Fantasy Football 2015: 49ers at Giants Week 5 Preview
San Francisco 49ers (1-3) at New York Giants (2-2)
Sunday, October 11, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 5 NFL action on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 5 we’ve got a cross-country NFC battle between the 49ers and the Giants. San Francisco (1-3) fell to the Packers this past Sunday, while New York (2-2) took care of business against the Bills in Week 4.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy football players on the field for this one, so let’s check out some of the key players so we can figure out what we might be expecting from our rosters in Week 5.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick put up another stinker in Week 4 against the Packers, tossing for only 160 yards and one interception. His saving grace, however, were his 57 rush yards--which led the team by far.
Kaepernick managed a good line in Week 2, but other than that he’s been pretty awful in fantasy terms. He’ll get you 4-5 points for rushing yards, but can’t get it done with his arm.
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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning had a pretty solid statistical week against the Bills, accounting for 212 yards and throwing three touchdowns.
After a crummy opener, that makes three straight weeks with at least two touchdown passes for Manning. He’s a lower-end fantasy starter, but should continue to do pretty well.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Hyde put up a stinker as well in Week 4, his worst line of the year so far. He logged just 20 yards on eight carries, with one catch for two more.
Hyde looked great in Week 1, but hasn’t come anywhere near that since. He’s a low, low flex at best.
Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Jennings got two fewer carries that Andre Williams, but came up with three more yards. The bad news is, he only had 38. That said, he did manage two grabs for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Jennings continues to get better in the receiving game, thanks to a few big plays. On the ground, however, it’s a different story. He’s probably a low-end fantasy flex that you shouldn’t get too excited about.
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: San Fran receivers had a horrid day in Week 4, with no one catching more than three balls. Smith managed two catches, leading the team with 54 yards.
Smith is capable of big numbers (like his six grabs and 120 yards with a score in Week 2), but for the most part, he--and his WR teammates--are fantasy persona non grata.
Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: Beckham didn’t do much in Week 4, coming up with just five receptions for 38 yards.
We’ll chalk that up to a good Buffalo defense and call it a hiccup week for Beckham. He’s still a solid fantasy starter in just about any fantasy league and may be able to find the end zone again here.
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