Monday night the 49ers face the Falcons, who rank in the middle of the pack in Fantasy points allowed to DSTs. Playing at home on a national stage, in what could be the final game at Candlestick Park, San Francisco will ride an emotional surge.
All three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy experts rate the 49ers DST a top-3 play.
The Bucs didn't get on the scoreboard until Vincent Jackson's 11-yard touchdown catch with 29 seconds left in the second quarter. Tampa Bay's only other touchdown came on a 24-yard touchdown catch by Timothy Wright in the fourth quarter.
The 49ers special teams also got a nice assist from the Bucs. Eric Page tried to get cute on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter by handing the football off to Russell Shepard on a reverse. Shepard lost the ball as he slipped to the ground, which allowed Kendall Hunter to scoop up the football for a 2-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
The 49ers forced an interception late in the fourth quarter and finished with four sacks. San Francisco is back in action Week 16 vs. Atlanta.
DSTs have scored well against the Bucs, so that bodes well for Fantasy owners who have the 49ers DST. DSTs average 10.8 Fantasy points per week against Tampa Bay, which is the eighth-highest average. DSTs have scored less than 10 points just four times this season against Tampa Bay.
It's no surprise the 49ers have been one of the highest-scoring DSTs in 2013. They haven't let down Fantasy owners and are probably one of the main reasons why you have made it this far in your league. You have been leaning on the 49ers DST all season and it's not time to stop Week 15.
San Francisco forced two sacks on Russell Wilson and picked him off once. Eric Wright came down with the interception for the team's only turnover of the day. The 49ers allowed 264 yards of total offense in a 19-17 victory.
The 49ers will look to keep rolling in Week 15 against the Buccaneers.
The last time these two teams faced each other, San Francisco's defense fell apart and allowed 98 yards on the ground to Marshawn Lynch. Lynch scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown In fact, the 49ers have been outscored 71-16 over the previous two meetings.
Still, the Niners have allowed 105.5 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 11th, and 206.2 yards per game through the air, which is the third fewest allowed in the league. Opposing DST units have scored only 6.00 Fantasy points per game this season. Fantasy owners may want to think twice before starting the 49ers DST this week. Consider them a low-end starting option for Week 14.
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