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San Francisco 49ers
Dolphins Stadium | Sunday, December 14 | 1:00 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Dolphins 24, 49ers 17
Miami Dolphins
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBShaun Hill
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Hill had another surprisingly good game for the Niners as he helped San Francisco dominate the Jets last week, holding the ball for over 39 minutes. Hill completed 28-of-39 passes for 285 yards and two TDs, and has now thrown 10 TD passes in six games. He's likely not a starter on fantasy playoff rosters at this point, but he could have another good game as the Dolphins rank 21st against the pass.
RBFrank Gore
0 rush yards
Gore suffered a sprained ankle last week against the Jets and could miss this week's game at Miami. The Niners may activate Thomas Clayton from the practice squad, and if they do, expect him to play ahead of Gore. This is a major injury for fantasy teams who rode Gore to the playoffs and his absence would be heavily felt.
RBDeShaun Foster
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Foster replaced Gore last week against the Jets and was limited to 35 yards on 16 carries. Because of that, Clayton could get the start this week against Miami if Gore is sidelined. Watch this situation closely because either back could put up solid numbers this week on the road.
WRIsaac Bruce
5 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Bruce has had a solid finish to the season, catching 19 passes over the last three weeks for 262 yards and two TDs. He had six catches for 70 yards last week against the Jets and is a worthy play this week as the Niners will rely on the passing game if Gore is less than 100 percent.
WRBryant Johnson
4 rec, 50 yards
Johnson caught his third TD pass of the season last week against the Jets -- and his second in the last four games -- as Hill hit him with a three-yard strike to seal the 24-14 win. Johnson finished with six catches for 49 yards and a TD, but has been hit-or-miss most of this season. Proceed with caution this week at Miami.
WRJason Hill
4 rec, 40 yards
Hill has settled in nicely as the Niners' No. 3 wide receiver during the second half of the season, but he still shouldn't be on any active fantasy playoff roster this week. He has just one TD reception on the season and caught four passes for 39 yards last week against the Jets.
TEVernon Davis
2 rec, 20 yards
Head coach Mike Singletary said that Davis is one of the best blocking tight ends he's ever seen. Great, now we understand his role better. Davis, who had three catches last week for 29 yards as one of his best receiving games of the season, shouldn't be on any active fantasy playoff rosters this week.
KJoe Nedney
2 PATs, 1 FG
Nedney was limited to six points last week and remains two points shy of 100 for the season. He's averaging just six points per game over the last five games and shouldn't be a fantasy play this week on the road.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Niners had three sacks and an interception in just over 20 minutes of action against the Jets last week and have been played much better since Singletary took over as head coach. But with just 11 INTs and 25 sacks, this isn't a solid fantasy defense.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBChad Pennington
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Pennington completed 23-of-29 passes for 181 yards and a TD, including his final 22 attempts, as the Dolphins held the ball for over 37 minutes last week at Buffalo. Pennington has been perfect for the Dolphins this year, but he shouldn't be active on any fantasy playoff rosters this week as he has just 12 TD passes in 13 starts. Expect another solid but unspectacular performance again this week as the Niners rank 25th vs. the pass.
RBRonnie Brown
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 75 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Brown was solid last week at Buffalo as he gained 70 yards on 16 rushes and added 18 yards on two receptions. He should get 20-plus touches this week as the Dolphins try to control the ball again against a Niners' run defense that ranks 14th in the NFL at just under 105 yards per game.
RBRicky Williams
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 40 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Williams hasn't had a rushing TD in four games, but that could change this week as the Dolphins will try to ground out a win at home. He had four carries for 40 yards last week at Buffalo and should team with Brown to dominate the Niners on the ground.
WRTed Ginn Jr.
4 rec, 50 yards
After four straight solid games, Ginn Jr. was held to just one catch for 18 yards last week at Buffalo. It looks like rookie WR Davone Bess has stolen some of his luster and that could continue this week as well.
WRDavone Bess
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
The rookie has been fearless since he jumped into the starting lineup three weeks ago, catching 20 passes for 241 yards. Bess had nine catches for 74 yards last week at Buffalo and could be a difference-maker in the fantasy playoffs. Look for him to have another solid game this week vs. San Francisco and even find paydirt for the first time.
WRErnest Wilford
2 rec, 20 yards
Wilford has stepped in as the No. 3 WR in Miami, but he shouldn't be active on any fantasy playoff roster as TE David Martin is still a better option than Wilford.
TEAnthony Fasano
2 rec, 20 yards
Fasano had three catches for 36 yards and a TD on a 20-yard catch last week at Buffalo, but he still shouldn't be active on any fantasy playoff rosters this week. Fasano now has four TD receptions this season, but he's still been more hit than miss in 2008.
KDan Carpenter
3 PATs, 1 FG
Carpenter had his second straight 10-point game last week at Buffalo, but with only 87 points this season he's an unlikely fantasy play during the playoffs.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Dolphins registered four sacks and forced two turnovers last week at Buffalo and now have 32 sacks and 12 INTs on the season. It's a much improved unit from last season.
 
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