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Friday, September 27, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY 49ERS-RAMS

Colin Kaepernick owners everywhere (and Anquan Boldin owners as well) could breath a little easier after seeing the 49ers dominate on both sides of the ball Thursday night over the once again hapless Rams.  Let's get to all the central storylines from the game from a fantasy football angle.

-No doubt Kaepernick owners everywhere were starting to wonder if they had a bust on their hands after the 49ers' read option QB was a complete abomination the last two weeks after a stellar opener.  Whispers that opposing defensive coordinators had figured out how to stop the read option offense intensified these worries.  However a ridiculously poor Rams defense was all that Kaepernick needed to get his season back on track as he threw for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Kaepernick also didn't throw any picks for the first time in three weeks although he lost a fumble.  Overall the yardage was not impressive but Kaepernick reached the two touchdown threshold which is the bare minimum we want out of our fantasy football QB's. 

As far as the other side was concerned, Sam Bradford as horrendous in throwing for 202 yards with 1 garbage time TD and an INT.  While I still like Bradford's arm, there are no more excuses this season with regards to him not having any help as Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, and Austin Pettis have significantly improved the passing weapons.  He remains strictly a two-QB format guy but even in that format he is a bit shaky right now.

-Frank Gore predictably had a monster game against the shoddy Rams run defense which allowed DeMarco Murray to run wild on them all afternoon last week.  Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season with 153 and his second touchdown.  A lost fumble was annoying and so was not catching any passes.  It is now BEYOND annoying how a guy who routinely caught between 40-60 passes a season can't get a sniff of the ball through the air since Jim Harbaugh became coach.  So in essence Gore is now no longer a PPR gem like he used to be which means if he doesn't have running games like he had last night, he is a liability. 

-We have reached the point where you have to cut Daryl Richardson.  Yes he has caught passes this season but rushing for only 16 yards on 12 carries last night continues to shed a spotlight on how awful his running has been.  Get him out of there.  And don't run to pick up Isaiah Pead or Zac Stacy either.

-Anquan Boldin did next to nothing like his QB the last two weeks but the two reconnected Thursday as the wideout grabbed 5 passes for 90 yards and a score.  Solid and effective.  As Kaepernick goes so goes Boldin this season.

-Vernon Davis returned from his hamstring strain and luckily for his owners one of his two catches went for a touchdown.  Looking like he was playing a bit slower than usual, Davis was not a focal point of the offense.  However he retains his knack for scoring touchowns.

-I can only say nice things about Austin Pettis as far as Rams receivers are concerned.  He is having a nice season as he caught five passes Thursday night for 59 yards.  Some PPR appeal here for sure.  That's about all I want to say about this.

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