Seattle Seahawks versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-10-2016

 

The NFC Wildcard playoffs begin Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Vikings will host the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to NBC TV on January 10th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league roster picks.

 

The Seahawks and Vikings met on December 6th and it was the Seahawks with the 38-7 victory on the road. The Seahawks defense dominated the line of scrimmage as they held the Minnesota offense to just 31 yards on the ground with 118 through the air. Seattle stacked the line and took Adrian Peterson out of the game. They have the secondary to do that as they can play man to man on the Vikings receiving corps and not have to worry about double teaming anyone on their pass patterns. Earl Thomas had a pick on Bridgewater in the game. Russell Wilson had a monster game in the win. He threw for 274 yards and had three touchdown passes on the Vikings defense. He also ran for 51 yards and a touchdown in the victory. They were efficient in the red zone going 3 of 4 which will give the team confidence. It will be cold but there is no wind or snow forecasted.

 

Seattle Seahawks Defense:

 

Seattle is ranked as the two ranked defense in all of the NFL by giving up 291 yards per game. They are tops in scoring defense by allowing 17.3 points per game.

 

Seattle Seahawks QB:

 

Russell Wilson

 

Russell Wilson got his money in the offseason and it has paid dividends. He is having a career year in completion percentage, passing touchdowns and yardage. Wilson has completed 68.1% of his throws for 4024 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight picks. Wilson is a plus for fantasy owners as he makes plays with his legs. Wilson is the number two runner for Seattle as he has rushed for 553 yards and a touchdown with 5.4 yards per carry average. Wilson will look to run more in the playoffs as the stakes are much higher now.

 

Seattle Seahawks RB:

 

Marshawn Lynch

 

The veteran running back has played in only seven games as he has been hampered by sports hernia surgery. He was playing hurt so his numbers have not been up to par. But he is fresh and could make a strong showing here. If Seattle has a lead look for Lynch to get lots of carries.

 

Seattle Seahawks WR:

 

Doug Baldwin

 

The fifth year pro is also putting up career numbers. Baldwin has caught 78 passes for 1069 yards with 14 touchdowns. He has had 11 touchdown receptions in his past six games.

 

Minnesota Vikings QB:

 

Teddy Bridgewater

 

Bridgewater greatly excels when his run game is working. When Peterson is a threat for a big gain, the second year quarterback is able find open targets in passing patterns. But Seattle is a bad matchup for Bridgewater. The Seahawks are going to force Bridgewater to thread the needle on his passes and that is not his strength. He likes to lob passes into arms of his receivers but because the Seahawks defenders can read and react it provides an interception opportunity. That’s why Earl Thomas is the play on defense in this game. Look for the Vikings to get behind and get desperate in the second half. Bridgewater is going to have to take chances in coverage and will get burned with picks.

 

Minnesota Vikings RB:

 

Adrian Peterson

 

Bad news for the Vikings as Adrian Peterson has not practiced through Thursday as he has been bothered by a bad back. Peterson was ineffective in the December 6th home loss to Seattle with 18 rushing yards on 8 carries. Seattle is going to stack the line so pass on Adrian Peterson.

 

Minnesota Vikings TE:

 

Kyle Rudolph

 

Because the Seahawks secondary is outstanding and Bridgewater doesn’t trust his arm strength enough to challenge them the play will be on the Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph in this game. Rudolph is second on the club with receptions with 49 catches for 495 yards and five touchdowns.

 

NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Russell Wilson (Seahawks)

WR: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

S: Earl Thomas (Seahawks)

Seattle Seahawks Defense

 

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Minnesota Vikings versus Arizona Cardinals Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-10-2015

A pair of playoff contenders will be showcased on Thursday Night Football as the Arizona Cardinals will be home to the Minnesota Vikings. NFL Fantasy League GM’s can tune to CBS TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on December 10th to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The Minnesota Vikings are looking to rebound after a bad 38-7 home defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks defense did a very good job of taking running back Adrian Peterson out of the game by stacking the line. This forced Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to beat the Seahawks linebackers and secondary. It was no contest as Bridgewater likes to lob up passes and lead his receivers to run under balls. He doesn’t have the arm strength and accuracy to throw in tight windows yet and that weakness was exposed greatly by the Seahawks defense last week. They fell to a flat footed tie with the Packers in the division at 8-4. The team is 31st and second worst in the NFL in passing offense by throwing for 179 yards per game. Minnesota could be very vulnerable in this game as they lose the services of four of their starters on defense due to getting injured in the physical battle with Seattle. It is tough to play the Seahawks but even worse when you have a Thursday night game after playing them on the previous Sunday.

 

The Arizona Cardinals enter play with a record of 10-2 and can clinch the NFC West with a win and a loss by the Seahawks on Sunday. The team came off a dominating victory last week to the St Louis Rams 27-3 and they get revenge from an earlier home loss to the Rams at home. The Cardinals have performed very well on both ends of the field. They are the top scoring team in the NFL as they put up nearly 32 points per game. They are third in the league in passing offense as they throw for 299 yards per game. Teams score just 19.3 points per game on the Cardinals which is fourth best in the NFL. We are going to make a case here to select the Arizona Cardinals defense. This is a play against the Minnesota Vikings offense for the second straight week. It is another nightmare matchup for the Vikings as they will take Adrian Peterson out of the game and expose the weakness of Teddy Bridgewater in threading the needle.

 

Arizona Cardinals QB:

 

Carson Palmer

 

The veteran quarterback is completing 64% of his throws this season for 3693 yards with 29 touchdowns and 9 picks. He threw for 356 yards with two touchdowns last week in the win at St Louis. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games.

 

Arizona Cardinals RB:

 

David Johnson

 

The rookie from Northern Iowa was called into action with injuries to the Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson. David Johnson ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on his 24 carries.

 

Arizona Cardinals WR:

 

Larry Fitzgerald

 

Fitzgerald is leading the Cardinals with 91 catches for 1047 yards with seven touchdowns. He is averaging 11.5 yards per catch on the campaign.

 

Minnesota Vikings QB:

 

Teddy Bridgewater

 

The second year quarterback still has some development work to get better in this league. He has some good qualities and can complete passes to open receivers. But when the opponent can stop the run and the coverage is tight on receivers the Vikings signal caller struggles to complete passes downfield. Many times he looks to check down or will complete a pass to a tight end well in front of the first down markers that stall drives.

 

Minnesota Vikings RB:

 

Adrian Peterson

 

The Vikings pro bowl running back struggled for yardage against a very good Seattle Seahawks defense last week. He had 8 carries for only 18 yards.

 

Minnesota Vikings TE:

 

Kyle Rudolph

 

The Minnesota tight end has 39 catches for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Look for Bridgewater to target his tight end heavily in this game against a very good secondary and run defense.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

RB: David Johnson (Cardinals)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

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Minnesota Vikings versus San Francisco 49ers NFL Fantasy Preview

Game 2 of the Monday Night Football doubleheader features the San Francisco 49ers facing the Minnesota Vikings. NFL fantasy football GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 10:20PM Eastern Time from San Francisco to follow the results of their drafted rosters.

The Minnesota Vikings failed to make the playoffs last year. They took a huge blow to their chances in 2014 with the suspension of Adrian Peterson. The talented running back has been reinstated to the club for the upcoming 2015 campaign.

The San Francisco 49ers appears to be a team in transition. Jim Harbaugh was let go and many of the talented 49er free agents have left the team. Head coach Jim Tomsula takes over after coaching the defensive line since 2007 for San Francisco. Many have this 49ers team heading in the wrong direction in 2015 as the team are actually an underdog at home on Monday Night Football against a team that failed to make the playoffs in 2014.

Minnesota Vikings QB:

Teddy Bridgewater in his rookie season in 2014 hit on 64% of his throws for 2919 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks. The game film shows he outperformed the rookie quarterbacks in 2014 and is accurate throwing the ball downfield. He has offensive coordinator Norv Turner tutoring him.

Minnesota Vikings RB:

Adrian Peterson played in 14 games in 2013 and ran for 1266 yards with ten touchdowns and 4.5 yards per carry. His best year was in 2012 where he rushed for 2097 yards for six yards a carry. Peterson does not contribute much in the passing game.

Minnesota Vikings WR:

Mike Wallace was acquired in the offseason to give Bridgewater a deep threat downfield. He has a very good career 15.6 yards per catch average. In 2014 Wallace caught 67 balls for 862 yards with ten touchdowns and 47 first down gains.

Charles Johnson will start opposes Wallace. The third year wide out had 31 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson averaged 15.3 yards per catch last year.

Minnesota Vikings TE:

Kyle Rudolph has had an injury plagued career. In 2014 he missed extended time and caught 24 balls for 231 yards with two touchdowns and 13 first down gains.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Now in his fifth season starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks to improve from a poor 2014 campaign. He hit on 60% of his throws last year with 19 touchdowns and 10 picks. For fear of injury it appeared the previous coaching regime told Kaepernick to reduce his number of rushing attempts. That may change in 2015 as the 49ers quarterback if most effective when given the green light to run since he has shown the ability to do so in an intelligent manner.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

The team lost Frank Gore to free agency to the Indianapolis Colts. Former Ohio St product Carlos Hyde enters his second year with the club. A year ago Hyde had 83 rushes for 333 yards with four touchdowns. Hyde had 4.0 yards per carry average last year.

