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Friday, October 7, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: 49ERS/CARDINALS

It was a painful experience but we got through the Thursday Night Football matchup between the San Francsico 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.  Not much fantasy football news emanating out of it but let's discuss anyway.

-We all know that San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert is one of the worst QB's in the league but now his job is in jeopardy after another ugly outing last night.  Gabbert completed 18-of-31 throws for 162 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT.  Gabbert also picked up a garbage-time rushing score but his outing was ridiculous as everything was short or a dumpoff.  After the game, Chip Kelly hinted that Colin Kapernick could start in Week 6 and honestly I am shocked it took this long.  No fantasy football move needs to be made for the anthem kneeler.

-I said prior to the game that Larry Fitzgerald would be the only Arizona wideout worth starting with the noodle-armed Drew Stanton under center and boy was that spot on as the slot man caught 6 passes for 81 yards and a score.  Consider that Michael Floyd (0 catches) and John Brown (1 catch) were completely invisible. The Hall of Famer is still on top of his game and in PPR leagues he is even a top WR 2.

-David Johnson was predictably a big weapon for Arizona in trying to control the lock and he was well up to the task in rushing for a monstrous 157 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries.  Johnson also added 3 catches for 28 yards.  It is outing like this that show you why Johnson was a top three pick in most fantasy football leagues and with Chris Johnson now hurt, bellcow carries will continue.  Earning back every penny of his draft cost so far.

-Jeremy Kerley is a bad QB's best friend as his short routes are often all they can complete like with Gabbert.  He had a nice game Thursday night after we told you to start him as he caught 8 passes for 102 yards and a score.  In PPR formats, Kerley is a decent WR 3 and even in standards he is becoming usable.  If Kaepernick and his stronger arm gets into the game next week, Kerley's stock could rise a bit more.

-Carlos Hyde did a PPR thing last night himself and that is shocking since he has always been knocked for not being able to catch a pass.  While he rushed for 78 yards and a score on 22 carries, Hyde also caught 6 passes for 36 more yards.  Don't count on receptions numbers like this each week but Hyde is showing like we saw with Mark Ingram last season that he can catch the ball after being knocked earlier on that side of the offensive attack. 


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