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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Super Bowl XLVII Matchup - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLVII Matchup - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

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Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

 

 

 

Player Rankings for Super Bowl XLVII

 

 

Baltimore vs. San Francisco



Baltimore Ravens (13-6; 7-2 at home, 6-4 on the road) 

 

 

2012 Offensive Ranks

Baltimore Rush Offense:  118.8 Yards/Game (11th)  ||  17 TDs (T-6th)

Baltimore Pass Offense:  233.7 Yards/Game (15th)  ||  22 TDs (T-18th)

 

Opponent 2012 Defensive Ranks

San Francisco Rush Defense:  94.2 Yards Allowed/Game (4th)  ||  7 TDs Allowed (4th)

San Francisco Pass Defense:  200.2 Yards Allowed/Game (4th)  ||  19 TDs Allowed (T-7th)

 

Baltimore Offensive Cast

Joe Flacco - Pyro Character  Ray Rice - Pyro Character  Bernard Pierce - Pyro Character  Torrey Smith - Pyro Character  Anquan Boldin - Pyro Character  Jacoby Jones - Pyro Character  Tandon Doss - Pyro Character  Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character  Ed Dickson - Pyro Character

 

 

Joe Flacco (QB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 2)

2012 Season:  317/531 for 3,817 Yards, 22 TDs and 10 INTs  ||  32 Carries for 22 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  12/23 for 282 Yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  3 Carries for -3 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  18/34 for 331 Yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  2 Carries for 7 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  21/36 for 240 Yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  3 Carries for 12 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  51/93 (54.8%) for 853 Yards, 8 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  8 Carries for 16 Yards and 0 TDs

 

I put Joe Flacco ahead of Tom Brady in my Conference Championship rankings for a reason, and for most of those same reasons, I have Flacco ahead of Kaepernick this week as well (Flacco almost doubled Brady’s fantasy points).


Obviously, the head-to-head matchups won’t make much difference as the two have never faced off against each other. However, as it was against the Patriots, I believe the Ravens will depend on Flacco’s arm more than their running game as I have no doubt they’ll have a tough time running the ball with any consistency against the ‘Niners front seven.


The key number for Joe Cool this Super Bowl 47 Sunday will be 30 pass attempts, as threw the ball 30 or more times in 12 of 20 total games this season (including playoffs) putting up 300 yards in six of them and two or more touchdowns in six others as well. More importantly, in his last four games with 30-plus passes, Flacco hit the 300-yard mark twice while throwing for two or more TDs in each of the four games, so obviously he’s on a roll. If there are any holes in the 49ers defense, it’s within their secondary, and I fully expect Flacco and the rest of the Ravens offense to take advantage of it this Sunday.


The last determining factor will be Flacco’s experience under playoff pressure. He’s already established himself as one of the better playoff quarterbacks in the game today, and though I don’t believe the big lights will affect Kaepernick all that much, I think they will most definitely affect Joe Cool in a positive way.


 

Ray Rice (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 6)

2012 Season:  257 Carries for 1,143 Yards and 9 TDs  ||  61 Receptions for 478 Yards and 1 TD

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  15 Carries for 70 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 47 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  30 Carries for 131 Yards and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  19 Carries for 48 Yards and 1 TD  ||  3 Receptions for 22 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  64 Carries for 249 Yards (3.9 YPC) and 2 TDs  ||  4 Receptions for 69 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Ray Rice has been having a decent playoffs thus far averaging 106 total yards on almost 23 touches a game. The rushing touchdown he put up in each of the two away games were certainly an added bonus as well, especially when you consider that he’s never been much of a road-player throughout his career. Still, with as dominating as the 49ers can be against the rush, I just can’t see Rice putting together much of a fantasy stat-line this Sunday. His best bet to make an impact will be in the passing game, even though he hasn’t been all that involved in that area lately catching just four passes total in the Ravens three postseason games. All things considered, Ray is an extreme competitor and has the big-play ability to do some damage in this game. Don’t be surprised to see him take a draw or catch a screen pass for a large chunk of yardage (i.e. - 25-plus yards) at some point during this game.


