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Seattle gets a cupcake home matchup against the Bengals to start the season. This should get them off on the right foot in a division where the Rams have taken over the last few seasons. Cincinnati is already dealing with bad injury luck, and are projected to be in the basement of the AFC North. They will have a tough task against a defense that just landed Clowney and have been a tough group at home. Without AJ Green and some offensive line members, this is not an ideal scenario for the Bengals in Week 1. Seattle has some question marks for the season, but are heavy favorites at home. For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Time: 4:05 ET
Location: CenturyLink Field- Seattle, WA
Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn (Q)
Seattle Seahawks: DK Metcalf (Q)
Cincinnati Bengals Analysis
The offensive line was already one of the poorer ones in the league, and losing Jonah Williams for the season is a big loss. He was the young stud out of the draft to help sure up the line, but that will have to wait. Cordy Glenn is also questionable for this week’s game, which would be a disaster of he misses Week 1. The run game is not going to be in a good spot, and Joe Mixon will have a tough time behind this line for most of the season. The fact they are expected to trail early and often this week, there will be more of an emphasis on the passing game. Mixon can still work in the passing game and volume might help him, but overall this is a projected down week for the stud running back.
With AJ Green out, the Bengals will turn to Tyler Boyd as their number one. Behind Boyd there isn’t a lot of production waiting. John Ross has been a bust since coming into the league, but once again is a young wideout that still has that draft value tied to him. Damion Willis is a name to keep an eye on this week, and we have seen Alex Erickson get run as well. CJ Uzumah and Tyler Eifert will both get snaps at tight end, but this is not an appealing matchup for either of them.
Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
Seattle comes into Week 1 with a dream matchup. Cincinnati ranked 25th against the pass, and 26th against the run. Chris Carson opens up as a premier fantasy option and overall player to watch. He is going to lead the Seahawks rushing attack, and should off to a great start. Seattle are massive home favorites, and the Bengals allowed massive production to backs last season. Even in the passing game, the Bengals allowed the fourth most receiving yards to running backs. Allowing the fourth most rushing yards as well, Carson should be on your radar. We can expect some Rashaad Penny and CJ Prosise mixed in, but Carson is going to be the main target this year for Seattle.
Russell Wilson took a major step back in yards and attempts last season, but still tossed over 30 touchdowns. The seemingly ever rotating wide receiver core is very new this year, and also dealing with injuries. DK Metcalf has trended in the right direction after surgery, but still remains questionable, as does his workload if he suits up. One thing for sure is that Tyler Lockett is set for a big year. Rotating depth pieces will be in line for targets, but none are appealing for fantasy on a run heavy offense.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Betting Pick: Seahawks -9.5
This game opened up at -8 for Seattle, and has moved to -9.5. The implied total sits at 26.5 for the Seahawks, and just 17 for the Bengals. The Lineups Bet Predictor is putting Seattle with about a 75% chance at a win, and there is a higher hit of the over based on the Lineups numbers. Seattle has covered 84% of the spread at home, and were 3-2 with this spread last season. The Seahawks are the clear favorite here, and have one of the higher spreads of any team in Week 1. While a double-digit score spread is set, the Seahawks should control this game on both sides with ease.
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Daily Fantasy: Seattle Onslaught
There is only one player of interest on the Bengals side, and that is Tyler Boyd. Yes he has been less productive with AJ Green off the field, but still stands to see steady volume until he returns. Seattle should hold the Bengals to limited production, but they did rank 25th against WR1s and allowed 79 receiving yards per game to them. On the Seattle side, Chris Carson is the one I have the most interest in. He is in the mid range for pricing around the industry, and gets a Bengals defense that allowed 24.6 fantasy points per game to opposing backs. Cincinnati also allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Wilson and Lockett is a contrarian way to go given they aren’t quite drawing the same buzz as other quarterback duos.