NFC West

NFC West Season Outlooks

Arizona Cardinals

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 8-8 6-9-1 6-10 3,640 1,386 56.70% 43.30% 35%
2016-17 7-8 6-10 10-6 3,365 1,518 63.26% 36.74% 41%
2015-16 13-3 9-7 9-7 4,616 1,917 56.58% 43.42% 47%
2014-15 11-5 11-5 5-10-1 3,808 1,308 60.38% 39.62% 40%
2013-14 10-6 10-5-1 8-8 4,002 1,540 59.31% 40.69% 34%
2012-13 5-11 6-10 7-9 3,005 1,204 65.39% 34.61% 25%

Arizona had a rough 2016 season based on their standards, but they still ranked among the top-10 in total team offense. They posted 5,868 total yards, the sixth most points scored and possess one of the most lethal offensive threats in franchise back David Johnson. Johnson was tops in all purpose yards a season ago with 2,188 yards and is expected to be a top-3 fantasy pick this season, which adds value to aging QB Carson Palmer. There haven't been any significant coaching changes, with Bruce Arians still running the show and all of his assistants kept under contract. The Cardinals will continue to run with a West Coast style scheme with plenty of throws downfield. Management left most of the 2016 offense alone during the offseason, re-signing a handful of players at key positions. The offensive line is the biggest question mark of the Cardinals offense, allowing their QB to get hit a whopping 127 times, the third most in the NFL. Long-time Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald saw 150 targets last season and is expected to be the top option yet again. Fitzgerald is a stellar WR2 option with WR1 upside due to age. Speedsters J.J. Nelson and John Brown round out the receiving corps and are locks to be drafted to fantasy teams. Involving Johnson in the passing game takes value away from Nelson and Brown, but nevertheless, the majority of the Cardinals starters are viable fantasy producers.

Los Angeles Rams

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 11-5 9-7 11-5 3,831 1,953 61.80% 38.20% 41%
2016-17 4-12 4-11-1 7-9 3,732 1,660 60.94% 39.06% 31%
2015-16 7-9 7-8-1 4-12 2,805 1,956 53.37% 46.63% 26%
2014-15 6-10 7-9 8-8 3,400 1,635 58.73% 41.27% 35%
2013-14 7-9 7-9 9-7 3,125 1,752 55.99% 44.01% 34%
2012-13 7-9 11-5 8-8 3,550 1,714 59.08% 40.92% 32%

There isn't much excitement when it comes to the Rams offense in terms of fantasy upside. Sophomore QB Jared Goff will look to prove his worth as a starting QB in the NFL and a first overall draft pick. Goff had a dreadful first seven starts, owning an abysmal 54.6 completion percentage and threw more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (5). He will likely start the season on your league's waiver wire and owners should avoid drafting him, as there are much better options available. The Rams added former Bills receiver Robert Woods in the offseason to pair alongside the speedy Tavon Austin, but neither of them have surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving marks. RB Todd Gurley is the cornerstone of the Rams offense, registering 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns his rookie season. Gurley scuffled at times last season, as teams stacked the box against him due to the Rams' woeful passing game, which led to a deflation of his yards (885) and touchdowns (7). He saw 278 rushing attempts last season. He can be safely drafted as an RB1. Rookie TE Gerald Everett is currently penciled in as the starter and expected to help this passing offense get back on track. He's a slick athlete who ended his college career off on a high-note with a stellar stat-line of 49/717/4. He won't be an impact player at first, but has value as a late sleeper draft pick. Sean McVay enters his first season as the Rams head coach after serving three years as the Redskins offensive coordinator. He will bring with him the Redskins vertical offense that has a healthy mix of screens and short angled passes to continue drives, which has the possibility of kick-starting this youthful offense.