 

Bernard Pierce (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 6)

2012 Season:  108 Carries for 532 Yards and 1 TD  ||  7 Receptions for 47 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  13 Carries for 103 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  5 Carries for 14 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  9 Carries for 52 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 8 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  27 Carries for 169 Yards (6.3 YPC) and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 8 Yards and 0 TDs

 

When Bernard Pierce is healthy; he’s an absolute menace with the ball in his hands. He’s bigger, stronger and maybe even faster than Ray Rice, but he’ll still only see 10 to 15 touches at most in this game with which he should be able to rack up 50 or so yards. Sometime in the near future, Pierce will be a man to be reckoned with, but in a do-or-die situation like this, I’m not expecting too much, especially against this 49ers defense.


 

Vonta Leach (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 5 of 6)

2012 Season:  9 Carries for 32 Yards and 1 TD  ||  21 Receptions for 143 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  1 Carry for 2 Yards and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  1 Carry for 3 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 1 Yard and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  2 Carries for 9 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  2 Receptions for 20 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  4 Carries for 14 Yards (3.5 YPC) and 1 TD  ||  3 Receptions for 21 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Fullbacks have been getting more goal line calls this postseason than you normally might see, but his real value to the team this Sunday will be as a blocker. For Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce to do anything against this strangling 49ers defense, Leach will be counted on to open up some holes for them; a job he happens to be very good at. Maybe he catches a pass or two for a dozen yards, but outside of a “reward” TD for his blocking services, he won’t do much.


 

Torrey Smith (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 8)

2012 Season:  49 Receptions for 855 Yards and 8 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  2 Receptions for 31 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  3 Receptions for 98 Yards and 2 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  4 Receptions for 69 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  9 Receptions for 198 Yards (22.0 YPC) and 2 TDs

 

Torrey Smith’s speed is undeniable and will no doubt change the way the 49ers secondary lines up this Sunday. However, if he continues to catch no more than one or two passes on intermediate routes per game as he has been, then his fantasy value can only be based on the less than 50/50 chance that he reels in a bomb. Since the Ravens will want to open up the middle of the field and force both the linebackers and secondary back into coverage, Smith’s role may be reduced to being a bit of a decoy in this one. Flacco will take a few chances deep as he normally does, so it wouldn’t shock me to see Torrey on the other end of a long TD this Sunday, but like I said—the ‘Niners will be ready for it. That’s not to say that he still can’t make it happen with that blazing speed of his, though.


 

Anquan Boldin (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 8)
2012 Season:  65 Receptions for 921 Yards and 4 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  5 Receptions for 145 Yards and 1 TD

Divisional Game at Den:  6 Receptions for 71 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  5 Receptions for 60 Yards and 2 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  16 Receptions for 276 Yards (17.3 YPC) and 3 TDs

 

Anquan Boldin’s veteran leadership is rising to the top in these playoffs, as shown by his becoming Joe Flacco’s go-to guy over the last couple of months. My guess is he’ll be filling the role once again this Sunday as I expect the Ravens to be passing the ball quite a bit on this ‘Niners defense. In 10 career postseason games, ‘Quan has averaged over 70 yards a game and caught six touchdowns, with three of them coming in these playoffs alone. Because I believe the 49ers will be guarding against Torrey Smith and his long-ball/big-play abilities, I expect Flacco to look Boldin’s way often and get him close to double-digit targets over the middle of the field. With that kind of action, Anquan should be able to come away with some top-notch numbers in the final box score.


 

Jacoby Jones (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 5 of 8)

2012 Season:  30 Receptions for 406 Yards and 1 TD

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  1 Reception for 8 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  2 Receptions for 77 Yards and 1 TD

Conference Championship Game at NE:  1 Reception for 6 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  4 Receptions for 91 Yards (22.8 YPC) and 1 TD

 

As usual, Jacoby has a chance to be a big-time X-factor this weekend, though the Ravens might actually be counting on Jacoby a bit more than they normally do. If the 49ers extend their defense a bit deeper to take away Torrey Smith and the big play, then Flacco will have to find other guys to toss the pill to. One of those guys will obviously be Jones, so if a few extra targets fly his way as I believe they will, he definitely has a chance to make an impact in this game.


