Fantasy Football 2013: 49ers at Seahawks Week 2 Preview
Week 2 Fantasy Outlook: 49ers at Seahawks Preview Week 2
September 15, 2013 8:30 PM ET
There are several interesting matchups during Week 2 of the NFL schedule, and we’ll have a big one coming our way Sunday night. The 49ers (1-0) will be traveling to Seattle to take on the Seahawks (1-0) in an NFC West matchup that could have huge implications later in the season. The reigning conference champ Niners are coming off a big (and close) win over the Packers in Week 1, while the Seahawks took care of the Panthers in a cross-country road game. The stadium will be rocking for this one, so it should make for some great entertainment to close out the weekend.
We’ll be seeing plenty of fantasy contributions from both sides in this game, so let’s take a closer look at the major names who will be having an impact on your roster in Week 2.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick made a big splash in Week 1 in a shootout against the Packers, earning his status as a No. 1 fantasy QB. He finished with a whopping 412 yards through the air, adding three touchdowns to the mix. We may have a new favorite WR here, as Kaepernick targeted veteran Anquan Boldin (who we’ll get to in a minute) 17 times on the day. Things won’t be quite so easy against the Seahawks defense (and the crowd) on Sunday, but Kaepernick is an obvious must-start in fantasy.
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Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson did pretty well against the Panthers in Week 1, but didn’t produce the eye-popping numbers that Kaepernick did. He finished with a 25-of-33 line for 320 yards and a score. Pretty good against an underrated Panthers defense. Wilson is a borderline starter in most mid-sized leagues, but if you’ve got another attractive option sitting on your bench, you might want to go that route this week. He likely won’t be able to handle the San Francisco defense like Aaron Rodgers did.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Gore didn’t come away with a spectacular game against the Packers, but he got the job done. After struggling early, he ended up with 44 yards and a score on 21 carries, which is about all you can ask from him. The big fantasy drawback here is determining how much of the load Gore will have to share with Kendall Hunter on Sunday night. He’s still a No. 2 RB play--but if he doesn’t score he’ll probably come away with some lousy fantasy numbers.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch was the focal point of the Panthers defense in Week 1, and it showed on the stat sheet. He was limited to just 43 yards rushing on 17 carries for an average of 2.5 YPC. That can be attributed to a pretty strong D-line in Carolina, so don’t get too concerned just yet. Lynch has had success against the Niners recently, surpassing the century mark in each of their last three matchups.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: For how late most owners drafted Boldin, he was on the bench in most leagues. He had a head-slappingly good stat line in Week 1, however, racking up 208 yards and a score on 13 grabs. That’s the most receptions he’s had in a game since 2008. Will he be able to do it again? Not on that level, but he is starting to make sense as a WR3 in most leagues. Give Boldin a spin if you’re doubtful of your other starting option.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Golden Tate is the main receiving option for the Seahawks, but Baldwin made his presence known on Sunday. He finished the game with 91 yards on eight grabs, and he’s a trendy waiver wire add this week because of it. We still think Tate will be the man in Seattle, but Baldwin makes a solid case for himself as a fantasy pickup, especially in PPR formats.
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