Cardinals (1-3) vs 49ers (1-3)

The Arizona Cardinals are plagued by turnovers of late. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton will start Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers (Enter contests). With veteran Carson Palmer ruled out due to concussion, Stanton will be left looking to conjure the magic that saw him pull a 5-3 mark out of his hat during a stint in 2014.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS

Stanton struggled mightily in taking over for the concussed Palmer on Sunday, completing just 4-of-11 passes in a 17-13 setback to Los Angeles and his two interceptions upped Arizona’s turnover total to nine during its two-game skid. Arizona has not scored in the first quarter this season and was blanked over the first 15 minutes of a contest in six straight dating to 2015.

David Johnson (64 carries, 300 yards, three TDs) leads the NFL with 510 yards from scrimmage and has recorded 100 or more total yards in all four contests this season and eight of his last nine games. Johnson amassed 124 from scrimmage (83 rushing, 41 receiving) versus the Rams, but the workload was decidedly different in last year’s season series with San Francisco (15 carries, 46 yards). The 24-year-old is spelled by Andre Ellington, as veteran Chris Johnson (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Tyvon Branch is also placed on injured reserves. Fellow safety Tyrann Mathieu will temporarily move to the slot while D.J. Swearinger plays in nickel packages. Cardinals LBs Chandler Jones and Markus Golden each have recorded a sack in all four contests this season.

ABOUT THE 49ERS

The 49ers had no such issue against the Rams with a 28-0 season-opening shellacking, but the defense of Chip Kelly’s club summarily has been shredded to the tune of 458.3 yards and 35.7 points per contest during its three-game losing streak. To add injury to insult, four-time NFL All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman sustained a torn left Achilles in Sunday’s 24-17 setback to Dallas and will miss the rest of the season.

San Francisco collected eight takeaways in its first three games to provide a helping hand for the NFL’s 28th-ranked offense, which scored a league-best 45 points off the turnovers after mustering an NFL-worst 25 for the entire 2015 season. The 49ers failed to force a turnover versus the Cowboys on Sunday and Blaine Gabbert’s fourth interception of the season ended his team’s bid for an upset. Carlos Hyde (73 carries, 299 yards, NFC-best five TDs) is averaging 4.9 yards per rush over his last two games, but got limited to just 51 yards in a 47-7 loss at Arizona on Sept. 27. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who had six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown last week, leads the team in catches (18) and receiving yards (202).

Posted in NFL

Seattle Seahawks versus San Francisco 49ers Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks 10-22-2015

It will be a battle in the NFC West from Thursday Night Football as the San Francisco 49ers will be hosting the Seattle Seahawks. DFS draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 22nd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day league rosters.

Both teams are 2-4 as they enter play on Thursday night. Seattle has dominated the 49ers in recent years as they have won three straight and five of their past six games. The 49ers had trouble scoring on the Seattle defense last year with just seven points on the road and three points at home in their two regular season games. This may be a different defense for Seattle than in previous seasons. They have lost two straight blowing fourth quarter leads in each game. There is some turmoil amongst the secondary as there have been blown coverages and heated discussions on the field between the Seahawks personnel. The Seattle defense surrendered 135 rushing yards and 248 yards passing to the Panthers last week. What was more surprising is the fact that the Seahawks allowed three rushing touchdowns to Carolina last week in front of their home fans. The Seahawks offense sits 27th in passing yards and has contributed to a 22 points per game average which ranks in the lower half of the league.

The San Francisco 49ers broke a four game losing streak last week as they defeated the Baltimore Ravens by the score of 25-20. The 49ers exploited a bad Ravens pass defense as quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 16 passes but they went for 340 yards and two touchdowns. The team needs to be better in the red zone as the club was a disappointing 0 of 3 in their red zone drives. The 49ers have defended better at home. At home to Minnesota they allowed three points, home to Green Bay 17 points and 20 points last week to the Ravens. San Francisco has struggled offensively as they are 30th in total offense by pushing across 321 yards per game.

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

The fourth year pro is hitting on 69% of his throws for 1433 yards with seven touchdowns and three picks. He is not afraid to run the football with 45 carries for 251 yards for 5.6 yards per carry. In the loss to the Panthers, Wilson was 18 for 30 for 241 yards with a touchdown. Wilson has a touchdown pass in each game this year.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Thomas Rawls

Marshawn Lynch has been hobbled by a hamstring problem and his numbers are way down. Rookie Thomas Rawls has 59 carries for 334 yards and a touchdown. He had a big game at Cincinnati where he had 23 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown. With Lynch hurt expect Rawls to get carries on a short week.

Seattle Seahawks TE:

Jimmy Graham

The tight end leads the club with 29 catches for 344 yards with two touchdowns. He caught eight balls last week against Carolina for a season high for 140 yards and 17.5 yards per catch average.

