He’s hot right now, with six touchowns and no interceptions in his last two games. The Seahawks only have five sacks and two interceptions, so Eli won’t face a lot of pressure, and even though they’ve only allowed three passing touchdowns, opposing quarterbacks are completing almost 70% of their passes.
In 12-team leagues, there’s a good chance you drafted him as your backup, but unless you have Rodgers, Brady or Brees, or a handful of other elite options, you should be rolling with Eli.
Big Blue’s stud receiver is coming off a career game in which he caught 10 balls for 162 yards and a touchdown. Unless you have three Calvin Johnsons, you’re starting Nicks every week.
Whether it was due to lingering effects from his concussion or other reasons, Manningham was a non-factor against the Cardinals. Victor Cruz saw an increase in targets, but Kevin Gilbride says Manningham is still the #2 receiver. Long term, I see Manningham regaining a larger role in the offense, but for now I’d take a wait and see approach.
In some ways, his six catch, 98 yard performance was more impressive than his huge outburst against the Eagles. The fact that Eli Manning targeted him nine times shows that the quarterback is gaining confidence in him, and even though he didn’t have one huge play, he still posted a very good statline. Still, until we get a clearer picture of the #2 receiver situation, it’s hard for me to recommend playing either Cruz or Manningham as anything more than a bye week fill-in.
I expect the Giants to try and pound the football after being stifled on the ground last weekend. The Seahawks are a middle of the pack team in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs, and are allowing only 3.2 yards per carry, but Ahmad Bradshaw is too talented to be kept under wraps the way he has been. Especially if the Giants get up big, they’ll make a point of running the ball.
Doubtful to play. Sit him even if he does.
Eli Manning looked his way at the goal line, as evidenced by his beautiful touchdown grab at the back of the end zone, and another reception that was initially ruled a touchdown but was correctly overruled to be down at the one yard line. Still, you should be able to find a better bye-week fill in.
Tavaris Jackson is fantasy gold for opposing defenses. Even with Justin Tuck unlikely to play, the Giants defense should be able to record a handful of sacks, force a couple of turnovers and keep the Seahawks under 20 points. If you’re not going to play them this week, they shouldn’t be on your roster.
Seahawk(s) Worth Starting:
Sidney Rice has had back to back strong performances, and there's every reason to believe the Seahawks will be throwing a lot in the second half. He's worth starting as a WR3 even with a less than mediocre quarterback. I'd give his matchup a 6.5/10.
Mike Williams is dealing with a concussion and Zach Miller is banged up and underutilized. The only other Seahawk I would even consider using is Marshawn Lynch, and that's only if you have multiple injuries/ bye weeks at running back. For the most part, the Seahawks are a black hole for fantasy football talent. Sidney Rice is the only player worth starting this week and in the future.