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It’s all about the Giants pass rush this week as they head out to Washington to take on the Redskins. The Giants own this team, and second year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is a must start and a likely DL-1 producer this week in any scoring format.

JPP has ridiculous ability and with the starting job in hand, this youngster will build off his impressive preseason with a strong week one. Veterans Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka figure to be in the mix as well and all three should be good for a sack this week.

Elvis Dumervil Is Back

Sack master Elvis Dumervil is back of the field after miss all of last year, and what a matchup he has week one as the Broncos host the Raiders. Jason Campbell won’t play a full sixteen games this year and lets hope he makes it out of Denver alive as the stadium should be rocking week one.

Rams Front Line vs. Eagles O-line

While the Eagles are heavy favorites to run deep into the playoffs, they need to keep Michael Vick up right and that could be a problem week one. The Rams are likely to make the playoffs as well, and their improved defense is likely to give the Eagles offense some problems. Look for Chris Long and James Hall to make some noise in the Eagles backfield.

Please Note - Our rankings are now updated as of September 9th, and because the Packers and Saints have already played, we don’t have players from those teams listed. For injury updates, head over to the Fantasy Philosophers Podcast as Sean and Matt breakdown notable players.

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Last Updated – Sep. 9th

1 Justin Tuck @ Redskins
2 Terrell Suggs Steelers
3 Elvis Dumervil Raiders
4 Trent Cole @ Rams
5 Charles Johnson @ Cardinals
6 Jared Allen @ Chargers
7 Mathias Kiwanuka @ Redskins
8 Jason Pierre-Paul @ Redskins
9 Justin Smith Seahawks
10 Ray Edwards @ Bears
11 Darnell Dockett Panthers
12 John Abraham @ Bears
13 Mario Williams Colts
14 Chris Long Eagles
15 Julius Peppers Falcons
16 Robert Mathis @ Texans
17 Ndamukong Suh @ Buccaneers
18 Haloti Ngata Steelers
19 Jason Babin @ Rams
20 James Hall Eagles
21 Chris Clemons @ 49ers
22 Calais Campbell Panthers
23 Matt Shaughnessy @ Broncos
24 Kyle Williams @ Chiefs
25 Kyle Vanden Bosch @ Buccaneers
26 Ahtyba Rubin Bengals
27 Richard Seymour @ Broncos
28 Lamarr Houston @ Broncos
29 Dwight Freeney @ Texans
30 Glenn Dorsey Bills


2011 Weekly Lineup Help

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It can be a real challenge to stay up to date with all the changes on a particular NFL teams’ defense. Key losses or gains because of contract changes, trade or injury can create a dramatic effect to a defense’s success and thus their fantasy value for your fantasy football team. Stay up to date with the note worthy changes right here with personalized fantasy pages for each NFL defense.

To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for the 49ers team defense here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.


Thank God for Vic Fangio as we actually have a defensive coordinator who can demand discipline from the secondary and excels at in game adjustments.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

San Francisco has arguably two of the top five inside linebackers playing today, in Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman. Both are three down linebackers, which is rare in this day in age where sub packages are played so often.

Aldon Smith is a crazy pass rushing maniac, and Fangio loves to move him around like a Joker tight end is used on offense. Smith will have double digit sacks again, even if he only plays in sub packages and predictable pass situations.

The only reason I will likely have the Texans listed over San Francisco is because of schedule. The 49ers have a tough schedule this year and it starts off with a bang against the Packers in Green Bay and then the Lions. They even have to face the Saints again and this time it’s in New Orleans.

Still, they will have some fun against their own division who have average quarterbacks and offensive lines, on all three teams. If you’re looking for a defense early on, the Texans should be tops on the list but the 49ers are just after them.

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

That’s it, count me out when it comes to viewing the 49ers defense as even a backup option for a fantasy league this season. I’m not sure what the heck is going on in their front office but they seem to think doing nothing but losing key veterans like NT Aubrayo Franklin for reasonable price is a way to improve.The only thing the 49ers seemed to do well was shut the run down and they’ve done nothing but lose key veterans to get that done.

In our re-ranking updates for August I will have the 49ers as one of the top seven worst defenses to select. I still love Patrick Willis for IDP fantasy leagues, but his talent is going to wast on a bad team. It hurts me to admit that as a 49er fan, as we’ve fallen a long way from our time as one of the elite franchises in football a decade or two ago.

Sacks Int’s Fumbles Avg PA
2011 Projected Stats 34 14 13 22.1

June 2011

With the projected loss of nose tackle Abreu Franklin I’m not a believer that the 49ers defense can return as a top twelve presence for fantasy football leagues. Yes, they will be worth using in spots because they play in the weakest division in football, but they need to upgrade in the secondary as that area has been a major issue for years.

Patrick Willis is still a stud but he can do it all on his own and without a respectable secondary this team will lose you on easy coverage sacks. The 49ers will probably find their way back into the top ten defenses in a couple years but for now, stay away on draft day.

2010 Preview

Middle linebackers are defined by their ability to lead their team to greatness and win Super Bowls. Patrick Willis is a very good linebacker but won’t be truly great until he turns his team into a winning organization once again. Look for the 49ers defense to take another step this season as they should win the NFC West.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Just a spoon full of offense helped the 49ers team defense play as one of the best units in the NFL last year. Sure, this group still needed to improve against the pass but no one could deny their ability to stop the run and get to the quarterback as they were one of the best sack teams.

With middle linebacker / IDP stud Patrick Willis leading the charge this unit could play the type of football we come to expect from a team led by head coach Mike Singletary.

Audio: San Francisco 49ers Team Defense | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: If the 49ers offense was good for a spoon full of help last year, they should provide a Gatorade jugs worth this year. With a potentially dominant offensive line and playmakers all around the field this team should play with a lead going into the 4th quarter of many games.

Keeping their defensive players fresh and with a lead late in games should only bring out the beast of physical play that a Singletary team is expected to perform at. While this group still needs to improve in the secondary, they will dominate against teams that can’t expose them down the field.

The addition of Ted Ginn Jr. for the kick and punt game give this defense / special teams’ unit more value. Ginn may not be the receiver the Dolphins hoped he would be, but he can still be a great return man. Just ask the New York Jets as he scored two kick return touchdowns on them in one game last year.

Assets

- Playmakers / Strong LB Core

- Solid Against The Run

- Physical

- Good Schedule

- Good Kick and Put Returner

Liabilities

- Susceptible To Big Plays Against Good Quarterbacks

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