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Doug Baldwin

The fifth year wide out leads the unit with 26 catches for 291 yards with two touchdowns. He has only been targeted an average of 3 ½ times the past four games. Last week Baldwin had three catches for 23 yards.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Colin Kaepernick

After a bad start Colin Kaepernick has improved his play against the Giants and Ravens the past two weeks. The issue is that those two teams are very bad pass defenses. Kaepernick threw for 340 yards as he hit on 16 of 27 with two touchdowns and no picks last week on the Ravens.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

Carlos Hyde

The 49ers back has rushed it 104 times for 430 yards and three touchdowns. He had just 55 yards on 21 carries last week.

San Francisco 49ers WR:

Anquan Boldin

Boldin leads the team with 28 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He has picked up his production the past two weeks with 107 yards receiving against the Giants and 102 yards last week against the Ravens.

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Russell Wilson (Seahawks)

RB: Thomas Rawls (Seahawks)

WR: Anquan Boldin (49ers), Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)

TE: Jimmy Graham (Seahawks)

Posted in NFL

San Francisco 49ers versus New York Giants

Sunday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks 10-11-2015

The New York Giants will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to NBC TV on October 11th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their NFL roster picks.

This San Francisco 49ers team is a much different club than the one that defeated the Giants 16-10 on the road last year. There has been a head coaching change as well as heavy turnover on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The 49ers drop to 1-3 after they lose 17-3 to the Green Bay Packers at home last week. San Francisco has been held to seven or fewer points in their past two games. The offense is 31st in yards per game (289), 32nd and last in passing yardage (158 per game) and 32nd and last in the league in scoring (12 per game). Over on defense the 49ers sit 29th and fourth last in the league by allowing 27.5 points per game.

The Giants sit at 2-2 and is on a two game win streak with a home win to Washington and a road victory at Buffalo last week. In their 24-10 victory against the Bills it was a good performance by the New York defense by limiting the Buffalo run game to just 55 yards on 24 carries. They were also aided to victory by 17 Bills penalties for 135 yards. The Giants are the number one run defense in the NFL by allowing 69 yards per game on the ground. The offensive numbers have not been trending in the top half of the league but the Giants rank 9th best in scoring offense by producing 25.5 points per game.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Colin Kaepernick

The 49ers signal caller is hitting on 62% of his throws for 727 yards with two touchdowns and five picks. He completed 52% of his throws last week against Green Bay with a pick and 160 yards.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

Carlos Hyde

The replacement for Frank Gore has rushed 62 times for 282 yards with two touchdowns. He is running for 4.5 yards a carry on the season but has ran for 3.3 yards per rush in week two, 3.4 yards a carry in week three and a miserable 2.5 yards a carry last week at home to Green Bay as he ran for 20 yards on eight carries.

San Francisco 49ers WR:

Torrey Smith

The fifth year wide out has caught nine passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Over the past two weeks Smith has caught just two balls for 54 yards.

Anquan Bolden

Bolden has 15 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. It has been a poor past couple of games for the 35 year old wide receiver with five catches for a total of 28 yards.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The 12 year veteran has hit on 63% of his throws for 976 yards with seven touchdowns and only one pick. He has had issues with interceptions the past several years and in 2015 he has avoided the multi-pick game. In the win at Buffalo Manning completed 20 of 35 throws for 212 yards with three touchdowns and one pick.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

Jennings is splitting carries with Andre Williams and even Shane Vereen is taking carries away from him. The seventh year back has 42 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. Last week at Buffalo Jennings had nine carries for 38 yards. He did catch two balls for 54 yards and a touchdown.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham Jr. has caught 24 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. In his two home games against Washington and Atlanta the second year wide receiver caught a combined 14 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

Rueben Randle

Randle is being asked to step up his game with the injury to Victor Cruz. The fourth year receiver has 14 catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He had one good game in his four games this year. It came in week three with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

NFL Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks

QB: Eli Manning (Giants)

RB: Shane Vereen (Giants)

WR: Odell Beckham Jr (Giants), Rueben Randle (Giants)

TE: Garrett Celek (49ers)

Posted in NFL

NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-4-2015

Green Bay Packers versus San Francisco 49ers NFL Fantasy Preview 10-4-2015

The San Francisco 49ers returns home as they meet the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV on October 4th at 4:25PM Eastern Time to follow the results on their roster picks.

The Packers are off to a 3-0 start to the season and will be playing on a short week after a home victory on Monday Night Football to the Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 38-28. Green Bay has been high scoring this year putting up no less than 27 points to any one opponent. The team ranks fourth best in points scored at 32 a game. They are eighth best in total yards as they gain 377 yards per contest. In their home win to KC the Packers opened up an early 24-7 halftime lead. They finished the game with 448 yards of offense and went 4 of 5 inside the red zone. At issue for the Packers defense is they did surrender four touchdowns to Kansas City in all four of their red zone opportunities.

The San Francisco 49ers limp home at 1-2 after dropping two straight games by huge margins on the road. In week two they travel to Pittsburgh and get walloped 43-18. Then the following week they head to division rivals the Arizona Cardinals and are crushed 47-7 in a disheartening defeat. It is very rare in the NFL to see a professional team get beat down in back to back games. There is usually a positive response from a team the following week after a bad loss. It didn’t happen and that causes some red flags around this 49ers team and making matters worse they employ a rookie head coach who could be losing some of the team in the process. In their loss last week to the Cardinals the 49ers were down 31-7 at the half. They gained just 156 yards for the entire game while allowing Arizona 446 offensive yards. The 49ers turned the ball over four times and had a -3 turnover margin for the game.

