Fantasy Football 2014: Bears at 49ers 9/14/14 Week 2 Preview
Chicago Bears (0-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
Sunday, September 14, 2014 8:30 PM ET
The Week 2 installment of “Sunday Night Football” should be a pretty good game. It features the Bears heading out to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in a battle of NFC powerhouses. Chicago (0-1) is coming off a tough loss at home to the Bills in their opener, while San Francisco (1-0) made short work of the Cowboys on Sunday.
As you might expect, this game is loaded with notable fantasy contributors, so let’s take a closer look at some of the big-name players and see what we might be able to expect from our rosters in Week 2.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: As could be expected with Cutler, he put out something of a mixed bag against the Bills in the opener. He tossed for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but also coughed up a pair of tough interceptions--one at a crucial time in the fourth.
Things won’t be looking much brighter for Cutler on Sunday against the Niners, even with his bounty of talent on offense. Expect another erratic performance.
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Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: With his team up big early against the Cowboys, Kaepernick cruised the rest of the way. His final line looked pretty good, though: 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Kaepernick usually gives owners a nice bonus with rush yards, but he didn’t have to run against Dallas. We expect another big game from him against another shoddy defense this week, so keep those hopes pinned on him.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: As one of the fantasy world’s top draft picks this year, you won’t find a single league in which Forte isn’t starting. He delivered the goods Sunday, posting 169 total yards against the Bills. If there’s a drawback here, though, it’s that he was an afterthought in the red zone and didn’t score.
Still, fantasy owners should be excited with his final numbers, and if he stays healthy there’s lots more where that came from.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Every year we write Gore off as past his prime, and every year he finds a way to prove his relevance. He posted 16 carries for 63 yards, and would have gotten more looks had the game been close--it seems the team opted to keep their big guy fresh with the sizable lead.
Gore should post some more nice numbers this weekend, and we’d imagine he’ll find his way into the end zone as well.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: Marshall posted his usual workhorse outing in Week 1, logging a total of 71 yards and a score on eight grabs. He did lose a fumble, but the score made up for it.
One thing to watch this week is Marshall’s ankle. He had some difficulties with it during the loss, and will probably lose out on practice time this week because of it.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: There’s very little that Davis can’t do on a football field. He’s one of the most dynamic tight ends in the game, and a top-shelf fantasy commodity. He posted four grabs for 44 yards and a pair of scores in the Niners’ drubbing of the Cowboys, and that sort of chemistry should linger all season long. He’s in for a big day against the Bears.
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