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Fantasy Football 2013: 49ers at Rams Week 4 Preview

San Francisco 49ers (1-2) at St. Louis Rams (1-2)

Thursday, September 26, 8:25 PM (ET)

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Now that the bulk of the NFL’s Week 3 games have been played, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 4. Kicking things off on “Thursday Night Football” will be the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams. Both teams are coming off losses in Week 3: the Niners (1-2) were stagnant on both sides of the ball against the Colts; the Rams (1-2) didn’t fare much better against the Cowboys. Both teams desperately need a win in order to regain some traction in their division, so it’ll be a very important matchup this Thursday.
That said, there are plenty of notable fantasy contributors in this one, so let’s take a look forward to the game and see what we should be expecting on our rosters.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers’ receiving corps is in a state of disarray, and that’s taken its toll on Kaepernick’s fantasy value. He posted another ugly outing in Week 3, tallying a 13-for-27 line with a pick and no scores. That gives him four interceptions and no TDs in the last two weeks--both blowout losses. If Vernon Davis can get healthy for Thursday, we’ll feel better about recommending Kaepernick for a fantasy start. Until then, we’re on the fence about it.

Fantasy Football 2013: 49ers at Rams Week 4 Preview

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Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: Through the first three quarters of play in Week 3, Bradford had amassed just 115 passing yards. He surged in the fourth to post a respectable overall line, however: 29-for-48 for 240 yards, one TD and no picks. He was also sacked six times thanks to the absence of tackle Rodger Safford. Bradford is probably sitting on your fantasy bench (unless you’re in a 2-QB league), and we’d suggest keeping him there until you get a favorable matchup. This isn’t it.

Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Gore posted an okay line in Week 3, but there’s some controversy brewing around him this week. He finished with 103 total yards, but only got 11 carries--and just four touches in the second half. Part of that may have been due to him getting his ankle taped during the game, but suffice to say Gore wasn’t happy about it. He was reportedly yelling at coach Jim Harbaugh late in the game. It remains to be seen what Harbaugh will do about that, so Gore remains a somewhat risky--yet necessary--start here.

Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: Richardson had a disastrous day against Dallas, playing just one snap before getting hurt and coming out of the game. He got his foot stepped on, and though we’ll have to wait to get his official status for Thursday, it’s not looking to good for him to be ready. Keep Richardson on your bench, and look toward Isaiah Pead for an RB option this week. He probably won’t dazzle you with numbers, but he’s a healthy body to plug in.

Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Boldin has been just about the only reliable receiving option for the 49ers, but that’s really not saying much. He had an okay day against the Colts, posting 67 yards on five grabs. That’s far better than his one-catch, seven-yard performance in Week 2, but still not what fantasy owners expected. Davis’ potential return will play into Boldin’s reliability, as a healthy Davis can take some of the attention away from Boldin. He’s a mid-level play with decent potential.

Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams: We could have discussed a few different players in this space (Jared Cook, Chris Givens, etc.) but decided to go with Austin since he’s the most buzz-worthy in fantasy--not to mention the team leader in receptions. Though Week 3 was a downer for him (30 yards and no scores) he racked up another six grabs, giving him 18 on the year. Austin has cemented himself as an integral part of the Rams’ attack, so he’s a good lower-end WR in fantasy.

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