It appears there could be a new running back in Seattle worth considering. On Monday night against the Buffalo Bills, Seahawks running back Christine Michael only had five carries for one yard. The door now appears open for rookie C.J. Prosise. The 22 year-old product of Notre Dame only had 15 total yards against the Bills, however according to Rotoworld, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll plans to use Prosise a lot Sunday night in New England. It is clear the Seahawks are missing Marshawn Lynch, who retired at the end of last year. Quarterback Russell Wilson is banged up at the moment, and has become a pocket passer. Expect the Patriots to double team Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, who was outstanding against the Bills, as he made two amazing one handed touchdown catches and literally jumped over Bills defensive back Stephon Gilmore on another catch.
There is no question that the Seahawks/Patriots game, a rematch of the Super Bowl from two years ago, highlights week 10. However, the Patriots seem to have the edge as the Seahawks are much better at home than on the road, and Tom Brady appears more healthy and fresh than Wilson.
The other intriguing matchup has the Minnesota Vikings at the Washington Redskins. After a great start for Minnesota, the Vikings have now lost three straight games and their offense is completely out of sync. One major issue has been their ineffective running game. Ronnie Hillman, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon have been unproductive as a unit and are not worth considering in fantasy football because of the time share Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is starting to implement. It also didn’t help that Norv Turner resigned as the Vikings offensive co-ordinator on November 2, leaving the team with lack of stability when it comes to guidance. The Redskins have the clear edge over the Vikings when it comes to momentum at the moment.
If you are looking for a possible upset this week, consider the Tennessee Titans over the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have only won one road game all season long, which was in week one at Jacksonville, and it is clear that Green Bay is not marching on all cylinders. Their running game has been depleted and their secondary has been poor as Green Bay is giving up a lot of points lately (more than 30 points in three of their last four games). This could be a huge fantasy day for Titans quarterback Matt Mariota.
Meanwhile, the Falcons and Chiefs have got interesting matchups this weekend in Philadelphia and Carolina respectively. It will be interesting to see how Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan does against a drastically improved Eagles defense, while it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs defense can effectively shutdown the Panthers’ offensive superstars of quarterback Cam Newton, tight end Greg Olsen and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
My three projected fantasy stars of the week are San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. Rivers looked great last week against Tennessee in a 43-35 win. While Evans and Johnson are up against soft defenses in Chicago and San Francisco.