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Atlanta Falcons
Candlestick Park | Sunday, October 11 | 4:05 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: 49ers 23, Falcons 17
San Francisco 49ers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Ryan
215 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
After starting the season with two good games, Ryan was stymied by the New England secondary. Coming out of the bye, expect Ryan to have a better week in a tough matchup against the tough-as-nails Niners' defense.
RBMichael Turner
70 rush yards
The 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns Turner amassed last year led to very high expectations, especially in fantasy circles. He's fumbled and scored TDs in each of his last two games. Expect a tough go against the fourth-ranked Niners' rush defense. Still, he's a lower-end No. 1 fantasy running back despite the matchup.
WRRoddy White
7 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
'Rod' Roddy White had over 1,300 yards in '08 but has endured a rough start to the '09 season. He's caught 15 passes thus far and was held to 24 yards on four catches against the Pats in Week 3. One of these weeks he is going to break out. It may be a tall order against the Niners. Consider him a No. 2 fantasy WR.
WRMichael Jenkins
5 rec, 50 yards
Jenkins had a team-high five catches for 78 yards against the Pats. With defensive backs keying on White and Gonzalez, Jenkins has limited appeal as a low-end No. 3 fantasy WR. If he continues to be a primary target, his value will go up.
TETony Gonzalez
8 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
After finding the end zone in his first two games, Gonzalez has had two weeks to think about his one-catch, 16-yard stinker against the Pats. Expect him to return to his normal elite form, despite the tough opposing defense.
KJason Elam
2 PATs, 1 FG
He's 3-for-5 on the season. We remember when Elam hit the longest kick in league history. That was 11 years ago. Perhaps he was a good fantasy option then, but he is no longer. Mild recommendation to avoid.
Defense
2 sacks
Ranked 30th in the league in yards allowed per game at 381.3, the Falcons' defense is not a recommended start against an unflashy, but efficient San Francisco offense.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBShaun Hill
170 pass yards, 1 pass TD
A ball-control quarterback more than anything, Hill has five touchdowns to only one interception this year. He was 14-for-24 for 152 yards and a pair of TDs against the Rams. He's a decent flex option or bye week replacement, as he's unlikely to hurt your team.
RBGlen Coffee
3 rec, 35 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Coffee had 24 rushes and four catches, accumulating 106 total yards in his first NFL start. He was targeted seven times on passes and is an integral part of this offense with Frank Gore out. He's a No. 2 fantasy RB going into the week.
WRIsaac Bruce
5 rec, 50 yards
Bruce had only three catches for 20 yards against the Rams. He only has 13 catches with no touchdowns on the year and is not a good fantasy option. None of the Niners' WRs are.
TEVernon Davis
4 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
With 17 catches and three touchdowns on the season, Davis has become the top-10 fantasy tight end that he was supposed to be out of college. He had a team-high 43 yards against the Rams and is an advisable fantasy option as Hill's No. 1 receiver.
KJoe Nedney
2 PATs, 3 FGs
Nedney was 6-for-6 on the season before hitting the upright and missing a 43-yarder against the Rams. He's a decent option against the Falcons, a legitimate fantasy starter.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT
James Willis is being hailed as the next Ray Lewis. How much does Singletary love having a 'backer with that type of snarl? This defense was really impressive in shutting out the Rams. Seventh overall in yards per game, this unit should probably start now every week.
 
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