Fantasy Football: Seahawks to run some more against Tennessee

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Scott Engel of previews the Seahawks Week 6 matchup with the Tennessee Titans from a fantasy football perspective.

Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson each rushed for 102 yards last week at Indianapolis, supplying Fantasy players with some satisfying totals. Wilson’s career performance was even more impressive, considering it was a career-best on the ground and came with two TD passes.

Wilson has rushed for 179 yards in the last two games, as Seattle has dealt with offensive line injuries, and the Seahawks QB has often elected to take off rather than sit in the pocket and get taken down while he searches for more targets. The results have been very impressive from both pure football and Fantasy perspectives. Wilson has been a joy to watch as he consistently turns the corner to elude defenders and gets to the first down markers with incredible determination. Overall, only Michael Vick has more rushing yards at QB than Wilson’s 233, and no one has been more prolific recently as a running quarterback.

Of course, Pete Carroll would naturally like to see his passer not have to take off so often, and may try to scale him back to more pocket work if possible this week. The return of Max Unger is definitely a step in the right direction in terms of protecting Wilson more consistently. Yet the matchup against Tennessee may dictate that Wilson keeps running, and Fantasy players will continue to welcome the 1 point for every 10 yards awarded in most formats.

The Titans are pretty solid at cornerback, led by Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty. Verner is a real asset to the Tennessee secondary, and the Titans rank 10th in the NFL in pass defense. Wilson may find himself in a good amount of instances where he might have to pull down the ball and run, because secondary coverage will be tight. Or, he will have to throw on the run to loosen coverages up.

Ultimately, Wilson will be relied to carry a significant part of the offense again, and that makes him a very strong Fantasy start in Week 6. The Titans rank 16th against the run, having allowed 103.2 yards per game on the ground. That means Lynch will surely see some openings for sizable chunks of yardage. Tennessee has allowed only three rush TDs, yet the Seahawks will surely get Lynch in position to cash in from short range for a score or two.

Lynch has maintained his status as an elite Fantasy RB this year in a season where many top running backs have not played quite up to expectations. So if you have Lynch, you should not be looking to trade him unless some sort of blockbuster offer topples you over. His durability and dependability give you somewhat rare peace of mind at the RB position nowadays, and more frequent TDs are sure to come in the weeks ahead.

In Week 5, Golden Tate scored for the first time this year, and finished with five catches for 61 yards. He may draw Verner at times in coverage this week, a tough assignment indeed. But Wilson still trusts Tate heavily and that makes him a respectable plug-in if you are missing Julio Jones or Roddy White. The Seahawks have been receiving encouraging reports on the progress of Percy Harvin, and it’s time to grab and stash him if you have not already done so.

With the way Wilson spreads the ball around so efficiently, the top Seahawk WRs are not cracking your starting lineup just yet. But Tate is always worth consideration, and monitor the progress of Sidney Rice as the team rounds into better health on the offensive side. You may not play your Seahawk WRs in Week 6, but a smart Fantasy owner certainly monitors their progress.

A truly unheralded Fantasy story to this point has been the rise of Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka to Top 5 status. He ranks fourth in kicker scoring with 49 points and continues to cash in on consistent opportunities. Hauschka actually went undrafted in many leagues, and is emerging as a prime free agent pickup and a weekly lineup lock. He is only owned in 49.4 percent of leagues, so add him if you have not done so yet. Hauschka has only one missed field goal this year.

The Seahawks are back at home and that means it’s another must-start week for the defense. Seattle’s front seven can focus on containing Chris Johnson and the secondary will surely be able to limit Ryan Fitzpatrick and his top WRs. Even if Bobby Wagner cannot play, K.J. Wright can make a smooth transition to the MLB spot, and his appeal in Individual Defensive Player leagues will get a big boost this week. Fitzpatrick has been very up and down throughout his career. He has been prone to fumbles throughout his career, so expect the Seahawks defensive unit to act aggressively and push for turnovers.

In other games, look for Tony Romo to once again be one of the top QBs of the week, as he gets into gunslinger mode often against the Redskins. Keep the faith in Tom Brady this week, because he will enjoy the expected return of Rob Gronkowski. You may also see a quality performance from Cam Newton against a Vikings team he can throw on with some success. Alex Smith makes a decent one-week play against the Raiders if you have Matt Ryan on a bye.

Doug Martin should look more like the guy you drafted high in the first round as he gets into the end zone and flourishes against Philadelphia. Knowshon Moreno looks like a must-start right now, especially against Jacksonville. Giovani Bernard (vs. Buffalo) and Danny Woodhead (vs. Indianapolis) will serve you well as versatile performers in point-per-reception leagues. Watch the New England situation carefully, as this could be the week that Brandon Bolden emerges as the best Fantasy option from a committee.

At wide receiver, Torrey Smith has become a complete pass-catcher and is a top option against Green Bay. Pierre Garcon is going to give the Dallas secondary a lot of problems. T.Y. Hilton could be in for another big week against the Chargers. The rise of Keenan Allen as a WR3 in Fantasy should continue against the Colts in the same game. Allen had a high grade from many scouts when he prepared to enter the NFL this year. If Donnie Avery can overcome some shoulder issue, he is a nice play at WR3 against the Raiders.

If you need some TE help, and many teams do, this could be the week that Houston’s Garrett Graham busts out as a prime performer. He has played well in two-TE sets and with Owen Daniels out for at least 8 weeks with a fractured fibula, Graham now has a real opportunity to ascend, beginning with his matchup with the Rams this week.

Heath Miller is healthy again and is a solid play against the Jets, Miller is reliable for Ben Roethlisberger against any opponent. Denver’s defense is an apparent strong play against Jacksonville, and you have to like the Bengals a heck of a lot against Buffalo, as the Bills have some serious QB issues. The Lions look like a quality one-week play against a Browns team that is thinned at QB and RB.

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