We are hours away from the start of Week 7 of the 2013 NFL season as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals. It’s also the kickoff for the seventh week of the fantasy football season. Here’s a look at players that should be in your lineups Thursday night.
Russell Wilson is a borderline play this week. He doesn’t have to put up big numbers for the Seahawks to be successful. He’s averaging 209 passing yards, 1.3 touchdowns and 0.7 interceptions.
He has helped his cause with 49 rushing yards per game, but he has yet to run for a score. I don’t imagine the Cardinals will force the Seahawks to rely heavily on the passing game. Arizona has been an average pass defense, allowing 260 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
I would avoid Carson Palmer this week. He’s averaging 247.2 yards per game but has more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (seven). The Seattle Seahawks have only allowed five touchdown passes and have held opposing quarterbacks to 188.3 yards per game.
Marshawn Lynch is a must-start every week. He is averaging 110.2 total yards and a touchdown per game. The Cardinals rank fifth in the league in rushing defense with 90.7 yards allowed per game, but that’s not enough to deter you from playing Lynch. He may not be in full beast mode, but he belongs in your lineup.
I don’t love either Cardinals running back.
Rashard Mendenhall is 54.2 total yards per game but at 3.3 yards per carry. The Cardinals have been giving double-digit touches to Andre Ellington in recent weeks. He’s averaging 59.3 total yards per game at 7.0 yards per carry. Both backs have scored a pair of touchdowns.
If I had to choose one this week, I’d go with Ellington. Neither are strong plays though as the Seahawks are giving up just 101.8 yards per game on the ground.
The Seahawks have an inconsistent group of receivers. If I had to choose one to use, it would be Doug Baldwin. He’s averaging 57.3 yards per game, though he has just one touchdown. Golden Tate is averaging 44.8 yards with one touchdown. Sidney Rice is averaging 30.2 yards with two touchdowns. I’d look elsewhere.
I like the Cardinals receivers but not this situation.
Normally, Larry Fitzgerald would be a must-start. He’s averaging 67.5 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Fitz is dealing with a hamstring injury, and he has a short week to recover. Plus, he’ll be dealing with Richard Sherman. You can still play him as long as his hamstring isn’t an issue. I just wouldn’t count on a huge game.
Michael Floyd is averaging 57.5 yards with just one touchdown. He is more of a spot-start option, and this week isn’t favorable.
Neither team features their tight end heavily in their offense. Look elsewhere.
Steven Hauschka is fourth in the league in scoring with 57 points on 14 field goals and 15 extra points. The Cards have allowed 11 field goals and 12 extra points. He’s a solid fantasy option.
Jay Feely has 37 points on nine field goals and 10 extra points.
Seattle has allowed eight field goals and eight extra points. I’d try a different kicker.
Seattle is a must-start. The Seahawks rank second in the NFL in total defense with 290.2 yards per game allowed and third in scoring defense with 15.7 points per game allowed. They rank first in takeaways with 17.
The Cardinals rank 26th in total offense with 322.3 yards per game and 25th in scoring offense with 18.5 points per game. Only the New York Giants (23) have turned the ball over more frequently than the Cardinals (15).
Arizona ranks 15th in total defense (350.7 ypg allowed) and 12th in scoring defense (21.2 ppg allowed).
Seattle is in the top 10 in total offense (372.7 ypg) and scoring offense (26.2).
I’d look elsewhere.
Also check out Lester’s Legends Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings.