As Sunday’s second game creeps up on us, we will update you on today’s first game, and take a deeper look at the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Denver Broncos.

  • At 1 pm the Seattle Seahawks kicked off with Carolina to take on the Panthers in a clash of football titans. The two are going head-to-head to see who can earn a trip to the NFC Championship game next week.

Earlier this week we broke down the game as such…

“This game is going to have its fair share of scuffles and heavy hits. There won’t be much room out there for anyone, but with the apparent return of Marshwn Lynch, the Seahawks’ ground game just became one to keep an eye on. In a game like this Ted Ginn is the type of player who can hurt Seattle with his ability to take the top off the defense against this group of highly and sometimes over-aggressive defensive backs. That is IF he even plays. He says he will suit-up despite soreness in his knee (suffered vs Atlanta Week 16). Without him, Cam Newton could struggle to find open runners other than Greg Olsen in the short to intermediate spots, and a hot Russell Wilson may be just enough to squeeze by the regular season champs. ”

Update: Tyler Lockett has two touchdown receptions and Russell’s birds are fighting hard to claw their way back in this one. Super Cam has been contained, though efficient and the Panthers hold a fourth quarter 31-21 lead. Don’t miss this exciting ending to get you pumped for game two!!

  • At 4:40 pm the shorthanded Pittsburgh Steelers go to Mile High to visit Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. 

Antonio Brown has officially been ruled out with a concussion, no matter what Pacman Jones thought, DeAngelo Williams can’t play and Big Ben will be playing with torn muscles around his separated shoulder. This does not bode well for #SteelerNation, as Roethlisberger couldn’t muster up enough power to send the ball 10 yards in the air in the dramatic closing moments of last week’s Divisional Round instant classic in Cincinnati. Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton will do much of their work on screens, and while they do have the stuff to make some plays (especially Bryant)  the Broncos do possess two very good, physical CB’s in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

Fitzgerald Toussaint could be a big contributor in this game, and he needs to be if the Steelers hope to have a chance. He had four catches for 60 yards vs the Bengals last week and checkdowns and screens will be the name of the game for Pittsburgh. Jordan Todman was a personal favorite of mine coming out of college (he was a monster), as his quick feet and burst allow him to rip off big chunks at a time. He could be worth a gamble if your looking to roll the dice.

CJ Anderson seems to be the popular name around DFS circles today, but Ronnie Hillman may be able to do some damage on with his speed against the aggressive Steeler front-seven. While Anderson is often more consistent inside the tackles, they are both legitimate options and a long touchdown run by Hillman could be the difference in how much money you make this week!

While Ben can’t throw because his shoulder’s are a mess, Peyton Manning just doesn’t have any juice left in his. Demaryius Thomas is one of the leagues premier wide receivers, but Emmanuel Sanders ripped his former team for 10 catches, 181 yards and a touchdown in Week 15. Play Sanders as his ability to find the seam could prove lethal to Pittsburgh.

 

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NFL Divisional Round Value Picks

Quarterback

There are no locks at quarterback in the Divisional Round with strong pass defenses and questionable starts.  The weak link in pass defense for the weekend is Pittsburgh.  They have one of the weakest pass defenses in the league, and have only made it this far with their explosive offense (mostly just the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection).

However, there are question marks on the other side of the ball as well.  Peyton Manning has won back his starting job this game but if things go south for him, an early substitution could be made.  I personally have faith in the sheriff, he wants to leave the league on a high note and with this favorable matchup, he may be one of the best picks this week.  He comes at a bargain too as the cheapest quarterback for the week (Landry Jones and Brock Osweiller come cheaper if either of them end up starting).  However, there is the possibility Roethlisberger plays minimal minutes and in the hands of Jones, the Steelers don’t stand a chance.  If this ends up being a blowout early it could mean a lot of carries for Anderson and Hilman and Mannings numbers paying the price.

Although Roethlisberger was able to deconstruct this defense last time around in the regular season, his health is in question and it is not guaranteed he will even start.  We have seen the huge numbers Big Ben can put up against any defense, but I don’t think this will be his week.

The next chance for a shootout is Packers and Cardinals.  Vegas has this one rated as the highest scoring with an Over Under of 50, -7 point win the Cardinals favor.  An argument could be made either way on this one.  Aaron Rodgers has been here before and knows what he needs to do.  Plus the Packers looked great last weekend against the Redskins.  However, the Cardinals are not the Redskins, and we have not seen the Packer’s perform very well this year against a sound defense.

The playoff experience of Rodgers is exactly what Palmer is missing.  He has played one playoff game in his career (two if you count the quarter he played before leaving the game with a shoulder injury).  My take on it, experience is overrated, football is football.  If this were the Super Bowl then experience may take a role, but in this round, I think Palmer will continue to perform as he has all season—Very Well.

RunningBack

The other two matchups have the potential to go either way.  The top ranked matchup between Seattle and Carolina could be a high scoring shootout or a defensive battle, the only thing you can bet it won’t be is a blowout in either direction.  Marshawn Lynch is set to make his return this week (although that was the word last week as well).  With his questionable health and the matchup, I think you avoid Seattle running backs completely.  The same can be said about Jonathan Stewart,  although drastically different in running style, if Adrian Peterson can’t get any yardage against the Seahawks, I don’t expect anyone to.

Like I mentioned earlier, CJ Anderson should get plenty of carries.  I think he is the best pick of the weekend.  James White also should be a good value as well.  Tom Brady and the Patriots won’t make the same mistakes as the Texans last week.

Wide Receiver

The top picks at receiver should be Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders no matter who is playing at quarterback.  They will pay the price as well though if Denver gets ahead early and focuses on the running game.  Both of these receivers however have great synergy with both Manning and Osweiller and last time against the Steelers DT had 2 touchdowns while Sanders had well over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals receiver squad should be able to generate some good value this weekend as well.  In the playoffs it will be all Larry Fitzgerald who brings the experience that Palmer lacks.  In his 2008 playoff run he averaged 130 receiving yards per game in the 4 playoff games and had 7 receiving touchdowns.  That has to be on par with the most impressive individual postseason performance of all time.

 

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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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NFL Wild Card Value Picks

Quarterback

With a small slate of games this weekend you’re quarterback choices are limited. So let’s run through the matchups. Houston and Kansas City has all the makings of a low scoring game. These are two defensive dominated teams and this matchup should be low scoring and slow paced, not places of high value for Fantasy NFL contests. Same can be said about Minnesota and Seattle. While Seattle’s offense is explosive, we saw what they did against the strong defensive front of the Cardinals last weekend, I’m saving my quarterback pick for an easier matchup.

The weakest pass defense of the weekend is by far the Steelers, but with the Bengals current quarterback situation, its hard to say anything for sure. In all likelihood AJ McCarron will be taking the field, but there is the small chance Andy Dalton will return for the game. Either way, they both should be able to provide great value with this matchup, just make sure you keep your eye on the injury report and you get the right one in.

Although the Bengals have a strong pass defense, it seems like nobody is able to stop Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown this year. I expect them to have a big game, but I also expect ownership to be very high on these two, so I’m playing the contrarian strategy and avoiding the Steelers stack.

Last we have Washington and Green Bay. This has all the makings for a classic shootout and I think there will be value on both sides of the ball. Aaron Rodgers has been very subpar this entire season, but he has been to the playoffs before and I think he will perform. Kirk Cousins on the other hand has been red hot and putting up big numbers, and that does not look to be stopping anytime soon. You’re probably going to find lower ownership with Rodgers so I’ll give him the edge in a tournament, but based on his performance this year, that may be a risky play.

Running Back

Our premium running backs for the week are Adrian Peterson, Deangelo Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Hill, Characandrick West, and Eddie Lacy. As of now Williams looks to be out for this weekend so lets rule him out now (even if he were playing I don’t love the matchup). Marshawn Lynch will be returning but with the offensive efficiency of the Seahawks lately, its hard to say they will need to make much use of him so I am staying away from Beast mode as well. The Vikings may find it hard to pass against the dominating defense and will certainly run the ball a lot to Peterson, but he has not been as dominant this year as in years past and the Seahawks may shut him down. West as well is facing a tough defense, especially recently, so my recommendation is stay away from any Chiefs back.

