, Wright should have some decent tackling (and sacking) opportunities. I don't love this matchup  against one of the better passing teams, but he's the guy at WIL and that's where the IDP numbers are.

Anyone Opposite Richard Sherman, CB
Is it Burley? Lane? Who know, but that's where the balls going. With an 8 TD to 3 INT ratio, odds are decent an INT could come Seattle's way. If Lane starts I love this. If it's Burley (or anyone else), meh.

Earl Thomas, S
There's to much fire and pride. Look for Thomas to take this defense on his back.

Sit
Seattle DE/DT
If and when Seattle provides a pass rush, I'll recommend them. Until then, move along and enjoy Chris Clemons/Red Bryant highlights in Jacksonville.

Richard Sherman, CB
All he does is make plays when teams throw at him. Teams don't so he won't.  

Kam Chancellor, S
Until he heals, stay away.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Week 7 Start/Sit

A bad game against Dallas, dirty laundry about Harvin aired. How much worse could it get?

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
After arguably one of Wilson's weaker performances against a subpar Cowboys defense, Wilson should fare better against a defense torched by Kaepernick the week before. If Wilson struggles through air, the Rams rank toward the bottom of the league against the run. The  subtraction/distraction of Harvin should get Wilson and the offense back on track. Look for 2 TDs via Russell. 

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Did you listen to Bevill's press conference? He heard the 12s, saw Lynch's agent's tweets, and is ready to get back to basics! The Rams always scheme well against the run, but we can't imagine Lynch gets any less than 60 yards and a rushing TD. The Rams defense has struggled vs the run and would be surprised to see a sudden stoutness emerge this week.

Doug Baldwin, WR
Angry Doug Baldwin has spoken! Percy is gone. The offense is refocused and Baldwin has something to prove. We like it when Baldwins angry! Take a chance at your flex on Cris Carter's favorite receiver!

Steven Hauschka
Even if Seattle struggles to find the end zone, field goal range shouldn't be a problem. Surrending 9 points per game to kickers makes Hauschka an automatic start.

Sit
Percy Harvin, WR
He loved the jet sweep so much...they made him a Jet! Lord have mercy...so long Percy!

Seattle's WR corp not named Doug Baldwin.
Take the week to see who emerges. If you're in a pinch, look to Kearse, but expect nothing.

Luke Wilson, TE
I'd rather take my chances with Owen Wilson!

Defense
Start
KJ Wright, LB
As BWags replacement, KJ should have a solid, but not spectacular week (think Larry Foote for you IDPers!)

Whoever starts opposite Sherman
Austin Davis is no Rodgers or Romo for that matter, but he's smart enough to not go after Sherman. Start whoever is the opposite beit Burley or Simon.

Earl Thomas, S
He'll be busy helping out the BMax fil-in and ailing Kam.

Sit
Bobby Wagner, LB
He's out. See KJ Wright.

Seattle DT/DEs
Missing Clemons & Red...please come home soon.

Richard Sherman, CB
With a potpourri of backups starting opposite of Sherm, he serves no fantasy purpose. 

Kam Chancellor, S
When he's healthy he's a fantasy force. He's not healthy. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cowboy Up! It's Week 6 Starts/Sits

Week 1's collapse against the 49ers seems like a lifetime ago for a Cowboy team surging since. This week presents the biggest test as Dallas faces a stout Seattle Defense, Potent Offense and of course the 12th man! For Tony Romo, Seattle represents something of a house of horrors; a place where bad things happen to this seemingly good guy. If things go according to Seattle script, Romo may not be this rattled since he ditched Jessica Simpson at the Dallas IHOP.

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
After a huge MNF performance against Washington, Wilson faces an 18th ranked Cowboys defense giving up a league worst 6.5 yards per play. Wilson may not equal his 122 yard rushing performance, but could come close. He should also find Harvin (and maybe one TD counts this time). Look for 1 rushing TD and 2 through the air.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
See Wilson....Lynch is going to have a huge day running it up Dallas's gut.

Percy Harvin, WR
See Wilson....This time, the TDs will count!

