Candlestick Park | Sunday, October 31 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Broncos 20, 49ers 10
175 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTOrton's passing yardage has fallen in recent weeks, but he has thrown two touchdown passes in four of his seven starts this season and faces a team that has given up 11 passing touchdowns this season. Orton remains a viable option in all formats.
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TDMoreno received all the carries in the Denver backfield last week and has scored in three of his four games this season. The 49ers have done a good job stopping the run in recent weeks, but Moreno should see enough touches to be productive this week.
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDLloyd was held to just one catch last week, but his body of work still makes him a useful option in all fantasy formats.
5 rec, 50 yardsGaffney has recorded at least four catches and 50 yards in his last five games, so he is a good option in PPR leagues. However, his lack of touchdowns means he is not a great play this week in standard leagues.
3 rec, 30 yardsRoyal has not done much in recent weeks with the Broncos passing attack being held in check. Use a hotter option this week if available.
1 rec, 5 yardsGraham has zero catches in his last two games, so he is not a viable fantasy option at this time.
2 PATs, 2 FGsThe Broncos could wind up in a high-scoring game this week, so Prater is a good option even though he totaled just two points a week ago.
2 sacks, 2 INT, 2 FumblesDenver's defense has not been productive enough to be a fantasy factor at this point, but the 49ers are starting Troy Smith at QB, so it's not the worst play.
110 pass yards, 20 rush yards, 2 INTSmith takes over for the injured Alex Smith. You'd have to be very desperate to take a chance on him.
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TDThe Broncos are 30th in the league in rush defense and have given up 12 touchdowns on the ground, so expect another big game from Gore this week.
3 rec, 35 yardsCrabtree did not do much last week, and he will have a tough time doing much in Week 8 against Champ Bailey. Look for an option with a better matchup.
2 rec, 15 yardsMorgan continues to catch a couple passes a game, but he is not doing enough to be a fantasy factor at this point.
3 rec, 30 yardsDavis stretched his touchdown streak to four games last week. He will remain a weekly option regardless of who starts at quarterback for the 49ers.
1 PAT, 1 FGNedney has been only average, but he could see a few opportunities this week.
3 sacks, 1 INTThe 49ers defense has played better the last couple weeks, but go with a defense with a better body of work this week if possible.
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