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Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.


12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.


12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.


12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.


12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.


12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 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

 

 

 

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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.