We’ve got another Thursday Night Football matchup on our hands tonight. In recent years these San Francisco-Seattle games have been electrifying, and although neither team appears exactly like their old self I feel it should still be another intense showdown. Lucky for all you fantasy football nuts out there I’ve looked into my crystal ball and seen who the studs from tonight are going to be. Read on for Thursday night’s top fantasy plays:
Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
Wilson has only thrown for multiple touchdowns in one game so far this season, and he has also failed to score a rushing touchdown so far this season. Conversely Wilson has yet to have a multiple interception game this season. I think tonight will be the night for Wilson to score his first rushing TD this season (statistically speaking Wilson has to score a rushing touchdown very soon), and as long as he continue his trend of taking care of the football his rushing totals alone will make him a worthy quarterback to start. I probably wouldn’t bet on him in DFS leagues (because this game is in division, on the road, and in prime time), but I would definitely roll with him in standard leagues this week if you are stuck between two quarterbacks to start.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks
Graham finally blew up last week. Fantasy football enthusiasts have been waiting patiently for Graham’s breakout game, and now that he’s had it I think Seattle is going to try to continue on that success. Graham is just way too dynamic of an offensive weapon to not get him the ball 8+ times per game. Not to mention that San Francisco really is not equipped to stop Graham. Graham is clearly their best offensive weapon, and I think the Graham era in Seattle has finally begun.
Steve Hauschka, K, Seahawks
Hauschka is one of the few kickers in the league that is always a must start. I’m certain that Seattle won’t have that hard of a time moving the ball, which means that Hauschka’s leg is going to see some action. Hauschka will kick AT LEAST one field goal. Plus all the extra points. I’d expect at least 6 points out of Hauschka this week. Which would be equal to his worst score of the year, but that’s the low end. Hauschka could easily be kicking into double-digit points this week.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
Starting Kaepernick against a Seahawks D might seem like lunacy, and perhaps it is. But it’s calculated lunacy. Kaepernick has thrown for over 600 yards in the last two weeks, with four passing touchdowns and zero turnovers. Especially with four decent/great quarterback options on bye this week Kaepernick seems like a particularly appetizing QB option. If you are suffering from a QB on bye, and you have Kaepernick, but are thinking you need to go to the waiver wire to find a good QB option this week I would reconsider. I’m expecting a pair of touchdowns from Kaepernick, 250 yards throwing, and at least 50 rushing. Even if he throws a pair of interceptions with those stats he is still primed for a 19 point week. Don’t write off Kaepernick just yet folks.
Phil Dawson, K, 49ers
With the Seahawks D and San Fran’s lack of offensive weapons I think it is safe to say that San Fran is going to have to kick some field goals tonight. Phil Dawson wasn’t the best fantasy kicker through the first four weeks of the season, but over the last two weeks he has been a GREAT fantasy kicker. If you’ve been doing the streaming kickers thing, and have happened upon Dawson, I’d say to keep riding the wave. Dawson is worth going after in DFS leagues as well. I think San Fran will move the ball well tonight, playing at home, in primetime.
Are there any players in the game tonight you would start that I didn’t list? Let us know in the comments!