So we are left with Hill and Lacy, both on the cheap end as far as premium running backs go. The way the Bengals use Hill and Bernard is very dependent on the matchup. They utilize Hill to run the ball up the middle while Bernard is valued more highly for his speed in screen passes and short drops. This matchup may be better for Bernard than Hill, and Bernard comes at a much cheaper price. Not a bad pick for this week. Lacy is the only premium back I like for this week. Like Hill, he could take a backseat position to Starks but I think Lacy has asserted himself as the primary back after early struggles in the season.

If you are looking for value at Running back however, there is a lot to be found. Starks and Bernard, as previously mentioned, will both only cost you less that $4000 on Fanpicks. Alfred Morris and Pierre Thomas both are a threat to accumulate fantasy value with their run and pass threat. The real value pick of the week is Jonathan Grimes, who put together a big game last weekend and comes at only $2700.

Wide Receiver

The same analysis on Quarterbacks applies to receivers as well. We want to stick with the good matchups: Steelers/Bengals and Packers/Redskins. Skipping out on Antonio Brown may just cost you a win, but I think there is more upside potential on fading Brown, especially for NFL Daily Fantasy Tournaments type contests. AJ Green should be able to put up some big numbers this week regardless of who gets the starting position at Quarterback.

I also like Desean Jackson or Pierre Garcon if you are looking to save a little money at the position. We know Cousins is going to throw the ball and we know he is going to throw it a lot. He may throw a couple interceptions but that doesn’t hurt his fantasy value too bad. It all just depends on which receiver can manage to get open between these two and Reed.

A good contrarian stack is Rodgers and either Cobb or Jones. They haven’t done much this year and are not on many people radar, but like I said before, the Packers know the playoffs. Cobb should get more targets but Jones is more of a long threat. The choice is up to you, I’m going Cobb.

Tight End

For me, the viable tight ends for this week are Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert. While you can make the argument for Heath Miller and Richard Rodgers, I think you will find much more value with Eifert and Reed. Reed is an obvious pick as he has had some very big games lately and is arguably the top tight end in the league. However, that also means he is going to come with a high ownership level, bad news for a tournament play.

That’s why I’m going with Eifert. I can’t stress enough how weak Pittsburgh is against the pass as all of their games end up turning into a shootout. Eifert will especially benefit if Dalton returns this weekend as there is usually great synergy between the two.

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NFL Week 17 Recap

Pittsburgh Punches their Ticket

The Steelers earned their spot in the playoffs with their victory against the Browns this weekend. Their playoff hopes had less to do with beating the Browns however and more to do with the Jets losing against the Bills. Antonio Brown had his normal huge performance with 13 receptions, 187 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown. Although he threw 2 interceptions, Big Ben still had a solid fantasy day with 349 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns (Antonio Brown, Marcus Wheaton, and Heath Miller). They lost running back Deangelo Williams early on in the game. If he is not healthy for the playoffs, Pittsburgh’s offensive game will be very one dimensional.

The Patriots Struggle

New England had already secured their spot in the playoffs and the division win, but this weekend they still had the AFC championship home field advantage on the line. They appeared to be putting in full effort for that goal with Brady taking the field. However, nothing seemed to be working in their offense. The offensive line provided Brady very little time to work with and lead receivers Amendola and Gronkowski caught only 2 passes each for minimal yardage. The lack of protection resulted in Brady leaving the game late and being replaced by Garoppolo. Things are not looking positive for the Pats going into the playoffs.

Houston Defense Dominates

JJ Watt is back and the Houston Defense is hitting their stride. They had a huge 8 sacks in their season leading fantasy performance (27 fantasy points). They had two interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and a pick 6 while only allowing 6 points scored from the Ravens. Its a good time for them to be coming around too with their 9-7 record earning them the AFC South champions and a spot in the playoffs.

The Sheriff returns to the Field

This season has seemed to be a disaster for Peyton Manning. His body betrayed him in his final NFL season and when he was healthy enough to return, his job had been taken by Brock Osweiler. However, he had a chance to return to the field late in this week 17 game against the Chargers. He looked like his old self out there and potentially may have earned the starting spot in the playoffs. The Broncos have a week off which may be just what Peyton needs to be 100 percent ready to go.

Carolina Coasts it in

The Panthers didn’t have much of a problem getting the win over the Bucs. Their defense shut the Bucs to only 10 points while Cam Newton passed for almost 300 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and ran a couple goal line touchdowns in himself. Carolina doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses going into the playoffs.

