New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks Matchup Preview 9/22/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Betting Picks, Daily Fantasy
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We didn’t get the matchup we hoped for, as Drew Brees is out for the next few weeks. That means Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are going to be running the offense. In Week 2, that did not look that promising. This week they stayed in Seattle after a loss to the Rams, and will at least have a week to prepare without Brees. It is a tough place to play, even if Seattle isn’t quite on par with the defenses they had in place from the past few seasons. The Seahawks are still slight home favorites as you’d expect. They are also getting healthier, adding in David Moore to the receiving core. Wilson is off to a strong start this season, and eyes will be on Chris Carson after his two fumbles last week. For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
Time: 4:25 ET
Location: CenturyLink Field- Seattle, WA
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees (O), Tre’Quan Smith (Q),
Seattle Seahawks: David Moore (P), Poona Ford (Q)
New Orleans Saints Analysis
Sean Payton has already hinted at using both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill this week. Generally I am not a fan of the two-QB ran offenses, and we have already knocked down the remaining offensive members a peg in the rankings because of the situation. Alvin Kamara is going to need to step up, but also the offensive line after a tough week against the Rams. Brees pin-point accuracy was an advantage names like Kamara and Michael Thomas had. That fantasy upside might not be there without it. The positive is that the volume should be there, as Thomas has seen 30% of the team targets, and Kamara has seen 18%. This is a big buzzkill for Jared Cook, who was already having a tough year.
The defense has struggled in back-to-back weeks, but we can give them the benefit of the doubt facing Houston and the Rams. The Saints boasted one of the best rush defenses last season, and will try and slow down a run heavy Seahawks team. Seattle might opt to go through the air a bit more, as New Orleans struggled greatly against the pass. Seattle’s receiving core is back in full health with David Moore back from injury. Overall this is not a good first matchup to try and get back on track as a team.
New Orleans Saints Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
The Seahawks are off to a 2-0 start, and will return home after a road win against Pittsburgh. Essentially they will play back-to-back games against backup quarterbacks. This defense is better at home, and while they are not an elite defense anymore, they should be able to slow down a Saints offense that is missing Drew Brees. Now the offense thrived through the air last week, and the ground game was rocky turning the ball over. We can thank Chris Carson for those concerns this week. Rashaad Penny was in line for more touches because of that and came through. We have seen Pete Carroll ride the hot hand here, so touches should be a growing concern if we see more of the same.
The passing game has been divided up pretty well over the first two weeks. It has fallen in line with about what we predicted. Tyler Lockett had a quiet Week 1, but thrived in Week 2 with 12 targets. DK Metcalf has 13 targets through two weeks, but has been more consistent with 6 in Week 1 and 7 in Week 2. Metcalf has also looked very strong and Seattle is utilizing him in the right way. David Moore gets back this week, and is a big down the field threat. Love him as an addition to the offense, especially with Wilson’s accuracy on the long ball.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Betting Pick: Seahawks -4
There hasn’t been much line movement from the start of this one, as books had the knowledge of Drew Brees being out. The total is rather lackluster, and the Seahawks sit as four point favorites. Without Brees, this should be a clear cut win for Seattle, but a -210 moneyline isn’t that optimal of a return. I would take the four points here as Seattle should control this game and the Saints will have a tough time scoring on the road against this defense without their starting quarterback. The Seahawks offense also looked a lot better last week.
Daily Fantasy: Not The Best Game To Target
There are a few options within this game, but in comparison to the rest of the slate, it is not one to actively target. In fact, cash games I could easily cross this one out. You will get some lower ownership on Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara in tournaments, but they are nothing more than tournament plays. On the Seattle side, Russell Wilson is a fine cash game quarterback, and both Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are options to consider. However it seems their upside is a bit capped given the volume and also how they spread the ball around a bit when it comes to touchdowns.