Fantasy Football’s Worst: The 49ers Saints Game Destroyed 7 Fantasy Players

At least a couple of the players on the Week 11 Worst List rebounded this week. Saquon Barkley (15.2) salvaged his Fantasy Week with a touchdown because he only had 40 yards rushing. He had four catches which only netted him 13 yards so that touchdown was critical. Dameon Pierce, however, had another forgettable week with 4.6 Fantasy points.

With nobody on bye, if you had Zay Jones (27.5) off your bench, that was a wise move. If you backed up Joe Mixon with Samaje Perine (19.3), that turned out great for you.

But, as always, there were some Fantasy studs that did not quite do their job. Here are the Five Worst of the week.

Anybody on the 49ers Offense

The 49ers defense shutout the Saints this week and scored 12 Fantasy points (depending on your league settings). I am sure the 49ers are ecstatic with their win, but they only scored 13 real life points on offense hurting all your favorite Fantasy players. Deebo just doesn’t look like Deebo right now. It feels like the hamstring injury is either still lingering or recurring during game time. He is missing his explosiveness and Jimmy Garoppolo is just not really looking his way. Deebo was efficient with his receptions, turning just three catches into 43 yards but only netted 7.3 points on the day. George Kittle had the same three catches but turned those into just 26 yards. Christian McCaffrey (8.9), RB4, had 11 rushes but only had 32 yards and 4 catches netted 17 yards. Brandon Aiyuk (11.5) just peeked his head into double digits.

Anybody on the Saints Offense

As mentioned, the Saints scored 0 points this weekend. What this means from a Fantasy perspective, is that nobody on the Saints scored a touchdown. Alvin Kamara ran 7 times for all of 13 yards and got to 7 points by catching 6 passes and turning that into 37 yards. He could have just eked into double digits if he hadn’t fumbled twice. Chris Olave just got into double digit territory with 11.2 points, 5 receptions for 62 yards. Jarvis Landry (4.0) was terrible with two catches and 20 yards. Andy Dalton might be the culprit behind all of this, but, in general, it just looked like the Saints could not handle the 49ers defense.

Tony Pollard

Maybe there should just be a Fantasy rule that if a player has a huge day, they will probably bust the next week. Pollard had 189 scrimmage yards last week with two touchdowns. In fact, he had 109 yards receiving last week and rebounded this week with two catches for 1 yard. He had over 30 points in two of the last three weeks and the other week he had 21.8 points. This week’s 8.1 points is made that much more frustrating knowing that Ezekiel Elliot had 16.5 points and a touchdown. Good luck figuring out which of these backs will produce next week as they received pretty even amount of touches (18 for Pollard and 16 for Elliot). Pollard ends the week as RB10, but who knows what Head Coach Mike McCarthy might be thinking for Week 13.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

Both NFL.com and ESPN have been touting Peoples-Jones as a great waiver wire pickup for his consistency. In the 11 games he has played, he has scored double digits in 8 of those games. This week was one of those non-double digit weeks. Peoples-Jones turned two passes into 16 yards for 3.6 points. If you lost the week by 7 points, you could blame him.

Mike Evans

Evans averages 13.8 points per week, but he has had some rough sledding the last few weeks. After scoring back-to-back 18-point weeks in Week 7 and Week 8, Evans has scored 9, 10.4, and a miserable 5.1 points in Week 12. Though he completed 67% of his passes, Tom Brady looked really off this week, missing passes low, high, and off and he seemed to overthrow every deep pass. But he still scored 18.04 points because he threw the ball 43 times. But the inaccuracy shows up in Evans’ stat line as he had 9 targets but only caught two passes.

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