Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 13. Tonight’s matchup is between the Vikings and Seahawks, as Seattle is listed as 2.5 point home favorites with an over/under of 49.5.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle
It doesn’t take much research to figure out that Wilson is the top fantasy pick from this single-game slate. A tough matchup at San Francisco and bad conditions against the Eagles left him with lackluster fantasy output over the last two weeks, but he should be ready to bounce-back in this 49.5 over/under. After all, the Vikings rank 20th in pass defense this season compared to fifth against the run. That could lead to Seattle passing more than usual if they are unable to enact a run-first approach. Either way, Wilson makes for an obvious captain/MVP lift through all formats.
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DK Metcalf - WR - Seattle
Fellow WR Tyler Lockett has had another week to get healthier, but Metcalf carries similar fantasy upside (if not more) for a fraction of the cost. As mentioned earlier, the way to beat Minnesota is through the air, and Metcalf has a team-high 16 targets over the last two games. He’ll spend most of his time against Vikings’ CB Xavier Rhodes, who has fallen from grace while ranking 118th of 132 qualified corners according to Pro Football Focus player grades. Needless to say, the rookie receiver is a quality stacking extension of Wilson.
Irv Smith Jr. - TE - Minnesota
OlaBisi Johnson - WR - Minnesota
Adam Thielen has been ruled out again, meaning Smith Jr. and Johnson will see more action. Smith will be called upon with the Vikings running more double tight end sets without Thielen, a role that has led to 15 targets, 12 receptions, 87 yards, and a score over the past three weeks. Meanwhile, Johnson would benefit if Minnesota fell behind in this game, rolling with more WR sets while trailing. That was the case last game against Denver, where “Bisi” saw nine targets. Smith is the more steady option here, but Johnson could find more upside for a cheaper salary in tournaments.
Dalvin Cook (RB - MIN) is essentially matchup-proof, and he’ll definitely get his looks in this contest. You could roster him alongside Wilson, Metcalf, and Lockett in the same lineup, although that’s more of a strategy on FanDuel, as there’s looser pricing over there. The Seahawks rank 23rd in yards per carry allowed, and Cook should be fresh after a bye week.
Kirk Cousins (QB - MIN) and Stefon Diggs (WR - MIN) are tournament options who are borderline cash playable. Cousins has been much better lately, but he’s always a nervous fantasy play, especially away from home. Seattle ranks 29th in overall pass defense, so there’s an opening for this connection to thrive. However, Diggs could see plenty of defensive resources sent his way with Thielen out of the lineup. I’m leaving both of them for tournaments, while Kyle Rudolph (TE - MIN) is borderline cash playable as well. I’m not reaching for Rudolph in my lineups, but I’ll upgrade to him (instead of O.Johnson or I.Smith) if lineup configuration allows that to naturally happen. Yet again, that seems more possible on FanDuel than DraftKings tonight.
Tyler Lockett (WR - SEA) is definitely in the tournament conversation. A tough matchup, injury, and bad playing conditions contributed to a few tough games for him. However, his upside is immense, and Minnesota ranks 20th in pass defense while allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. You can stack Wilson, Metcalf, Cook, and Lockett in the same lineup on FanDuel. I like that.
Jacob Hollister (TE - SEA), Josh Gordon (WR - SEA), and Malik Turner (WR - SEA) are all deep tournament plays when building multiple (20+) entries tonight. Hollister is the most legitimate option of that group, but Minnesota has been tough against the tight end position this season.
Seattle loves to run the ball, but we could be looking at a split backfield with Chris Carson (RB - SEA) and Rashaad Penny (RB - SEA) tonight. Penny took over last game with a sweet 14-129-1 line while splitting the snaps down the middle. This will likely be a “hot hand” situation that only makes sense to risk in tournaments, especially considering Minnesota ranks fourth in DVOA to the run. Penny is intriguing for only $5,400 on DraftKings, hoping he continues to see volume (with similar efficiency to last week) for tournament purposes.