Fantasy Football 2013: 49ers at Redskins Week 12 Preview
San Francisco 49ers (6-4) at Washington Redskins (3-7)
Monday, November 25, 2013: 8:40 PM (ET)
Closing out the Week 12 action on “Monday Night Football” will be a game that looked a little better on paper at the beginning of the year. The San Francisco 49ers will travel to D.C. to take on the Washington Redskins, and both teams could use a convincing victory. The 49ers (6-4) took a tough (and controversial) three-point loss in New Orleans last week, while the Redskins (3-7) blew another one against Philly.
Even with the less-than-ideal recent performances from their teams, there will be plenty of notable fantasy players out there. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the key names and see if we can figure out what to expect on our rosters.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick had a pretty rough day against the Saints in Week 11, but he ended up with an okay fantasy line. He only managed 127 yards passing, but posted two touchdowns and 25 rush yards in his team’s loss. It was his first multi-TD passing performance since Week 6. Kaepernick has shown some flashes this season, but overall it’s been a tough campaign statistically. We do expect a better game here, though.
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Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Griffin’s performance against the Eagles was downright ugly in the first half. He had jus 26 passing yards to his credit at the break, and seemed like he’d flush fantasy owners’ hopes down the tubes. He did make quite a turnaround in the second half, though, finishing with 264 pass yards, two touchdowns and 44 rush yards. Over the past two weeks, he has five passing touchdowns and 88 rushing yards, so things could definitely be worse. He’ll have a stout test against the Niners defense, though.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Ever since Week 2, Gore had posted at least 70 rush yards in every game heading into Week 11. That changed against the Saints, as he was only able to post 48 yards on the ground. He also hasn’t scored in his last two appearances after notching four touchdowns in a two-game span. Still, there’s nothing to worry about here, as Gore should continue to roll.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Morris has been a fantasy stud this season, and he kept that trend going against the Eagles last week. Though he didn’t score, he posted 93 yards on the ground, which gives him a streak of nine games with at least 70 rush yards. Morris has been held out of the end zone for the past couple of weeks, but we expect that trend to end soon. The ‘Skins will keep feeding him the ball, and he’ll get in there eventually.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: As the only realistic WR option in the Niners’ beat-up receiving corps, Boldin has been picked on a lot this season. It’s led to some uneven fantasy numbers, as well as a six-game TD drought that just ended last week. He posted 56 yards on six catches in Week 11, and he’s had at least that many in three of the last four weeks. Boldin is capable of another good day here, just hold out hope that he can find the end zone again.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: Garcon had a bit of an injury scare against Philly, exiting the game with a foot issue. He was able to return, however, and he managed six grabs for 68 yards in all. Garcon has been held without a TD for five of the last six games, so he’s tough to rely on. That said, if Griffin gets into a groove and the two connect on a couple of long passes, we could see another nice outing.
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