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Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Vikings vs Seahawks

Jason Schandl
Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

If you still have players on your fantasy team yet to play their Week 13 game, it means that the "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks will likely determine whether you're coming away with a win or not. There's no room for error when it comes to your starting lineup, specifically if you have multiple options for the game.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Monday's matchup between the Vikings and Seahawks.

MNF Fantasy Picks

Start Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Lockett's stat-line (two targets, one reception, 38 yards) in his Week 12 return from a concerning leg injury doesn't inspire a ton of confidence, but it's not time to quit on him just yet. His last full game before that saw him turn 18 targets into 13 receptions, 152 yards and two TDs in Week 9. The Seahawks' passing game struggled in general last week too, with Russell Wilson completing just 13 passes. Don't let a one-week dud scare you off of the upside that Lockett has shown with a pair of 30-plus PPR point performances this year.

Start Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Chris Carson's fumbling issues are becoming a real problem, and we saw Rashaad Penny play an increased role as a result in Week 12. Similar to Lockett, that one-game sample (especially a game in which the whole offense struggled) shouldn't leave you too concerned. Despite the fumbling issues, Carson had notched at least 20 carries in six of his previous seven games before that Week 12 dud, averaging 22.1 carries and 3.3 targets (turned into 17.4 PPR fantasy points) in that stretch. The Vikings are a tough matchup, but it's tough to fade a back that's as safe a bet for 20-plus opportunities as Carson is.

Sit Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks: On the other side of the coin, it's too early to crown Penny a strong fantasy play. He was the lone bright spot in the Seattle offense last week, gaining 129 yards on 14 carries. His previous three games had seen him rush just a combined 14 times though, and he hasn't been a viable fantasy play all year. He's definitely worth keeping an eye on, because an expanded workload could make him viable in the fantasy playoffs, but a single big game isn't enough to give him much value against the Vikings, who have held RBs to the league's sixth-fewest fantasy points.

Sit Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings: The Seahawks haven't been elite against the pass this year, but they do check in above average (14th) in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. Cousins has produced well this year, averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game, but he's also played seven of his 11 games against defenses that rank 18th or worse against the pass in that same DVOA metric. In a mediocre spot here, Cousins does not crack the top-12 QBs in our Week 13 fantasy football rankings.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.