Fanduel NFL Week 5 NFL Picks 10/8/2017 Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams DFS Top Picks for Fanduel NFL and DraftKings
Seattle running back Chris Carson was placed on injured reserve on Monday after suffering a broken bone in his left leg in addition to a high ankle sprain during last Sunday’s 46-18 blowout of the Colts. The rookie had emerged as the Seahawks’ start running back, so they will have to turn back to Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and C.J. Prosise will Carson is sidelined. Prosise, who sat out the game with an ankle issue, is expected to return this weekend. J.D. McKissic, who saw his first action of the season this past week and scored a 30-yard touchdown, will also be in the mix. Lacy served as Carson’s primary backup and ended with a team-high 52 yards on 11 carries–43 of which came on Seattle’s final possession after Carson exited. The Rams were also 3-1 through four games last year, but no one is going to confuse that 3-1 with this one; at least not anyone who was a part of both teams. With offensive guru Sean McVay as its new head coach, Los Angeles has scored 142 points through their four contests, more than every other team and 79 more than they scored in the first quarter of the 2016 schedule. Quarterback Jared Goff (21-of-36 for 255 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers in last Sunday’s 35-30 victory over the Cowboys) has a 112.2 quarterback rating, almost double his 63.6 mark as a rookie. Goff has tossed seven touchdown passes compared to only one interception and has been sacked just four times this season. Star running back Todd Gurley (121 rushing yards, 94 receiving yards, and a touchdown against Dallas) has an NFC-leading 596 yards from scrimmage with seven touchdowns–one more than he scored in all 16 games of last season. Gurley was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 after rushing for 1,106 yards before slumping in 2016 to the tune of a 3.2 yards-per-carry average. Now it is safe to say he is back on the rise. The former University of Georgia standout also has 20 receptions for 234 yards and he is just the third running back in league history to accumulate more than 575 yards from scrimmage and score seven touchdowns in the first four games of the year (Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith). Surprisingly, the Rams have won at home in this head-to-head series in three straight years. They even swept Seattle in 2015. And all of that took place when the Rams were terrible. Now they are in Los Angeles and appear to be the real deal–at least on the offensive side of the ball.