December 16, 2022, 1:37 pm
49ers 21 @ Seahawks 13 (49ers covered -3.5, U43.5)
Pregame: Brock Purdy has defied all expectations so far and looked very comfortable last Sunday in a stomping over the Buccaneers. However, we can’t expect him to deliver a rushing score and put up 20-plus fantasy points on a regular basis. He’s a very risky low-end QB1 option this week, but we have to assume that his ceiling is what we saw this past weekend. He’s more likely to finish between 12-18 fantasy points on Thursday.
Postgame: Purdy continued to show poise int he pocket on Thursday night and made enough plays to help the Niners cruise to an early lead that they would never give up as they clinched the NFC West. However, Purdy’s lack of the rushing touchdown that he scored against the Buccaneers lowered his fantasy ceiling as we predicted and he landed in the middle of our pregame expectation for points. He didn’t single-handedly lose anyone’s week, but he definitely didn’t give fantasy GMs a comfortable lead heading into the weekend. He’s going to be more relevant in 2 QB leagues with the lack of rushing upside despite finding the end zone on the ground in his first start.
Pregame: What else can be said about one of the league’s most dynamic players. Christian McCaffrey is an absolute smash play with RB1 upside for the week given his heavy involvement in both the run and pass game. The absence of Eli Mitchell has allowed McCaffrey more opportunties and he should be even more involved over the next few weeks due to Deebo Samuel’s injury. Start McCaffrey with confidence against a Seahawks team has surrendered the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs so far this season. Rookie Jordan Mason has been extremely efficient with his limited opportunities, boasting a 5.3 YPC on his 29 attempts. However, his lack of involvement in the passing game doesn’t bode confidence in 12-team leagues unless we see CMC go down to an injury.
Postgame: While this was George Kittle’s day (we’ll touch on his day in the TE section below), CMC still saw the most touches out of any offensive player on the day and he delivered once again with 138 all-purpose yards including a rushing touchdown. He absolutely hogged all of the carries as rookie backup RB Mason didn’t see his first carry until the second half and he only logged four on the day. However, Mason did flash his upside with a 55-yard run late in the game and he was able to deliver 64 total rushing yards with the limited touches. He’s looking like a very valuable handcuff should something unfortunate happen to McCaffrey. While Thursday’s performance will likely not put McCaffrey as the RB1 on the week, he’ll likely comfortably finish in the top-12 at the position on the week and should be started with confidence week-in and week-out as long as he’s healthy. It’s truly a beautiful thing to pair up the best run-scheme in the NFL with the most versatile back in the game.
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