Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/19/12

Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers


For the second week in a row the San Francisco defense slowed down on of the more lethal offenses in the league. Last season's second ranked offense couldn't move the ball against the 49ers defense on the ground or through the air. Last year's weaker point in the Niners defense was pass defense, through two weeks the problem seems to have been addressed. 

San Francisco:

Alex Smith (226 yards 2 TD 0 ints) is still not a viable fantasy quarterback like some are tabbing but he is doing exactly what the Niners are asking him in real life. Don't expect a barrage of 300-yard games this season, he had a total of zero last season and that should be expected again this year.

Frank Gore (17 att 89 yds 1 TD) looked impressive once again and is proving that he doesn't need 20 carries or more to be fantasy worthy. Kendall Hunter (5 att 23 yds)is a good running back but until Gore slows down or goes down he won't have much value in fantasy land.  

Michael Crabtree (6 rec 67 yards 7 targets) is becoming the most reliable wide receiver in the offense and could have some great games this season. His touchdowns will be limited as they turn to Davis and Moss in that territory. Mario Manningham (3 rec 28 yds 0 TD 4 targets) was on the field a lot but it is hard to trust him as the fourth option on this team. Randy Moss (1 rec 14 yds 0 TD 1 target) he also had a target in the end-zone but there was an obvious pass interference call which made it impossible to bring in the pass.

Vernon Davis (5 rec 73 yds 2 TD 7 targets) is an elite tight end and showed why once again this past Sunday night.

 Detroit:

Matthew Stafford (230 yds 1 TD 1 int) looked similar to Aaron Rodgers from week 1 as he struggled to move his offense down the field against the Niners pass defense. Stafford is a must start either way.

Kevin Smith (16 att 53 yds 0 TD) it's very tough sledding for any running back against the Niners rush defense. This week was no different for Kevin Smith and the Lions.

Calvin Johnson (8 rec 94 yds 0 TD 12 targets) it took a while for "Megatron" to get going in this one but once he did he reeled in catches left and right. Like Stafford, Johnson is a must start week in and week out. Titus Young (1 rec 11 yds 0 TD 3 targets) has been quite a disappointment so far this season. Nate Burleson (1 rec 11 yds 0 TD 3 targets).

Brandon Pettigrew (3 rec 18 yds 1 TD 4 targets).

 

 



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