Hill helped the Niners hold the ball for over 38 minutes last week at Miami with his ball control passing, but it resulted in only nine points and another loss. Hill completed 30-of-46 passes for 237 yards, but failed to throw a TD pass for the first time this year. Expect better results this week as offensive coordinator Mike Martz returns to St. Louis with a more wide open attack in mind.
Gore was inactive last week at Miami with an ankle injury and he said he is uncertain if he can play this week, even though he said the ankle is feeling better. Watch his situation closely this week before committing to him during championship week. But if he's healthy and can start, put him in your lineup as he torched the Rams in the Week 11 win with 106 yards rushing, two touchdowns and two receptions for eight yards.
Foster replaced Gore last week in the starting lineup and actually looked pretty good at Miami as the Niners controlled the ball for 38-plus minutes. He gained 76 yards on 18 carries and added 25 yards on five receptions for a solid 15.1 point game. Don't commit to Foster for championship week unless Gore is ruled out because whoever starts against the Rams will put up solid numbers.
Bruce will return to St. Louis for the first time since leaving the Rams and is definitely a worthy start in Week 16. Bruce is on a roll as he caught seven passes for 71 yards last week at Miami and he now has 26 catches for 333 yards and two TDs in his last four games. Look for offensive coordinator Martz to give Bruce plenty of targets this week as he returns home.
Johnson continues to get plenty of targets on the safe underneath routes and last week he finished with five catches for 41 yards. In the Week 11 win over St. Louis, Johnson had four catches for 56 yards and a TD, and he should have another big game against a Rams' pass defense that ranks 24th in the NFL.
Davis had five catches for 31 yards last week at Miami and he even added 11 yards rushing. Davis is getting more involved each week in the Niners' offense, but he still shouldn't be active on any fantasy playoff rosters this week.
Nedney topped the 100-point mark for the fourth time in his career by scoring nine points last week at Miami, giving him 107 for the season. Not a bad season, but it's unlikely he's on too many playoff rosters during championship week.
Give head coach Mike Singletary credit for making the Niners' defense tougher and the offense more of a ball control style, but the Niners' defense still isn't fantasy worthy with only 26 sacks and 11 INTs. Still, this week's matchup is a good one for the Niners.
Bulger will likely finish the year with more INTs than TD passes (he has 12/9 now) and shouldn't be active on any playoff rosters in Week 16. He threw for 207 yards and a TD last week in the loss to Seattle and in the Week 11 loss at San Francisco he completed 34-of-53 passes for 295 yards, one TD and two INTs. Leave him alone this week as the Niners will prevail again.
Jackson didn't play in the Week 11 loss at San Francisco, but he's looked good the last three weeks. He rushed for 91 yards and a TD last week in the loss to Seattle on 24 tough carries and added four catches for 36 yards. He's a worthy fantasy play during Championship Week even though the Niners rank 13th against the run, allowing just 103.9 yards rushing per game.
Holt scored his third touchdown of the season last week against Seattle, a 31-yard first quarter pass from Bulger, and finished with four catches for 64 yards. He's still an iffy fantasy play during championship week as the Niners held him to five catches for 60 yards in the Week 11 loss. But with few other options in this passing attack, Holt is worth a look in Week 16.
Avery was more involved in the passing attack last week against Seattle and finished with six catches for 61 yards. In the Week 11 loss at San Francisco, Avery finished with nine catches for 93 yards. He will be a good pick in the future in Point-Per-Reception leagues and he should have another solid game this week at home.
Brown is seven points shy of scoring 100 points for the sixth straight season after scoring eight points last week against Seattle. He scored 10 points in the Week 11 loss at San Francisco, but won't top that this week.
The Rams' defense has been atrocious for fantasy-leaguers as it has just 25 sacks and seven interceptions in 14 games, while allowing 17 passing TDs and 23 rushing TDs. Keep this defense on the sidelines in Week 16.