San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins Matchup Preview 10/20/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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This game has a very high chance of being a completely lopsided game. The (5-0) 49ers have remained as one of the two undefeated teams left in the NFL. The return of Tevin Coleman has only bolstered their offense, but they have mainly relied on their high-powered defense. The 49ers’ defense has ranked number two in the NFL behind the other undefeated team, the Patriots. On the other side of the ball, the (1-5) Redskins have played the complete opposite. The Redskins have held one of the worst defenses in the league and their offense is no better. They have cycled through three different quarterbacks in which they have just returned to using their original starter. They got their first win last week against the only team that has looked worse than them, the Dolphins. Even that game was close in a low-scoring bad game to watch. The Dolphins tried to win the game with a two-point conversion at the end of the game which was dropped and failed, resulting in a Redskins’ win that they almost lost. All of this is to say that this game shouldn’t be much of a competition for the 49ers. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins matchup page.
Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Time: 1:00pm EST
Location: FedEx Field – Landover, MD
San Francisco 49ers: WR Deebo Samuel (Q), CB Richard Sherman (Q), DT D.J. Jones (Q), OT Joe Staley (O), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (O), CB K’Waun Williams (Q), OT Mike McGlinchey (O), FB Kyle Juszczyk (O)
Washington Redskins: RB Chris Thompson (Q), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Q), G Wes Martin (Q), TE Vernon Davis (Q), S Deshazor Everett (O)
San Francisco 49ers Analysis
When looking at the 49ers’ offense, you wouldn’t think they would be one of the only two remaining undefeated teams. They have no elite wide receivers and run a committee backfield with Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, and Raheem Mostert. Despite the lack of pure talent, Jimmy Garoppolo has been able to lead this offense mainly on the back of tight end, George Kittle. Rookie, Deebo Samuel, has been the top targeted wide receiver, but he has still to assert him as a real threat each and every game. The main reason for the 49ers’ success is on defense. They have allowed just 12.8 points per game which is second-best in the NFL. I saw a statistic while watching their game that they had 7 turnovers all season last year and already have 12 through 6 games which is absolutely insane turnaround.
Going into this game, they don’t need to change anything. The Redskins’ offense is nothing to worry about. If they just play their gameplan, the Redskins will make their own mistakes. The Redskins have turned the ball over 11 times this season and will likely add to that total this week. As long as the offense can put up 14 points, the 49ers should have no issues in remaining undefeated going into Week 8.
San Francisco 49ers Depth Chart
Washington Redskins Analysis
It is hard to say anything good about the Redskins. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go 1-15 this year. They now have tried all three of their quarterbacks to find a solution to their terrible offense. They started with Case Keenum, attempted Dwayne Haskins who looked horrible and was pulled immediately, and gave Colt McCoy a chance in which he got replaced the next game. Now they are back to stage one with Case Keenum who has a rusty Adrian Peterson and no elite receivers to work with. At least the 49ers have Kittle, but the Redskins only have Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson to get any offense going through the air. Chris Thompson has been a decent option out of the backfield but has yet to do anything stunning.
Looking ahead to the matchup this week, I don’t see a scenario where the Redskins can win. I doubt that they can score over 10 points this week which makes it almost impossible to win. Terry McLaurin will need one or two or three of his huge deep plays to give them a chance. They won’t be able to outmuscle the 49ers’ defense but a few big plays might give them a chance to stick around and make it a little more competitive.
Washington Redskins Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Defense Wins Championships
My big fantasy pick for this game is the 49ers’ defense. They are my favorite waiver wire add for defenses this week. They are now owned in about 80% of leagues, but just two days ago, they were at 60%. It seems as though people are recognizing that they are a top defense in the league that should be owned in every single league. This matchup against the Redskins only adds to why they should be owned. I’d expected loads of sacks, multiple turnovers, and a very low score against. They could make an argument for being the top scoring defense this week even with the Patriots’ defense playing the Jets.