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Fantasy Football 2013: Seahawks at Cardinals Week 7 Preview

Seattle Seahawks (5-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3)

Thursday, October 17, 8:25 PM (ET)

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TV: NFL Network

Week 7 will be starting out with a bang on “Thursday Night Football,” as we’ve got an interesting--and important--divisional battle on tap between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals. Seattle (5-1) is coming off yet another victory over the Titans in Week 6, while Arizona (3-3) fell to the division rival 49ers. This one will provide some clarity in the competitive NFC West, so it should make for a must-see game.
As usual, there will be plenty of fantasy considerations in this one, setting the tempo for your week to come. Let’s take a look at some of the notable players and see how they’re likely to affect your fantasy lineup.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: The word “efficient” doesn’t exactly sound all that appealing when it comes to fantasy, but that’s exactly what Wilson has been over the past few weeks. He’s coming off a 257-yard, zero-TD performance against the Titans, but did bolster his stats on 61 yards rushing. As a matter of fact, the rush yardage has been Wilson’s saving grace recently, as he has just two pass touchdowns and two picks over the last three games. He’s still a good start for this one, though.

Fantasy Football 2013: Seahawks at Cardinals Week 7 Preview

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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: We had higher hopes for Palmer this season, but he’s emerged as a mid-level backup at best. He posted two scores and two picks against the Niners, giving him a total of nine interceptions over the last four games. We don’t really trust Palmer too much here, unless you find yourself in a deeper-league bind. You may get a TD or two on Thursday, but it’ll likely come along with another couple of turnovers.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch was a red-zone beast against the Titans, shaking off injury concerns before the game to post 77 yards and two scores on the ground, as well as four receptions for 78 more. The solid performance calms our fears a little concerning his hip issues, so Lynch should be good to go for Thursday. Still, you’ll want to monitor such an important player as we near game-time.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Mendenhall posted another “blah” game in Week 6, managing just 40 yards on 10 carries. He’s been splitting time with rookie RB Andre Ellington, who has emerged as a fantasy force himself. We can’t really recommend Mendenhall for anything but a low-end flex this week, so don’t get your hopes up. Meanwhile, Ellington has probably just as much fantasy value himself.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks don’t have much of a passing game to speak of, which explains why Baldwin is their leading receiver. He’s coming off a 48-yard effort in Week 6; hardly anything to get excited about. Still, considering the bye weeks, Baldwin becomes an option in fantasy here. He’ll make it worth your while if he can find the end zone, but don’t expect anything fancy.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: We could have some major issues for Fitzgerald heading into this game. The veteran WR is coming off a big six-catch, 117-yard effort in Week 6, finding the end zone for the fourth time this season. After the game, however, word broke that Fitzgerald was having major issues with his right hamstring, which is noteworthy because he’s had problems with his left already this year. Whether or not he’ll be able to go remains to be seen, but it’s definitely something owners will need to monitor.

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