The Week 3 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks features two teams that pride themselves on playing well defensively. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
San Francisco 49ers
After an opening week shutout victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers walked into Carolina last week and got trounced. The team surprisingly got things close until early in the fourth quarter when multiple turnovers led to the team’s demise. This week represents an opportunity to pick up the team’s second win of the season, especially given how much Seattle has struggled to score early. Running back Carlos Hyde will likely be a major factor should the game be low scoring. That’s good news considering he was unhappy with last week’s performance and totaled only 34 yards rushing. Seattle’s defense has long been considered one of the best in the NFL, but Hyde just might be good enough between the tackles to surprise a few fantasy owners this time around.
Perhaps the only other 49ers player worth a look in fantasy leagues is Jeremy Kerley. In a Chip Kelly offense that uses the slot receiver position on a regular basis to get the ball down the field, Kerley may prove to be golden. He, like the rest of the team, was less than stellar last week however. He was targeted six times for just 29 yards and three catches. Against Seattle his stat line is likely to be similar. Kerley is worth a roster spot in deep PPR leagues, but he may be better off riding the bench this week.
Everybody around the NFL knows that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is struggling with a high ankle sprain. He has shown it in the first two weeks of the season. Struggling to scramble is not good for an elusive thrower like him. The good news is that his ankle is better this week than it was last week, and he’s facing the San Francisco 49ers. Carolina’s Cam Newton lit up San Francisco last week, and if Wilson can play the way he normally does he may be the player of the week in Week 3. Fantasy owners should pay close attention to his ability to scramble and of course his final box score numbers. He hasn’t played up to par so far this year, but this week he’ll be much better and should reach above his projected totals.
That’s good news for the team’s running game and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Baldwin proved in the second half of last season that he has enough ability to be considered one of the game’s elite pass catchers. Since Wilson hasn’t been healthy and the running game has struggled, the Los Angeles Rams were able to key in on Baldwin last week. He was held to just three catches for 20 yards in the game. While being limited in practice himself early in the week thanks to a knee injury, Baldwin should be ready to scorch the 49ers on Sunday.