San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Matchup Preview 10/31/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The 49ers have been an extremely dominant team. They are undefeated and their defense is ranked 1st in the NFL in yards allowed. They face a Cardinals team that has a promising offense and a bad defense. The 49ers should have an easy win on the road this game. The spread for this game is 10 points in favor of the 49ers. The 49ers should comfortably win this game. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals matchup page.
Date: Thursday, October 31st, 2019
Time: 8:20 ET
Location: State Farm Stadium – Glendale, AZ
Coverage: FOX, NFL Network
San Francisco 49ers: FB Kyle Juszczyk (O) – Knee, T Mike McGlinchey (O) – Knee, RB Raheem Mostert (Q) – Knee, T Joe Staley (Q) – Fibula, Ahkello Witherspoon (Q) – Foot, TE Levine Toilolo (Q) – Groin, T Justin Skule (Q) – Knee, DE Dee Ford (Q) – Quadriceps, RB Matt Breida (Q) – Ankle
Arizona Cardinals: TE Darrell Daniels (Q) – Ankle, Haason Reddick (Q) – Knee, RB Chase Edmonds (D) – Hamstring, WR Trent Sherfield (Q) – Knee, LB Dennis Gardeck (Q) – Ankle, DE Zach Allen (Q) – Neck, T Justin Murray (Q) – Knee, TE Charles Clay (Q) – Back, RB David Johnson (Q) – Back, LB Cassius Marsh (Q) – Concussion, RB D.J. Foster (IR) – Hamstring
San Francisco 49ers Analysis
The 49ers are a clear run first team and it shows. They rank 26th in passing yards and 3rd in rushing yards. Against the Cardinals, the 49ers should have have a lot of success running the ball. The Cardinals rank 29th in rush yards allowed and 18th in fantasy points allowed to running backs. This means that starting running back Tevin Coleman should have a great game. Last game, he had 118 total yards and 4 touchdowns. He was clearly the top running back, even with Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert getting carries. With 48% of snaps last week, Coleman was on the field the most out of all 49ers running backs. Additionally, Mostert and Breida are listed on the injury report this week, so Coleman is the only fully healthy running back this game.
The passing game has definitely been less dynamic for the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo is averaging only 13.9 fantasy points per game, as the 49ers have mostly run the ball. He has not had a 300+ yard passing game yet. Even last game, when the offense scored 51 points, Garoppolo still had only 14 fantasy points. He is not a reliable option for fantasy football and should not be started this week. None of the receivers have been very good for fantasy as well. Emmanuel Sanders had 12.5 PPR points last week, but only had 5 targets. He could become a solid fantasy option in the future, but for now, it is better to monitor his production. If he does well against the Cardinals, he could be a solid fantasy receiver in the coming weeks.
San Francisco 49ers Depth Chart
Arizona Cardinals Analysis
The Cardinals offense has an extremely tough test against the 49ers defense. They rank 1st in yards allowed and 2nd in points allowed. Though the Cardinals rushing attack has been potent, it will be very difficult to get going in the run game. The 49ers have allowed only 2 rushing touchdowns this season. With David Johnson and Chase Edmonds unlikely to play this week, the running game could be even worse. Though the Cardinals traded for Kenyan Drake and signed Alfred Morris, that will not help their rushing attack enough to beat the 49ers defense.
The acquisition of Kenyan Drake is interesting for the Cardinals. Neither David Johnson nor Chase Edmonds are on injured reserve, but the Cardinals still felt a need to get a new running back. He might see some carries this week, but is definitely not good to start against the 49ers defense. It would be smart to monitor how many carries Drake gets in his first week as a Cardinal. If David Johnson and Chase Edmonds miss more time, he may become the lead back for the Cardinals.
Another Cardinals player to watch is Christian Kirk. When he has been healthy, he has been the top receiver for the Cardinals. In the four full games he has played, he has had 10+ PPR points in all of those games. He is also averaging 10.8 targets per game. He may get a lot of targets this game, but it will be difficult for him to get going against the 49ers pass defense. Otherwise, Kirk is a great option to trade for if he does poorly this week.
Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: 49ers Run Over Cardinals Defense
(Note: DraftKings is doing a special Thursday night event and they are not including the Thursday night matchup in any other events. The prices listed for DraftKings are higher than usual because of this.)
Tevin Coleman (DK: $13,500, FD: $7,200) is the best option for this matchup. He is currently the 49ers top running back and will have a great game against the 26th ranked rush defense. Also, Matt Breida (DK: $9,900, FD: $5,900) and Raheem Mostert (DK: $7,200, FD: $5,000) could be sneaky options for this week. While they received less snaps last game than Coleman, they could be used in garbage time later in the game. Also, it will be important to monitor their injury statuses before the game, as both running backs are questionable to play. Also, George Kittle (DK: $13,800, FD: $7,200) has an incredibly favorable matchup against the Cardinals, who have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends. Kittle almost always has a great game, and will almost surely have a great game against a team that has failed to defend tight ends.