Thursday Night Takeaways – Week 5 – Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks
My old man lifestyle couldn’t hack watching this game live, but I wish I had. This was by far the most exciting Thursday Night Football game of the year, with 5 lead changes and a last-minute shank that may have prematurely decided the NFC West Division. The Rams now fall to third in the division, which would have been unthinkable last year. Here are my biggest takeaways from last night’s game, which I watched this morning.
Russell Wilson is Making a Case for MVP
The Seahawks star quarterback wasn’t just perfect in last night’s game, he’s been perfect on the season. On the season now, Wilson has 1409 yards, 12 touchdowns as well as 120 yards for another 2 touchdowns, and he has only lost 1 fumble this season. What’s most impressive though is that through 3 games, Wilson has not thrown an interception. Patrick Mahomes is still considered the favorite to win MVP, but really, he has so much more to work with than Russell Wilson does, even with Tyreek Hill out. For fantasy football purposes, Russell Wilson is what he’s always been; a top 10 quarterback that you drafted after the top five fantasy prospects.
Chris Carson is Out of the Doghouse
If Chris Carson fantasy owners were worried about Rashaad Penny, last night made it crystal clear who the starter is in Seattle. Chris Carson is a beast right now, accumulating 27 carries for 118 yards. 27 carries in 2019 is basically unheard of and Carson is in no danger of losing work as the Seahawks run the ball more than almost any other team in the league. To boot, his only touchdown came on his only pass. The one thing holding Chris Carson back from being a top 5 running back is his lack of involvement in the passing game, which has seen a slight uptick this year. If you bought low on Chris Carson, you’re ecstatic right now.
Gerald Everett is Becoming a Star
The pass catching tight end for the Rams, Gerald Everett is emerging as a go-to option for Jared Goff and for fantasy football owners. After pulling in 5 catches last week, Everett caught 7 more this week for 136 yards, both career highs. He was also targeted 11 times, good enough for second on the team. Even though Tyler Higbee has played the last two games, it has been Everett who has benefitted from the increased playing time. The Rams are running two tight end formations much more than they were last year, so this trend could definitely continue, making Gerald Everett a must-add in all formats.
You Cannot Trust These Name-Brand Defenses
For the last several years, the Rams and the Seahawks have had two of the NFL’s best defenses. This year, you cannot trust either defense in fantasy football. The Rams have given up over 80 points the last two weeks and it’s becoming apparent that they are struggling to stop the run, even with Aaron Donald playing for them. On the other side of the ball, the Seahawks have managed to remain respectable, but that respectability is dissipating quickly. The Seahawks are winning on the back of their offense, as the only team they’ve held to under 20 points was the Arizona Cardinals. Both of these defenses are basically droppable at this point.
Cooper Kupp is the Only Rams Wide Receiver to Trust
With the emergence of Gerald Everett, the only Rams wide receiver that can be trusted on a week to week basis anymore is Cooper Kupp. Kupp now has four straight games with 100 yards or more and three straight games with at least 1 touchdown. Last night, Cooper Kupp was easily first on the team in targets with 17 total, 6 more than the next most targeted player. On the season, Cooper Kupp already has 505 yards and 4 touchdowns, which is astounding given that he’s returning from a season ending injury. Robert Woods is at least still seeing a high volume target share, but unfortunately, the targets are not quality targets, meaning he doesn’t have much chance to catch them. Brandin Cooks often isn’t even being targeted as Jared Goff seems allergic to pushing the ball downfield. The only guy to trust here is Kupp.