Saturday, December 20, 2014

Week 16 is for the Birds!

If you're here, you're mostly likely in your Fantasy Championship game; for a few, you're playing in one of those unfortunate, week 17 leagues. Either way, congratulations!

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
This week we make Wilson a low-end QB2. He'll be safe and playable, but recommend another QB if you have better options. While the Cardinals offense is pathetic...and that's being nice, the defense is one of the best in the league ranking 13th overall. They're 6th against the run and that is key as they were able to contain Lynch and will look to force Wilson to throw more than run. Look for alot of short passes and Wilson's running yards to be at no more than 50. He should have a passing TD which is the key to victory in this low scoring game.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
The Cards pinned him down giving way to Wilson in Seattle. Look for the opposite in this game. Our gut tells us Arizona is spending to much time scheming for Wilson. While Arizona spends it's time obsessively containing Wilson, this leaves open, straight open lanes for Lynch up the gut. Lynch and Haushka should be Seattle's biggest factors Sunday Night. Look for Lynch to have over 100 yards and a TD.

Steven Hauschka. PK
Lynch and Hauschka will be scoring MVPs of the game. Look for a lot of Seattle's points to come from Hausch.

Sit
Seattle WRs
Someone should emerge as Arizona looks to stop Wilson running. If you know who it is, please email us and will hire you on as one of our crack fantasy analysts! The pay is zero, benefits are zero, but the fame and fan adoration is priceless!

Seattle TEs
Moeki's a gametime decision, leaving Luke Willson as the primary TE. Don't do it.

Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Noticed the Wagner and Chancellor effect? Huge in real life and huge in IDP land. They've made this defense whole again and reliable in your fantasy league.

KJ Wright, LB
He just got paid more than he expected and will show his appreciation to the front office.

Avril/Bennett, DE
Avril just got paid and Bennett has shown us recently why Seattle (and other teams after the SB) coveted him so much....and they're facing Ryan Lindley and possibly Logan Thomas if they're really lucky.

Sherman/Maxwell, CB
The Cards will employ a conservative game plan with low percentage, short passing attempts. That said, they'll want to try to get Fitzgerald involved. In Ryan Lindley's career starts, he's thrown 0 TDs and 7 INTs. If the Cards can't get the ground game going and Seattle builds a lead, Lindley will be forced to throw, making the Seattle LB and CBs IDP slot machines for scoring. Did we also mention the Patrick Peterson/Sherman feud...Sherman likes to best those who can't best themselves....ala Crabtree.

Chancellor/Thomas, S
See Sherman/Maxwell

Sit 
Nobody! Seattle faces a third/fourth string QB, a second and third string RB and their WR2 is questionable. Any Seattle IDP players you have, you start!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Week 15 Harbaugh Farewell Tour Starts/Sits

Welcome and congratulations! You're one step closer to fantasy glory! Let's get ya set as the Hawks get ready to take on the Niners and possibly the final game featuring Harbaugh and his many temper tantrums as their coach.

Offense
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
Wilson should be solid, but not spectacular against a sliding defense forced to compensate for a struggling offense minus stalwart Patrick Willis. His legs will be the difference as we project a good day running the ball and 2 throwing touchdowns.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
The Niners can be stout, but Lynch (spelled by Turbin and Michaels) should eventually wear them down for 80 yards on the ground, some nifty bubble screens and TD.

Doug Baldwin, WR
A steady PPR guy, look for Baldwin to stick it to his former college coach one more time on his way out of Santa Clara. There may not be a TD, but alot of solid short to mid range catches on the day.

Steven Hauschka, PK
Automatica!

Sit
Seattle TEs
We really see a fantasy future in Moeaki. We're still hesitant to advise him or Willson though in the heat of your fantasy playoffs.

Defense 
Start 
Bobby Wagner, LB
How much did Seattle miss this guy!?

Kam Chancellor, S
About as much as they missed this guy!
Earl Thomas, S

Richard Sherman, CB
One of the few matchups where we'll say why not? Whenever Sherman faces his old coach, magical things happen. Since this could be the end of the Harbaugh era, look for Sherman to shove the dagger a little deeper. Look for Kaep to foolishly challenge Sherman, again ala Mediocre Crabtree.

Byron Maxwell, CB
Often overlooked member of the LOB and thrown to even more...Maxwell is a safe DB to plug into your IDP lineup against a struggling QB.

Sit
Absolutely nobody!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Week 14 Battle of the Birds! Fantasy Playoff Starts/Sits

'Tis the stuff of legends...an overlooked QB promised a draft by the Eagles. That promised QB promised a Superbowl. That QB delivered...to Seahawks....whoopsie.

Offense 
Start
Russell Wilson, QB
For the first time in weeks, Wilson finally faces a team without a competent Middle Linebacker. The Eagles also lack competent DBs ranking 25th against the pass. While the defensive line shows improvement, look for Wilson to scramble out of the pocket, playing a dink and dunk game on the Eagles. He's a safe, solid QB2 this week.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Compressed spine or not, Lynch will play. While the Eagles run defense has improved over the past few weeks, Murray still accumulated 80 yards on 20 carries which is good, but not great. Lynch benefits from the running threat of Wilson and a competent complimentary back in Turbin. Look for a rushing TD and plenty of catches in the flat.

Steven Hauschka, K
This could be another week of multiple kicks.

Sit
Seattle WRs
In theory, start Baldwin. This is the playoffs though! He could get ya 13 or 7. Surely you didn't get this far with him, Kearse, Walters, or Harvin for that matter.

Seattle TEs
We had a bit of an argument over making Moeaki a super sleeper and there's a gut feeling he could be that. If you're desperate for a TE, but strong elsewhere, it may payoff. Be warned though...Seattle TEs are a risky start and we technically told you to sit them.


Defense
Start
Bobby Wagner, LB
Sanchez likes throwing to the flat. This gives Wagner plenty of tackle opportunities for tackles. Look for the Eagles to also take to the ground with McCoy. If there was any doubts on Wagner as an IDP LB1, look at the Hawks with and without him. Always start your studs!

Byron Maxwell, CB
When you start opposite of Sherman, you start on our fantasy team. Any questions?

Kam Chancellor, S
See Wagner...and look for Sanchez to throw at least one pick his way. A healthy Kam...is a DB1 Kam.

Earl Thomas, S
Automatic start.

Sit
Richard Sherman
Only Kaep is foolish enough to throw at Sherm. Even Butt Fumble wouldn't do this! Avoid temptation 

Seattle DTs/DEs
If you can solve the IDP riddle of this rotation, you need to come work for us!

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.