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Fantasy 101: Seahawks vs. Vikings

Wilson's late game heroics keep the Seahawks undefeated in a 27-26 thrilling victory over the Vikings.


If you turned the SNF matchup off at halftime, there’d be no doubt in your mind this game was over and done with. Superstar HB Dalvin Cook was torching the Seahawks defense. 

Dalvin Cook (1st half): 21 touches for 94 total yards (65 rushing, 29 receiving) and a TD.

The Vikings dominated the first half 13-0. A huge reason for the Vikings early success was the ability to keep Wilson and company off the field as Minnesota had the ball for a mind-blowing 20 minutes of the 30 minute first half. However, the Vikings were unable to deny Wilson the victory who found emerging superstar second year receiver DK Metcalf in the endzone as the Seahawks took a 27-26 lead with 15 seconds left. Let's break down the fantasy impact on each side of the ball from this back-and-forth matchup. 



For the 5th time in 5 games this season, Metcalf led the Seahawks in receiving yards. The 2nd year receiver has now topped 90+ yards in every single game so far this season. It’s clear that Metcalf’s become Wilson’s go to deep threat as he’s averaging over 22 yards per catch. Metcalf also showed up in the crucial moments of the final drive last night. On 4th and 10 from their own 23, Wilson found Metcalf down the sideline for a huge gain of 39 yards. Then with fourth and goal, Wilson scrambled around the pocket until he eventually found Metcalf to put the Seahawks up for good. While going into the season there was a presumed 1A/1B with Metcalf and fellow WR Tyler Lockett, it looks as though Metcalf has taken the role of 1A over Lockett early into the season. 


Early on it was looking good for MVP candidate Russell Wilson. Wilson only had 40 yards passing with the team down two scores early. As he naturally does, Wilson still came through in the clutch with three second half touchdown passes to lead the team to victory. Even though he posted his lowest yardage total of the season (217) and completion percentage (62.5) through five games, Wilson delivered when it mattered most. The ninth year QB also continues to use his feet as a dual threat weapon as he had a season high 58 rushing yards on Sunday night. The only thing slowing down Wilson and company will be their upcoming bye in week six. 



As mentioned at the top, no one was slowing down Cook in the first half. He was a force to be reckoned with as he was going through and around multiple defenders on every single carry. However the main concern always surrounding Cook his whole career has been getting plagued with multiple injuries. Unfortunately the injury bug found Cook again on Sunday night as he was forced to leave the game early in the third quarter with a groin injury. While we don’t know the severity of the injury yet, it wouldn’t be shocking if the team started to lean more on backup RB Alexander Mattison (more on him in a second) starting next week in Atlanta and going forward if Cook’s not 100% to not risk further re-injury. If Cook was the first round pick and anchor of your team, hopefully you have Mattison or have other viable options at the position. 


Once Cook was unable to return from the injury, Alexander Mattison stepped right in and didn’t miss a beat. The second year RB finished with 20 carries for a career-high 112 yards in relief of Cook. The only knock on Mattison from last night would be him not picking up the 4th and 1 deep in Seahawks territory that would’ve ultimately ended the game if they converted. If you drafted both Cook and Mattison, congrats. However, if you just drafted Mattison with one of your mid-to-late round picks, Mattison is a definite must start and a flex option at the bare minimum if Cook had to miss any time with this groin issue. 

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