Fantasy Football 2014: 49ers at Broncos 10/19/14 Week 7 Preview
San Francisco 49ers (4-2) at Denver Broncos (4-1)
Wrapping up the weekend action on “Sunday Night Football” we’ve got a really good-looking matchup between the 49ers and the Broncos. Denver (4-1) is coming off a road victory over the Jets in Week 6, while San Francisco (4-2) posted a comeback win over the Rams on “Monday Night Football.”
As you might expect, there will be fantasy implications all over this one, so let’s take a closer look at some of the key players out on the field and see what we should be expecting from our rosters.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick had a great outing against the Rams, and came away with an awesome fantasy line. He tossed for 343 yards and three touchdowns while adding 37 yards on the ground.
This was Kaepernick’s best performance of the year, and an exciting glimpse into what he’s capable of doing. He’s a No. 1 fantasy option, of course.
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Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: As the top QB in fantasy--and the NFL--you know exactly what you’re getting with Manning, and that’s touchdowns. Though he threw for just 237 yards against a crummy Jets secondary, he was able to record three touchdown passes (all three going to the pair of Thomases within his receiving corps).
Manning is a no-duh start each and every week. He should find success against the Niners as well.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: There’s a caution flag next to Gore these days. The Rams game was pretty poor; He rushed for just 38 yards on 16 carries for a paltry 2.4 YPC. Making matters worse, he was pulled for Carlos Hyde in critical situations throughout the game.
You can expect the rep-split to keep going here, as it’s apparently part of the Niners’ plans at RB. That’s bad news for fantasy owners, of course, so plan accordingly.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos: Hillman hit the century mark against the Jets, which is pretty promising since they’re a good run defense. He posted 100 yards on 24 carries and added a single reception for five more.
Hillman is the guy to have in the Denver backfield now that Montee Ball is gone--and maybe even after Ball gets back. We like the promising start he’s off to.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Crabtree’s yardage total in Week 6 left something to be desired (again), but things worked out since he ended up finding the end zone. He finished with 49 yards on three grabs (eight targets) and had the score.
It was Crabtree’s third straight week with under 50 receiving yards, but he still managed to get into double-digits. He’s scored in three of the last five weeks.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas was all over the place against the Jets. He came away with a whopping 124 receiving yards on 10 catches, and also added an early touchdown.
Thomas is red-hot right now, and fantasy owners are loving it. Over his last two games, he has 18 grabs for 350 yards. Not too shabby. He absolutely is a no-duh must-start WR in fantasy everywhere.
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