 

Tandon Doss (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 6 of 8)

2012 Season:  7 Receptions for 123 Yards and 1 TD

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  0 Receptions for 0 Yards (0.0 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Doss may have been targeted four times in these playoffs, but the Ravens fourth receiver on the depth chart is still looking for his first postseason reception. That being said, because I expect the Ravens to pass the ball more than they usually do in this one, it wouldn’t shock me to see Tandon actually make that first catch, though I wouldn’t go making any bets on it either.


 

Dennis Pitta (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 4)

2012 Season:  61 Receptions for 669 Yards and 7 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  2 Receptions for 27 Yards and 1 TD

Divisional Game at Den:  3 Receptions for 55 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  5 Receptions for 55 Yards and 1 TD

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  10 Receptions for 137 Yards (13.7 YPC) and 2 TDs

 

The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are two of the very best in the league at covering the tight end position. However, because the Ravens allowed both the fewest touchdowns and fantasy points to the position this year, I have to rank Dennis Pitta as my top tight end for this weekend. Regardless, Pitta has done very well this entire postseason catching 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in all, with his best game coming in the Conference Championship when he caught five passes for 55 yards and a TD. The 49ers allowed Tony Gonzalez to catch eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown against them in their Conference Championship, and while I don’t believe Pitta matches those numbers, he should be able to come very close. In his lone career game against the ‘Niners back in 2011, Dennis caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. Considering how the 49ers allowed an average of one touchdown every other game this season (including playoffs), another one could very well be in play for Pitta. Either way, with Baltimore expected to use the short passing game a bunch in this one, look for the Ravens top tight end to at least be moderately involved throughout the game.


 

Ed Dickson (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 4)

2012 Season:  21 Receptions for 225 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  1 Reception for 24 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  3 Receptions for 29 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  4 Receptions for 53 Yards (13.3 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Ed Dickson normally isn’t on the field for more than 40 percent of the offensive snaps during a game. However, because the Ravens will likely need a little extra help with their blocking along the offensive line this Sunday, he could see a bit more time than usual. From an impact standpoint, in order to catch passes and make plays, you have to first be on the field, so things are looking up for Big Ed in that respect. At the same time, I doubt he runs more than just a few select routes over the course of the game, though it’s not out of the realm of possibility that one of those routes turns into the unheralded play of the game. Someone you don’t expect usually makes a big play in a game like this, and that one out-of-the-norm player could very well be Mr. Ed.




San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1; 7-1-1 at home, 6-3 on the road) 

 

 

2012 Offensive Ranks

San Francisco Rush Offense:  155.7 Yards/Game (4th)  ||  17 TDs (T-6th)

San Francisco Pass Offense:  205.9 Yards/Game (23rd)  ||  23 TDs (T-16th)

 

Opponent 2012 Defensive Ranks

Baltimore Rush Defense:  122.8 Yards Allowed/Game (20th)  ||  15 TDs Allowed (23rd)

Baltimore Pass Defense:  228.1 Yards Allowed/Game (17th)  ||  15 TDs Allowed (T-2nd)

 

San Francisco Offensive Cast

Colin Kaepernick - Pyro Character  Alex Smith - Pyro Character  Frank Gore - Pyro Character  LaMichael James - Pyro Character  Michael Crabtree - Pyro Character  Randy Moss - Pyro Character  A.J. Jenkins - Pyro Character  Ted Ginn - Pyro Character  Vernon Davis - Pyro Character  Delanie Walker - Pyro Character

 

 

Colin Kaepernick (QB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 2)

2012 Season:  136/218 for 1,814 Yards, 10 TDs and 3 INTs  ||  63 Carries for 415 Yards and 5 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  17/31 for 263 Yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT  ||  16 Carries for 181 Yards and 2 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  16/21 for 233 Yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs  ||  2 Carries for 21 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  33/52 (63.5%) for 496 Yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT  ||  18 Carries for 202 Yards and 2 TDs

 

Back in Week 8 of the regular season (or maybe it was Week 9), d-Rx®, the main man here at Pyro®, shouted out to the world in one of our podcasts that Colin Kaepernick would be the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII. Long shot as it was, the massive amount of confidence he had in the second-year quarterback after scouting/following him over the last couple of years was unwavered.


