Fantasy Player Projections

 
49ers
Mall of America Field
Sunday , Sep. 23 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Vikings
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAlex Smith

Alex Smith

250 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Smith has been considered a safe, boring fantasy quarterback over the past couple of seasons. But boring got 27 fantasy points for the second week in a row, and he hasn't thrown an interception in his last 216 passes. He should have a similarly decent day against Minnesota.

RBFrank Gore

Frank Gore

75 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

Gore is playing like a fantasy first-rounder, which a few actual fantasy first-rounders can't say. He's averaging 105 rushing yards and a touchdown per game, and the Vikings are a middle-of-the-road defense against the run so far, averaging 98 rushing yards allowed.

RBKendall Hunter

Kendall Hunter

20 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Hunter fumbled for the first time in his short career in Week 2, but he continues to run well when he holds onto the ball. He's a nice handcuff for Frank Gore owners.

WRMichael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

6 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Crabtree is frustrating his fantasy owners just a bit because he makes a lot of catches for a good amount of yards each week, but he hasn't scored yet. The Vikings have allowed four touchdown passes so far, making him another good starter in Week 3.

WRRandy Moss

Randy Moss

3 rec, 35 yards

Not much action in Week 2 for the future Hall of Famer, just one week after catching a touchdown against Green Bay. Consider him a nice flex option in larger, non-PPR leagues this week as he faces his former ballclub in Minnesota.

TEVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

With Aaron Hernandez going down with an injured ankle, there's no disputing that Davis joins Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski as the top fantasy tight ends in the game. And the Vikings have already allowed two touchdowns to tight ends this season.

KDavid Akers

David Akers

3 PATs, 3 FGs

Another week, another double-digit fantasy output by Akers. He now has five field goals and six extra points and he has yet to miss a kick, as he remains the top fantasy kicker in the game.

DEFENSE

2 INTs, 3 Sacks, TD

The Niners have faced two of the top offenses in the NFL in Green Bay and Detroit, and now they're about to face a second-year quarterback in Christian Ponder. This defense has five sacks on the season, and could add three or four more to that number this week.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

225 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

The second-year quarterback has shown some signs of being a gamer in the first two weeks. The Niners pose a tough threat for Ponder, though, and he remains more of a fantasy backup with a decent future than a current starter.

RBAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

70 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 30 rec yards

Sure, Peterson didn't have a huge game in Week 2, but he still got more touches than in Week 1, as he battles back from a knee injury. The Niners defense is formidable, but fantasy owners should keep Peterson active in all formats, as the Vikings will rely on him.

RBToby Gerhart

Toby Gerhart

15 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Another sub-20-yard week for Gerhart, as Adrian Peterson continues to prove he's healthy. If you don't already own Peterson, Gerhart is worth cutting to pick up someone like Rams running back Daryl Richardson.

WRPercy Harvin

Percy Harvin

6 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

With 104 receiving yards in Week 2 at Indianapolis, Harvin is emerging as a top fantasy wide receiver. But since he's not scoring, it's tough to judge him that way. Touchdowns aren't easy to predict, so trade for him now, before he starts scoring.

WRMichael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

4 rec, 40 yards

Jenkins had five catches for 43 yards in Week 2 against the Colts, with just one drop. He's only someone to consider in larger fantasy leagues for now, as the Vikings run their offense through Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.

TEKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

5 rec, 50 yards

Other tight ends are targeted more (just 12 targets for Rudolph in two weeks), and several tight ends get more yardage, but Rudolph continues to be a scoring threat in the red zone, and he has become quarterback Christian Ponder's second-favorite pass catcher.

KBlair Walsh

Blair Walsh

2 PATs, 2 FGs

The rookie out of Georgia has been perfect so far this season, with six field goals and two extra points. The Niners' defense poses a tough challenge for the Vikings offense, however, making Walsh someone to think about reserving.

DEFENSE

3 Sacks

The Vikings have four sacks and one forced turnover and have allowed 23 points in each game. While these 49ers aren't Joe Montana's 49ers, they still are much better than the Vikings' previous foes, the Jaguars and Colts.

 
 
SI.com
Hot Topics: Sammy Watkins NFL Draft Rick Adelman NFL Questions Aaron Hernandez Donald Trump
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint