Week 3 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Seahawks vs Vikings

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Seahawks vs Vikings Week 3 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Seahawks vs Vikings Week 3 matchup. / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks will look to rebound from a tough overtime loss when they travel to take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Seahawks slated as slight 1.5-point favorites, meaning this game could come down to the last few minutes.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 3 NFC showdown.

Russell Wilson Fantasy

Start Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Although no one seems to be talking about Russell Wilson right now, the veteran is still the No. 7 QB in fantasy scoring this year. He has thrown for 597 yards & 6 touchdowns through the first two games and draws a great matchup in Week 3. The Vikings have given up 30.5 points per game this season (No. 27 in NFL) as well as the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. With a spread set at just 1.5 points, this is a game that head coach Pete Carroll could rely on the playmaking abilities of his Pro Bowl QB. Everything lines up for a big game from Wilson on Sunday.

Dalvin Cook/Alexander Mattison Fantasy

Start Dalvin Cook/Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Talk about the perfect matchup. The Vikings have one of the best one-two backfield punches and are going up against a Seattle squad that has given up the most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Overall, the Seahawks are allowing 4.6 yards per carry through the first two weeks (T-No. 22 in NFL). Dalvin Cook is dealing with an ankle injury, which may leave the door open for backup Alexander Mattison to see more reps. The third-year back does average 4.5 yards per carry in his career and his outlook would skyrocket if Cook is limited at all.

Gerald Everett Fantasy

Sit Gerald Everett, TE, Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks' offense is firing on all cylinders right now, yet tight end Gerald Everett is reaping none of the benefits. The veteran pass-catcher has just 3 receptions in the first two games despite playing in at least 72% of the offensive snaps in each one. Everett now faces a Vikings' defense that has yet to allow an opposing TE to reach the end zone, which gets rid of the only upside he really has. Wilson is continuing to feed his wide receivers the football and that leaves Everett on the outside looking in. He should not be started anytime soon.

K.J. Osborn Fantasy

Sit K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Yes, KJ Osborn is a great player to pick up off the waiver wire and stash on the bench. However, he shouldn't be immediately put into the starting lineup. Osborn's 15 targets through two games still ranks third amongst Vikings' receivers and he played in just 59% of the offensive snaps in Week 2. The Seahawks rank near the middle of the pack defending the pass, but their inability to stop the run makes this seem like a day for the Minnesota running backs to take charge. Osborn has FLEX upside moving forward, but this isn't the right matchup to start him.

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