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David Dorey
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WEEK 8 CAR at TB (THU) DAL at DET NYJ at CIN SEA at STL (MON)
ATL at ARI GB at MIN PIT at OAK On Bye:
BUF at NO MIA at NE SF at JAC BAL, CHI, HOU
*UPDATED CLE at KC NYG at PHI WAS at DEN IND, SD, TEN

Prediction: SEA 27, STL 13 (Line: SEA by 10.5)

Players of Interest: Kellen Clemens

The Seahawks remain a game ahead of the 49ers for the NFC West lead and at 6-1 have the best record in the NFC. The Rams are 3-4 and just lost Sam Bradford for the season. Not an ideal situation. And on Monday night no less. The Seahawks like the limelight though normally more at home.

The Seahawks lost 13-19 in St. Louis last year.

1 @CAR 12-7 10 @ATL -
2 SF 29-3 11 MIN -
3 JAC 45-17 12 BYE WEEK
4 @HOU 23-20 13 NO -
5 @IND 28-34 14 @SF -
6 TEN 20-13 15 @NYG -
7 @ARI 34-22 16 ARI -
8 @STL - 17 STL -
9 TB - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
SEA @ STL Rush Catch Pass
QB Terrelle Pryor 50 210,1
QB Russell Wilson 40 180,1
RB Marshawn Lynch 110,1 2-10
WR Doug Baldwin 3-40
WR Sidney Rice 4-50
TE Zach Miller 2-20
PK Steven Hauschka 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Seahawks remain on a nice roll and would be undefeated were it not for that close loss in Indianapolis. The week 12 bye will ensure a healthy and rested team is ready for the stretch run and the ridiculous thing is that the schedule could hardly be any less challenging for the next four games. Hosting the Saints and visiting the 49ers are the only remaining games that appear as a potential stumbling block.

QUARTERBACKS: Russell Wilson comes off one of his best games of the year when he passed for 235 yards and three scores on the Cardinals. The problem this week is that Russell has been least productive when at home this year in games that are easily won. He did have a freakish four scores versus the visiting Jaguars but the 49ers and Titans visited and combined only gave up one touchdown. Wilson's production is very sensitive to the quality of the opponent and the venue. The offense moves via the run and usually has nice field position.

Wilson only passed for 160 yards and no scores in St. Louis last season.

RUNNING BACKS: The same phenomena happens with Marshawn Lynch - he's usually about as good as he needs to be and not much else. That all said, he is a very solid choice every week with a total of seven touchdowns over seven games and five of those with over 90 total yards. One of his rare bad games was against the Jaguars - his easiest matchup of the year. His best was the three scores and 135 yards against the 49ers. He is a must start and rises to the occasion when the team needs him/ But he is not above turning in a disappointing week because the team just doesn't need him to do much.

Lynch gained 118 yards and a score on 20 carries in St. Louis for 2012, and added four catches for 37 yards.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The moderate passing yardage is divided up each week so that there just is no receiver who is consistently productive enough to merit a fantasy start. None of the wideouts have topped 100 yards in any game and Golden Tate is the best with most games above 50 yards. But he only scored once this year and any one of the wideouts could score in any given week. Moderate yardage at best, always less than a 50/50 chance for a touchdown and a large amount of single catch duds means hands off these players.

Percy Harvin returned to practice and there is at least a chance that he could play in this Monday night affair. He'll be obviously rusty and likely to be limited. But Harvin upgrades both the receivers and special teams when he plays.

TIGHT ENDS: Marginal fantasy value at best much like the wideouts. Zach Miller scored three times this year but went over 25 yards only twice and never more than 42 yards. No real fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The loss of Sam Bradford will have some effect on the entire team. The Rams secondary is nothing special and but then again Wilson rarely does much anyway. The important part is that the Seattle defense should have a good showing and that Lynch goes against a defense that has already allowed eight touchdowns to running backs along with three runners who gained over 140 rushing yards on them. Lynch is a must start but Wilson makes a low end quarterback this week and none of the wideouts are consistent enough to merit any fantasy consideration. This is a divisional game and a Monday night game so that helps keep the focus.

WHAT TO WATCH: The Rams offense was already struggling. Add in a new quarterback and that should let the Seahawks defense have an even better game.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 8 9 17 18 5 4
Preventing Fantasy Points STL 14 30 25 7 14 20

 

1 ARI 27-24 10 @IND -
2 @ATL 24-31 11 BYE WEEK
3 @DAL 7-31 12 CHI -
4 SF 11-35 13 @SF -
5 JAC 34-20 14 @ARI -
6 @HOU 38-13 15 NO -
7 @CAR 15-30 16 TB -
8 SEA - 17 @SEA -
9 TEN - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Zac Stacy 50,1 2-10
WR Tavon Austin 3-30
WR Chris Givens 2-30
WR Austin Pettis 3-40
TE Jared Cook 4-30
PK Greg Zuerlein 2 FG 1 XP

Pregame Notes: Losing Sam Bradford is not going to make this offense any better and they already had problems. Hosting the Seahawks and Titans and then traveling to Indianapolis is not going to help either. The Rams have a fairly tough remaining schedule and now without Bradford even more scrutiny will be given to underperforming receivers. The win in Houston may be as good as it ever got for the 2013 Rams.

QUARTERBACKS: Sam Bradford tore his left ACL and is gone for the rest of the season. The only other quarterback on the roster is Kellen Clemens who was last a starter for the Jets in 2007. He passed for seven touchdowns over his seven year career and wasn't supposed to become the starter. This is an obvious downgrade and the Rams have to go find another quarterback at least to be a backup. Clemens timing could use some work since the first start in seven years will be against the Seahawks.

Bradford never threw for more than one score and 252 yards versus the Seahawks in 2012.

RUNNING BACKS: Maybe it needed seven games, but the Rams have settled on a single runner at least over the last two games. Zac Stacy gained 90 total yards in Houston and then rolled up 87 yards and a touchdown in Carolina. No other runner had more than three carries. Benny Cunningham is disappeared again and Daryl Richardson is there only for relief. Whatever running back plays will gain are going all to Stacy. He'll be relied on more with Bradford out though that may not make him any more productive.

WIDE RECEIVERS: This unit was already in decline before Bradford left. Austin Pettis was the favorite but has only three catches over the last two games. Chris Givens never scores and remains well below 30 yards in recent games. Tavon Austin looks like a bust and while his five catches for 39 yards against the Panthers was the best since week two, he lost a fumble. Until something positive happens, none of these players are fantasy relevant. And it may be 2014 before that changes.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value. Lance Kendricks catches a touchdown on occasion but rarely breaks ten yards in any game. Jared Cook was paid the big bucks to come in and dominate in week one, then all but disappear from the game plan.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: There is no reliable offense here. Stacy is worthy of a low-end flex start if only because he'll have the most touches and eventually may break a run late in the game when the Rams should be throwing. If Clemens can throw a score here it would be a major success. No reason to start anyone other than maybe Stacy.

WHAT TO WATCH: Kellen Clemens is an eight-year veteran and what if all the problems were really just Bradford? They clearly are not but Clemens at home against the Seahawks will be a good measurement of what to expect.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points STL 17 31 23 5 22 9
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 4 5 3 4 6 18

WEEK 8 CAR at TB (THU) DAL at DET NYJ at CIN SEA at STL (MON)
ATL at ARI GB at MIN PIT at OAK On Bye:
BUF at NO MIA at NE SF at JAC BAL, CHI, HOU
*UPDATED CLE at KC NYG at PHI WAS at DEN IND, SD, TEN


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