Coach Jim Harbaugh has shown to have an equal belief in Kaepernick, as he has allowed the athletic signal-caller do his thing freely over the last couple of months—and rightfully so as the ‘Niners have gone 7-2 (playoffs included) with Colin as their starting QB and reached the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995. Nevertheless, I can’t in right mind believe that the pressure-filled Super Bowl stage and veteran leadership of the Baltimore Ravens defense won’t take their toll on the play and mind-set of young Kaepernick. He may not have made many mistakes during his short course to stardom, and may not make many this coming Sunday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be able to rise above the spotlight and dominate this game, either.


The Ravens allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns in the league this past year, while also allowing the sixth fewest rushing yards to QBs as well. Because of this, I expect the Baltimore coaching staff to let their dominant offensive line and run-game lead the way, thus making Kaepernick less of a statistical fantasy threat.


He may be a top-10 fantasy QB heading into the 2013-14 season, but considering all the factors at play for this one game in particular, I’d have to go with Flacco.

 

 

Frank Gore (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 6)

2012 Season:  258 Carries for 1,214 Yards and 8 TDs  ||  28 Receptions for 234 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  23 Carries for 119 Yards and 1 TD  ||  2 Receptions for 48 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  21 Carries for 90 Yards and 2 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  44 Carries for 209 Yards (4.8 YPC) and 3 TDs  ||  2 Receptions for 48 Yards and 0 TDs

 

No matter what type of running back you are, if given the choice of facing the Baltimore Ravens’ rush defense or the 49ers’, you’d go with the Ravens nearly every time. Period. Regardless, the 49ers are going to run the ball a ton in this game, no doubt about it. During the regular season, the Ravens wound up near the bottom third of the league in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns allowed, and while they seem to have stepped up their intensity in the postseason, it won’t be enough to stop Frank Gore and his offensive line from trouncing all over them. Gore was kept fresh all year long for a strong run in the playoffs, a strategy that seems to have worked seeing how Gore has churned out 209 yards and three TDs in two postseason games. The only other time Baltimore saw an offense like the Pistol Read-Option offense the 49ers run was against the Redskins back in Week 14. In that game, running back Alfred Morris ran for 129 yards and a touchdown—numbers I could easily see Frank the Tank coming up with this Super Bowl Sunday.

 

 

LaMichael James (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 6)

2012 Season:  27 Carries for 125 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  3 Receptions for 29 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  3 Carries for 21 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 7 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  5 Carries for 34 Yards and 1 TD  ||  1 Reception for 4 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  8 Carries for 55 Yards (6.9 YPC) and 1 TD  ||  2 Receptions for 11 Yards and 0 TDs

 

I have to admit that from what I saw in the ‘Niners—Falcons game last week, LaMichael James is maybe even quicker than I ever realized. He still doesn’t have the trust enough from Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the coaching staff to receive more than a handful of touches throughout a game, but with his speed, all it takes is one to make a difference. However, a game-breaking run is the only way he’ll give you fantasy value this weekend and the longest run against the Ravens defense this season was just 31 yards, so don’t get your hopes up. He’ll be in the game-plan this Sunday, but I don’t expect too much out of the rookie in this one.


 

Anthony Dixon (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 6 of 6)

2012 Season:  21 Carries for 78 Yards and 2 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  1 Carry for 2 Yards and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  1 Carry for 4 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  2 Carries for 6 Yards (3.0 YPC) and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Dixon is a LOT better than he’s given credit for and might get some serious play on another team. However, he happens to be on a team with running backs much more suited to the offensive system right now, so the only way Dixon will see a carry or two is if the ‘Niners need a bulldozer on a short-yardage play.


