Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams Preview 12/8/2019: Analysis, Depth Chart, Daily Fantasy

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The NFC west division rivals will face off for the second time this season. The last time these two teams met at Seattle, the Seahawks just edged out the Rams winning 30-29 a few weeks ago. The playoff picture is not impossible for the Rams however, it is extremely unlikely. The Seattle Seahawks will travel down to Los Angeles to play the Rams on primetime TV. A very competitive game between the two rivals will make for an exciting primetime matchup. If the Rams win this matchup, it will be interesting to see if it shakes up the NFC West standings. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams matchup page.

TV Schedule:

Date: December 8, 2019
Time: 8:20 PM EST
Location: LA Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, California
Coverage: NBC

Injury Report:

Seattle Seahawks Injury Report: FB Nick Bellore (D), TE Luke Wilson (D), T Duane Brown (Q), CB Neiko Thorpe (O), LB Mychal Kendricks (D), TE Jacob Hollister (Q), G Mike Iupati (Q), DE Ziggy Ansah (Q), DE Jadeveon Clowney (Q), DE Brandon Jackson (Q)

Los Angeles Rams Injury Report: T Rob Havenstein (D), DB Darious Williams (Q), TE Gerald Everett (O), T Andrew Whitworth (Q), RB Todd Gurley (Q), OLB Dante Fowler Jr. (Q), OLB Samson Ebukam (Q)

Seattle Seahawks Analysis:

Seattle SeahawksRussell Wilson has been having himself one of his best seasons of his career, being an MVP front runner for a majority of the season. Near the top of nearly every statistical category for quarterbacks including QBR, passing touchdowns, yards per completion, yards per attempt, and completion percentage. Wilson has done a lot with less than what a lot of quarterbacks are working with. Facing the LA Rams in week 14 in Los Angeles during prime time, the Seahawks are 6-0 in away games this season. Playing a divisional rival with the lead in the division already with a win over the Rams earlier in the season. The last time Russell Wilson played the Rams in week 5 he ended the game with 268 yards on 23 passing attempts, completion 73.9% of his passes, throwing for 4 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. Ending the game with a near perfect QBR rating of 151.81. However, since then the Rams have acquired star corner Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars, making things a little more difficult for Russell Wilson. So far this season, the Rams have given up the 8th fewest passing yards, 16th fewest passing touchdowns, a yards per completion of 10.0 yards (23rd in NFL), and a yards per attempt of 6.2 yards (26th in NFL). Jalen Ramsey has fortified this Rams secondary, bringing it up from a below average group in the beginning of the season to being a very competitive group. The MVP candidate will have an opportunity to show why he should win the MVP race this week against a division rival.

The Seahwks running-back situation has been interesting to watch unfold over the past few weeks. Since Seattle’s bye week in week 11, the Seahawks have been involving Rashaad Penny a lot more. Seeing 29 carries over the past 2 weeks and rushing for over 200 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns in that time. Chris Carson was still the workhorse back in week 13 against Minnesota seeing 23 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. This running-back duo will face a stout Rams rush defense that has allowed the 12th fewest rushing yards, 3rd lowest yards per carry (3.7 yards), and the 12th fewest rushing touchdowns this season. A tough matchup for these running-backs to go up against. The Seahawks are dedicated to the running-game, running the ball the 3rd most in the NFL this season. This high workload will be split between the two backs with Carson seeing a majority of the carries with Penny playing a complementary role. Unless Carson fumbles, which has been an issue for him throughout the season. The Rams have forced the 10th most fumbles this season. We have seen Pete Carroll take Chris Carosn out for a majority of the game because of his fumbling; a major concern for any Chris Carson fantasy owner.

