What We Saw: Seahawks @ Eagles

It's a tough time to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan

Seahawks @ Eagles

 

Monday night’s matchup between Seattle and Philadelphia started off as a defensive battle, but eventually, some worthwhile fantasy performances were had. There were also some head-scratchers as well. Seattle took their lead wire-to-wire, but QB Carson Wentz and the Eagles made it interesting at the end. Eagles’ RB Miles Sanders had just 8 total touches against a beatable Seahawks’ defense. Seattle WR David Moore had one of the strangest stat lines we’ve seen all season. Eagles’ TE Dallas Goedert was the highest-scoring TE of the entire week. What does this mean for your team moving forward? Let’s dive into what we saw:

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Quarterback

 

Russell Wilson: 22/31, 230 yards, 1 TD | 6 carries, 12 yards, 2 sacks

 

It was a mediocre night for the once-MVP candidate QB Russell Wilson – other than when he was throwing the ball to WR D.K. Metcalf, anyway. Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense failed to score in the first quarter, but Metcalf consistently beat Eagles’ DB Darius Slay and got open to move the chains for Seattle. While Wilson keyed in on Metcalf, the rest of the Seahawks’ pass-catchers did not contribute much from a fantasy standpoint. Wilson’s recent play has been a far cry from the white-hot start he had to the season. In the first three weeks, Wilson threw for 14 TDs – he has 3 in the last 3 weeks. Even though Wilson has been trending down, he is still a QB1 and a must-start moving forward – even though he faces a daunting playoff schedule.

 

  

Running Backs

 

Chris Carson: 8 carries, 41 yards, 1 TD | 2 targets, 2 receptions, 18 yards

Carlos Hyde: 15 carries, 22 yards | 3 targets, 2 reception, 7 yards

 

Seahawks’ RB Chris Carson returned after a four-week absence with a foot injury, and he promptly found the end-zone in the process. Carson was limited to 10 touches and just 37% of the snaps Monday night – the Seattle coaching staff seemingly easing him back into game speed. It’s a good time for his return if you have him rostered and are pushing for a playoff spot, Carson has a couple of soft matchups against the Giants and Jets before Seattle’s tough fantasy playoff stretch. RB Carlos Hyde handled the majority of the backfield work for Seattle but totaled only 29 total yards on 17 touches. With Carson back in the fold, rookie RB DeeJay Dallas did not see the field for Seattle.

 

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

D.K. Metcalf: 13 targets, 10 receptions, 177 yards

Tyler Lockett: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 23 yards

David Moore: 3 targets, 3 receptions, -6 yards, 1 TD | 1 carry, 1 yard

 

Seahawks’ WR D.K. Metcalf certainly stole the show on Monday night – torching Eagles’ CB Darius Slay and the rest of the Philadelphia defense for a career-high 177 yards. Metcalf failed to find the end-zone, but he nearly did – catching a 52-yard bomb that brought Seattle down to Philly’s 1-yard line on Seattle’s first TD drive.

 

 

With Metcalf’s performance as dominant as it was, it left little room for more WR production. WR Tyler Lockett had a super quiet night, his 23 receiving yards were a season-low. WR David Moore‘s stat line above is actually correct: 3 catches for -6 yards and a TD. Moore’s 1-yard TD grab was his 5th of the season – tying his career-high. As with the rest of the Seahawks’ offensive players, their pass-catching group also faces a tough playoff matchup.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Quarterback

 

Carson Wentz: 25/45, 215 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT | 5 carries, 42 yards, 6 sacks

Jalen Hurts: 1/1, 6 yards

 

Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz‘s struggles continued against Seattle on Monday night, but his fantasy performance wasn’t too bad, all things considered. Wentz has been a mid-low QB2 throughout this season, so his expectations have waned a bit since the start of the year. On Monday, Wentz’s fantasy output was modest, but it was still his best performance since Week 7 against the Giants. It’s tough to trust Wentz in most fantasy formats, but in deeper 2QB leagues he’s worth a shot next week against Green Bay.

 

 

Running Backs

 

Miles Sanders: 6 carries, 15 yards | 3 targets, 2 receptions, 7 yards

Boston Scott: 2 carries, 7 yards | 6 targets, 5 receptions, 40 yards

 

As I mentioned in the opener, it is just unconscionable how RB Miles Sanders can receive just 8 touches in an entire game in 2020. Sanders hasn’t done much in the passing game all season, but his rushing totals have dwindled since Week 6 against Baltimore and he’s found the end-zone only 3 times. I’m not even a Sanders truther or anything like that, but can’t you make an argument that Sanders is the best playmaker that Philly has on offense right now? Backup RB Boston Scott outgained Sanders over 2:1 on Monday night. Even with Seattle leading throughout the game, it never really felt so out of reach as to abandon the run game completely. However, that is just what happened and Sanders’ disappointing season continues.

  

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

Dallas Goedert: 10 targets, 7 receptions, 75 yards, 1 TD

Richard Rodgers: 6 targets, 3 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD

Jalen Reagor: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 11 yards 

Travis Fulgham: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 16 yards

 

Much like the RB group for Philly, the WR group was fairly non-existent as well. WRs Jalen Reagor and Travis Fulgham combined for just 5 catches for 27 yards. It was instead the TE group that stood out for the Eagles – led by TE Dallas Goedert.

 

 

Goedert seems to be far removed from the ankle injury that forced him out for 4 games earlier in the season. He has steadily improved since his return in Week 10, gone for 70+ yards and a TD each of the last two weeks, and outside of a tough matchup with Green Bay next week, Goedert’s playoff schedule is not terribly daunting for TEs. TE Richard Rodgers also found the end-zone on Monday night via a crazy hail-mary play at the end of the game that ricocheted off of the hands of WR Travis Fulgham.

 

 

Goedert seems to be the safest play of the bunch at this point, even with Wentz’s struggles.

 

Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

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