Sit
Luke Willson, TE
Outside of his one big play in Washington last week, he did very little else. He's not doing much here.

Baldwin/Kearse, WR
Between the 2 of these guys; Baldwin's your better bet. You can do better though. 

Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Always start your studs! Romo will be sacked. Dallas will run DeMarco Murray...alot! Wagner maybe find himself matched up against Witten as Dallas looks to the San Diego strategy with Gates vs. Seattle. Tackles abound!!

KJ Wright, LB
Wright is a feast or famine IDP guy. See Wagner above...I believe this could be a good week for KJ.

Malcolm Smith, LB
See Wright/Wagner....a good what the heck IDP flex or desperation play if you need someone due to byes or injuries.

Byron Maxwell, CB
Romo, like every other QB is attacking Maxwell (not Sherman Mr. Jones). Look for a heavy dose of Dez Bryant vs. Maxwell. He'll have his work cut out, but the tackle numbers should come fast and furious. Also, look for a Romo duck or two which provides Maxwell at least one INT.

Earl Thomas, S
Thomas should give you plenty of tackle numbers and a possible Romolicious INT.

Sit
Richard Sherman, CB
Jerry Jones says they're going after Sherman. Dallas fans should thank their lucky Star (star...get it) he's not coaching this game. For all the boneheaded Favre wish-he-was plays Romo makes, he's smart enough not to challenge Sherman.

Kam Chancellor, S
He's questionable. He's not looked quite right and even if he plays, he'll be in some kind of timeshare.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Are You Ready for Some Week 5? Starts/Sits

Our apologize to everyone for week 3 against Denver. We took our own bye before the bye due to life and admittedly frustration over the NFL's handling of various abuse cases pending. We're not over that, but we are more fantasy football focused again; thanks to the folks that contacted us. You're fandom is what drives this blog!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
The good new is Wilson faces a 14th ranked pass defense that's given up 7  TDs in the last 2 games. The bad news, Wilson faces an 8th ranked run defense. This limits Wilson's ability to scramble and the loss of TE, Zach Miller's blocking presence means fantasy owners have to pray for open receivers and quick releases in the inevitably collapsing pocket. Look for a solid, but not spectacular night from Wilson. I predict 3 passing TDs at most, but this to be more of a Lynch and Hauscka affair.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Carroll looks to minimize hits on Wilson, hence BeastMode! He faces a solid front, but should wear them down like he has with even the stoutest of defense. His fantasy numbers may come from the the passes in the flat. I see 1 to 2 rushing/passing TDs.

Percy Harvin, WR
Looking for Harvin? Grab a milk carton and you're likely to find him. Since week 1 he's been more of a decoy than a legit threat. Things should change this week. In an effort to keep Wilson upright; look for end rounds and quick passes over the top of a "who's that guy" legion of nobodies in Washington's backfield. He should be a good for at least one TD.

Doug Baldwin, WR
His numbers here won't be spectacular, but solid enough as Washington's focus will be on Harvin and Lynch.

Stephen Hauschka, PK
The way Seattle plays away, it's nice to have a reliable kicker. This could be a big night for Seattle's kicking game.

Sit
Jermaine Kearse, WR
He could be a sleeper, but only if you're desperate.

Ricardo Lockette, WR
Lockette is a nice surprise, but at this point consider him too boom or bust for starting. If you're desperate, you could do worse.
Luke Willson, TE
If Zach Miller; once a pass-catching TE1 phenom for Oakland isn't a vertical threat, his backup isn't about too. Don't believe the sleeper hype....stay sleepy.

Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Tackle and sack opportunities abound with Alfred Morris and pocket QB, Cousins.

Byron Maxwell, CB
Avoid Sherman, throw at Maxwell. INT and tackle opportunities abound! Did we mention Cousins 4 interceptions in week 4?

Earl Thomas, SS
Thomas is a tackle, INT threat. His shadow looms large on the field and a DB1 always worth starting!

Sit
Richard Sherman, CB
In real life, Sherman is amazing. In fantasy; he's poison.

Kam Chancellor, FS
Injury reports make me leary. Start at your own risk.