Thursday Night Football Preview: Fantasy Football Focus

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer INovember 12, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 14:  Tight End Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco looks on against the Denver Broncos during the preseason game on August 14, 2009 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Get ready for the first Thursday night game since the opening game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans.

That game ended up being a hard-fought overtime duel, which put the Steelers on their way to a 6-2 record and being one of the better teams in the league, while it marked the first loss in a six-game losing streak to start the season for the Titans.

Fantasy owners and fans hope that tonight's match between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers ends with more fireworks than that 13-10 game did.

With that thought in mind, here's a quick recap of all the player participating in tonight's game that you may want to consider dropping into your line-ups for Week 10:


San Francisco 49'ers

QB Alex Smith

Smith looked a bit shaky in his last two starts, but still has six touchdowns in his last three games and is a decent source for yardage, as he's brought a more explosive dynamic to the 49ers' previously anemic offense.

Look for him to take advantage of a Bears defense that has gotten torched by Carson Palmer and Kurt Warner for five touchdowns on separate occasions.


RB Frank Gore

Gore was held in check against the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans the last two weeks for the most part, but still broke a nice run in both games, and finished with solid yardage and a score in both contests.

The Cardinals used a two running back system to show the world Chicago isn't an elite defense anymore against either the run or pass. So Gore makes a fine play this week, as usual.


WR Michael Crabtree

Crabtree has been targeted a decent amount in his first three games, and despite getting shut down a bit (only 30 yards) against the Titans last week, there's plenty of hope for him against a sketchy Bears pass defense.

Look for Alex Smith to open things up over the middle with Vernon Davis, and once Frank Gore gets it going, expect Crabtree to get his too.


TE Vernon Davis

Make that four for four in this contest for 49ers offensive players that are suggested starts. The Bears aren't living in 1985 anymore, and without Brian Urlacher, have turned into a very average unit.

They are particularly poor against elite tight ends, and with the huge amount of action Davis has been getting, he should be primed for another big day.


Chicago Bears

QB Jay Cutler

We're laying the "disrespect" on thick for the Bears defense, but it's likely to go both way in this game.

The 49'ers started the season with what looked to be an elite group, but have been shaky ever since getting trounced by the Atlanta Falcons.

Cutler scored three touchdowns last week against a poor Arizona Cardinals secondary, so it's fair to assume he can do the same against a very average 49'ers secondary that is missing Nate Clements.


RB Matt Forte

The Niners' run defense received a heavy dose of humility, especially after getting lit up by Chris Johnson last week. But considering Forte's only elite (or respectable) outings have come against teams with one win, this match-up doesn't bode well for him .


WR Devin Hester

Hester made a name for himself as a legit No. 1 NFL receiver, as he's turned into Jay Cutler's go-to guy, and hauled in at least six receptions in four straight games. Don't count on his involvement in the offense stopping now.


TE Greg Olsen

Olsen finally broke-out and connected with Cuter for three touchdowns last week, and you can finally start to hope for some real benefits from drafting him higher than he was valued at.

Olsen is incredibly fast and athletic for a tight end, but opposing defenses have done a solid job containing him as far as yardage goes.

Still, if Chicago makes a habit of getting inside the 20 against San Francisco, he's clearly made it known that he's a threat to score every time.

If you're looking for who is going to win this match, go here .

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