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers

The Packers signal caller has completed 73% of his throws this year for 771 yards with ten touchdowns and no picks. Last week against the Chiefs Rodgers threw for 333 yards and had five touchdown passes with no picks.

Green Bay Packers RB:

Eddie Lacy

Lacy had ten carries against Kansas City for 46 yards. He contributed on Monday Night Football in the passing game catching three balls for 41 yards. He was forced to leave the game in week two against the Seahawks with an ankle injury so his workload was light in week three.

Jason Starks

The veteran back had 39 carries for 129 yards and no touchdowns. Starks is running for just 3.3 yards on the year. He got the bulk of the work last week with 17 carries for 32 yards but had a very poor 1.9 yards a carry average. If Lacy is healthy he should get the bulk of the carries in this spot unless there is a Packers blowout then Starks would see significant work in the second half.

Green Bay Packers WR:

Randall Cobb

Cobb leads the team with 20 catches for 245 yards with four touchdowns. He had three touchdown catches on Monday night.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Colin Kaepernick

The fifth year quarterback is coming off one of his worst days as a pro last week by passing for 67 yards on 9 of 19 completions and four interceptions.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

Carlos Hyde

Hyde has got the bulk of the work at running back and has 54 carries for 262 yards and two touchdowns. After a 168 yard rushing performance in week one against the Vikings with 6.5 yards per run average, Hyde has averaged 3.3 yards a carry at Pittsburgh and 3.4 yards a carry at Arizona.

San Francisco 49ers WR:

Torrey Smith

Smith had a nice performance against the Steelers in week two with six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. In week one and three he combined for just one catch.

Posted in NFL

NFL Fantasy Draft News 9-16-2015

San Francisco 49ers versus Pittsburgh Steelers One Day League NFL Fantasy Picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the San Francisco 49ers in week two action. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time on Sunday September 20th to follow the results of their rosters.

Many were down on this San Francisco 49ers team as the club lost many of their stars in free agency. Pundits were not too excited with Jim Tomsula replacing Jim Harbaugh as the head coach. Tomsula has a defensive background with the 49ers for several years and it was on display as the 49ers win on Monday night by limiting the Vikings to just three points for the game. The San Francisco run game generated over five yards a carry on the Vikings defense. The 49ers defense limited the Vikings to just 248 yards of offense.

The Steelers opened up with the New England Patriots on a Thursday night. The team struggled on the defensive side of the football in a 28-21 road defeat at New England. The Pittsburgh pass defense was sliced up in the loss as they allowed Tom Brady to throw for 288 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers will ground and pound but the Steelers limited the Patriots to just 80 rushing yards on 24 carries which amounted to less than four yards per rush.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Colin Kaepernick was 17 of 26 for 165 yards last week with no touchdown passes. His longest gain in the passing game went for 20 yards. There is talk around the league that Kaepernick will be allowed to run more than in the past with Harbaugh. Last week the 49er signal caller rushed for 41 yards on seven carries for nearly 6 yards per attempt.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

Carlos Hyde is the guy now in San Francisco with veteran running back Frank Gore allowed to walk in free agency. Hyde had a monster fantasy performance with 26 rushing attempts for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

San Francisco 49ers TE:

Vernon Davis had a forgettable 2014 season. His fantasy numbers were way down. In week one he caught three passes for 47 yards for 15.7 yards per catch average. That was more like the Vernon Davis that draft GM’s know and love.

Pittsburgh Steelers QB:

Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a career year in 2014 as he had high’s in many passing categories. Against the Patriots defense Big Ben hit 68% of his throws for 351 yards with a touchdown and pick. He did find a run option in Deangelo Williams last week as Le’Veon Bell will serve his second game of a suspension on Sunday. But don’t believe for a minute that the Steelers will try and run on San Francisco after what they did to Adrian Peterson. Roethlisberger will be firing away downfield to his weapons in the passing game.

Pittsburgh Steelers RB:

DeAngelo Williams will be the featured back once again in week two. Williams rushed 21 times for 127 yards for 6 yards per carry average on the Patriots defense.

Pittsburgh Steelers WR:

Antonio Brown will be heavily targeted once again. He led Pittsburgh in week one with nine receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown. He averaged a very good 14.7 yards per catch average with the entire world knowing that Big Ben was going his way.

Darrius Heyward-Bey came over from the Oakland Raiders and contributed in week one for Pittsburgh with four catches for 58 yards for 14.5 yards per catch average.

Pittsburgh Steelers TE:

Heath Miller sees a lot of time on the field because he is a very good run blocker. That allows Miller to get targeted in the passing game. In week one Miller caught eight balls for 88 yards for a very good 10.5 yards per catch average.

Posted in NFL

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.

Posted in NFL