 

Michael Crabtree (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 8)

2012 Season:  85 Receptions for 1,105 Yards and 9 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  9 Receptions for 119 Yards and 2 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  6 Receptions for 57 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  15 Receptions for 176 Yards (11.7 YPC) and 2 TDs

 

Tragedy narrowly averted. The sexual assault allegations against Crabtree could have become a major distraction for both the wide receiver and the 49ers these past couple of weeks, but it turned out to be a bogus claim and is now firmly in the rearview mirror where it belongs. As for the big game this Sunday, Crabtree should play a pretty good role in moving the chains and put up a good chunk of yardage because of it, but his chances of getting into the end zone aren’t very high. Not only did the Ravens allow the second fewest passing TDs this season, but the touchdowns they did allow rarely went to the opposing team’s top receiver. Crabby has been on quite a roll during the past couple of months, but with the type of defense Baltimore plays, you’re more likely to see numbers like he had against Atlanta in the Conference Championship game (six catches, 57 yards) than what he did against the Packers in the Divisional game (nine catches, 119 yards, two TDs) this Sunday.


 

Randy Moss (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 8)
2012 Season:  28 Receptions for 434 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  2 Receptions for 25 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  3 Receptions for 46 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  5 Receptions for 71 Yards (14.2 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Randy Moss—the self-proclaimed best wide receiver to ever play the game—was a relative afterthought in the 49ers offense this season. In fact, his finest performance might have been in Week 1 against the Packers when he caught a season-high four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. So far in two games this postseason, Randy has caught five balls on eight targets for 71 yards, though his best game could be coming up this Sunday. The Ravens may have allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns this season (15), but of the 13 that went to wide receivers, eight of them were caught by someone other than the opposing team’s top receiver. Baltimore also allowed the eighth most receptions to wide receivers this year, so it’s entirely possible Moss shows better in the Super Bowl than he has all season.


 

A.J. Jenkins (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 8 of 8)

2012 Season:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  0 Receptions for 0 Yards (0.0 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Jenkins was on the field for seven of 78 offensive snaps in the 49ers first playoff game against the Packers and zero out of 53 in the Conference Championship against the Falcons. I’m setting the over/under on his snap-count at 2.5 this Sunday.


 

Ted Ginn (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 7 of 8)

2012 Season:  2 Receptions for 1 Yard and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 3 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  1 Reception for 3 Yards (3.0 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Ginn’s real value comes from his play on special teams where the chance he takes a punt to the house gets him ranked one higher than the bottom. He did, however, catch one pass on two targets against Green Bay in the Divisional game, so anything is possible, I suppose.


 

Vernon Davis (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 4)

2012 Season:  41 Receptions for 548 Yards and 5 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 44 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  5 Receptions for 106 Yards and 1 TD

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  6 Receptions for 150 Yards (25.0 YPC) and 1 TD

 

After a dominating performance against Atlanta in the NFC Conference Championship where he caught five of six targets for 106 yards and a touchdown, it seems Vernon Davis has popped back to life just when the 49ers need him the most. On the other hand, you can’t be too hasty in jumping back on his wagon as it was still just his first game with more than two catches in over two months of football (eight games). I definitely expect Vernon to catch a few passes this Sunday, but Baltimore has been dominant against opposing tight ends for years now, with this season being no exception. His athleticism is off the charts and could lead to a game-changing play at any moment, but the Ravens allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this year, so don’t expect too much out of the resurgent Davis.

 

 

Delanie Walker (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 4)

2012 Season:  21 Receptions for 344 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 17 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  1 Reception for 20 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  2 Receptions for 37 Yards (18.5 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Because of the way Vernon Davis has stepped up his game, Delanie Walker saw his time on the field decrease from 73 percent of the offensive snaps in the Divisional game to just 51 percent against the Falcons last week. Walker is hardly an integral part of the ‘Niners game-plan anyway, as he’s only caught two passes for 37 yards this postseason. He has, however, seen seven targets from Colin Kaepernick in that time, so he probably should be able to come up with at least a catch or two this Sunday.