IDP Corner: TNF Week 3

Maybe it’s only me, but I feel like I’m on my 4th Monday of the week. Luckily I won’t be alone as San Francisco looks like they’ll be having a rough night. Given that these teams are divisional rivals this game will end up being a lot closer than many pundits are suggesting.

No one knows what’s up with the Rams: Todd Gurley is leading the team with 8 receptions, Jared Goff has been, well, serviceable, and the defense has given up 29 points over the first two games. Not the most amazing numbers, but certainly an improvement over what I think most of us were expecting the start of this season to look like.

The same can be said for the 49ers, just in the opposite way. The hype around another Kyle Shannahan offense was palpable this offseason (though no one expected the Falcons offense from last year) and well, the running game is sotra coming together…? As well, the defense has not been horrible, it’s just the offense has done nothing to keep the D off the field.

I expect the game flow to go something like this: 49ers will work the run and try to pepper passes in, until the Rams go up a couple scores. San Francisco will then go to heavier pass usage, which given the Rams secondary and Linebackers, will go less than stellar. As for the Rams (which I keep still associating being from St. Louis), will likely start off with deeper plays, moving to the run game once they have got up on San Fransisco.

Must Starts: Alec Ogletree, Mark Barron, NaVorro Bowman.

Update: Eric Reid is out, obviously do not start.

Defensive Linemen:
Solomon Thomas: Once the Rams transition to the run DeForest Buckner and Thomas should start to tally some points. Buckner is likely owned and likely started, Thomas will be owned in deeper leagues too, and should be started this week if you have him and a normal starter is down or up against a pass heavy team.

The three major linebackers in this matchup are all starter worthy already, I do not expect any major surprise outputs from the others.

Defensive Backs:
Lamarcus Joyner and Trumaine Johnson: Once the 49ers fall behind, these two will likely be the ones who can step up and be able to put up tackles, passes defended, and likely an Interception. If you had someone go down they could be worth the play, otherwise I wouldn’t go out of your way to grab Joyner, Johnson should do well throughout the season.

Good luck to everyone on your Thursday endeavors. And as always if you have questions feel free to reach out via twitter to me @decoylife or the other gurus @TFFGurus, @DaFantasyFather, and @TheFantasyBoys.

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