Fantasy Football 2014: Seahawks at Cardinals 12/21/14 Week 16 Preview
Seattle Seahawks (10-4) at Arizona Cardinals (11-3)
Sunday, December 21, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Bringing to an end the weekend smorgasbord of NFL action on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 16 will be a key divisional matchup between the Seahawks and the Cardinals. Seattle (10-4) took care of business against the 49ers in their last outing Sunday in Week 15. Meanwhile, Arizona (11-3) is coming off an important, albeit unimpressive, win over the Rams last Thursday.
With fantasy football championships on the line in many leagues, this game will make or break a lot of teams. Let’s check out some of the notable players on both sides to get a feel for what to expect.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson was just “meh” against the Niners, posting 168 yards on 12-of-24 passing with one TD and one interception. He also rushed for 27 yards on five carries. It was more of a Marshawn Lynch day for the Seahawks as usual, which surprises exactly no one.
Wilson has now tossed for just one touchdown in three of the last four weeks. The rush yards are usually a nice boost with him, but they haven’t been there every game. Still, if you’ve made it this far with him, keep it rolling--you don't have too many alternatives out there.
USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Lindley, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Cardinals quarterbacks are dropping like flies this season. With Carson Palmer out, Drew Stanton came on in relief, but was injured against the Rams last Thursday. Enter Lindley, who posted 30 yards on 4-of-10 passing to help secure the sketchy win.
Lindley is going to have to pilot this ship until the playoffs when Stanton can return. Needless to say, you shouldn’t trust him in fantasy, here or anywhere, unless you literally have no other choice.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch had another good outing against the 49ers in Week 15. He posted 91 yards and a score on 21 carries and added seven more on one catch.
After going three weeks without one, Lynch has now scored in consecutive games and produced double-digit fantasy points in his last three appearances. He’s obviously an automatic start as the workhorse in the Seattle offense, regardless of the matchup.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Stepfan Taylor got 14 carries and Williams got 15, posting 75 yards against the rams in a pretty solid game. That gives him 175 yards on the ground in his last two appearances.
Williams has actually been fairly impressive from a fantasy standpoint, even though he’s a low-end flex play. The rep split is tough to call here, however, so he’s more of a desperation option.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: There’s a whole lot of fantasy blah on the Seahawks’ receiving corps, but Baldwin is probably the best bet out of all of them. He came up with 53 yards on three grabs against the Niners, tying for the team-high with six targets.
Baldwin was able to score against the Eagles, but aside from that only has two other touchdowns on the year and has broken the century mark just once. He’s a desperation play only due to the inconsistency.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Faced with an uncertain quarterback situation--not to mention the injury issues he’s had lately--Fitzgerald has been pretty poisonous in fantasy. He hasn’t gone over 34 yards in his last three appearances, and hasn’t scored since October 26.
If you’ve got Fitzgerald on your roster, odds are you’ve moved on by now. We don’t expect his stats to get much better from here on out.
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.