TNF Preview, Week 11


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Thursday night games don’t get any better than tonight’s matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. The last time these two teams on Sunday Night Football, it went to overtime with the Cardinals handing the Seahawks their first loss of the season. Now they clash again with a whole lot on the line.

Since that first meeting, Russell Wilson has struggled. He was once the clear front-runner for NFL MVP, but now he, like the Seahawks, has come back to the pack. The Seahawks are 1-3 in the last four, including losing two straight games. Worse yet, the team lost to the Cardinals and Rams, two teams they find themselves tied with at 6-3 in the NFC West.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, have had an up-and-down season, but at 6-3 are looking good. They are also fresh off a signature win on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, with Kyler Murray making his own MVP case stronger with a last-second TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins. That makes tonight an epic showdown that will mean a lot for the NFC West and the NFC Playoffs in general.

That should make for an exciting game tonight. And it’s a game with big fantasy implications. Both these pass offenses have been strong, while both defenses have allowed big performances. That’s not likely to change on a short week here.

LOOK: Seahawks vs. Cardinals highlights from Week 7

For fantasy, Wilson and Murray are both QB1 options, and both should be in your starting lineup. Among receivers, Hopkins and D.K. Metcalf for the Seahawks are Top 5 options that you’re starting. Christian Kirk for the Cardinals has come on of late and is a WR2. Tyler Lockett is also a WR2 for me if he plays but watch the injury reports tonight. If he misses, David Moore is an intriguing flex/WR3 option.

Among running backs, Chris Carson figures to miss for Seattle, but Carlos Hyde will play. Hyde is an RB2 for me with DeeJay Dallas figuring to be a deep league flex option. Hyde looked good as he stepped in for Carson in the first game against the Cardinals. For Arizona, Kenyan Drake is back and splitting with Chase Edmonds. Drake is a low-end RB2 as he’s getting the most volume, while Edmonds feels like a boom-or-bust flex option.

Prediction: I think the Seahawks get the win to split the season series.

Drive In Podcast Network Picks

Another week, and still a lead for Matt Bruening, who is holding steady atop the standings as we hit the home stretch. But will his lead last? We’ll find out.

Matt Bruening
Last Week
: 9-5
Season: 95-52

Lindsay Fox
Last Week
: 9-5
Season: 90-57

Matthew Fox
Last Week
: 8-6
Season: 89-58

Dennis Bennett
Last Week
: 8-6
Season: 86-61

Ricky Valero
Last Week
: 6-8
Season: 78-69

Jacob Throneberry
Last Week
: 0-14
Season: 76-71

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.

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