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Friday, November 10, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY WRAPUP: SEAHAWKS/CARDINALS

Boy was that ugly.  In between a ridiculous amount of penalties, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks played a putrid game that included some massive injuries that included a torn ACL for star CB Richard Sherman.  Let's get to all the carnage/fantasy football news that came out of this slopfest. 

-Russell Wilson was under siege for most of the game as the Seattle offensive line struggled yet again but he still managed two more touchdown passes as part of his 22-of-32 day for 238 yards.  Wilson also rushed for 19 yards on 5 carries and didn't turn it over which made for another very good day at the fantasy football office.  While I have been slow to embrace Wilson in the past, there is no denying his bona fides as a weekly top five fantasy football QB.

On the other side, Drew Stanton was not horrible as he threw for one score and 273 yards overall.  A good chunk of the yardage did come during garbage time though but it still counts.  Be that as it ma, John Brown and J.J. Nelson should be dropped in all formats as only Larry Fitzgerald seems a viable receiving option with Stanton under center. 

-Adrian Peterson had a rough matchup coming in against the very stout Seattle run defense and he predictably fell on his face in rushing for just 29 yards on 21 carries and losing a fumble.  Peterson did add one catch but he was a complete bomb after a big performance a week ago.  The workload figures to remain very high with Stanton at QB though so Peterson will retain QB 2 value on that aspect alone. 

Meanwhile Thomas Rawls was typically terrible himself with just 27 yards on 10 carries, while adding two catches for another 12 yards.  The Seahawks really need to take a long look at J.D. McKissic who has Jamaal Charles explosion and who picked up 26 yards on just 5 carries.  With c.J. Prosise also injuring his OTHER ankle, the time is now for a move on McKissic. 

-Larry Fitzgerald is a QB's dream and that goes for an average one like Stanton in that he serves as a classic safety net/outlet.  Stanton zeroed in on Fitz from the start and he completed 10 passes for 113 yards to the ageless wonder.  In PPR formats Fitzgerald remains very potent but in standard, he goes down to WR 3 range.  The only other weapon was tight end Jermaine Gresham who caught five balls for 64 yards and on score.  You can do better. 

On the other side, we are seeing the New Orleans Saints version of tight end Jimmy Graham the last few weeks as he is simply impossible to defend in the red zone as he showed Thursday night by catching 6 balls for 27 yards and two scores.  Graham is as healthy as he has been in years and is ranking right up there with Zach Ertz as supreme values considering how their draft prices dropped this past summer.

In addition, Doug Baldwin did his thing to the tune of 5 catches for 95 yards which included a ridiculous circus-like catch from a scrambling Wilson.  It needs to be seen by all. 


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