Week 7 NFL DFS: Sunday Night Football - Seahawks vs Cardinals Showdown Slate

SI Fantasy and DFS analyst Rob Geriak goes through his top plays for DraftKings' Sunday Night Football Showdown slate featuring the Seahawks vs Cardinals
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The NFC West is one of the more exciting divisions in football. Featuring the Arizona Cardinals and their exciting young quarterback Kyler Murray, and the Seahawks with veteran Russell Wilson who's been the most prolific offensive player to this point. In a game that was shifted out of the late afternoon time slot to primetime, we should see a lot of points in one of the highest total games of the week. The scores should be high in Sunday night's DraftKings Showdown slate.

Core Build

Starting with the quarterbacks will be imperative as both are dual-threat options with Murray being the stronger running the ball. The Cardinals signal-caller leads all quarterbacks in rushing touchdowns and has eclipsed 60 yards rushing on four separate occasions. Where Murray needs to improve is throwing the ball and this is a good matchup for him to take a step forward in that department as Seattle has allowed the most passing yards per game over the past four weeks at 340.3. With how poor the Seahawks pass defense has been, they have been strong against running backs. This is a game that should be competitive with scoring back and forth so Kyler has a rock-solid floor with immense upside. 

Russell Wilson continues to be on another level throwing the ball with his last game being the low-water mark on the season (217 yards, 3 touchdowns). Arizona has been solid against the quarterback position over the past four weeks but Wilson has been incredibly efficient ranking first in yards per completion, first in adjusted completion percentage, second in play-action completion, and third in pressured completion percentage. 

Tyler Lockett has been a prime passing target for Wilson along with D.K. Metcalf. I prefer Lockett here out of the slot as he has a better matchup with Byron Murphy while Metcalf could see a bit of Patrick Peterson on the outside. Also, Lockett is much more affordable than Metcalf making it easier to build around him when constructing multiple lineup builds.

Note: Keep in mind that both of the above are viable captain options.

Captain Plays

WR Tyler Lockett, SEA (DK $12,300)

Lockett in the captain spot is $3,000 cheaper than Metcalf in the same position and has just a high of an upside for me in his matchup with Byron Murphy. Lockett's last two weeks have been pretty quiet but in his prior two games, he posted 167 yards receiving and four touchdowns. This is a bounce-back spot for Lockett who should see a lot of volume in a heavy passing game.

QB Kyler Murray, ARI (DK $18,000)

The rushing upside that Murray brings makes him a captain that I'm willing to pay for. Generally, we want a captain that will see solid volume, and quite often that is a team's running back. In the case of the Cardinals, Murray is their best running back as Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds rotate snaps and that backfield looks to be generally a hot-hand situation. Murray has eclipsed 27 DraftKings points in four games this season as he is truly one of the top statistic compilers in the league.

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FLEX Plays

WR Deandre Hopkins, ARI (DK $10,800)

Hopkins is due for an explosion of a game and this is a matchup that those types of performances have been happening against all season. The Seahawks have allowed 10 receivers to go for 100 receiving yards or more in five games this season. Hopkins continues to lead the Cardinals in target share and I would be shocked if he doesn't go well over 100 yards receiving and get into the endzone.

The Kickers - Zane Gonzalez, ARI (DK $3,800), Jason Myers, SEA (DK $4,200)

In a high-scoring affair, potentially, the kickers should come into play with either field goals or extra points. The kickers play a valuable role and generally bring a solid floor with them, especially in a matchup that is expected to have a high score.

RB Travis Homer, SEA (DK $600)

It's a shot in the dark, but Homer has seen 16, 17, and 23 snaps over the past three games. At this point Carlos Hyde is useless and Chris Carson has seen his snaps decrease over his last three contests. This is in no way an assumption that the former Miami Hurricane is easing his way into Carson's job. Homer is simply a value/punt option that could fall into six to eight points but more importantly, offer a ton of salary relief.

WR Andy Isabella, ARI (DK $3,000)

With all of this high-priced talent, the need for value will come up and Isabella is a guy that I like in this game to see a couple of deep targets. Early in the game last week against the Cowboys, Murray targeted Isabella deep and just missed him for what would have been about a 70-yard touchdown. He may not see a ton of snaps, but against this secondary, at this salary, it only takes one big play.

FLEX Plays

The NFC West is one of the more exciting divisions in football. Featuring the Arizona Cardinals and their exciting young quarterback Kyler Murray, and the Seahawks with veteran Russell Wilson who's been the most prolific offensive player to this point. In a game that was shifted out of the late afternoon time slot to primetime, we should see a lot of points in one of the highest total games of the week. The scores should be high in Sunday night's DraftKings Showdown slate.

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