Seahawks take the top of the rankings

With a blowout victory this weekend over the top ranked Cardinals, the Seahawks are the top ranked team going into the playoffs. They have been getting better and better as the season goes and with the return of Marshawn Lynch for the playoffs, they seem unstoppable.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-30-2015

Seattle Seahawks versus Dallas Cowboys NFL Fantasy Preview 11-1-2015

The Dallas Cowboys will look to break a four game losing streak as they will host the Seattle Seahawks. NFL fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX on Sunday November 1st at 4:25PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Last year the Dallas Cowboys had one of the more surprising results of the 2014 season when they traveled to the Pacific Northwest and defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-23. The Cowboys produced 401 yards on the Seahawks defense and had success running the football with 162 rushing yards. The 2015 Cowboys are a much different team with their top three playmakers on offense out for this game. Tony Romo is injured and won’t play. DeMarco Murray is now a running back for the Eagles. Wide out Dez Bryant tries to get healthy from a broken foot and will likely miss the game on Sunday. The Cowboys have moved to Matt Cassel under center and last week in his first game with Dallas it was the Giants posting a 27-20 victory. The Cowboys tied the game in the fourth quarter at 20-20 but lost the game on special teams by allowing a 100 yard kickoff return for touchdown. Dallas with Romo out has moved down to 21st in the league passing offense and is 27th in the NFL in scoring offense as they produce 20.2 points per game.

The Seattle Seahawks are 3-4 on the year. Three of their losses came on the road at the Rams, Packers and Bengals. They broke their three game road losing streak last week in a 20-3 victory at San Francisco. In that win the Seahawks defense was dominant as they gave up 142 yards to the 49ers offense and recorded six quarterback sacks. Seattle has had issues with their secondary as there has been broken coverage that resulted in easy touchdowns to opponents. Despite the issues the Seahawks still has put up good numbers defensively as they rank third in total defense by allowing 294 yards per game.

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

The veteran quarterback is completing 69% of his throws this year for 1668 yards with eight touchdowns and five picks. In their win at San Francisco last week Wilson had 235 passing yards as he hit on 18 of 24 passes with a touchdown and two picks.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Marshawn Lynch

Lynch has 304 yards running on 82 carries with two touchdowns. He is rushing for just 3.7 yards a carry this year and is nursing a hamstring problem but is expected to play on Sunday. He had 122 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win at San Francisco

Thomas Rawls

The rookie out of Central Michigan leads Seattle with 65 rushes for 366 yards with a touchdown. He is running for 5.6 yards per carry on the campaign. Rawls is listed as questionable with a calf injury.

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Jermaine Kearse

Kearse leads the Seahawks wide outs with 21 catches for 338 yards with a touchdown. He had three catches last week against the 49ers for 64 yards. The Seahawks fourth year wide receiver is averaging a career high 16.1 yards per catch on the year.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

The Cowboys look to Cassel after backup Brandon Weeden was ineffective. Cassel completed 63% of his throws last week at the Giants for 227 yards with a touchdown and three picks.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Darren McFadden

McFadden has been promoted to starter. He had 29 carries last week for 152 yards and a touchdown. During his career McFadden has shown signs of greatness but mediocrity was shown just as much.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

In the wide receiver position its Williams leading the unit with 18 catches for 293 yards and two touchdowns. He caught four balls last week at the Giants for 70 yards.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-9-2015

Seattle Seahawks versus Cincinnati Bengals NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-11-2015

The Cincinnati Bengals will be at home to meet the Seattle Seahawks from NFL pro football on Sunday. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX on October 11th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy rosters.

The Seattle Seahawks will be on a short week after hosting the Detroit Lions on Monday night football and holding onto the 13-10 victory. It was a good defensive performance for the Seahawks in the win by limiting the Lions to 256 yards of offense with just 53 coming on the ground. Seattle is second best in the NFL in yards allowed by surrendering just 278 yards per game to their opponents.

The Cincinnati Bengals are a perfect 4-0 on the year. They hosted the Kansas City Chiefs last week and won 38-21. It was an outstanding offensive performance for the Bengals as they had a balanced 445 yards in their victory and went 4 of 4 inside the red zone. Cincinnati allowed 461 yards to the Chiefs and had a victory by margin by limiting Kansas City to 0 of 3 inside the red zone. The Bengals are second best offensively in yards gained per game (422) as well as fourth best in points scored per game (30.2).

