clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Raiders vs Seahawks fantasy football advice: Lynch gets revenge, Russell Wilson will wreak havoc

New, comments
NFL: Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to London! Maybe getting out of the country is exactly what the Oakland Raiders need after an abysmal performance against the Los Angeles Chargers last week.

Amari Cooper disappeared again, Jared Cook had just 40 yards, Derek Carr gave away the football in a key moment and Marshawn Lynch didn’t receive the ball on the one-yard line.

But for those who started Jordy Nelson, congrats. He scored a touchdown at least.

So let’s move on and go about 5,000 miles away from California to London. Hopefully the new landscape will bring a drastic change to the Raiders and any of their likely angry fantasy owners.

Must Start

QB Russell Wilson

The Raiders are nearly giving up 30 points per game, still have no evidence of a pass rush and are reluctant to play one of their better cornerbacks in Gareon Conley.

Last week, Philip Rivers only needed 27 attempts to throw for 339 yards and two touchdowns.

Oakland flat out stinks on defense and it gets to face Russell Wilson who threw for three touchdowns last week against the best team in football, the Los Angeles Rams.

On the positive side, Wilson has only thrown for more than 226 yards once this season and is not breaking any large runs. But I would confidently bet that one those trends doesn’t hold.

WR Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett is leading the Seahawks in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. If someone is the leading receiver and playing against Oakland, I would start them.

Wilson is going to have all day to throw and should easily find Lockett down the field and on scramble plays.

Lockett has also been consistent the entire season tallying more than 52 yards in each game in addition to four touchdowns. There shouldn’t be any surprise if he breaks one to the house on the ground or through the air.

WR Amari Cooper

It’s an even week. So that means he is a must start.

In odd weeks (three games), Cooper has just four receptions for 36 yards. During even weeks (two games), he has 18 catches for 224 yards and one touchdown.

Go figure.

RB Marshawn Lynch

After not getting the ball on the one-yard line, Lynch should be fired up this week and guaranteed to get red zone touches. Oh yeah, he is also playing his former team. Bet that means something to him as well.

The Seahawks have not budged in the run game over the past two weeks allowing just 3.2 yards per carry but they did allow four rushing touchdowns over that span.

Lynch has immense heart and fight. A physical front that is prone to give up touchdowns sounds like a gritty yet ideal matchup for Lynch.

Here is a guaranteed lock of the week. Lynch scores at least two touchdowns against his former team.

RB Chris Carson

In the last two games Carson has played, he has 251 scrimmage yards and one touchdown. He is a bell cow and will likely get a lot of touches against the awful Oakland defense.

In fairness to the Raiders, they did hold the Chargers and Melvin Gordon to just 75 yards rushing, however, I don’t have any trust that the defense will do something right two weeks in a row.

Proceed with Caution

QB Derek Carr

Seattle can be had through the air.

In Week 1, the Seahawks allowed 329 yards and three touchdowns to Denver’s Case Keenum. Last week, more of the same as the Rams’ Jared Goff had 321 yards and one touchdown.

Against worse teams, Seattle has been tough giving up just 320 yards in the other three games combined.

So with good quarterback play, the defense can be gashed, especially without leader Earl Thomas. Unfortunately, we have seen more bad from Carr this season than good.

WR Jordy Nelson

Nelson has become Mr. Reliable for Carr. He may not have made a big impact last week, but for fantasy owners he did enough by hauling in one touchdown (third TD in as many weeks) and 43 yards.

In the complete opposite fashion of Cooper, Nelson is going to get around fifty yards and has a good chance to earn a trip to the end zone.


TE Jared Cook

Cook is facing a defense that has allowed just 42 yards per game, one touchdown and 19 catches all season to the position.

Raiders D/ST

Good luck if you ever start this unit this season. Seriously, you need it.