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vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
vs. ARI, Sun 4pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 10# 18-
Best Rank# 9# 7-
Worst Rank# 31# 35-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. LV vs. ARI-
Matchup RatingThis is a 0 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs LVThis is a 5 star matchup. QBs perform better than their average vs ARI-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total73.369.4-
Avg Game24.411.6-
2019 Average24.411.6-
    
Misc 
    
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Christian McCaffreyJimmy GaroppoloAdd Player
    
Scott AtkinsS. Atkins
FullTime Fantasy
09/29
#20#15-
    
Husein ShabazzH. Shabazz
SleeperWire
09/13
#10#20-
    
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
09/13
#10#17-
    
Steven SpaccarotelliS. Spac...
SleeperWire
09/13
#10#21-
    
Nathan JahnkeN. Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#10#16-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
09/13
#10#17-
    
Marc CavigliaM. Cavi...
Bruno Boys
09/13
#10#15-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
Establish the Run
09/10
#10#17-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
09/10
#10#20-
    
Nick HumphreysN. Hump...
Fantasy Victors
09/10
#10#20-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
09/10
#10#18-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#10#16-
    
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
09/13
#10#25-
    
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
09/13
#10#17-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
09/13
#10#20-
    
Sean KoernerS. Koerner
The Action Network
09/13
#10#17-
    
Jamie CalandroJ. Cala...
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#10#14-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
09/13
#30#18-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#10#17-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
The Fantasy Footballers
09/13
#10#17-
    
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
09/09
#10#17-
    
Todd D ClarkT. D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
09/13
#10#18-
    
Elvin RyanE. Ryan
The Pregame HQ
09/10
#10#18-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
09/13
#10#17-
    
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
Matt Brandon
08/10
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Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
09/13
#10#16-
    
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
09/13
#10#16-
    
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
09/13
#10#13-
    
Kyle RichardsonK. Rich...
The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
#10#19-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
09/13
#10#19-
    
Adrian AlpansequeA. Alpa...
Estadio Fantasy
09/09
#10#17-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#31#19-
    
Seth KleinS. Klein
Fantrax
09/13
#10#24-
    
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
09/13
#10#15-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
The Draft Zone
09/13
#10#18-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
09/10
#10#16-
    
Dan YanotchkoD. Yano...
EDSFootball
09/13
#10#17-
    
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
09/10
#10#17-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
09/10
#10#17-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
09/09
#30#21-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
09/10
#10#18-
    
Muntradamus M.
Beast Dome
09/13
#10#29-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Roto Ranks
09/13
#10#17-
    
Heath CummingsH. Cumm...
CBS Sports
09/13
#10#22-
    
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
09/13
#10#20-
    
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
09/13
#28#29-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
09/12
#10#15-
    
Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
The Hateful 8
09/13
#10#16-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
FantasyPros
09/13
#10#11-
    
Matt De LimaM. De Lima
Sports Illustrated
09/13
#10#15-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
09/10
#10#18-
    
Jake CielyJ. Ciely
The Athletic
09/12
#10#19-
    
Jeff RatcliffeJ. Ratc...
FTN
09/13
#10#15-
    
Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
09/13
#10#18-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
09/13
#10#14-
    
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
09/13
#10#17-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
09/08
#10#16-
    
Donkey TeethD. Teeth
Razzball
09/10
#10#20-
    
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#10#24-
    
Site RankingsS. Rank...
FullTime Fantasy
09/13
#10#18-
    
Greg SmithG. Smith
TwoQBs
09/13
#10#16-
    
Matthew FreedmanM. Free...
The Action Network
09/10
#10#13-
    
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
09/09
#10#17-
    
Wilmar ChavesW. Chaves
Hablemos de Football
09/12
#10#16-
    
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
09/12
#10#16-
    
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
09/10
#10#15-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
09/13
#10#12-
    
Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/13
#10#14-
    
Isaiah SiroisI. Sirois
FantasyPros
09/13
#10#20-
    
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
09/13
#10#17-
    
Mundo Fantasy MXM. Fant...
Mundo Fantasy
09/11
#10#22-
    
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
09/13
#10#15-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
SleeperWire
09/09
#10#17-
    
Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
09/13
#10#13-
    
Dave MajorD. Major
XN Sports
09/13
#10#16-
    
Jon CollinsJ. Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
09/12
#10#20-
    
Donald GibsonD. Gibson
FantasyPros
09/13
#10#15-
    
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
09/13
#10#17-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Important Nonsense
09/10
#10#15-
    
