Kickoff: Sunday, December 27th at 4:25 PM ET
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
Betting Odds: SEA -1.5, 47.5 Total on Oddsshark
Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff (Sit)
After Jared Goff’s performance against the Jets last week, I don’t think I need to explain why you shouldn’t be starting him in your finals. Goff can have that performance at any time and he only has two QB1 weeks in the past nine games. Goff is just not trustable to stream this week in the finals.
Darrell Henderson (Start, RB2), Malcolm Brown (Sit)
With Cam Akers out once again, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown will go back to splitting the workload. Henderson will see the majority of the rushing workload and Brown will likely see the majority of the receiving work. This seems backward but McVay trusts Brown as a pass protector and has kept him on the field for third downs. Neither will have huge upside due to the presence of the other, but Henderson should be an RB2 as he was earlier in the year and Brown a touchdown-dependent play only.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Robert Woods (Start, WR2), Cooper Kupp (Sit)
If you had to picture a WR2 in your head, you would think of Robert Woods. He has caught at least five passes in seven straight games and has been Goff’s favorite target of late. Woods always has the bonus of rushing production as the Rams like to use him on jet sweeps and end-around. Cooper Kupp has had a disappointing season, performing as a WR2 or better in just four games. This is mostly due to a lack of touchdowns, but Kupp cannot be trusted more than a flex option and I would be sitting him this week.
Russell Wilson (Sit)
After a blazing start the year, Russell Wilson has just one QB1 performance since Week 8 (against the Jets) and is averaging roughly 15 points a game. During that stretch, Wilson played the Rams and had his worst performance of the season with only 9.9 fantasy points. The Rams pass defense is a top four-unit (per Football Outsiders) and should be able to limit this passing attack again. Wilson should be sat in your finals.
Chris Carson (Start, RB2)
Chris Carson had a season-high snap share last week and ran a route on 60% of dropbacks. That was with a healthy Carlos Hyde and Rashaad Penny returning from his lengthy absence. With Carson dominating the workload again, he should be fired up as an RB2 with the only downside of the Rams tough defense (seventh against the run per Football Outsiders).
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
D.K. Metcalf (Start, WR2), Tyler Lockett (Start, Flex)
D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have suffered from the Seahawks moving away from their pass-happy tendencies. Metcalf has only topped 100 yards once in the last six games and now faces Jalen Ramsey and the Rams defense. Metcalf needs to be started due to his immense upside, but our expectations should be lowered. Lockett has been WR51 since his incredible game against Arizona. It is truly difficult to trust him this week. But if you need upside in your lineup, you can start him.
-Frank Costanzo (@FrankQBList on Twitter, Zzzonked92 on Reddit)