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Week 7 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals

Max Staley
Kenyan Drake fantasy outlook makes him a risky start in Week 7.
Kenyan Drake fantasy outlook makes him a risky start in Week 7. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals in what has a chance to be the highest-scoring game of Week 7. In fact, FanDuel Sportsbook put the over/under for this one at 56.5, which is tied for the biggest total of the week.

Point totals like that almost always lead to fantasy gold, so if you need some help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this pivotal NFC West clash.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start the Usual Seattle Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks have been an absolute buzzsaw this season. Scoring an NFL-best 33.8 points per game (PPG), the Seahawks have only been held under 31 points once through five games, and they still managed to put up 27 in that one. The "big four" of Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett don't look like they're going to slow down any time soon – even against a surprisingly effective Cardinals' defense.

Start Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals: You're going to want to get the Cardinals' pass-catchers on the field for this one. Seattle's secondary has been getting shredded this season, surrendering an NFL-worst 370.4 passing yards per game. Christian Kirk hasn't exactly been consistent, but he has real big-play upside, which he put on display in Week 6 by turning 3 targets into 86 yards and 2 TDs. He's been one of the most boom-or-bust players in the league, but he's likely to fall more on the "boom" side of things against this secondary.

Sit Any Seahawk Other Than Their Big 4: The Seahawks' offense has been tremendous, but it's a surprisingly thin group. Outside of Metcalf, Lockett and Carson, Greg Olsen is Seattle's only other pass-catcher with more than 15 targets on the year. He's turned his 19 looks into 15 catches for 140 yards and a score, so he shouldn't really be on the fantasy radar. David Moore has just 14 targets, so he's not worth a look either. We also haven't seen Carlos Hyde since Week 3, and he was only averaging 5.3 carries per game before going down. Against what is somehow the league's second-best scoring defense (18.7 PPG), this is not a spot to get cute.

Sit Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Kenyan Drake managers have been understandably frustrated this season, as he's been held under 15.0 PPR points in five of his six starts. For reference, an average of 15.0 PPR points per game is good for just RB20 this season. While it looked like he broke through in Week 6, putting up 28.4 against the Dallas Cowboys, it's not all as good as it seems. Drake's primary function on this team is in the running game, as Chase Edmonds is the team's preferred option in passing situations. Drake has yet to see more than 2 targets in a single game, while Edmonds is averaging 4.2 per contest. That disparity could rear its head in this one. Arizona is a 3.5-point underdog in a game that features a 56.5-point over/under. That likely means the Cardinals will be in a lot of passing situations, which could force Drake off the field in favor of Edmonds. There will be better days ahead, but this might not be a great spot for Drake.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.