Week 7 is just around the corner and the Seattle Seahawks will travel to the Arizona Cardinals to kick the week off on Thursday Night Football. The time has come to start tweaking fantasy rosters and for owners who have any players on the Seahawks and Cardinals, to finalize those wishy-washy options.
Rashard Mendenhall- Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall will have a tough outing Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks for several reasons. First, the Seahawks defense is second in the league in total defense and eleventh against the run.
Secondly, Mendenhall is splitting his workload 50/50 with rookie Andre Ellington, who is averaging 70.2 total yards per game. Ellington’s ability to be more of a threat in the passing game has really hurt Mendenhall so far this season, and his matchup with the Seattle Seahawks does not make things any better.
Golden Tate- The Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson has made life difficult for opposing receivers this season. Unfortunately for Golden Tate, who has yet to take his game to the next level this season, he will be facing the Cardinals secondary on Thursday.
Furthermore, the Seahawks prefer to hand the ball to their star running Marshawn Lynch, calling just 206 rushing plays to just 166 passing plays this season. Until Tate can increase his production, he serves a better purpose on your bench.
Marshawn Lynch- While the Arizona Cardinals have the fifth best rush defense in the league this season, Lynch is still a must start. He is one of the few backs in the league who is not sharing a workload this year and has been dominant in the passing game as well.
Last week, San Francisco 49ers Frank Gore was able to rush for 101 yards on 25 carries. Fantasy owners can expect similar results from Marshawn Lynch on Thursday Night Football.
Russell Wilson- The Seattle Seahawks second year quarterback Russell Wilson has continued to impress after his strong rookie season. He has completed 61.4% of his passes and has thrown for 1,254 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions this season. Not to mention his 294 rushing yards through the first 6 games is good enough for second most among quarterbacks, behind only Michael Vick.
Wilson’s ability to be efficient with the football and turn broken plays into big rushing yardage will give him a leg up on the Cardinals.