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

The fourth year signal caller has hit on 71% of his throws for 979 yards with five touchdowns and two picks. In the win against Detroit Russell passed for 287 yards with a touchdown. He ran ten times for 40 yards.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Marshawn Lynch

Lynch had just five carries in week three against the Chicago Bears due to a hamstring problem. He missed the game on Monday night with the injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Thomas Rawls

The rookie from Central Michigan has earned 35 carries on the season for 157 yards for 4 ½ yards per carry. He was inefficient on Monday night against the Lions as Rawls had 48 rushing yards on 17 carries for less than three yards per rush attempt.

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Jermaine Kearse

Kearse leads the Seahawks with 16 catches for 236 yards but has yet to catch a touchdown pass. He was targeted just twice last week against the Lions and caught two balls for a productive 84 yards.

Seattle Seahawks TE:

Jimmy Graham

The former Saint has caught 18 balls for his new team for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He was targeted five times on Monday night and caught four passes for 29 yards.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

The Bengals quarterback has completed 67% of his throws for 1187 yards with nine touchdowns and a pick. Dalton has been haunted in his NFL career for not being able to win big games. For Cincinnati it’s all about playoff performance this year. He threw for 321 yards and a touchdown last week against Kansas City as he completed 17 of 24 passes.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovani Bernard

Bernard has been the most productive back for Cincinnati as he has rushed for 297 yards on 54 carries for a touchdown. He had 13 carries last week for 62 yards and a touchdown. Bernard is splitting carries with Jeremy Hill.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The Bengals fifth year wide out is entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. Green has 25 catches for 417 yards and three touchdowns on the 2015 campaign. In week three A.J. Green had 227 receiving yards with two touchdowns on ten catches. Last week in the win against the Chiefs, Green caught seven balls for 82 yards.

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Seattle Seahawks versus St Louis Rams NFL Fantasy Preview

The Seattle Seahawks will look to recover from a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss as they must contend with a division opponent in week one in the St Louis Rams. They meet in this NFL game on Sunday September 13th and fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

In their 2014 meeting the clubs split winning at home. The game held in St Louis was won by the Rams 28-26. Seattle outgained St Louis by 188 yards as they piled up 171 rushing and 292 passing yards on the Rams defense. The difference was the Rams got a touchdown on special teams and went 3 for 3 inside the red zone. Seattle was 3 of 5 inside the red zone and neither team had a turnover.

Russell Wilson:

The Seahawks quarterback was given a new contract over the offseason. With Wilson paid it will impact the amount of depth the Seahawks can provide on both sides of the ball. In 2014 Wilson completed 63% of his throws for 3475 yards with 20 touchdowns and 7 picks.

Marshawn Lynch:

Lynch was productive in 2014 as he ran for 1306 yards and 13 touchdowns with 4.7 yards per carry average.

Jimmy Graham:

The tight end was a new acquisition for the Seahawks coming over from New Orleans in free agency. Graham a season ago caught 85 passes for 889 yards with ten touchdowns.

Tre Mason:

The Rams running back was once again held out of practice due to a hamstring problem.

Todd Gurley:

The Rams first round running back will not play in week one as he recovers from knee surgery in his final year in college.

Benny Cunningham:

Looks like Cunningham would get the start at running back if Mason can’t play in week one. The third year back rushed for 246 yards last year with three touchdowns and 3.7 yards per carry average.

Miami Dolphins versus Washington Redskins Daily Fantasy Draft Preview

The Washington Redskins will look to rebound from a poor 2014 season as they open up against the Miami Dolphins. Fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS on Sunday September 13th to follow up on their roster picks.

Not much series history in this AFC versus NFC battle.

Ryan Tannehill:

Miami made a long term financial commitment to Tannehill. Last year he threw for 4045 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Lamar Miller:

Miller was productive running back for the Dolphins as he ran for 1099 yards and 5.1 yards per carry. He scored eight touchdowns and had 57 first down gains.

