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San Francisco 49ers
Giants Stadium | Sunday, October 19 | 1:00 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Giants 31, 49ers 13
New York Giants
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJ.T. O'Sullivan
165 pass yards, 3 INT
It was a great story while it lasted but JTO has been exposed for all of his flaws in recent weeks. He passed for only 199 yards and 0 TDs last week against the Eagles and he's thrown seven INTs in his last three games. The Giants were humiliated at Cleveland in Week 6 so look for them to dial up the aggression and the blitzes and pound O'Sullivan into submission. He's a poor fantasy starter this week.
RBFrank Gore
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Gore remains the constant in the 49ers offense. He rushed for 101 yards and a TD and caught three passes last week against the Eagles. The Giants give up only 94.4 rushing yards a game but you start Gore against any defense because he'll deliver nine times out of 10. He's quite simply a stud.
WRIsaac Bruce
3 rec, 30 yards
Bruce's run of productive fantasy games came to a crashing halt last week as he caught only two passes in the loss to Philadelphia. O'Sullivan's inability to get the ball to him killed his potential and you should expect more of the same this week on the road against a very good defense. Don't give up on Bruce as he'll be a fine WR3 when the matchup is right. But the matchup is very wrong this week so bench him on Sunday.
WRArnaz Battle
3 rec, 25 yards
Battle led the Niners WRs in receptions last week, catching three passes for 39 yards. He'll surprise once or twice more this week with quality games but this week won't be one of them. Keep him benched.
TEVernon Davis
4 rec, 45 yards
Where did that come from? After being a fantasy bum for the first five games, Davis erupted in Week 6 with six passes for 75 yards. Is this the start of a rebound for Davis? I'm not entirely sold on that. But he is worth rostering in the event that things will get better. It's also worth noting that the Giants had all sorts of problems with Cleveland TE Steve Heiden in Week 6 so Davis has a chance this week. He's extremely risky but at this position he's worth a gamble if you really need the help.
KJoe Nedney
1 PAT, 2 FGs
Nedney had a huge game in Week 6, four FGs (including a 53-yard effort) in the loss to the Eagles. He's a fine kicker so he always has some upside even when the matchup is tough. That's the case this week so temper your expectations but if you're really in dire need of a kicker, he could come through with a decent game.
Defense
1 sack, 1 INT
The Niners are doing a poor job of keeping points off the scoreboard as they are giving up 27.8 points per game. They struggle against both the run and pass and will break often against the Giants' offense. They are a poor fantasy option this week.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBEli Manning
305 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Manning looked terrible in the Week 6 loss to the Browns. He made several poor decisions and finished with only 196 yards passing. He'll bounce back against a 49ers pass defense that gives up 226.3 yards a game. He killed his fantasy owners last week but he'll make them proud on Sunday.
RBBrandon Jacobs
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 110 rush yards, 2 rush TD
Jacobs scored early against the Browns but once the Giants fell behind he was taken out of the gameplan and got only 14 carries in the game. That won't be the case this week against a soft San Francisco defense that gives up 124.2 rushing yards a game. Jacobs will get the rock early and often and deliver a big game for his fantasy owners.
RBDerrick Ward
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 55 rush yards
Ward was a big hit last week against Cleveland, rushing for 101 yards on only 10 carries. Most of his production came late in the game, however, when the Browns were playing soft to prevent big plays in the passing game. So another 100-yard game is unlikely this week. But he should get 8-10 carries a game so if you need a RB to get you 50-60 yards in a flex role Ward is worth a look.
WRPlaxico Burress
7 rec, 120 yards, 1 TD
Burress returned from his one-game team suspension last week and caught four passes for 58 yards and a TD against the Browns. He didn't appear to be on the same page with Manning on several passes but I expect the two of them to work the kinks out in practice this week. This is a prime matchup against a 49ers secondary that gives up numerous big plays so look for Burress to have a huge game on Sunday.
WRAmani Toomer
3 rec, 40 yards
After several solid games in a row, Toomer soiled the bed in Week 6, failing to catch a pass. The ony pass thrown in his direction was intercepted and returned 94 yards for a touchdown. I expect him to be more involved on Sunday but the Week 6 disaster shows how untrustworthy he is. Start him at your own risk.
WRSteve Smith
3 rec, 35 yards, 1 TD
Smith was all over the place in Week 6, leading the Giants in receptions with nine and making a number of clutch grabs. He's very talented and Manning will look for him in the Red Zone so he has a chance this week to deliver WR3 production. If you're looking to dig deep, Smith is worth a look this week.
KJohn Carney
4 PATs, 1 FG
Carney remains the Giants kicker as the team has yet to feel comfortable turning back to Lawrence Tynes. Back at home, the Giants offense will bounce back after a Week 6 letdown so expect a quality week from Carney if you need him.
Defense
5 sacks, 3 INT
The Giants got smashed by Cleveland in Week 6. They failed to record a sack or get a takeaway against the previously struggling Browns. The good news for their defense is J.T. O'Sullivan is prone to taking sacks and making poor decisions. So this is a great "Get well" offense for the Giants to feast on. They'll deliver a huge game on Sunday for their fantasy owners.
 
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