Seattle Seahawks versus Carolina Panthers NFL Playoffs Real Money Fantasy Picks 1-17-2016
The NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs continues on Sunday January 17th as the Carolina Panthers are home to the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their one day league roster picks.
They faced off during the regular season on October 18th in Seattle as the Panthers with a fourth quarter rally came from behind and defeated the Seahawks 27-23. Something that is rarely seen is the Panthers outscored the Seahawks 13-3 in the final quarter in Seattle. Cam Newton threw for 269 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He had a rushing touchdown in the victory. Russell Wilson for Seattle had 241 yards touchdown and a pick in defeat. Red Zone was a key stat from this game with Carolina scoring a touchdown in all three trips while Seattle was 1 of 3. Ironically little has been mentioned about the Seahawks 31-17 home victory against Carolina in last year’s divisional round.
Carolina has improved much from the prior seasons on the offensive side of the football. The team is first in the NFL in scoring offense as they push across 31.2 points per game on the campaign. They sit sixth in total defense and scoring defense. The team allows just 19.2 points per game.
On the Seattle side they move the football ranking fourth in total offense and sit fifth in scoring offense with 26.4 points per game. They are tops in the league in scoring defense as opponents score 17.3 points per game. It is worth noting that the Seahawks had four games against offensively challenged St Louis and San Francisco on the year. Also they had wins against Cleveland and Baltimore late in the year that padded their defensive stats. We have seen defensive issues from Seattle when they faced dynamic offenses in losses at Green Bay, Cincinnati and Arizona at home.
Seattle Seahawks QB:
The veteran quarterback has enjoyed a successful season hitting on 68.1% of his passes with 34 touchdowns and 8 picks. In the cold of Minnesota last week Wilson hit on 13 of 26 passes for 142 yards. Prior to that performance Wilson has put up some monster numbers. In Week 17 he threw for 3 touchdowns at Arizona. He has thrown for three touchdowns or greater in six of his past seven games. But Carolina is sitting on a bye week and defends very well.
Seattle Seahawks RB:
Marshawn Lynch is trying to recover from hernia surgery. He has had a down year rushing for just 3.8 yards per carry on the year. Rumors are he declined to fly to Minnesota last week and declared himself out for the NFC Wildcard. Rawls leads the Seahawks with 147 rushing attempts for 830 yards and four touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.6 yards per carry on the campaign.
Seattle Seahawks WR:
Baldwin has been heavily targeted for Seattle as he leads the team with 104 with 78 receptions. He has scored 14 touchdowns on the campaign and averaged 13.7 yards per catch. The Seahawks wide out had a touchdown catch in the NFC Wildcard win and has touchdown receptions in six of his past seven games.
Carolina Panthers QB:
Newton has put together an MVP type of season. He is completing 59.7% of his throws on the campaign for 3837 yards with 35 touchdowns and 10 picks. In Week 17 in a must win for home field for the entire NFC playoffs it was Newton passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns. The veteran signal caller has passed for 15 touchdowns over his past five games.
Carolina Panthers RB:
Cameron Artis Payne
With several injuries to the Panthers running back it has been Cameron Artis Payne getting double digit carries in two of their past three games. In the Week 17 victory against Tampa Bay it was Payne with 14 rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Cam Newton takes carries away from the Panthers running backs.
Carolina Panthers TE:
The veteran tight end leads the team with 77 catches for 1104 yards with seven touchdowns. He is averaging a career high 14.3 yards per carry average and is a difficult cover in the secondary for the Seahawks.
NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks
QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)
WR: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)
TE: Greg Olson (Panthers)
Carolina Panthers Defense
S: Kurt Coleman (Panthers)