Greg Jennings:

Wide receiver Greg Jennings with Minnesota in 2014 grabbed 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts versus Buffalo Bills What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

The Rex Ryan era begins in Buffalo on Sunday September 13th as the Bills host the Indianapolis Colts at 1PM Eastern Time on CBS TV.

The latest meeting between these teams was in 2012 with the Colts winning 20-13 at home.

Andrew Luck:

The four year starting quarterback had 40 touchdown passes last year. He completed over 61% of his throws for 4761 yards. He would like to cut down on the 16 picks from a season ago.

Frank Gore:

The former San Francisco 49er was acquired in free agency from San Francisco. He ran for 1106 yards last year with four touchdowns and 4.3 yards per attempt.

Andre Johnson:

The former Houston Texan came along with Gore in free agency. He is a 13 year pro who has seen his production dip considerably last season.

LeSean McCoy:

The Buffalo Bills running back is expected to play on Sunday despite a hamstring problem that sidelined him in much of the preseason.

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NFL Live Draft News 9-5-2015

Seattle Signs Veteran Running Back

The Seattle Seahawks added depth to their running back position with a one year contract given to former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.

Fred Jackson:

His numbers dipped during the 2014 campaign. He had 141 carries for 525 yards for just 3.7 yards per rush attempt. That was his worst yards per carry number in his career. Jackson had just two rushing touchdowns and fumbled the football five times. The question for Seattle is who will Jackson take carries away from.

Marshawn Lynch:

Following the Super Bowl winning year Lynch improved on his yards per carry average by a half yard over the 2013 campaign. The running back carried the ball 280 times for 1306 yards and a 4.7 yards per rush average. He had a career long 79 yard run plus his 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014 was a career high. Lynch is an underrated weapon in the passing game. Marshawn Lynch caught 37 balls last year for 367 yards and four touchdowns with 65 first down rushes. He average nearly 10 yards per reception and had 16 first down catches.

Robert Turbin:

He suffered a high ankle sprain and could miss the first five weeks of the season. The Seahawks are thinking of cutting the fourth year back out of Utah St. He had 74 carries last year and two touchdowns. He only averaged 4.2 yards per rush last year. It was an improvement over his 3.4 yards a carry in 2013. But with a healthy Fred Jackson available the Seahawks probably wouldn’t want to wait for Turbin to recover from his ankle sprain and just pencil in Jackson to backup Lynch.

Christine Michael:

The third year back from Texas A&M will try and beat out Fred Jackson for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch. In 2014 Michael had just 34 carries for 175 yards which amounted to a 5.1 yards per carry average. He had a 45 yard run that skewed the carry average a bit.

Jacksonville Announces Starting Running Back

T.J. Yeldon:

The rookie will get the start for the Jaguars in week one. His big issue in college was ball security as he fumbled the ball ten times.

Denard Robinson:

The former Michigan product has been converted from quarterback to running back with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 135 carries for 582 yards and four touchdowns which amounted to 4.3 yards a carry. Jaguars would like to see more production in the passing game as Robinson had 23 receptions but averaged only 5.4 yards per reception.

Toby Gerhart:

Gerhart is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He needs to improve greatly this year as he rushed it 101 times for just 326 yards which amounted to a poor 3.2 yards per rush average.

Miami Rookie Running Back Diagnosed with Cracked Rib

Jay Ajayi:

Ajayi had a nice game in the final preseason game with 66 rushing yards on nine rushing attempts. He suffered a cracked rib and could be a candidate for IR.

Browns Running Back Situation

Isaiah Crowell:

Head coach Mike Pettine is leaning towards Crowell to get the start in Week 1. In his rookie campaign with the Browns Crowell had 607 rushing yards on 148 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. He ran for 4.1 yards per carry last year.

Terrance West:

He enters his second season and will backup Crowell. West ran for 673 yards last year on 171 carries for 3.9 yards per carry. He had four touchdowns and 30 first down gains.

Browns Veteran Signee Could Have Trouble Making 53 Man Roster

Dwyane Bowe:

Bowe has been unimpressive in training camp. He has been listed as a starting wide receiver on the depth chart. Head coach Mike Pettine tried to diffuse rumors of a possible outright release of Bowe.

LeSean McCoy Update

LeSean McCoy:  There were media reports that McCoy would be ready for week one. He has been bothered by a hamstring injury in preseason. Later in the day he told the media to wait and see.

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