Fantasy Football Week 14 Matchup: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IIDecember 12, 2010

Week 14 Match-up:  Seattle Seahawks (6-6) at San Francisco 49ers (4-8)

Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs

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Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

San Francisco Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th - TDs Allowed T-14th

San Francisco Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game T-10th – TDs Allowed T-10th


Seattle Offensive Cast

Matt Hasselbeck (QB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 226/381 – for 2,621 yards & 10 TDs

Hasselbeck threw two TDs against the ‘Niners in the first game of the year, but he also only had 170 yards.  Don’t use him unless you have to this week.


Marshawn Lynch (RB Week 14 Ranking: No. 29)

2010 Season: 146 carries for 520 yards & 5 TDs || 13 receptions for 98 yards & 0 TDs

Lynch had the game of his life last weekend rushing in three TDs against Carolina, but don’t expect more than 40-50 yards in this match-up with San Fran.


Justin Forsett (RB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 102 carries for 469 yards & 2 TDs || 25 receptions for 209 yards & 0 TDs

Forsett just isn’t seeing enough action to make a difference on your fantasy team right now.


Mike Williams (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 52 receptions for 654 yards & 1 TD

It’s not looking good for Big Mike Williams and his foot problems this week.  Keep an eye on the news to see if he comes back, but even if he does, he’ll be too hobbled to take a chance on.


Ben Obomanu (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 29)

2010 Season: 22 receptions for 430 yards & 4 TDs

It’s unsure as to whether Obomanu will play this week due to the laceration in his hand, but if he does, he’ll be in line for a nice game with Mike Williams likely out and the 49ers secondary being mediocre at best.


Deon Butler (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 31 receptions for 317 yards & 3 TDs

Butler will likely be the WR2 again this week, but that’s not enough to make him fantasy-worthy material.


Golden Tate (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 14 receptions for 185 yards & 0 TDs

The Golden Child is looking pretty good, but he’s not likely to make an impact until next year.


John Carlson (TE Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 26 receptions for 257 yards & 1 TD

Carlson was supposed to be a major focus for the Seahawks offense this year, with the key phrase being “supposed to be”.


Cameron Morrah (TE Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 4 receptions for 80 yards & 0 TDs

Not too shabby of a debut for the second-year tight end.  Let’s see where he goes with this before thinking about picking him up though.



San Francisco 49ers (49ers Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Seattle Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 30th - TDs Allowed T-21st

Seattle Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 22nd – TDs Allowed T-25th


San Francisco Offensive Cast


Troy Smith (QB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 66/126 – for 1,023 yards & 4 TDs

Troy goes back to the bench this week, with Singletary calling on Alex once again.


Alex Smith (QB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 143/242 – for 1,554 yards & 9 TDs

I’m not actually suggesting that you start Smith over any of the usual suspects (Brees, Vick, Manning, Brady, Rivers, etc.), but if you’re in a fix and maybe having to choose between Alex and some of the lesser QBs, Smith could be your guy. 

He’s been really good at home this year averaging 260 yards and two TDs in three games, all of which came against much better pass defenses than Seattle’s (Saints, Eagles, Raiders). 

He was also in the midst of getting on a roll with both Crabtree and Vernon Davis when he went out with his injury, a connection I can see returning immediately against the 30th-ranked pass D in the league. 


Brian Westbrook (RB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 37 carries for 176 yards & 1 TD || 5 receptions for 38 yards & 0 TDs

With Anthony Dixon being the bigger back and looking pretty good, you can’t depend on the old-timer taking your fantasy team anywhere this week.


Anthony Dixon (RB Week 14 Ranking: No. 28)

2010 Season: 33 carries for 105 yards & 2 TDs || 2 receptions for -1 yards & 0 TDs

Dixon, like James Starks, is another raw rookie that looks pretty darn good so far.  He’s a beast standing at 6’1”, 233 pounds, but he plays even bigger than that. 

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out this college run of his.  If he keeps playing like this, you can almost certainly expect a couple of TDs from him in the next few weeks.


Michael Crabtree (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 20)

2010 Season: 41 receptions for 554 yards & 5 TDs

I wasn’t expecting much out of Crabtree last week with Charles Woodson on him all game long, and his three catches for 45 yards was actually a little more than I anticipated.  This week he has a terrible Seahawks pass D facing him and Alex Smith back under center. 

With the change at the QB position, you have to expect a nice showing from the youngster as he and Smith were just starting to get into a real groove before Alex went down back in Week 7.


Josh Morgan (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 29 receptions for 412 yards & 1 TD

Josh has a ton of talent, or at least that’s what I’ve been told.


Vernon Davis (TE Week 14 Ranking: No. 4)

2010 Season: 44 receptions for 674 yards & 5 TDs

Vernon looks like he’s back on the warpath again after his 126-yard, 1-TD outburst last weekend, and now he has his buddy Alex Smith back under center this week as well. 

Earlier this season, the two of them were really starting to make some noise together, hooking up for TDs in each of the last four weeks Smith was healthy (Weeks 4-7).