Reggie Bush comes over from Detroit and is already entering his tenth year in the league. Last year Bush had 297 yards rushing for 3.9 yards a carry. In the passing game he caught 40 passes for 253 yards and no touchdowns.

San Francisco WR:

Anquan Boldin is 34 years old and in 2014 caught 83 passes for 1062 yards with five touchdowns and 56 first down gains. Boldin averaged 12.8 yards a catch last year.

Torrey Smith the former Ravens will start for his new team on Monday. Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards with 11 touchdowns.

San Francisco TE:

Another aging veteran in the passing game for the 49ers as Vernon Davis is in his tenth year. The tight end caught 26 passes last year for 245 yards with two touchdowns. Davis went from averaging 16.3 yards a catch in 2013 to just 9.4 the next year.

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Week 1 Fantasy Football 2015 Tight Ends Value Picks

NFL Tight End 2015 preview

Week one of the 2015 NFL pro football season is vast approaching. It is a good time to check out the week one fantasy football tight end value picks. With the NFL offenses becoming more wide open in the passing game it is important to identify the tight ends that will be used in passing patterns instead asked to block in the run game. Goal to go situations are critical at this position as tight ends are stronger than receivers and can create separation from a defender with their strength to catch touchdown passes.

Greg Olsen (Panthers): The Carolina Panthers took a huge hit in their passing game as leading receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a season ending injury in training camp. Greg Olsen is a sure handed tight end for Cam Newton to go to in the passing game. Olsen caught 84 passes in the 2014 campaign for 1008 yards and six touchdown passes. He was targeted nearly 7 times per game a season ago and will get tons of looks from Newton who doesn’t have many options in his wide receiver position. In the playoffs Olsen averaged over 13 ½ yards per reception.

Larry Donnell (Giants): This is the second year for the New York Giants in this new offense that is a short drop and quick strike for quarterback Eli Manning. Opposing defenses are going to have their hands full protecting against big plays with Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz in the pattern. Donnell in his third season with the Giants caught 63 balls for 623 yards and six touchdowns a season ago. He nearly averaged 10 yards per reception last year. With Beckham Jr. and Cruz attracting attention, look for Donnell to increase his yards after the catch numbers.

Josh Hill (Saints): The Saints allowed tight end Jimmy Graham to walk in free agency to the Seahawks. Hill will get looks from quarterback Drew Brees in 2015. The Saints are not going to change their approach offensively with the loss of Graham. They are going to put the ball in the air a lot again in 2015. In limited time in 2014 Hill caught 14 balls for 176 yards with five touchdowns. Hill averaged over 12 yards a catch and will see his time on the field increase dramatically with the loss of Graham. Hill is a definite target in the red zone for New Orleans because their run game is so poor.

Heath Miller (Steelers): Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a career year in 2014 as he threw for 4952 yards with 32 touchdown passes. The Steelers will continue to keep the ball in the air and not resort back to their grinding running game. Opposing defensive coordinators will work schemes to try and contain Antonio Brown who had an outstanding 2014 campaign. Miller had 66 receptions in 2014 with 761 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged nearly 13 yards per catch in the playoffs last year. Miller is a work horse and doesn’t come off the field much.

Jacob Tamme (Falcons): The Atlanta Falcons looks to be a much improved team in 2015. Matt Ryan will have Julio Jones and Roddy White healthy again on the field together. Ryan in 2014 with a season ending injury to Jones threw for nearly 4799 yards and 28 touchdowns. Jacob Tamme ran routes for Peyton Manning for in his entire career. Now he will be targeted by Matt Ryan. With White and Jones getting heavy attention from opposing defenses this gives Tamme opportunities to be a possession pass catching tight end that will score fantasy points in goal to go situations.

Kyle Rudolph (Vikings): Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is developing well in his second season with Minnesota. Adrian Peterson returns for the Vikings giving Minnesota a break away running back. Mike Wallace gives Minnesota the big play receiver. Look for play action pass catching opportunities for Kyle Rudolph in goal to go situations as well as targets to move the sticks in key third downs. Rudolph is healthy and playing in a Norv Turner offense.

2015 NFL Fantasy Football Week 1 Tight End Value Picks

1. Greg Olsen (Panthers)
2. Larry Donnell (Giants)
3. Josh Hill (Saints)
4. Heath Miller (Steelers)
5. Jacob Tamme (Falcons)
6. Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

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