Minnesota Vikings versus San Francisco 49ers NFL Fantasy Preview
Game 2 of the Monday Night Football doubleheader features the San Francisco 49ers facing the Minnesota Vikings. NFL fantasy football GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 10:20PM Eastern Time from San Francisco to follow the results of their drafted rosters.
The Minnesota Vikings failed to make the playoffs last year. They took a huge blow to their chances in 2014 with the suspension of Adrian Peterson. The talented running back has been reinstated to the club for the upcoming 2015 campaign.
The San Francisco 49ers appears to be a team in transition. Jim Harbaugh was let go and many of the talented 49er free agents have left the team. Head coach Jim Tomsula takes over after coaching the defensive line since 2007 for San Francisco. Many have this 49ers team heading in the wrong direction in 2015 as the team are actually an underdog at home on Monday Night Football against a team that failed to make the playoffs in 2014.
Minnesota Vikings QB:
Teddy Bridgewater in his rookie season in 2014 hit on 64% of his throws for 2919 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks. The game film shows he outperformed the rookie quarterbacks in 2014 and is accurate throwing the ball downfield. He has offensive coordinator Norv Turner tutoring him.
Minnesota Vikings RB:
Adrian Peterson played in 14 games in 2013 and ran for 1266 yards with ten touchdowns and 4.5 yards per carry. His best year was in 2012 where he rushed for 2097 yards for six yards a carry. Peterson does not contribute much in the passing game.
Minnesota Vikings WR:
Mike Wallace was acquired in the offseason to give Bridgewater a deep threat downfield. He has a very good career 15.6 yards per catch average. In 2014 Wallace caught 67 balls for 862 yards with ten touchdowns and 47 first down gains.
Charles Johnson will start opposes Wallace. The third year wide out had 31 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson averaged 15.3 yards per catch last year.
Minnesota Vikings TE:
Kyle Rudolph has had an injury plagued career. In 2014 he missed extended time and caught 24 balls for 231 yards with two touchdowns and 13 first down gains.
San Francisco 49ers QB:
Now in his fifth season starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks to improve from a poor 2014 campaign. He hit on 60% of his throws last year with 19 touchdowns and 10 picks. For fear of injury it appeared the previous coaching regime told Kaepernick to reduce his number of rushing attempts. That may change in 2015 as the 49ers quarterback if most effective when given the green light to run since he has shown the ability to do so in an intelligent manner.
San Francisco 49ers RB:
The team lost Frank Gore to free agency to the Indianapolis Colts. Former Ohio St product Carlos Hyde enters his second year with the club. A year ago Hyde had 83 rushes for 333 yards with four touchdowns. Hyde had 4.0 yards per carry average last year.
Reggie Bush comes over from Detroit and is already entering his tenth year in the league. Last year Bush had 297 yards rushing for 3.9 yards a carry. In the passing game he caught 40 passes for 253 yards and no touchdowns.
San Francisco WR:
Anquan Boldin is 34 years old and in 2014 caught 83 passes for 1062 yards with five touchdowns and 56 first down gains. Boldin averaged 12.8 yards a catch last year.
Torrey Smith the former Ravens will start for his new team on Monday. Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards with 11 touchdowns.
San Francisco TE:
Another aging veteran in the passing game for the 49ers as Vernon Davis is in his tenth year. The tight end caught 26 passes last year for 245 yards with two touchdowns. Davis went from averaging 16.3 yards a catch in 2013 to just 9.4 the next year.