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Friday, November 2, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: RAIDERS/49ERS

-Kurt Warner anyone?  Wow it was certainly an impressive debut for San Francisco 49ers undrafted third-string QB Nick Mullens who completed 16-of-22 passes for 262 yards with 3 touchdowns to torch the Oakland Raiders in the lopsided win.  Despite not having much in the way of size, Mullens was very decisive with his throws and showed very good accuracy as he was in completely control throughout.  I tweeted last night that I had flashbacks to Kurt Warner's debut when he exited the grocery store where he stocked shelves and then engineered one of the greatest rags-to-riches careers in NFL history.  Now I am certainly not suggesting this is where Mullens is headed but the confidence and accuracy was very apparent and operating in a Kyle Shanahan offense always has its pluses.  The fun should continue too as Mullens will get the decimated New York Giants defense the next time out (there is no decision for Shanahan to make here other than to give the kid another start) and so those in two QB formats should absolutely take a look here.

-Welcome back to the end zone Pierre Garcon.  The always underrated San Francisco 49ers wideout caught three balls for 56 yards and a score Thursday as he quickly became a key target of QB Nick Mullens.  While it has been a tough go of it for Garcon of late due primarily to injuries, he should be watched next week to see if he can build off such an outing and become useful again for fantasy purposes.

-We said from the start of the season that San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was set to be a huge sleeper and boy has the kid come through.  While injuries are always a threat here, Kittle has been terrific when on the field as he was Thursday in catching 4 balls for 101 yards and a score.  Think Zack Ertz with better speed here as a lofty comparison and already we can grade Kittle as a top-five tight end given what we have seen so far this season.

-The Raiders are giving the Giants a firm challenge for the number 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft as QB David Carr and the entire offense was abysmal last night.  As far as Carr was concerned, he completed 16-of-22 throws for 171 yards with no TD's or INT's and took six sacks.  Carr can't take all the blame since the Raiders O-line can't block your grandmother but bout has his career spiraled out of control to the point a benching could be imminent for backup A.J. McCarron.  Obviously Carr has zero fantasy football value but this is becoming quite the horror show even the biggest Raiders haters couldn't have anticipated.

-Tough break literally for 49ers running back Raheem Mostert who suffered an ugly broken arm Thursday night that will finish his season.  The real shame is that Mostert was terrific before the break as he rushed for 86 yards and a score on just 7 carries but now this puts more value on Matt Breida and gets the slow as molasses Alfred Morris back into some carries.

-Nothing doing for Raiders tight end Jared Cook who despite the nice matchup on paper, caught just two balls for 20 yards Thursday.  By now it has become common knowledge that Cook can't ever find consistency but his occasional big games always keep us coming back.  Resist this urge going forward if you can.


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