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David Dorey
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WEEK 3 KC at PHI (THU) CHI at PIT HOU at BAL SD at TEN
BUF at NYJ GB at CIN NYG at CAR STL at DAL
ARI at NO CLE at MIN IND at SF TB at NE
*UPDATED ATL at MIA DET at WAS JAC at SEA OAK at DEN (MON)

Prediction: IND 20, SF 27 (Line: SF by 10.5)

Players of Interest: Frank Gore

Update: The Colts traded their 2014 first round pick to the Browns for Trent Richardson but for this week Ahmad Bradshaw will carry the load and then step back starting week four. This will be a very interesting change to follow as it upgrades the Colts backfield and should prove beneficial to Richardson as well.

Update #2: The Colts intend on using Richardson this week since their offense is already similar to the one in Cleveland. Expect him to suit up this week but the matchup is bad and his knowledge of the playbook is scant. Use Richardson only if you have no other decent options.

Vernon Davis is listed as questionable but has not practiced or received medical clearance to play so he is a game time decision that probably won't happen for him. I am removing him from the projections.

The Colts drop to 1-1 after losing to the surprising Dolphins and their solid defense. The 49ers slink home after a monumental spanking in Seattle they just would rather not talk about. If you do not talk about it, it does not exist. What Seahawk game? See - that easy. 49ers regroup from nothing in particular and take down the Colts in the process.

1 OAK 21-17 10 STL -
2 MIA 20-24 11 @TEN -
3 @SF - 12 @ARI -
4 @JAC - 13 TEN -
5 SEA - 14 @CIN -
6 @SD - 15 HOU -
7 DEN - 16 @KC -
8 BYE WEEK 17 JAC -
9 @HOU - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
IND @ SF Rush Catch Pass
QB Andrew Luck 40,1 230,1
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 30 1-10
RB Trent Richardson 40
WR T.Y. Hilton 4-60,1
WR Reggie Wayne 7-80
TE Coby Fleener 3-40
PK Adam Vinatieri 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The Colts lost a close one last week when the Dolphins came to town and the loss was maybe more on the defense than the offense. The rushing effort here is still lacking but mainly from a lack of carries than effectiveness. By the time the Colts reach their week eight bye, they should be battle tested (if they are still alive). Three road games and hosting the Seahawks and Broncos won't start the season out in the right direction.

QUARTERBACKS: First road game of the year for Andrew Luck and last week did not go as well facing a solid Miami defense. He passed for 321 yards but only touchdown with one interception. That won't get any better facing the wounded 49ers in San Francisco. The first half of the year is pretty brutal for the offense of the Colts and it really starts to go downhill this week..

RUNNING BACKS: With Vick Ballard on injured reserve, Ahmad Bradshaw became the clear #1 back and ran 15 times for 65 yards and one score versus the Dolphins. But the Colts opted to give Donald Brown seven rushing attempts that gained 30 yards. Given that Bradshaw can catch the ball as well, he could offer decent fantasy value in this offense if they would stop wasting time with Donald Brown. Until that happens, Bradshaw remains a low level fantasy start. This week maybe not even that.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Colts made a concerted effort to include T.Y. Hilton more this last week after he was held to only 20 yards on three catches in the season opener. Hilton rolled up 124 yards on six receptions as the lead receiver for the Colts last week. Reggie Wayne fell to only 46 yards on five catches as the defense focused on limiting him successfully. Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a shoulder sprain in the game but the MRI was negative and he is expected to play this week.

