Game Predictions & Player Projections - SEA vs SF

Game Predictions & Player Projections - SEA vs SF


Game Predictions & Player Projections - SEA vs SF

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Prediction: SEA 23, SF 20 (Line: SF by 1)

This is the first of two meetings between these teams that will happen within three weeks. The 7-4 Seahawks are only 2-3 on the road this year and the 7-4 49ers have a 3-2 home record. The Seahawks lost 17-19 in San Francisco last year. This is the late game on Thanksgiving.

Seattle Seahawks

1 GB 36-16 10 NYG 39-17
2 @SD 21-30 11 @KC 20-24
3 DEN 26-20 12 ARI 19-3
4 BYE —– 13 @SF —–
5 @WAS 27-17 14 @PHI —–
6 DAL 23-30 15 SF —–
7 @STL 26-28 16 @ARI —–
8 @CAR 13-9 17 STL —–
9 OAK 30-24  
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SEA @ SF Rush Catch Pass
QB Russell Wilson 60 210,1
RB Bryce Brown 20 1-10
RB Fred Jackson 30 4-30
WR Doug Baldwin 6-60
WR Jermaine Kearse 4-50
TE Jimmy Graham 7-80,2
TE Luke Willson 2-20,1
PK Steven Hauschka 3 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The win over the Cardinals was needed and the defense looked great going against an injury decimated offense. This is another must-win game and yet the road record has not been good for the Seahawks. Fortunately, the 49ers are struggling everywhere lately.

QUARTERBACK : Russell Wilson has been at least as productive as a runner as he is a passer. He’s been stuck around 200 yards or less as a passer in almost every game and only thrown three touchdowns over the last four games. But he is running for 70+ yards for each of the last three weeks and scored four times already as a runner. With a passing game that by itself cannot keep the Seahawks in games, Wilson takes it upon himself to just gain yardage on the ground.

RUNNING BACK : Marshawn Lynch was predictably limited by the Cardinals last week but he did add 43 yards on three catches to the 39 rush yards he produced. Lynch has been rushing well in recent weeks and scored six touchdowns over this last two home games. He’s been less productive in road games but has supplemented his rushing with receiving yards. Lynch has also battled an illness and a sore back but HC Pete Carroll said he was confident that he would be fine.

WIDE RECEIVER : Doug Baldwin is not only as good as it gets here, he is the only remotely relevant receiver for the Seahawks. Baldwin is the only wide receiver with a touchdown in the last seven games but even he’s been limited under 50 yards in almost all games. None of the other receivers score or have even an odd decent game.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: This is going to be a low scoring affair and the 49ers at home have been good against the pass. So far only one runner scored in San Francisco but Alfred Morris was just last week and he ran for 125 yards on them. This is no different than any week for the Seahawks – Russell Wilson is worth a start because he’s adding so many rushing yards onto his moderate passing and then Lynch is always worth a start but has been less effective away from Seattle. Bottom line -the 49ers are not playing as well lately and Lynch should manage at least moderate yardage.

Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 7 11 29 24 4 26
Preventing Fantasy Points SF 4 2 9 15 4 23

San Francisco 49ers

1 @DAL 28-17 10 @NO 27-24
2 CHI 20-28 11 @NYG 16-10
3 @ARI 14-23 12 WAS 17-13
4 PHI 26-21 13 SEA —–
5 KC 22-17 14 @OAK —–
6 @STL 31-17 15 @SEA —–
7 @DEN 17-42 16 SD —–
8 BYE —– 17 ARI —–
9 STL 10-13  
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SF vs SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Colin Kaepernick 30 210,1
RB Reggie Bush 20 2-20
RB Carlos Hyde 10,1
WR Anquan Boldin 4-50
WR Torrey Smith 5-90,1
PK Phil Dawson 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The 49ers are on a three game winning streak but against teams with losing record and even then the offense has gone into hiding recently. This week is vitally important because a loss to the Seahawks would almost certainly mean trouble with the rematch in Seattle and a season finale against the Cardinals looming. The 49ers defense has played very well most of the year and held game scores low since mid-season. The question is if the offense can rediscover the ability to score more than one or two touchdowns per week.

QUARTERBACK : Colin Kaepernick is stuck at one touchdown games for the last six weeks and his pass yardage rarely tops 250. Unlike Russell Wilson, Kaepernick has not added any scores as a runner and hasn’t gained more than 30 rush yards since week six. To his credit, he’s only thrown two interceptions in the last seven games but has been sacked as many as eight times whenever facing a good defense.

RUNNING BACK : Frank Gore is winding down a career and has not been fantasy relevant unless facing a soft defense. He has no role as a receiver and scored just once in the last seven games while averaging around 50 yards per game for the last month and half. Carlos Hyde scored twice in the last three weeks but only gets a handful of carries as Gore’s relief.

WIDE RECEIVER : Stevie Johnson has completely fallen from favor after scoring three times during mid-season but now having just one catch over the last two weeks. Michael Crabtree comes into play only when facing the weakest of secondaries and has just two scores over the last couple of months. Anquan Boldin went through a quiet period but has recent came back into prominence as the #1 receiver. He scored on a season high nine catches for 137 yards against the Redskins and topped 90 yards in four of the last six games along with a score in each.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value for Vernon Davis who gets five or so targets per game but never scores and hasn’t been above 30 yards since the start of the season.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Seahawks have been weaker against the pass but the 49ers are barely average and Boldin is the only normally productive receiver and yet draws Richard Sherman. There is no fantasy play here that stands out, but both Kaepernick and Gore make moderate plays for yardage. This should be a low scoring and defensive game. The Seahawks are weak against tight ends but Vernon Davis has been nearly invisible this year.

Gaining Fantasy Points SF 17 31 6 29 13 8
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 1 15 1 25 10 7

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