Found December 05, 2011 on Fox Sports:
Stock rising QB: Alex Smith, 49ers Smith's newfound effectiveness has been essential to San Francisco's turnaround; unfortunately, that success has failed to translate into the fantasy forum. Yet Smith submitted one of his finest games to date, tossing for 274 yards and two touchdowns in the Niners' 26-0 whoopin' of the Rams. San Fran's remaining slate features three porous pass defenses in Arizona, Seattle and St. Louis. For owners in two-QB leagues still searching for alternatives for Jay Cutler, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman, the City by the Bay's signal caller is a respectable replacement. QB: Christian Ponder, Vikings Granted, it was against a dubious Denver defense that was without sackmaster Von Miller, but Ponder posted his best fantasy performance in his early career, accumulating almost 400 total yards (381 passing, 12 rushing) and finding the end zone three times in Minnesota's loss to the Broncos. Ponder did have two interceptions, and a...

Numbers split with Falcons

Some significant numbers for the 4-8 Panthers, winners of two straight heading into Sunday's home game against Atlanta:0 Steve Smith's 100-yard receiving games out of the past four. He had five 100-yard days in Carolina's first eight games. Still, he is tied for second in the NFL in receiving yardage (1,092).

49ers win and Clinch division

In what looked to be a slow starting game in the beginning, the 49ers came away with the blowout victory over the Rams, 26-0. And in the process, they have clinched the NFC West for the first time since 2002. Alex Smith threw shy of 300 yards, and had 2 nice...

San Francisco 49ers grades for game vs. St. Louis Rams

MAKING THE GRADEPass offense: Alex Smith produced a career-best 142.3 passer rating as the 49ers clinched the NFC West.

Bears stunned by K.C., 10-3, also lose Forte

Chicago's playoff hopes may have taken a crippling blow with a 10-3 loss to the Chiefs -- at home, no less. To make matters worse, Matt Forte had to leave with a knee injury. Forte reportedly suffered an MCL sprain, not the ACL tear that was originally feared. But we'll have to wait for confirmation. Fantasy Spin: Caleb Hanie was absolutely awful, throwing for only 133 yards...

49ers Game review

Offense Those red-zone issues haven't gone away - the 49ers settled for four FGs on four trips inside the 20 - but Alex Smith (career-high 142.3 rating) expertly avoided that tricky territory in the second half with long TD passes to Michael Crabtree (52 yards) and Kyle Williams (56). Those...

Barber & Bell: The new-look backfield

Matt Forte's sprained MCL could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season, which means the Bears will be relying on Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell to carry the rushing load.

49ers clinch 1st NFC West title in 9 years

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And who knows that better than Alex Smith? On the day the 49ers ' quarterback secured a playoff berth for the first time in his seven-season, 66-game career, he threw deep,...
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