San Francisco 49ers

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 6-10 9-7 8-8 3,925 1,664 59.60% 40.40% 39%
2016-17 2-14 4-11-1 10-6 3,848 2,654 54.02% 45.98% 35%
2015-16 5-11 7-9 7-9 3,316 1,544 59.75% 40.25% 30%
2014-15 8-8 6-10 5-11 3,063 2,176 53.42% 46.58% 40%
2013-14 12-4 11-4 8-8 2,979 2,201 47.77% 52.23% 37%
2012-13 11-5 10-6 9-7 3,298 2,491 48.66% 51.34% 35%

The 49ers don't have all that much to look forward to on offense, especially with Bryan Hoyer as the team's Week 1 starting QB. Last year's QB Colin Kaepernick wasn't offered a renewal contract and will not be apart of the 49ers organization moving forward. WR Pierre Garcon followed head coach Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco from Washington and should continue to post up respectable fantasy numbers. Garcon will likely work out of the slot for Shanahan's offense, utilizing his quickness and polished route running. He will be heavily targeted and in an offense that is craving quality pass catching wide receivers, Garcon is the best option. The 49ers passing offense won't be all that good, so expect Shanahan to feed RB Carlos Hyde the ball. Hyde has plenty of upside as a RB1 but has had some major heath issues the past three seasons. In 2016, Hyde crushed the marks he set prior, rushing for 988 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games. Shanahan's offense will open up many holes for Hyde to dart through and hopefully gain a plethora of rushing yards. San Francisco failed to add any impact playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, so another basement dwelling season for the 49ers is likely to happen. The 49ers will enter the 2017 campaign with games against the Panthers, Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams - three teams with stellar defensive units and may struggle to score in the early going.

Seattle Seahawks

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 9-7 6-9-1 7-9 3,657 1,629 61.30% 38.70% 37%
2016-17 10-5 8-8 9-7 3,612 1,487 60.18% 39.82% 38%
2015-16 10-6 8-7-1 7-9 3,790 2,268 51.64% 48.36% 46%
2014-15 12-4 10-6 8-8 3,250 2,762 48.56% 51.44% 43%
2013-14 13-3 11-4 6-10 3,236 2,188 47.29% 52.71% 37%
2012-13 11-5 11-5 8-8 3,031 2,579 45.76% 54.24% 39%

Through their two super bowl runs, Seattle's strength has been on the defensive side of the ball. However, most recently, the focus has been shifted to the Seahawks pass game. It ranks 10th in total passing yards (5,715) and scored a middling 22.1 points per game. The offense has been known to set the pass game on the ground and, in most scenarios, run the ball inside the 10-yard line and come away with six points. Once Lynch retired at the end of 2015, there was a hole the Seahawks failed to replace. Entering the 2017 season, the Seahawks added bruising running back Eddie Lacy to the fold in hopes to help the Seahawks run game will be revitalized. Lacy's career has been full of ups and downs and his biggest problem has been staying in shape. Throughout his first two seasons. Lacy proved he is a one man wrecking ball and true fantasy RB1, rushing for over 1,100 yards and racked up 20 touchdowns. Over his last two seasons, Lacy has started just 17 games totalling 1,118 yards and a measly three touchdowns. In a new power run scheme that will allow Lacy to use his big" 231 lbs frame to truck defenders and return become a dependable RB1. Receiver Doug Baldwin and quarterback Russell Wilson have transformed into superb fantasy players. Baldwin has set career-high's in almost every receiving category last season and led the league in touchdowns during the 2014 season with 14. Wilson has posted MVP-calibre numbers the last two seasons throwing over 4,000 yards and 55 touchdowns to 19 interceptions. He has a plethora of weapons at his disposal. TE Jimmy Graham joins Baldwin as another favourite receiving option of Wilson's. After a forgetful 2015 debut with the Seahawks hampered by injuries, Graham settled in to the Seahawks offensive scheme and returned to his elite production. He started each game last season and caught 41 receptions for 923 yards and six touchdowns while suiting up in all 16 games. Wilson will look to these two options more often than not and as long as the trio stays healthy, they're top options at their respective positions.

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