Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Fantasy Analysis and Weather Update

Jeremy Alpert@@pyroman1acSenior Analyst IIDecember 26, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 31:  Josh Freeman #5  and Carnell Williams #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers react at the line of scrimmage against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Temperature: 48°F

Feels Like: 41°F

Wind: Medium, West at 20.0 mph

Chance of Precipitation: 10 percent


Week 16 Matchup:  Seattle Seahawks (6-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6 )

Rankings based on top 25 QBs, 40 RBs, 60 WRs and 25 TEs

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Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Tampa Bay Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game T-11th - TDs Allowed T-20th

Tampa Bay Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 29th – TDs Allowed T-14th


Seattle Offensive Cast

Matt Hasselbeck (QB Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 263/440 – for 2,977 yards & 12 TDs

The Seahawks are committed to Hasselbeck at this point as they still have a chance to make the playoffs regardless of their 6-8 record.  He’s been sucking lately, as he usually does at the end of a season, so don’t waste your time debating him as a last second, two-QB league fill-in.

Marshawn Lynch (RB Week 16 Ranking: No. 19)

2010 Season: 168 carries for 609 yards and 6 TDs | 21 receptions for 152 yards and 0 TDs

I actually like Lynch a bit this week, especially with the Tampa winds leaning this towards being a high-volume rushing game.  The Bucs have a rush D that might not be able to stop my pet slug, so look for Seattle to get ugly going in this one.

Justin Forsett (RB Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 107 carries for 483 yards and 2 TDs | 28 receptions for 225 yards and 0 TDs

Forsett just isn’t seeing enough action to make a difference.

Mike Williams (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 33)

2010 Season: 60 receptions for 720 yards and 1 TD

BMW will be the main target again this week, and now that he has a healthy game under his belt, he might actually be worth playing.  Eight catches for 66 yards on 13 targets is nothing to scoff at, so consider Big Mike a worthy play if you need a WR3 or flex this weekend.

Ben Obomanu (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 49)

2010 Season: 23 receptions for 437 yards and 4 TDs

Obomanu is still the guy with the most upside in this WR corps, so if you have nobody else in a deeper league, he’s definitely worth a shot.

John Carlson (TE Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 27 receptions for 288 yards and 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 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 7 receptions for 102 yards and 0 TDs

Not worth your time.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Buccaneers Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Seattle Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed 29th - TDs Allowed T-27th

Seattle Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed 21st – TDs Allowed T-21st


Tampa Bay Offensive Cast

Josh Freeman (QB Week 16 Ranking: No. 11)

2010 Season: 249/422 for 2,959 yards and 18 TDs

The only game Freeman didn’t throw for a touchdown pass in this year was against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in Week 3.  That said, he also hasn’t thrown for three TDs on the year, either.  If you start him, you’re taking a bit of a gamble, but playing down south in Tampa against the Seahawks awful pass D, you might do well in taking a chance on him despite the wind factor.

LeGarrette Blount (RB Week 16 Ranking: No. 12)

2010 Season: 164 carries for 777 yards and 6 TDs | 2 receptions for 9 yards and 0 TDs

What a great find this monster RB (6’0”, 247 pounds) has been for the Bucs this season.  Blount averages 5.7 yards/carry at home and should be able to get a good 20-25 touches today, so have confidence playing him as an RB2 with big upside on your fantasy team.

Cadillac Williams (RB Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 120 carries for 409 yards and 2 TDs | 43 receptions for 333 yards and 1 TD

Caddy is actually doing pretty well as the Bucs third-down back, but that’s far from being worth a fantasy play.

Mike Williams (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 8)

2010 Season: 58 receptions for 880 yards and 8 TDs

I love what this kid is made of and it wouldn’t shock me if he extended his yardage for the year up over the 1,000-yard mark in this game.  Seattle can’t cover a thing out there, so roll with Williams as a low-end WR1 this week.

Arrelious Benn (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 32)

2010 Season: 24 receptions for 379 yards and 2 TDs

The big rookie out of Illinois is turning some heads down in Tampa and will have every chance to put up some more big stats in this one.  With Tampa going up against one of the worst five defenses in the league this weekend, Benn deserves a look as your WR3 or flex for sure.

Kellen Winslow Jr. (TE Week 16 Ranking: No. 16)

2010 Season: 56 receptions for 604 yards & 3 TDs

If there’s one thing the Seahawks are actually good at, it’s covering the opposing team’s tight end.  That’s not to say that Winslow won’t produce, but I’m not expecting more than a handful of catches for around 40-50 yards.



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