The passing game of the Seahawks offense has been fantastic this season. Wilson has been able to spread the ball around a lot in this offense, but focusing in on Tyler Lockett and rookie D.K. Metcalf. New Seahawks receiver Josh Gordon has yet to be fully implemented into this Seahawks offense, only seeing 1 target in each of the last 2 games. Wilson was able to connect with tight-end Jacob Hollister 6 times against the Vikings last week for 44 yards. Facing an improved Rams secondary that has allowed the 8th fewest passing yards, 16th fewest passing touchdowns, a yards per completion of 10.0 yards (23rd in NFL), and a yards per attempt of 6.2 yards (26th in NFL). Theses Seahawks receivers will be up against it in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart

QB: Russell Wilson
RB1: Chris Carson
RB2: Rashaad Penny
WR1: Tyler Lockett
WR2: DK Metcalf
WR3: David Moore
TE: Luke Willson

Los Angeles Rams Analysis:

Los Angeles RamsThe Rams offense has been faltering as of recently. Jared Goff is having another bad year this season. Completing just 62.5% of his passes with 13 touchdown passes to 12 interceptions so far this year. Almost half of his interceptions coming in weeks 10-12. Finally finding some kind of groove last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Goff threw for over 400 yards with 2 touchdowns and completing 74.4% of his passes against a plus matchup. Another great matchup for Goff against the Seahawks sparks some interest. The Seahawks have allowed the 4th most passing yards, 8th fewest passing touchdowns, 14th highest yards per completion (10.7 yards), and the 14th highest yard per attempt (6.8 yards). With a few of the Seahawks pass rushers banged up this week, Goff may have some time in the pocket this week. This matchup for Goff is interesting, one of the most important games of the season for the Rams if they still want to try to make a playoff run.

The Rams rushing offense has been the biggest difference between this season and last season. The dominant run defense of the 2018 Rams has fallen apart with Todd Gurley’s knee injury at the end of last season. Only seeing more than 20 touches once this season, Gurley has clearly been limited by the Rams staff. Without seeing the same kind of passing work he was seeing last season, Gurley just isn’t the same fantasy running-back this year. Gurley is still an efficient running-back, averaging 4.2 yards per carry this season. Hopefully this limited amount of work will be exclusive to this season and we will see the old Todd Gurley next season. FAcing the Seattle Seahawks rush defense that has allowed 7th fewest rushing yards, the 9th highest yards per carry (4.6 yards per carry), and the 5th most rushing touchdowns. The low amount of rushing yards against this Seattle defense can be attributed to lack of rushing attempts against them, seeing the 3rd fewest rushing attempts. If the Rams defense can hold Seattle’s offense back and allow the Rams to get out to an early lead, the Rams can try to control the clock with Gurley and Malcolm Brown.

Jared Goff’s struggles has trickled down to the wide receivers struggling as well. The only bright spot in the Rams passing offense in Cooper Kupp. Kupp has been a fantastic receiver this season for the Rams, making up for the deficiencies of Goff. Brandin Cooks troubles have continued after his return from injury, seeing just 6 targets over the past 2 week against plus matchups. Robert Woods is a different story, seeing 27 targets over the past 2 weeks. Woods has finally been looking like the Robert Woods from last season. Facing the Seahawks secondary this week who has allowed the 4th most passing yards, 8th fewest passing touchdowns, 14th highest yards per completion (10.7 yards), and the 14th highest yard per attempt (6.8 yards). With Gerald Everett out this week against the Seahawks, who rank 30th against opposing fantasy tight-ends this season. Tyler Higbee will be stepping into the starting role in week 14. A plus matchup for these Rams wide receivers to make up for their slow start to the season.

Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart

QB: Jared Goff
RB1: Todd Gurley
RB2: Malcolm Brown
WR1: Brandin Cooks
WR2: Robert Woods
WR3: Cooper Kupp
TE: Gerald Everett

Daily Fantasy:

Tyler Higbee (DK $3,400 | FD $5,700)

A fantastic value on DraftKings, Higbee will be stepping into the starting tight-end role with Gerald Everett out this week against the Seahawks. People have been talking all season about how bad the Cardinals have been against tight-ends but the Seahawks have been nearly just as bad at defending them. Ranking 30th against opposing fantasy tight-ends, the amazing matchup and his very affordable price make Higbee a great fantasy pick at tight-end to save some money to spend up elsewhere. Higbee got a contract extension before the 2019 season which made him a top-10 paid tight-end in the NFL. With Everett out, it provides the Rams a great opportunity to see how their investment has been spent. Higbee showed what he could do against a poor defense last week against the Cardinals. Catching 7 of 8 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown totaling 20.2 fantasy points. Facing another poor defense this week, Higbee is a lock for another great fantasy performance.

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