Sophomore slump? Not for Russell Wilson, that’s for sure! The second-year pro is having a fantastic season (QB rating of 105.1, 6th in the NFL) and is leading his team with great confidence in his teammates and himself. With 195.38 fantasy points he currently is the 8th-best fantasy quarterback, ahead of guys like Tom Brady, RGIII, Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco (remember, you can’t spell ‘elite’ without ‘Flacco’). He isn’t a great option this week since the Saints are allowing the 3rd-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks (11.95 is the average over the last four weeks) but at this point it’s not easy to find replacements from the waiver wire. Probably Eli (@ Washington – 17.88 projected fantasy points) or Josh McCown (@ Minnesota – 16.34 projected fantasy points) are still available but ultimately I’d go Wilson.
Marshawn Lynch is one of the most reliable backs in fantasy football and has been a costant reward for fantasy owners, unlike some other highly-drafted running backs from Baltimore and Buffalo. He averages more than 16 fantasy points per game and gets the majority of the snaps, as I pointed out a few days ago:
Marshawn Lynch – Week 13
His return has been quite but the only catch Percy Harvin had against the Minnesota Vikings was pretty spectacular and he is ready to see more playing time this week. Having Harvin on the field means a lot for Golden Tate: he’s already having a good season but now the focus of the defense will shift a bit away from him. However, neither one is a must-start since the Saints have allowed the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers in their last four games: be careful.
Zach Miller is the 4th-most targeted player on the team but he doesn’t crack the top-25 list of fantasy tight ends. He has 3 touchdown receptions on the season but isn’t worth a starting role in your lineup.
Steven Hauschka, the 2nd-best fantasy kicker (tied with Mason Crosby), has 110 fantasy points this season and missed only once all year. No-brainer, right? Not so fast. Fantasy football is a game of matchups and you can find a better matchup than Hauschka v. New Orleans, as you can see later on.
The overall numbers look great (33 sacks, 16 interceptions, 10 fumbles recovered, 2 safeties and 2 TDs) but they are facing one of the most explosive offensive teams in the league (as we are well aware of) so if you need other options you can go with Miami (@ New York Jets – 8 projected fantasy points) or Buffalo (v. Atlanta – 9 projected fantasy points).
Seattle D/ST – Week 13