Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
Final: SF 27-10
Spread: SF -7
After a competitive first half, this game was controlled and taken over by the 49ers defense and run game. They pitched a shutout in the second half, rushed for 186 yards and limited the league’s six best rushing offense to 21 yards. The 49ers went 13-3 for a reason and will be a tough out in the NFC Championship Game.
Tevin Coleman - It’s so hard figuring out which 49ers running back is going to go off on a given week, but it was Coleman’s time to shine on Saturday rushing for 108 yards and two scores. He out-touched Raheem Mostert 22 to 12. Mostert had scored in each of the final six games -- eight times total -- so to see Coleman suddenly dominate the carries was simply because Coleman had the hot hand. Mostert actually left the game with a cramp and if that at all impacts him during practice this week, we could see Coleman once again dominate the touches. It’s hard to trust Coleman in DFS next week if you’re someone who only plays one or two lineups, however. Especially if Mostert is 100-percent.
Stefon Diggs - The Vikings only scored one touchdown and Diggs was the one who crossed the goal line. He only caught two passes, but did go for 57 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. The Vikings offense is quite potent when they’re at full strength and entering next year they’re going to get a lot of love in fantasy drafts. Diggs went for 1,130 yards and six regular season touchdowns while securing the one in the divisional round as well. He’s a top-30 receiver entering 2020 fantasy football drafts.
Kendrick Bourne - The 49ers controlled this game on the ground, but Bourne was able to sneak free for three catches, 40 yards and a score and was the highest scoring receiver from this game. There are three pass catchers on San Fran I’d prioritize over Bourne in the Championship Game and I truly don’t have any interest in rostering him in any sort of daily format unless my girlfriend was entering 150 lineups and excluded him from her player pool.
Jimmy Garoppolo - The 49ers didn’t need to air it out at all as he attempted only 19 passes compared to 47 totes on the ground. Garoppolo had a solid season on a really good team, but their identity is on the shoulders on their triple-headed running attack. There are only four quarterbacks left so obviously he’ll be apart of the player pool, but there are simply better options on the board.
Kirk Cousins - After Cousins was called out by both of his top receivers early in the season, he had quite the season, but Saturday was not his sharpest outing. He only threw for 172 yards with one touchdown and a pick on 29 attempts. Cousins will be sitting there late in drafts in 2020 and works extremely well as a QB1 if you really focus on the skill positions before taking a quarterback.
Dalvin Cook - Cook had been so dominant essentially each and every week but the 49ers shut him down and he couldn’t do anything positive. He rushed for 18 yards on nine carries and his game long run was SIX. He caught six passes but went for EIGHT yards. Cook will enter the 2020 campaign as a likely top-five draft pick in any and all format you want to take him in.
Emmanuel Sanders - Again, it was tough for any 49ers pass catcher to stand out when Garappolo only threw for 131 yards and completed 11 passes. He, however, does have a great rapport with his quarterback and whether it’s Seattle and or Green Bay he figures to see more work considering both of those teams will focus on stopping the run.
George Kittle - Kittle was a non-factor in this game catching just three-of-five targets but it didn’t matter for San Francisco because they beat Minnesota up on the ground. Kittle will have a potentially elite match-up in the NFC Championship Game if he faces off against Seattle and a decent match-up against Green Bay. He squared up with both in the regular season going for 86 yards on seven catches vs. SEA and six catches for 129 yards and a score against GB.
Raheem Mostert - Mostert left this game in the fourth quarter due to a cramp in his leg but considering it’s only a cramp, it’s not overly concerning. We’ll monitor his progress during practice this week, but expect a full weeks workload in the NFL Championship Game.