Fantasy Player Projections

 
New Orleans Saints
Candlestick Park | Monday, September 20 | 8:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Pick: Saints 31, 49ers 17
San Francisco 49ers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDrew Brees
285 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Brees is a safe starter no matter the matchup. If the game remains close he'll throw early and often.
RBPierre Thomas
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Thomas appears to be the Saints workhorse after receiving 19 carries to Reggie Bush's two against the Vikings last week. Still, it's difficult to predict how coach Sean Payton will distribute the workload from game to game.
RBReggie Bush
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Bush can be a valuable flex option in PPR leagues, but the Saints showed last week that they will turn to Pierre Thomas to grind the ball on the ground.
WRMarques Colston
7 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
Still the top option in New Orleans, thought he'll struggle to put up huge numbers as long as Brees keeps spreading out his pass distribution.
WRRobert Meachem
6 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
When they did hook up, Meachem and Brees were a potent connection last season. There are a lot of wideouts competing for attention, however.
WRDevery Henderson
3 rec, 40 yards
The Saints have too many other weapons to predict Henderson's weekly output with any consistency. He has a lot talent as a deep threat, but doesn't see very many targets.
TEJeremy Shockey
3 rec, 30 yards
Shockey isn't the elite option he once was, and appears to have settled into his role as a safety valve.
KGarrett Hartley
4 PATs, 1 FG
Hartley missed from 46 and 32 yards out against the Vikings last Thursday. Hopefully for fantasy owners it was just a case of opening-day jitters.
Defense
4 sacks, 2 INT
The Saints impressively held the Vikings to nine points last Thursday, though an improved 49ers offense will present a challenge.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAlex Smith
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Smith has emerged as competent quarterback and a borderline fantasy starter with the right matchup. Against the Saints and their ball-hawking secondary, it'd be wise to look elsewhere for a starting QB, however.
RBFrank Gore
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Gore could have his way against the Saints, especially after seeing Adrian Peterson run well in the first half against New Orleans last week.
WRMichael Crabtree
5 rec, 60 yards
The Saints will present a tougher matchup than the Seahawks did last week, but Crabtree will get his touches as long as he and Alex Smith are on the same page.
WRJosh Morgan
3 rec, 30 yards
Morgan is a nice possession option, but there are more dynamic targets in the 49ers offense.
WRTed Ginn Jr.
1 rec, 15 yards
Per usual, if Ginn catches a bomb, great. If not, he probably won't have much of an impact behind Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan.
TEVernon Davis
4 rec, 55 yards, 1 TD
The Saints struggled to keep track of Visanthe Shiancoe last week, though expect them to be a little more conscious of Davis.
KJoe Nedney
2 PATs, 1 FG
There could be some offensive fireworks in this matchup, upping Nedney's chances for field goals and PATs.
Defense
3 sacks
The 49ers were the best fantasy defense in the league last season, but against the Saints nobody would blame you for putting them on the bench.
 
 
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