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David Dorey  

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WEEK 5
2011
*ARI at MIN *NO at CAR *SD at DEN CHI at DET (mon)
CIN at JAC *NYJ at NE *SEA at NYG BYE
GB at ATL OAK at HOU *TB at SF BAL, CLE, DAL
*UPDATED KC at IND PHI at BUF *TEN at PIT MIA, STL, WAS

Prediction: SEA 10, NYG 30

Players to Watch: Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz

Update: Brandon Jacobs has not practiced this week because of his MCL sprain and is listed as doubtful. He is not expected to play against the Seahawks and Danny Ware will be next in line. This should mainly just give Bradshaw a few more carries but not make Ware an attractive start against a fairly good Seattle rushing defense. Mike Williams will also miss this game with the after-effects of a concussion he received in the Falcons game.

The Seahawks are 1-3 and in the NFC West that means they are still in contention. They come off a close loss to the Falcons while the Giants are 3-1 and return after winning two road games in Philly and Arizona. The Seahawks are always much better at home and bad on the road where they have already been shut out once and beaten by 16 points in San Francisco. Give the points.

The Giants won 41-7 in Seattle last year.

Seattle Seahawks
Homefield: Qwest Field
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @SF 17-33 10 BAL -
2 @PIT 0-24 11 @STL -
3 ARI 13-10 12 WAS -
4 ATL 28-30 13 PHI -
5 @NYG - 14 STL -
6 Bye - 15 @CHI -
7 @CLE - 16 SF -
8 CIN - 17 @ARI -
9 @DAL -      
Seahawks Report | Statistics | Roster
SEATTLE at NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Tarvaris Jackson - - 200,1
RB Marshawn Lynch 40 10 -
TE Zach Miller - 20 -
WR Sidney Rice - 70,1 -
WR Mike Williams - 30 -
WR Doug Baldwin - 40 -
PK Steven Hauschka 1 FG 1 XP -
Pregame Notes: Aside from squeaking past the visiting Cardinals, the Seahawks remain not only a work in project but one that doesn't seem to have all the parts that it needs. There is no hint of a working rushing attack and while the passing game has improved, that has been limited solely to Sidney Rice. A bye week awaits on the other side of this game but this team is still fairly healthy anyway. They are just not effective.

QUARTERBACK: Tarvaris Jackson comes off a thrilling performance of 319 yards and three scores against the Falcons. Prior to that he had never passed for more than 197 yards and had just two scores over the first three weeks. On the road this week, expect the less effective Jackson to be on display. The one with no fantasy value. The one we all know.

The Giants secondary started out shaky this year but has since figured out how to replace injured players and have not allowed a passing score in the last two games. Jackson on the road smacks of mediocrity anyway.

RUNNING BACKS: Marshawn Lynch scored his first touchdown of the year against the Falcons but only totaled 24 rush yards on eight carries in the game. He has a season high of 33 rush yards in a road game and is not worth owning in most leagues. The Seahawks typically fall behind and abandon the run which doesn't work anyway.

The Giants have been weaker against the run this year but back at home this week against the Seahawks? Expect a showing like their only home game when they held Carnell Williams to only 36 yards on 13 runs.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Mike Williams finally had a touchdown in a game but only collected three passes for 36 yards and left with a concussion. I will assume that he can play and update but seriously - what sort of fantasy league would make Williams a starter? He only had eight catches for 70 yards on the season. That's like a tight end having one decent game. Doug Baldwin had a season best 84 yards on five catches but only managed three receptions for 27 yards int he two previous games combined. Sidney Rice has been the only player here with any fantasy value and that has meant games of 8-109 and 3-79 wit a score last week. Compared to his team mates, Rice is a super star.

The Giants secondary was victimized in the first two weeks but has not allowed a score or much yardage since other than Larry Fitzgerald. Figure Rice is still a decent play here but the others are far too risky. I will give Rice the score since he is clearly the best bet but no lock.

TIGHT ENDS: Trade for a guy and then only used him for no more than 21 yards on three catches and never any scores. And you thought no one could make the Oakland passing game look good. Zach Miller is a nonfactor after being the leading receiver for the Raiders.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 22 32 13 32 31 32
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 10 21 19 10 22 14


New York Giants
Homefield: Meadowlands Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @WAS 14-28 10 @SF -
2 STL 28-16 11 PHI -
3 @PHI 29-16 12 @NO -
4 @ARI 31-27 13 GB -
5 SEA - 14 @DAL -
6 BUF - 15 WAS -
7 Bye - 16 @NYJ -
8 MIA - 17 DAL -
9 @NE - - - -
Giants Report | Statistics | Roster
NY GIANTS vs SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning - - 240,2
RB Brandon Jacobs 40,1 10 -
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 70,1 30 -
WR Victor Cruz - 70 -
WR Hakeem Nicks - 100,1 -
WR Mario Manningham - 40 -
PK Lawrence Tynes 3 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Giants started the year on a shaky note with injuries and Eli Manning playing like he had somewhere else he rather be. But the team has stayed the course and ripped off three straight wins including the last two on the road. Beating the Eagles in Philly was huge and now the Giants get three straight home games with a bye in there during week seven. The G-Men started slowly but are looking better.

QUARTERBACK:Eli Manning was less effective in the opener but he has thrown multiple touchdowns in each game since and built up to a season best 321 yards last Sunday in Arizona. He has not thrown an interception the last two weeks and seems to have quickly gotten over the hump of sloppy playing. The receivers actually catching the passes has proven to be a key ingredient as well.

The Seahawks have been decent against the pass and that includes facing Roethlisberger, Ryan and Kolb who all had only one passing touchdown but 250+ passing yards. But Manning is at home and should post at least a good game here with a chance for multiple scores again. They only reason he won't is if the rushing is wildly successful.

RUNNING BACKS: The duo of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have combined for good stats each week but individually it's been hard to get much out of either. Bradshaw has scored three times and twice topped 100 total yards while Jacobs also has three touchdowns but marginal yardage. If one guy was doing it all - and in the good old days it would have been - they would be an elite player.

The Seahawks have been good against the rush with no runner topping 70 yards against them though they have allowed four rushing scores. Expect a standard split here for yardage and one score that could end up with either back.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The big question swirling in New York is what is happening with Mario Manningham? He was out with a concussion but returned last week to see Victor Cruz remain the starter along with Hakeem Nicks. And Cruz has spent the last two weeks going off with games of 3-110 and a touchdown and 6-98 just last Sunday. Manningham has yet to score or have more than 56 yards in any game. Supposedly Manningham was eased back in but the differences in production are very significant. Cruz should be off the waiver wire in most leagues by now and Manningham is not looking like someone to keep. It is just two games and nothing official but worth tracking.

Nicks comes off a monster game with 10 catches for 162 yards and a score in Arizona. He's tending to either have a huge game or be far too quiet and needs more consistency.

The Seahawks look ripe for another good game by Nicks at home against a defense that has been beaten up by Mike Wallace (8-126, TD), Julio Jones (11-127), Roddy White (6-78) and Larry Fitzgerald (5-64, TD).

TIGHT ENDS: Jake Ballard just caught a touchdown last week but there is no reliable production in this unit. No fantasy relevance.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 10 7 9 25 32 8
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 13 14 13 8 28 28

WEEK 5
2011
ARI at MIN NO at CAR SD at DEN CHI at DET (mon)
CIN at JAC NYJ at NE SEA at NYG BYE
GB at ATL OAK at HOU TB at SF BAL, CLE, DAL
  KC at IND PHI at BUF TEN at PIT MIA, STL, WAS

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