We get a huge NFC West showdown on Thursday Night Football to open Week 11. The 6-3 Seattle Seahawks host the 6-3 Arizona Cardinals in a rematch of their Week 7 overtime thriller that saw the Cardinals come back and stun the Seahawks 37-34. The two squads are tied with the Los Angeles Rams atop the division and this will be a critical piece of figuring out the champ.
The Seahawks are favored by 3 points, with the point total set at 56.5. Both defenses have had enough issues that this could turn into a shootout. Below, we’ll take a look at who to start and sit in a regular 12-team .5 PPR league. We know to start players like Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and DeAndre Hopkins, but what do we do a step below that?
Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals
Kenyan Drake is the starter, but Edmonds has earned his way to more than just a complementary role. He had 36 snaps to Drake’s 38 last week against Buffalo, and we can expect a busy night against Seattle. The Seahawks run defense is solid in terms of efficiency, but is 12th worst in fantasy points allowed to running backs. In Week 7, Edmonds had 18 points against Seattle with 58 rushing yards and 87 receiving yards.
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals
DeAndre Hopkins, DK Metcalf, and even a banged up Tyler Lockett are must starts in this matchup. But a little further down, Kirk is emerging as a high ceiling player and he gets a great matchup against a Seahawks defense that will be missing cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin and ranks worst against wide receivers in fantasy football.
Chris Carson is questionable but not expected to play, while Carlos Hyde was removed from the final injury report. Hyde seems likely to get the lead role, but DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer could eat into that work. If you are shorthanded, Hyde is the one to start of the three, but his ceiling will be limited.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
If there was ever a matchup to find value in Fitz it would be this one given the issues Seattle’s secondary has against the pass. But while Fitzgerald can still make plays, his ceiling is just not there anymore. He still gets plenty of targets in the passing game, but he has one double digit fantasy performance this season. The value just isn’t there anymore.