Fantasy Football 2015: Vikings at 49ers 9/14/15 Week 1 Preview
Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
September 14, 2015 10:20 PM ET
Wrapping up the Week 1 NFL schedule on the second installment of “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got a big NFC matchup on tap between the Vikings and 49ers. These two teams have split their last pair of meetings, with San Francisco taking the most recent.
This game will make or break plenty of fantasy football weeks, so with that in mind let’s take a look at a few of the important players on each side and see what we might be expecting from our lineups.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Bridgewater is a popular sleeper pick at QB in fantasy this year, as he showed some flashes in his 13 games last season.
We’re projecting him around 3800 yards and 25 touchdowns if all goes well, along with a handful of rush yards. That’s good enough for a matchup-play backup QB, or even a low-level fantasy starter.
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Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick is another popular backup pick in fantasy. He posted 3369 yards with 19 passing touchdowns last season, and probably won’t have too much trouble duplicating those stats in 2015.
Kaepernick is working with a new OC this season, so it remains to be seen what type of impact that will have. He’s still QB2 level in fantasy.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: All eyes will be on Peterson when he takes the field on Monday, as he’s been the talk of the off-season. He played in just one game last year due to a suspension, and most people expect him to bounce back well.
Whether you call 2014 a year of rest or a year of rust, Peterson definitely carries some risk heading into this year. If things go well, however, he could be a top-shelf RB once again.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Now that Frank Gore is out in San Fran, Hyde moves into the No. 1 RB position. He posted a 4.0 YPC average in 2014 on 83 totes with four rushing touchdowns in 14 games. He’ll get significantly more opportunities this time around.
Hyde seems to have a ceiling of around 1000 rush yards with maybe 150 more through the air. That’s not bad for a flex guy in fantasy, though.
Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Last year, Charles added himself to the list of notable NFL wide receivers with the name Johnson. He grabbed 45 balls over the final seven games, totaling 415 yards and showed some nice chemistry with Bridgewater.
Johnson is a popular breakout candidate in fantasy for 2015, and should see some more action with former Dolphin Mike Wallace in the mix.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Boldin recorded a pretty good stat line in 2014, coming down with 83 catches for 1062 yards and five touchdowns. That leads to some reasonably high hopes for him in 2015, even with former Raven Torrey Smith in the mix now.
Boldin has a legitimate chance to bag 80 catches for 1000 yards and six touchdowns if everything goes smoothly. He should end up as a nice overall fantasy play.
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