Fantasy Football 2014: Seahawks at Redskins 10/6/14 Week 5 Preview
Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at Washington Redskins (1-3)
Monday, October 6, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Coming up on the Week 5 version of “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC clash in store when the Seahawks head out east to face the Redskins. Seattle (2-1) had a bye this past week, but managed a big win in a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos in Week 3. Meanwhile, Washington (1-3) had a few extra days of rest after getting humiliated by their division rival Giants on “Thursday Night Football.”
Both teams will feature some notable fantasy contributors in this game, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see what we should be expecting from our lineups on Monday.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Overall, Wilson posted a pretty nice game in his Week 3 matchup with the Broncos. He managed 258 yards with a pair of touchdowns and one interception. He now has two TD passes in each of his three games.
Wilson is a high-end backup in fantasy, and there’s little chance you’ll need to use him this week. Still, the matchup is solid and he should come away with some nice lines after the extended rest.
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Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: A couple of weeks back, Cousins was the hot fantasy add who could do no wrong. Now, after a sketchy Week 4 against the Giants, owners are rethinking all of that. He had a disastrous game on Thursday, posting five turnovers and just one score in an epic meltdown.
Coming back to the suffocating Seattle defense isn’t great news for Cousins. Don’t drop him as a backup just yet, but don’t expect much this week, either.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch has come through for owners in 2014 for the most part, and the fact that he’s contributing in the passing game is a great sign. Lynch posted his second receiving touchdown of the season in Week 3, and also got in to the end zone on the ground. He finished with 138 total yards.
Lynch owners can only hope that the team continues to utilize him on receiving routes. It adds an extra dimension to an already potent fantasy attack.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Morris didn’t get a heck of a lot of use on Thursday--considering the Redskins were in comeback mode the whole game--but cashed in his opportunities when he got them. He posted 90 total yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and three receptions, marking a pretty good fantasy day.
Here’s the bad news: This matchup is ugly. The only saving grace is it’s a home game, so maybe Morris can find some daylight here.
Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Harvin has been something of an enigma so far this year. It seems the Seahawks have only been toying with his game-breaking ability, and haven’t really given him enough opportunities to shine. The low yardage totals are certainly troubling--he posted just 42 on seven catches in Week 3--and his fantasy production seems to hinge on getting into the end zone.
Still, it’s hard to sit a guy with that kind of explosiveness, so just hope for the best here.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: Jackson came into this past week’s game with a shoulder injury, which could help explain his ugly line. He had just one catch for nine yards, a far cry from his 117-yard performance the week before.
Jackson has been boom-or-bust so far this year, which is pretty frustrating. We don’t like the idea of him being draped by Richard Sherman all game here, so if you have the luxury, you should consider passing him up for this week.
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