Thursday games are always tricky, though that’s not groundbreaking news. Let’s take a quick look at some of the more questionable decisions for tonight’s game and try to decide who we should trust and who should be avoided:
Are Either (Or Both) Arizona Running Backs Worth Using…
With Kenyan Drake returning in Week 10 there were questions as to which Arizona running back would hold value. However there appeared to be enough touches for both Drake and Chase Edmonds to make some noise:
- Kenyan Drake – 16 carries for 100 yards; 1 catch for 9 yards
- Chase Edmonds – 8 carries for 56 yards; 3 catches for 21 yards
The Seattle defense has been more porous against the passing game, including 429 receiving yards to opposing running backs. That would play into the hands of Edmonds, who has 32 catches for 261 yards and 2 TD.
At the same time, Seattle has allowed 9 rushing TD and Drake does have 4 TD. However we also can’t ignore Kyler Murray, who tends to handle the goal line duties with 10 rushing TD.
Drake is likely going to get more touches, which is going to keep him ahead in the rankings. That said both should be on the RB2 spectrum, and at the very least as high-level FLEX options in this matchup.
How Highly Ranked Is Carlos Hyde…
While there was a chance both Hyde and Chris Carson would return this week, it now appears that it will just be Hyde returning to the field:
Even though Seahawks’ WR Tyler Lockett is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game vs. the Cardinals due to a knee injury, he will play, per Pete Carroll.
Seahawks’ RB Chris Carson (foot) also is listed as questionable but he is unlikely to play, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2020
That would leave Hyde to operate as the lead back against an Arizona defense that’s been fairly tough against opposing running backs. Overall the Cardinals have allowed 830 rushing yards and 4 TD to opposing backs (they are one of six teams to allow 4 rushing TD or fewer entering the week). They’ve been even tougher over the past two weeks, allowing the fifth fewest points to opposing running backs (91 yards and 1 TD).
As for Hyde, the last time he played was against Arizona, when he took 15 carries for 68 yards and 1 TD. That’s promising, but it also doesn’t guarantee production. Considering it’s his first game in a few weeks it’s very possible that his touches are limited, as the Seahawks also utilize DeeJay Dallas.
The matchup and the risk of the loss of touches is going to limit Hyde to more of a FLEX play, especially with the risk of burying you this early in the week.
Arizona Start/Sit Decisions:
- Kyler Murray (QB) – Start ‘Em
- Kenyan Drake (RB) – Start ‘Em
- Chase Edmonds (RB) – Start ‘Em (may be closer to FLEX)
- DeAndre Hopkins (WR) – Start ‘Em
- Christian Kirk (WR) – Start ‘Em (viable WR2)
- Larry Fitzgerald (WR) – Sit ‘Em
- Dan Arnold (TE) – Sit ‘Em
Seattle Start/Sit Decisions:
- Russell Wilson (QB) – Start ‘Em
- Carlos Hyde (RB) – Sit ‘Em (desperation FLEX)
- DeeJay Dallas (RB) – Sit ‘Em
- DK Metcalf (WR) – Start ‘Em
- Tyler Lockett (WR) – Start ‘Em
- David Moore (WR) – Sit ‘Em
- Greg Olsen (TE) – Sit ‘Em
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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