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
09/13
#10#35-
    
Tommy MoliooT. Molioo
The Undroppables
09/09
#10#19-
    
Andrew SeifterA. Seifter
FantasyPros
09/11
#10#16-
    
Neema HodjatN. Hodjat
Real GM
09/09
#10#18-
    
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
09/13
#10#16-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
09/13
#10#18-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
09/13
#10#15-
    
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
09/09
#10#16-
    
Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
09/13
#10#16-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
09/13
#10#13-
    
Clayton CadieuxC. Cadieux
Fantasy Football From Up North
09/12
#10#15-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
#10#17-
    
Dan McLellanD. McLe...
WBLZ Media
09/10
#10#21-
    
Jose Ramon LlacaJ. Ramo...
Estadio Fantasy
09/07
#10#13-
    
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
09/13
#10#25-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
09/12
#23#16-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
09/13
#10#16-
    
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
09/10
#10#17-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/09
#10#16-
    
Jared SmolaJ. Smola
Draft Sharks
09/13
#10#13-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
09/10
#10#15-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
09/12
#10#19-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
09/09
#10#18-
    
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
RotoBaller
09/13
#10#7-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
09/10
#10#20-
    
Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
09/13
#10#15-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
09/13
#10#17-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
09/13
#10#25-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
09/10
#10#20-
    
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
09/13
#10#15-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
09/13
#10#16-
    
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
09/13
#10#15-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
09/08
#10#17-
    
Kelly SmelserK. Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
09/13
#10#18-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#10#11-
    
Kyle AugustK. August
Fantasy Football Smackdown
09/13
#10#13-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
09/13
#31#21-
    
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
09/13
#10#18-
    
Francisco (Chato) RomeroF. (Cha...
Estadio Fantasy
09/13
#9#16-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#10#19-
    
Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
09/13
#10#17-
    
09/10
#10#16-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
09/12
#10#17-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#10#12-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#10#19-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
SportsGrid
09/13
#10#19-
    
Jacob WayneJ. Wayne
Lineups
09/09
#10#19-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#10#17-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
09/07
#10#16-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#10#15-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
09/13
#10#16-
    
09/13
#10#19-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
09/13
#10#12-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
09/13
#15#14-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
09/09
#9#29-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
09/13
#10#18-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
09/12
#30#16-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
09/13
#10#23-
    
Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
09/12
#29#13-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
09/10
#29#8-
    
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
09/13
#10#17-
    
Kyle EnglishK. English
Reality Sports
09/10
#10#18-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
09/12
#10#24-
    
DailyRotoD.
DailyRoto
09/13
#10#8-
    
Aaron LarsonA. Larson
FantasyPros
09/09
#10#17-
    
Jason SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
09/04
#10#23-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
09/13
#10#18-
    
Ellis JohnsonE. Johnson
True North Fantasy Football
09/13
#10#19-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
09/13
#27#17-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
09/10
#10#18-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
09/09
#10#25-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
09/10
#10#17-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
09/13
#10#18-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#10#16-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
09/08
#10#20-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/12
#10#15-
    
Benjamin KlotzB. Klotz
Touchdown Squad
09/12
#10#31-
    
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
09/11
#10#19-
    
Nicholas YouN. You
The Undroppables
09/11
#27#23-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
09/13
#10#16-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
09/10
#13#16-
    
Dariyan MayburyD. Maybury
Fantasy Football Advice
09/10
#13#18-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#13#18-
    
Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
09/10
#13#10-
    
Kevin ScottK. Scott
The Intersecting
09/10
#13#22-
    
Adam MurfetA. Murfet
5 Yard Rush
09/10
#12#23-
    
John FergusonJ. Ferg...
FantasyData
09/10
#12#20-
    
Blake FincherB. Fincher
Fantasy Football Cafe
09/09
#12#18-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
09/08
#15#16-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
09/08
#14#17-
    
Brad EvansB. Evans
FTN
09/07
#14#15-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
09/10
#13#15-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. LV vs. ARI
Week 2 at TB at NYJ
Week 3 at LAC at NYG
Week 4 vs. ARI vs. PHI
Week 5 at ATL vs. MIA
Week 6 vs. CHI vs. LAR
Week 7 at NO at NE
Week 8 vs. ATL at SEA
Week 9 at KC vs. GB
Week 10 vs. TB at NO
Week 11 vs. DETBYE WEEK
Week 12 at MIN at LAR
Week 13BYE WEEK vs. BUF
Week 14 vs. DEN vs. WAS
Week 15 at GB at DAL
Week 16 at WAS at ARI
Week 17 vs. NO vs. SEA
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
2020 Points 
Week 125.419.3
Week 220.813.2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 51.1
Week 623.5
Week 79.5
Week 82.8
Week 927.1
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total73.369.4
Average24.411.6
Notes for Player Combination
 
vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
vs. ARI, Sun 4pm EDT
Expert 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Raiders were just 17th against fantasy running backs last year. Even with a new coaching staff, expect the Panthers to give McCaffrey the ball a ton in this game.Arizona was 32nd against fantasy quarterbacks and Jimmy G had 741 yards and 8 touchdown passes against Arizona in 2 games. Jimmy G is hurt with Tevin Coleman and Deebo Samuel out this week, but he is still a good streaming option.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
The RB1 comes back to reclaim his throne atop the running back rankings. Did you know there was just two games all last year where he finished with fewer than 19.0 half-PPR points? Crazy, right? He'll start against the Raiders who allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per opportunity last year. They also allowed 205.7 PPR points through the air alone to running backs, which ranked as the fourth-most. There were just five teams in the NFL who allowed more fantasy points through the air to running backs than on the ground. The Raiders were one of them. This matchup appears tailormade for someone like McCaffrey, as most are expecting the Panthers to fall behind and throw the ball. The Raiders are also working with a brand-new group of linebackers, which could lead to some miscommunications. You don't need me to tell you to start McCaffrey as an RB1 every week. If you want to play him in DFS, go right ahead.There were many who were going to look to Garoppolo as a streamer in Week 1 because of the matchup with the Cardinals, but enough is enough. His group of pass catchers has disintegrated, starting with Deebo Samuel, then with Jalen Hurd, and then he had both George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk dealing with some hamstring issues. We really don't really know for certain which wide receivers will be out there in 3WR sets. The Cardinals are a team Garoppolo crushed last year. In fact, his two biggest games came against them. He threw for 300-plus yards just three times last year. Two of them were against the Cardinals. There were four times he threw for more than two touchdowns. Two of those times were against the Cardinals. Now, the Cardinals are a defense that's added talent, and most notably first-round safety/linebacker hybrid Isaiah Simmons. It's also their second year in Vance Joseph's defense, so it should be a bit smoother. The biggest issue with Garoppolo this week is that he doesn't have a healthy pass-catching corps and may be throwing to a starting trio of Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, and Dante Pettis. Knowing he offers exactly zero stability with his legs, he has to throw a minimum of two touchdowns to provide decent streaming value. There were just five quarterbacks who failed to throw multiple touchdowns against the Cardinals last year, but again, they've improved this offseason. Garoppolo should be okay for a 2QB format, but I'm not willing to stream him in 1QB formats. I'm convinced Kyle Shanahan would like to run the ball a lot in this game.
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
 In his first full season as a starter, Jimmy G led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance, finishing as fantasy's QB14 in 2019. Despite missing the services of some key wideouts, the matchup is friendly enough for Garoppolo to push for a top-12 finish in Week 1.
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
What do you get when you pit the running back who ranked 2nd among all NFL players in receptions against a defense that was in the bottom ten of opposing running back receptions per game? Likely a pretty sizable fantasy explosion, especially as the Raiders allowed the sixth-most red zone fantasy points to RBs last year. Christian McCaffrey needs to be the #1 overall pick in every fantasy league and is obviously locked and loaded for your lineups for Week 1.The Cardinals allowed the second-most passing touchdowns, second-most passing yards, and most fantasy points to QBs last year. Their defense should be much-improved after their offseason moves, but not to the point that they won't still be a defense worth targeting for QB streaming. The bigger concern for Jimmy Garoppolo is that without Deebo Samuel, his Week 1 pass-catching corps is a little light. George Kittle and the running backs are likely to dominate, but it's hard to trust implicitly anyone of the group of Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Dante Pettis, and rookie Brandon Aiyuk. Jimmy G should still have a strong week in a winning effort, but between the possibility of a poor passing game script and limited pass-catching weapons, I'm not thrilled about Garoppolo this week.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
CMC should get right back to producing at a high level in week one against the Raiders. While this is a good defensive unit, it's not going to be enough to slow down McCaffrey. You spent the No. 1 overall pick to get him (most likely) and you're going to be pretty happy you did right away. 20+ touches this week would not shock me...Jimmy G played extremely well against the Cardinals DST last season, but there's reason to be skeptical about that type of performance repeating in week one. There are serious questions still about who the 49ers will be trotting out at WR this week. The injuries have piled up at WR for this team and it relegates Jimmy G to a starting option only in 2QB leagues. In 1 QB leagues, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.