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San Francisco 49ers
Lambeau Field | Sunday, November 22 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Packers 24, 49ers 17
Green Bay Packers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAlex Smith
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Smith became a poster boy for not having games on Thursday night with a lousy outing on short rest. He completed an efficient 16-of-23 but for only 118 yards and a pick. He's going to have a tough time with Green Bay's nasty corners. Not a recommended start.
RBFrank Gore
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 75 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Gore had another good week against the Bears, gaining 104 yards on 25 carries with a TD, along with 21 yards on 4 catches. It was his third consecutive game with a TD. He's a lower-end No. 1 fantasy RB against the league's fourth-best run D, who held the Dallas RBs to 45 yards last week.
WRMichael Crabtree
5 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
The Crabber was his team's leading receiver against the Bears, catching 4 passes for 48 yards. He was targeted a team-high 7 times. He still hasn't caught a TD in the NFL. One of these weeks, you know he's going to go nuts. Right now, he's a No. 3 fantasy WR.
WRJosh Morgan
3 rec, 30 yards
Morgan was targeted 5 times against Chicago, second most on the team. He had 3 catches for 24 yards. He is a non-factor in fantasy circles with 23 catches and 300 yards and 1 TD on the season, though he's very well thought of by the Niners' coaching staff.
TEVernon Davis
5 rec, 65 yards
With 3 catches for 16 yards, Davis disappointed many owners who've become enamored with the elite TE. He's still tops in the league among TEs with 7 TD, sixth in receptions with 45 and sixth in yards with 493. He has hit paydirt in four of the last six games and is a must-start TE.
KJoe Nedney
2 PATs, 1 FG
A modest 10-for-13 on the year, the Nedenator went 1-for-2 against the Bears. He has only kicked 4 FG since September. He's not much of a fantasy consideration because he just doesn't get the opportunities.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Niners' D is 11th in PPG and 18th in YPG. They picked off Jay Culter five times on Thursday night. They'd been pretty bad the four games before that and are a lower-end option against Aaron Rodgers and the high-octane Pack attack.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAaron Rodgers
205 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Rodgers had a rough go against the tough Cowboys' pass rush. He had his first sub-245-yard game since Week 1, going 25-for-36 for 189 yards. He didn't disappoint fantasy owners though, throwing for one TD and rushing for another. He seems to have recovered from the case of the picksies he developed the previous week at Tampa. With 17 TDs, 3 rush TDs and 5 INT, Rodgers is a must start every week.
RBRyan Grant
2 rec, 35 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Though ninth in the league in rushing (700 yards), Grant still has only a single 100-yard game this season. He went for 79 yards on 19 carries against the Cowpokes, a solid game no doubt, but not the kind of stuff that gets fantasy owners' blood flowing. He's a No. 2 RB option against the third-ranked Niners' run defense.
WRGreg Jennings
5 rec, 60 yards
How many times did owners in your league offer you this guy? Nobody wants your junk. Jennings had just 4 catches for 45 against Dallas, though he was targeted a team-high 7 times. He's been erratic this year, 20th in the league in catches and 22nd in yards with only two 100-yard games and 2 TDs. Sorry to say, owners who drafted him five rounds too high, he's a No. 3 fantasy WR.
WRDonald Driver
5 rec, 90 yards, 2 TD
Driver is as reliable as a 2000 Honda Civic and is on his way to a sixth straight 1,000-yard campaign. He's 12th in the league with 663 yards and 4 TD and had 4 catches for 50 against the stingy Cowboys. He always produces and is a good No. 2 WR.
TEDonald Lee
2 rec, 20 yards
Jermichael Finley was quickly becoming one of Rodgers' favorite targets but suffered a knee injury in Week 7 that opened the fantasy door for Lee. Finley may play against the Niners. Lee had only 2 catches for 21 yards vs. Dallas. Recommendation to avoid.
KMason Crosby
3 PATs, 1 FG
Crosby was 1-for-2 against Dallas, nailing a 48-yarder. He is 15-for-20 on the year and a recommended option for the high-scoring Pack.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT
Fourth-ranked in YPG and 10th-ranked in PPG, the Pack shut down the Cowboys in a very impressive showing. They sacked Tony Romo five times and forced three turnovers. They're a very good start against the Niners.
 
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