The Falcons started 1-7 last year and finished their second half going 6-2. They hope to keep their late season push going this year while the Seahawks will look to win their division and go far in the playoffs after losing three of their last four games of 2019 to crush their home-field advantage hopes.
We’ll get a good matchup here with Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson leading their teams. With a 49-point over/under, we should expect the offenses to shake off some rust and get to work.
Date: September 13
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Seahawks (2019): 15th vs. Pass, 26th vs. Rush
Falcons (2019): 25th vs. Pass, 14th vs. Rush
Seahawks: -1.5, -124
Falcons: +1.5, +102
With home field advantage not as pronounced with no fans in Atlanta, I don’t feel as much trepidation going with a road favorite. The Falcons pass defense is weaker than it was last season while D.K. Metcalf is going on his second season with Tyler Lockett and Russell Wilson, forming one of the best passing offenses in the league.
Limited: T Duane Brown (knee), WR Phillip Dorsett (foot), T Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral)
DNP: Duane Brown (knee)
Limited: TE Will Dissly, WR Phillip Dorsett (foot), T Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral)
DNP: DE Charles Harris (ankle), CB Kendall Sheffield (foot)
Limited: DT Marlon Davidson (knee), WR Russell Gage (groin)
Full: DE Dante Fowler (ankle), C Matt Hennessy (knee)
DNP: DE Charles Harris (ankle), CB Kendall Sheffield (foot), C Alex Mack
Full: DE Dante Fowler (ankle), WR Russell Gage (groin)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
D.K. Metcalf, Wide receiver, $5,800
The Seahawks have two great receivers and they will be the focus of the passing game. The hype for Metcalf this summer has been plentiful, and a step forward in his sophomore season is likely. Tyler Lockett is still a stud, but he’s more expensive in DFS and I expect these two to have similar upsides each week.
Greg Olsen, Tight end, $4,000
Olsen is a reliable target and Russell Wilson likes finding his tight end in the red zone. Olsen, like Todd Gurley below, should be at his healthiest in Week 1.
Hayden Hurst, Tight end, $4,300
Hurst has proved nothing yet, but he’s without a doubt the Falcons starting tight end and after Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, he should see plenty of targets. If you drafted him, you are likely starting him. If you’re setting your DraftKings lineup, you have a lot of choices, but Hurst should be high on your list at his reduced price. Sportsbooks have this game around the fourth-highest scoring, giving Hurst good upside.
Todd Gurley, Running back, $6,100
If you drafted Gurley, you’ll want to play him before the season wears on his arthritic knee. And, he also could make for a somewhat contrarian DFS play. We can’t be assured he’ll get a full complement of touches if the team tries to manage his knee for a full season, but this is where he should be the healthiest and the Seahawks weren’t good against the run last season.