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Fantasy Football 2013: Seahawks at Rams Week 8 Preview

Seattle Seahawks (6-1) at St. Louis Rams (3-4)

Monday, October 28, 8:40 PM (ET)

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Closing out the Week 8 NFL schedule on Monday will be an NFC West matchup that looks a little lopsided on paper, but should be a pretty entertaining game nonetheless. The Seattle Seahawks will be traveling to St. Louis to take on the Rams, and these two teams always seem to play each other tough. The Seahawks (6-1) are coming into this one fresh off another win against Arizona last Thursday. The Rams (3-4) suffered the loss of their starting QB in a rough Week 7 game against the Panthers.
The players on the field in this one will be deciding the fates of fantasy matchups everywhere, which adds another layer of importance to the game. Let’s take a look at some of the key fantasy names we’ll be seeing and try to determine how they’ll affect our rosters.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson didn’t do much on the ground in Week 7 (just 30 yards, which for him is a low total), but we don’t think fantasy owners were mad about it. He tossed three touchdowns on 18-of-29 passing for 235 yards, which was probably his second- or third-best performance of the season thus far. Wilson didn’t do to well against the Rams last year, posting two touchdowns and three picks in their two meetings. Still, he’s a solid fantasy start here, and should perform much better.

Fantasy Football 2013: Seahawks at Rams Week 8 Preview

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Kellen Clemens, QB, St. Louis Rams: With No. 1 QB Sam Bradford now out for the season, the reins of the Rams offense belong to Clemens. (Not that they really had a choice; he was the only other QB on the roster when Bradford went down.) He had a pretty ugly game in relief, with two fumbles and a 2-for-4 passing line for 19 yards. If you’re thinking Clemens isn’t a good fantasy option, you’re right. This matchup is awful for him. Look elsewhere if you need a plug-in.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch has had a couple of bad fantasy weeks, but those were early on in the season. Since then he’s found his groove, culminating in a 91-rush-yard effort in Week 7 that yielded a TD. Lynch owners should be pretty happy about this matchup, too. The Rams defense is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs, which puts the icing on a great-looking week for him. Expect a ton of points here.

Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams: The Rams’ backfield has been a source of confusion and fantasy frustration all season. At first, it seemed Daryl Richardson would emerge as the heir apparent to Steven Jackson, but he’s floundered recently and is pretty much a bust in fantasy at this point. Enter the rookie Stacy, who finally scored last week, posting 87 total yards on 17 rushes and four receptions. It’s looking like he’ll be the man for the time being, so he’s the one to own in the St. Louis backfield.

Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks receiving corps isn’t the most spectacular thing in the fantasy world, but they’ve got some decent guys on the roster. Tate is probably one of the more attractive options, even though he’s only scored once this year. He did post four grabs for 77 yards in Week 7, though, and he has 14 catches over the past three weeks. Tate is a lower-end option, but may find some room here.

Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams: The Rams offense has been pretty bad, but Cook has his upside. He’s obvious backup fodder in fantasy, as he hasn’t posted a TD since Week 1. He’s still heavily involved in the offense, though, so we don’t mind him so much as a lower-end option. Cook should provide some safe throws for Clemens, and with some degree of luck he may even find the end zone. He’s a bit of a desperation fantasy play, but there are worse options out there.

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