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Seahawks or Eagles D/ST in Wild Card DFS

Neither defense performed at a high level during the regular season but one does draw some sneaky appeal in their Wild Card matchup.

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert rushes for a touchdown against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin and defensive back Lano Hill during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

While everyone offensively has been going down due to injury for the Eagles D/ST ($3,200), has, for the most part, remained healthy. At the conclusion of the regular season, they averaged 7.1 DKFP with 11 interceptions and 43 sacks. As for the Seahawks D/ST ($3,400) they averaged 7.8 DKFP with 16 interceptions but only 28 sacks, which was one of the lowest in the league.

Daily fantasy football analysis: Seahawks D/ST, Eagles D/ST

When the year began, the Seahawks were consistently one of the most expensive defenses to play. Well, this isn’t the Seahawks of old, folks. They ended the regular season scoring double-digit fantasy points in only five of their 16 games and averaged just 1.7 sacks per game. Before you completely write them off though, this matchup could be one of those games where they come through.

It’s no secret the Eagles are essentially looking to put bodies on the field offensively. Key injuries to DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz have forced the Eagles into a much different looking offense. Remarkably, Carson Wentz ($10,600) hasn’t been picked off much this season but at some point, that trend can’t continue. We also can’t discount the number of fumbles lost by Wentz, who ended with seven for a three-way tie for the second-most in the league. To end the year, Wentz fumbled the ball in seven-straight games for a total of 13, five of which were lost. It’s opportunities like this that could make the Seahawks D/ST the one to play.

The Eagles D/ST is a tough sell for me in this game. While they do have one of the best pass rushes in the league, Russell Wilson ($11,600) was able to still do some damage in those scenarios. Despite only a 50.6% completion, he threw for 10 touchdowns and 7.2 YPA in that situation. Their secondary also ranks amongst the worst in the league, allowing an average of 175 receiving yards to opposing receivers and the 21 touchdowns scored were the third-most in the league. The Seahawks are passing on 60% of their offensive snaps and have lost their RB1 and RB2 in Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. For what it’s worth when Carson was off the field this season, the Seahawks passed on 58% of their offensive plays compared to the 49% when he was on. A more pass-heavy approach could really put the Eagles secondary on the ropes, which wouldn’t help their potential fantasy production.

Daily fantasy recommendation

While the Seahawks may not feel like the attractive play, I would feel much safer using them over the Eagles. With the turnovers the Eagles and more specifically, Carson Wentz, could generate, I think they’re the one worthy of using.