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Seahawks-Cardinals fantasy takeaways: Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray

The Seahawks bested the Cardinals in a crucial NFC West battle during Week 11’s iteration of Thursday Night Football.

The matchup also carried implications for the NFL MVP race between Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray, though both had relatively quiet nights in spite of the 57 projected point total. Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds and Dan Arnold scored touchdowns for the Cardinals, while D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Carlos Hyde scored for the Seahawks. DeAndre Hopkins was held to just 51 yards.

The Cardinals never led during the game, though the contest was a nail-biter till the final moments. The divisional matchup ultimately ended 28-21, as the Seahawks (7-3) sit in first place in the NFC West ahead of the Cardinals (6-4).

Here are five things you need to know for fantasy football:

1. Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray have quiet evenings in spite of favorable matchups

Wilson won the duel of the quarterbacks, but both failed to live up to expectations entering this matchup. Murray completed 29 of 42 attempts for 269 yards and two touchdowns and rushed five times for 15 yards. With 20 fantasy points, it was Murray’s worst outing this season, which is a testament to how dominant he has been all year.

Wilson bounced back from a touchdown-less, two-interception Week 10 and completed 23 of 28 for 197 yards and two touchdowns and rushed ten times for 42 yards, also good for 20 fantasy points. This was Wilson’s second-worst game for fantasy purposes, which also speaks to how well he has performed this season. Both will look to bounce back in the penultimate week of the fantasy football regular season, as the Cardinals take on the Patriots and the Seahawks face the Eagles.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler MurrayGetty Images

2. Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf both score touchdowns

Lockett was questionable with a knee injury entering this game. He didn’t appear hampered in the game, however, and led the Seahawks in receiving for the second week in a row. He caught nine of nine targets for 67 yards and a touchdown during the second quarter on an 11-yard pass.

Metcalf had a slightly less impressive evening and reeled in three of five targets for 46 yards. He scored a touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Wilson on the first drive of the game, bringing his season total to nine. He is on pace for 14 touchdowns this season.

David Moore was a non-factor and caught a pair of targets for five yards.

3. Carlos Hyde leads Seattle backfield with Chris Carson out

Hyde returned from a three-game absence and rushed 14 times for 79 yards and a two-yard rushing touchdown. He also caught two of three passes for 16 yards. Bo Scarbrough saw six carries for 31 yards and DeeJay Dallas was a non-factor with one carry for 13 yards and two catches for 19 yards. Alex Collins was not activated for this game.

Carson is trending toward returning in Week 12, but if he suffers another setback, Hyde is the locked-and-loaded starter and should be considered a RB2.

4. Kenyan Drake sees more work than Chase Edmonds; both score

Drake saw the majority of the carries out of the Cardinals’ backfield and had 11 attempts for a lackluster 29 yards. He scored a two-yard rushing touchdown early in the second quarter and caught four of five targets for 31 yards.

Edmonds saw just two carries for 13 yards, but caught four of four passes for 36 yards. He also scored early in the fourth quarter on a three-yard pass from Murray, which would be the final time the Cardinals would score.

This timeshare continues to be a headache for fantasy managers, especially with Drake running as ineffectively as he did in this game (2.6 yards per carry). He remains a RB2 while Edmonds is a RB3.

5. Larry Fitzgerald leads Arizona in receiving ahead of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk

Fitzgerald saw a season-high ten targets on Thursday evening and caught eight passes for 62 yards. Hopkins caught five of eight targets for 51 yards and Kirk caught four of six for 50 yards. None of the Cardinals’ receivers scored a touchdown on Thursday.

Tight end Dan Arnold scored on the opening drive of the second half on his lone catch of the night.

It’s a disappointing outing for Hopkins, who was expected to feast against this Seahawks’ secondary.


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