THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS ST. LOUIS RAMS
WHEN: 7:25 p.m. CDT
WHERE: NFL Network
With Fantasy Football roster decisions due today in regards to the players taking the field tonight, let’s take a look at some of the pertinent information about the 49ers and the Rams.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
On the offensive side of the ball, tight end Vernon Davis is listed as Questionable with a hamstring but has practiced on a limited basis week, so maybe he will get in the game some. Running back Frank Gore is a sore knee but is listed as Probable and will most likely play.
It is on defense that the 49ers have some issues. Not only is Alden Smith out indefinitely while he handles his personal issues, but linebacker Patrick Willis and corner back Nnamdi Asomugha are both listed as Questionable for tonight’s game. That is a lot of key components on defense that may not play.
ST. LOUIS RAMS
The Rams are relatively healthy right now. Running back Daryl Richardson missed last week’s game but may still play Thursday. He did amass 98 yards rushing in the first two weeks. The Rams will probably not have anyone else of note miss this game.
I like Sam Bradford for this week. There is a lot going on with the San Francisco defense, and not in a good way. Bradford is averaging nearly 300 yards a game with 6 touchdowns.
If you have Richardson, keep him on your bench, at least another week.
Both tight end Jared Cook and wide receiver Chris Givens are emerging as productive pass catchers for the Rams. Both have nearly 200 yards and deserve some consideration as starters in week 4, especially Cook.
Look for this to be the week that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick bounces back. The Rams passing defense is in the bottom third in the league. They are also 16th in the league against the run. Kaepernick is a good start for this match up, as is Frank Gore, if he plays.
Anquan Boldin, who had a monster game in week one against the Packers but has done nothing since, should also see a rise in production against the Rams.
If you have Davis, keep an ear out for his progress. He will probably be a game time decision. If you have to set your line u early, keep him on the bench, just in case.
Look for this to be a high scoring football game with plenty of passing. The Rams defense is not solid and the 49ers are having a lot of issues on that side of the ball. Kaepernick and Bradford are set for big nights, so their prime targets, Anquan Bolden, Chris Givens, and Jared Cook should all have solid nights as well.