The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football in an epic NFC West showdown. The Sehawks can clinch a playoff berth with a win, while also keeping the division title up for grabs. The last time these two teams met, it was a 13-6 slugfest and literally the only good Thursday night game of the year. Things have changed significantly since then. As the last game of the week, it may end up deciding many fantasy championships. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.
San Francisco 49ers
Obviously, the biggest change is at QB. Colin Kaepernick won the job after an impressive schooling of the Bears. He's cooled off somewhat and is prone to mental errors, but the 2nd-year QB is a dangerous dual-threat. Start him as a QB2 with major upside.
The big news of the week is that DE Justin Smith is not expected to play. This is a huge blow to the Niners and a nice uptick to Seattle's offense. Russell Wilson has been improving by the week and is now a quality QB2 play. He's certainly not the same QB the Niners saw in Week 7. Marshawn Lynch remains matchup-proof and should be starting as an RB1 in all leagues.
Sidney Rice has a foot injury and will be a game time decision. If he can't go, Doug Baldwin will see a boost in snaps but still isn't a fantasy option.