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Tennessee Titans
Candlestick Park | Sunday, November 08 | 4:15 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: 49ers 20, Titans 17
San Francisco 49ers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBVince Young
155 pass yards, 40 rush yards, 1 rush TD, 1 INT
Vince Young had an efficient, effective performance in his return to the starting lineup, going 15-for-18 for 125 yards and 1 TD and running for 30 yards on 12 carries. These are decent numbers for a No. 2 QB or flex guy. Consider him no more than that for the time being, but Young should definitely be on rosters, because if he gets hot, watch out.
RBChris Johnson
3 rec, 35 rec yards, 105 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Johnson is the league's leading rusher. He had 24 carries for a team-record 228 yards in the Titans' first win of the year at Jacksonville. The Niners have the league's second-best run defense, but the NFL rushing leader is a No. 1 fantasy option regardless.
WRNate Washington
4 rec, 40 yards
Washington has become a major red zone option for the Titans. He caught his fourth TD of the year against Jacksonville, having caught TD passes in 3 consecutive games in Weeks 2 though 4. He had 2 catches for 22 yards against the Jags. Consider him a low-end bye week option simply because of his nose for the end zone, not because of his '09 reception or yardage totals (a modest 20 for 172).
WRKenny Britt
3 rec, 35 yards
The rook from Rutgers had 7 yards on 1 catch against the Jags. He's had a decent first-year campaign thus far (20 for 296), though he's not much of a fantasy option at this point.
TEBo Scaife
4 rec, 45 yards
Vince Young's college teammate, Scaife caught 4 balls for 27 yards against the Jags. He really stands to benefit from the return of Young to the starting lineup and now has minimal fantasy value as a No. 2 TE or bye-week replacement. He's certainly worth a roster spot for teams that lost Owen Daniels or Chris Cooley the last two weeks.
KRob Bironas
2 PATs, 1 FG
Bironas is 10-for-12 on the year after going 3-for-3 against the Jags. He's around the 11th- or 12th-ranked kicker in the league and worthy of a start in most formats.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 Fumble
Chuck Cecil's unit shut down David Garrard last week, but were gashed by Maurice Jones-Drew for runs of 79 and 80 yards. The game before their first win, they were humiliated in a 59-0 debacle againt the Pats. At 31st in the league in YPG and dead last 32nd in PPG, the Titans should only be started if you've had a lobotomy and don't understand the rudiments of fantasy football.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAlex Smith
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD
Last week's waiver wire darling, Smith had an average game against the Colts' seventh-ranked pass defense, going 19-for-32 for 198 yards with a pick and a TD. He merits a fantasy start as a flex or bye-week option, and perhaps more against the Titans' 32nd-ranked pass defense.
RBFrank Gore
3 rec, 25 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TD
 Gore had an excellent week against Indy, gaining 91 yards on only 13 carries with a long TD and 43 yards on 5 catches. He's a low-end No. 1 fantasy RB against the league's 18th-best run defense, which enjoys a decent ranking despite the fact that Maurice Jones-Drew embarrassed them last week.
WRMichael Crabtree
5 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Crabtree made an immediate impact in his first two pro games. Against the Colts' tough pass defense, he caught 6 balls for 81 yards while coughing the ball up once. He merits consideration as a starter against the cellar-dwelling Titans' pass defense and is likely to get into the end zone in his first home game. He's a No. 2 fantasy WR.
WRIsaac Bruce
3 rec, 35 yards
After catching 4 balls for 51 yards against the Colts, Bruce has only has 19 catches for 241 yards with nary a TD on the year and is not a good fantasy option.
TEVernon Davis
4 rec, 60 yards
With 3 catches for 20 yards and 1 TD (his seventh on the year) against the Colts, Vernon Davis retained his No. 1 spot in TD receptions by TEs. He has hit paydirt in four of the last five games and is a must-start TE.
KJoe Nedney
2 PATs, 2 FGs
At 7-for-9 on the year, Nedney did not have a FG attempt against the Colts, his second straight week without one. He's not much of a fantasy consideration because he just doesn't get the opportunities, though he could have a decent afternoon against the Titans who allow a lot of scoring.
Defense
4 sacks, 1 INT
The Niners' D is 12th in PPG and 20th in YPG. They sacked Peyton Manning three times (he had only been sacked twice this season) and held him out of the end zone. They're a recommended low-end No. 1 option against a Titans team with the 24th-ranked scoring offense in the league.
 
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