MNF Matchup: Rams @ SeahawksSaturday, December 10, 2011
Monday Night Football
St. Louis @ Seattle
This sorry excuse for a prime-time game contains just one surefire fantasy starter. (This Matchup breakdown is brief not because Rotoworld is lazy, but because there just isn't much to discuss.) Marshawn Lynch is breaking tackles at a prolific rate, and his workloads are enormous. Over the past five weeks, Lynch leads the league with 128 carries. Michael Bush entered Week 14 second with 113, and DeMarco Murray's 101 were a distant third. No NFL back has scored more fantasy points than Lynch during that span. Neither of these teams is likely to score many points on Monday, but Lynch is easily the best bet for touchdowns on either side. The Rams still rank dead last in run defense, and are permitting 4.99 yards a carry. ... Behind Lynch, the only Seahawks skill player worth a fantasy look is Golden Tate. Tate started in a three-receiver set last Thursday, playing 51-of-59 snaps and leading Seattle in targets and receiving. Mike Williams, Doug Baldwin, and Ben Obomanu were rotating part-timers against the Eagles. Williams played the most behind Tate.
In three career matchups with Pete Carroll's Seahawks, Steven Jackson has managed 157 yards on 48 carries (3.27 YPC). He's yet to score a touchdown against Carroll's team. Also appearing to wear down late this season, Jackson has 124 yards on his last 42 carries (2.95 YPC) and no TDs since Week 8. Jackson is an undesirable option for fantasy playoff teams. ... Apparently, the Rams expect Sam Bradford to start despite a setback with his high ankle sprain two weeks ago. If Bradford doesn't perform well in pre-game warmups, Tom Brandstater would get the nod. For now, our assumption is that it will be Bradford. ... In nine starts this season, Bradford is 179-of-328 (54.6%) for 1,971 yards with six touchdowns and 12 turnovers. He's clearly regressed in OC Josh McDaniels' system while playing behind a rag-tag offensive line. ... Brandon Lloyd owners should still feel better with Bradford under center because he's targeted St. Louis' top receiver relentlessy since Lloyd's October acquisition from Denver. No other Rams receiver has carried fantasy value.
Score Prediction: Seahawks 20, Rams 10
Gregg Rosenthal takes a look at the key players to start or sit on Monday night.