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The 49ers are heading to Seattle to take on the Seahawks and their 12th man in what is sure to be a fantastic game. While both teams have booked themselves a ticket to the playoffs already, home field advantage is at stake so this is still a big game. “Beastmode,” Marshawn Lynch, is returning to Seattle. This is a total wildcard and could work out hugely in their favor or be a disappointment for them in their matchup against a tough 49ers defense. The 49ers are coming off of a tough win against the Rams and are looking good with their secondary getting healthier. I think this game is going to go to the 49ers, due to their strong matchup against a relatively weak Seattle defense. Click here for more details and betting information on the 49ers @ Seahawks matchup this weekend.
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Time: 5:20 PM PST
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
49ers: Dee Ford (O), Mike Person (Q), Jaquiski Tartt (D), Jullian Taylor (O)
Seahawks: Duane Brown (Q), Malik Turner (Q), Joey Hunt (Q), Mike Iupati (Q), Quandare Diggs (Q), Jadeveon Clowney (Q), Germain Ifedi (Q), Ethan Pocic (Q), Jamarco Jones (Q), Chris Carson (O)
San Francisco 49ers Analysis
The 49ers offense has been great this year. They’re a top half passing offense with an average 234.8 passing yards per game, the 14th most in the league. George Kittle has been a huge weapon for them and is a fantastic tight end. He has 78 receptions for 967 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Seahawks allow the 6th most passing yards per game, so I’m expecting Kittle to break the 1,000 yard mark this week and for the 49ers to have a strong performance through the air. The strongest facet of the 49ers offense this season has been their rushing game. The 49ers rush for 145.9 yards per game, the 2nd most in the league. Raheem Mostert has been their starting back as of late, but they have a powerful back in Breida backing him up. This two-back punch has been a great weapon for them and has clearly been effective. The Seahawks allow the 9th most rushing yards per game on average, so I think the 49ers are going to have a great game on the ground as well. The Seahawks have been winning a lot of games by outscoring opponents, but considering the 49ers score an average 30.2 points per game, the 2nd most in the league, I don’t think the Seahawks will be able to rely on that this game and the 49ers offense could definitely prevail.
The 49ers have also been a powerful defensive force. They allow an average 165.6 passing yards per game, the fewest in the league. They’re weaker against the run, where they’re in the bottom-half of the league with 111.8 rushing yards allowed per game. The Seahawks are a rushing wildcard this week considering they’ve just signed Marshawn Lynch, so it’ll be interesting to see how the 49ers are able to handle him. Considering the Cardinals were able to hold Russell Wilson to a 78.6 rating last week I think the 49ers will be pretty effective at containing the Seahawks passing offense. The Seahawks are missing their left tackle Duane Brown, and the 49ers pass defense led by Nick Bosa has 47 sacks on the season (5th most in the league) so I think they’ll be able to do put a lot of pressure on Russell Wilson.
San Francisco 49ers Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
The Seahawks are coming off of a tough division loss against the Cardinals last week. They’ve been a top 10 scoring offense this season with an average 25.6 points per game, but fell far below that average with a 13 point game against a Cardinals defense that has been allowing an average 27.4 points per game, the 5th most in the league. The Seahawks picked up Marshawn Lynch this week in an attempt to fill in for an injury to Chris Carson, their running back. After their game against Carolina, I’m sure they’re also hoping that his presence will galvanize their offense. They’re going to need it against the 49ers defense which has been top-5 against the pass. The 49ers have been weaker against the run, so if Marshawn Lynch is going to make his mark this would be the perfect game in which to do it. He could be the force that pushes this offense to a win. The first time these teams played the Seahawks were able to put up 27 points against a tough 49ers defense, so it’s not like they’ll be shut down. I think they’ll still be able to put up a fair amount of points, but with how solid the 49ers passing defense has been I think they’ll want to run the ball more, and that it’ll be harder to put up that same number of points.
The Seahawks defense is going to be their weakest link in this game. They allow 263.5 passing yards per game, the 6th most in the league, and 117.0 rushing yards per game, the 9th most in the league. A team like the Seahawks has been getting away with lower defensive stats like these due to their powerful offense. However, they’re up against one of the best offenses in the league this season in the 49ers so outscoring them isn’t going to be a viable option. I think the Seahawks are at a pretty severe disadvantage in this game due to their defense and unless they come up with something different than what they’ve been doing lately, San Francisco is going to come out on top.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Marshawn Lynch could be a huge fantasy pickup for this weekend. The 49ers are great against the pass but they’re a bottom-half rushing defense (barely, coming in at 17th most rushing yards, but bottom-half nonetheless). Especially considering Russell Wilson couldn’t get 200 yards against a Cardinals defense that allows 279.9 passing yards per game (2nd most), and that the 49ers allow only 165.6 passing yards per game, I think the Seahawks will rely more on the run meaning Lynch could get a lot of carries. Other than that I think any players on the 49ers offense, especially a back like Raheem Mostert or Breida (but especially Mostert) could be a great start. The Seahawks defense has been bottom-10 this season and the 49ers have one of the best offenses in the league. This combination sounds like a recipe for a great game for the 49ers, and could be a great game for you too if you choose to start any 49ers offensive players you have on your roster. Of course, you should only start those who the 49ers will likely be starting. I think these would all be good calls as this could be a high scoring game especially for San Francisco.