by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/20/13) Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman (hip) was held out of Friday's practice, but the team is not concerned about the injury. He is one of four defensive players listed as probable on the injury report for Week 16 against the Cardinals.
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/19/13) Carson Palmer has a bad elbow and ankle. Larry Fitzgerald is dealing with concussion issues. Michael Floyd seems to be playing through a bad ankle. Andre Ellington bruised his hip in Week 15. Rob Housler missed last week's game with a groin injury. And this is an Arizona team that already ranks just 19th in total offense.
Now throw into the mix a Seattle defense that has allowed the 10th-fewest rushing yards on the season, and fewest passing yards. The Seahawks have scored at least 20 Fantasy points in three of the last four weeks. They have eight games with multiple interceptions, and when the Cardinals and Seahawks first met, in Week 7, they sacked Palmer seven times en route to a 17-Fantasy point performance.
Sunday's game between the two teams should be a defensive battle, with a banged-up Cardinals roster being an easy target for an on-fire Seahawks DST. They are a must-start for Week 16.
Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/18/13) Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the league announced. He played in eight games this season and had been out recently with a groin injury.
Byron Maxwell has first multi-interception game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) After getting his first career interception Week 14, Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell bounced back in Week 15 at N.Y. Giants to record the first multi-interception game of his career.
Maxwell finished with just one solo tackle, but he tied fellow cornerback Richard Sherman with a team-high three pass defenses. Sherman also had two interceptions of Eli Manning.
Maxwell continues to play well in the absence of Brandon Browner, who continues to sit out with a groin injury. Maxwell has totaled three interceptions and eight pass defenses in three December games.
Earl Thomas ties career high in interceptions
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Seahawks safety Earl Thomas came away with the fifth interception of Giants quarterback Eli Manning during a 23-0 win Week 15. Thomas got a little assist from Richard Sherman, who batted away a 13-yard touchdown pass intended for Hakeem Nicks in the fourth quarter, which was caught on the deflection by Thomas.
It was Thomas' first interception in seven games but fifth on the season, which tied a career high from his rookie season.
Thomas totaled four tackles (one solo) in the game, bringing his season total to 93. He already has a career-high 72 solo tackles, but needs just six more tackles over the last two games to set a new career high in total tackles.
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The Seahawks DST turned out to be among the best units in 2012, and they should continue to produce at a high level this season. The Seahawks were No. 3 in Fantasy points in standard leagues last year with 36 sacks, 13 fumble recoveries, 18 interceptions and six defensive touchdowns. They scored at least 16 Fantasy points seven times, including 45 points in Week 14 against the Cardinals. The Seahawks reached double digits in Fantasy points in all but four games, and they should be dominant again. We consider the Seahawks DST a No. 1 option in all leagues, and they are worth drafting with a late-round pick. (Updated 4/26/13)