Candlestick Park | Monday, September 20 | 8:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Pick: Saints 31, 49ers 17
285 pass yards, 2 pass TDBrees is a safe starter no matter the matchup. If the game remains close he'll throw early and often.
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TDThomas 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.
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards, 1 rush TDBush 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.
7 rec, 100 yards, 1 TDStill 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.
6 rec, 75 yards, 1 TDWhen they did hook up, Meachem and Brees were a potent connection last season. There are a lot of wideouts competing for attention, however.
3 rec, 40 yardsThe 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.
3 rec, 30 yardsShockey isn't the elite option he once was, and appears to have settled into his role as a safety valve.
4 PATs, 1 FGHartley 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.
4 sacks, 2 INTThe Saints impressively held the Vikings to nine points last Thursday, though an improved 49ers offense will present a challenge.
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INTSmith 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.
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TDGore could have his way against the Saints, especially after seeing Adrian Peterson run well in the first half against New Orleans last week.
5 rec, 60 yardsThe 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.
3 rec, 30 yardsMorgan is a nice possession option, but there are more dynamic targets in the 49ers offense.
|WR||Ted Ginn Jr.|
1 rec, 15 yardsPer usual, if Ginn catches a bomb, great. If not, he probably won't have much of an impact behind Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan.
4 rec, 55 yards, 1 TDThe Saints struggled to keep track of Visanthe Shiancoe last week, though expect them to be a little more conscious of Davis.
2 PATs, 1 FGThere could be some offensive fireworks in this matchup, upping Nedney's chances for field goals and PATs.
3 sacksThe 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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