It’s no contest; this is the game of the week. In what is becoming one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL the Seahawks host the Forty-Niners on Sunday night football. This week has seen a Kaepernick/Wilson bet to keep both eyebrows, a twitter battle and an initiative to break the single game decibel record for noise at a sporting event.
This game has pandemonium written all over it and it also is an early test for both Super Bowl contenders in the NFC West division. Russell Wilson is undefeated at CenturyLink on his home turf and the last time San Francisco visited the Pacific Northwest they were promptly trounced 42-13. These teams dislike each other probably as much as Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh wanted to beat each other when they were at USC and Stanford respectively. These teams are ranked amongst the top 3 in most media experts opinions.
This game should live up to the billing of game of the week, but how does that shake out with fantasy football options. Below are the starts, sits and a few projections for your Seahawks and 49ers.
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers – 20 @ Seattle Seahawks – 31
Bold Prediction: The Seahawks annihilate the world record and reach a whole new decibel level that will be dubbed “Super Beast Mode.”
Colin Kaepernick – After a 400 yard passing performance in the opener there is a reason to believe he’ll be able to break the Seattle Seahawk’s vaunted defense a couple times at least. Don’t be scared of the matchup. Run with the hot hand.
Vernon Davis – It appears that Kap and Davis are on the same page to begin the season and there’s great reason to believe these two have enough chemistry to put together some big gains. 75 yards and a TD is the prediction.
Anquan Boldin – In what was perhaps the most amazing debut I’ve seen for any player with a new team, Boldin looks like he’s ready to pick up where he left the 2012 playoffs. If you benched him week 1 you have to start him this week. I think 100 yards receiving and a TD are very probable.
Marshawn Lynch – 85 yards rushing and 2 TDs. I like the beast mode to jump to skittles glory early and often. He’s going up against a formidable defense, but he’s too good to be kept down for 2 games in a row.
Russell Wilson – I am less confident in his ability to outperform Kaepernick statistically due to the rushing abilities of Kap and how much 49ers offense relies on him. I do like Wilson to have a couple TD tosses and possibly a run. He’s a low-end QB #1 this week. No reason to not start him at home, if this was at Candlestick I think he’d be on my bench.
Frank Gore – Not impressed with what I saw from Gore in week 1. Shouldn’t be any reason to be more impressed this week against this Hawks defense. Gore has seen Kendall Hunter manage to take more carries and become more of a factor too. If the 49ers get behind early they could be forced to abandon the run.
49ers Defense – Don’t be fooled, this defense is solid but it’s all about matchups. On the road against a team that does a good job of protecting the football and has many weapons are reasons to not risk it.
Zach Miller – Not a factor unless he gets a red zone target. I expect the 49ers linebackers to match up well vs. him and he’ll be used in more blocking packages.
Sidney Rice – Needs to prove to be a reliable fantasy option in this offense. Lack of consistency and coming off the injury are reasons to be cautious.
Seahawks Defense – If you have them, you probably start them. They play well at home and if a team is attempting to break the world record for noise then this would definitely help the cause. I think a TD and a turnover are possible. However, the points might be above average.
Golden Tate – Has proven to be a clutch target for Wilson. He’s a burner but with some large cornerbacks and rookie safety, Eric Reed, this could be a boom or bust week.
Fantasy Tip of the Week:
It’s all about the matchups. Don’t start your Jacksonville Jaguars until they prove otherwise relevant, that goes for Cecil Shorts too.