TIGHT ENDS: Dwayne Allen may return after missing the Miami game with a hip injury. In his place Coby Fleener had a career best four catches for 69 yards and one touchdown. Chances are best that Allen ends up sitting out one more week but I will update if that changes. Once Allen returns, Fleener takes a step back into mediocrity.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: This game could be happen in two different ways. Most likely, this is a very solid 49ers win. The defense is plenty good enough to hold the Colts at bay both rushing and passing. Aaron Rodgers had a nice game there in week one but still lost and there a few parallels between the Packers and the Colts. Losing so decisively last week could be an emotional letdown here or it could be motivational. Luck is still worth starting but runs an even risk of having a very down game as he does turning in anything significant. Bradshaw faces a defense has been very stingy at home and the Colts split the backfield anyway. Luck, Bradshaw, Hilton and Wayne are all low level starters this week with more risk than usual.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Be nice to see Bradshaw used more but this is likely not the week to expect that to happen unless they throw more passes his way than the standard one per week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points IND 10 21 17 14 25 21
Preventing Fantasy Points SF 18 26 9 12 17 27

 

1 GB 34-28 10 CAR -
2 @SEA 3-29 11 @NO -
3 IND - 12 @WAS -
4 @STL - 13 STL -
5 HOU - 14 SEA -
6 ARI - 15 @TB -
7 @TEN - 16 ATL -
8 @JAC - 17 @ARI -
9 BYE WEEK ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
SF vs IND Rush Catch Pass
QB Colin Kaepernick 30 230,2
RB Frank Gore 100,1 2-20
RB Kendall Hunter 30
WR Anquan Boldin 8-90,1
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald 3-50,1
PK Phil Dawson 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: No getting around that butt-whooping that the Seahawks laid down last week. That one will smart for at least 12 more weeks until the rematch in San Francisco. That was the toughest game of the year though and the schedule is much lighter literally from here on out. This week the 49ers can try to match the week one win over the Packers and prove to themselves that week two was just an aberration.

QUARTERBACKS: While Colin Kaepernick had a down game in Seattle, he was incredible in week one when he pasted the Packers with 412 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers. How much he ends up running this year will depend on need. In the opening win he only had seven runs for 22 yards while he took off for 87 yards in Seattle as the lead rusher. This week will get him back in the pocket and successful throwing.

RUNNING BACKS: The 49ers currently sport the #29 set of running backs in the NFL though that has been influenced heavily by the schedule. Frank Gore only ran for 16 yards on nine runs in Seattle and only gained 44 yards on 21 runs at home versus the Packers though he ran in one touchdown. He has also been little used as a receiver. No doubt that the 49ers would like to establish the run this week. This is less likely to be a Packer-style shoot-out or a Seattle beatdown. Gore needs to get into second gear starting this week.

WIDE RECEIVERS: It was a bit of a drop off. Anquan Boldin went from his monster 208 yard game in the season opener to only one catch for seven yards last week and that was only because CB Richard Sherman took pity on him for one late play. What we have learned so far this season is that either Anquan Boldin has a big game and the rest of the wideouts do very little or Boldin has a small game and the rest of the wideouts still do very little. This week should be a better measurement of what to expect from Boldin since he's literally hit both extremes in only two weeks.

TIGHT ENDS: Vernon Davis had a two-touchdown season opener but left the game in Seattle with a left hamstring strain. He was getting the injury evaluated on Tuesday and there should be more news later in the week. For now, the assumption is that he will not play. Vance McDonald would take his place.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The 49ers need to crank up the rushing game and this week is a good opportunity facing a visiting Colts team that has already surrendered three rushing touchdowns while at home against the weak rushing teams of Oakland and Miami. So far they have been decent against the pass but have only faced Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Tannehill. Expect a nice game here by Gore to be sure. Kaepernick and Boldin should also be profitable starts. Davis would be a solid start as well if he is healthy.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Need to see Gore running well or the 49ers are going to become one dimensional. And when the run goes away and the opponent can over Boldin, this offense heads south pretty quickly.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SF 11 29 22 10 17 18
Preventing Fantasy Points IND 23 29 15 3 9 4

WEEK 3 KC at PHI (THU) CHI at PIT HOU at BAL SD at TEN
BUF at NYJ GB at CIN NYG at CAR STL at DAL
ARI at NO CLE at MIN IND at SF TB at NE
*UPDATED ATL at MIA DET at WAS JAC at SEA OAK at DEN (MON)


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