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WR Anquan Boldin - San Francisco 49ers

6-1, 216Born: 10-3-1980College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): The ageless Boldin is showing why Colin Kaepernick continues to target him over all other 49ers targets. He is going to have his hands full with Seattle in Weeks 13 and 15, but Boldin only has fallen under five catches in a game twice this year, and not since Week 5.

Week 13: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Seattle and San Francisco are knotted up at 7-4 behind divisional leader Arizona (9-2) - this is the first of two scheduled clashes between these divisional rivals (with profound playoff implications for both), which will go down in Levi's Stadium on Thanksgiving night. Colin Kaepernick had a solid (but not spectacular) game passing the football against the Washington defense - 20/29 for 256 yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -10 yards - adding 9/14/0 rushing to the team effort. It was the fifth straight game in which he's thrown one TD and also the fifth straight game in which he's rushed for less than 25 yards. This year, games like this are what we've come to expect out of Kaepernick. Respectable, but not spectacular. He is back to relying on Anquan Boldin (12 targets for 9/137/1 receiving this week; 32 targets for 20/285/2 receiving over the past three games) and Michael Crabtree (seven targets for 5/58/0 receiving last week; 23 for 11/205/1 over the past three contests) as his top receivers - the dalliance with Brandon Lloyd and Steve Johnson fantasy owners saw earlier in the year is mostly a thing of the past. Boldin is the best option for fantasy owners entering Week 13. Vernon Davis has seen 15 targets over the last three games, but has only converted 5/37/0 and has faded from relevance as a fantasy tight end. The Seahawks' pass D ate up the Larry-Fitzgerald-less Cardinals on Sunday, holding Arizona to 14/26 for 140 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -9 yards. Alex Smith only attempted 16 passes two weeks ago (11/16 for 108 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with zero sacks taken) - lately, the Seahawks' pass D is back to their shut-down ways of 2013. They rank third in the NFL averaging 208.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 15 passing scores given up vs. seven interceptions (23rd in the NFL) and 16 sacks (29th) generated this season. Kaepernick and company have some tough customers arriving at Levi's Stadium on Thanksgiving night. Advantage, Seattle.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
9 vs STL 0 0 0 7 6 93 1 0
10 at NO 0 0 0 15 6 95 1 0
11 at NYG 0 0 0 6 5 53 0 0
12 vs WAS 0 0 0 12 9 137 1 0
13 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
13 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *
13 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs NO (15 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)

It's difficult to say that a receiver that posted a 6-95-1 had a bad day, but uneven doesn't seem quite harsh enough. On the positive side, Boldin made back-to-back plays in the second quarter that led to the 49ers third score. He ran a great route and made a good hands catch on a 23 yard post and two plays later scored a touchdown on a beautiful pass from Kaepernick. It was a fade route and Boldin showed good concentration to get two feet in and haul in the pass under tight coverage. On the negative side, Boldin had at least 5 drops and a long catch reversed because of offensive pass interference. One of the drops came on another deep post and likely would have been a long touchdown because there was no one between him and the end zone. It's fair to say, had Boldin caught the passes he normally does this could have been one of the best games of his career.

2014 Week 11 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

Boldin was held relatively quiet, though he did catch nearly everything that was thrown his way. He had a 16 yard gain in the first quarter that came on a simple short cross. After the catch Boldin broke 2 tackles to turn it into a big gain. Boldin's 11 yard grab was a good hands catch with a defender draped all over him on 2nd and 7. The game script limited his targets and production in the 2nd half.

2014 Week 12 vs WAS (12 / 9 / 137 / 1 rec)

Boldin had an outstanding game as Kaepernick's favorite and most productive receiver. He showed his great hands on his first catch, a bullet from less than 10 yards away, then beat his man up field for an 18 yard gain. Two plays later he badly beat his man on a corner route and caught a perfect pass from Kaepernick for a 30 yard touchdown. Boldin made several other important catches to pick up first downs in tight coverage, but none were as good as the one he made on the game-winning drive. Boldin caught the pass in the seam and held on through an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit. Boldin then bounced off the hit and sprinted up the field for more yardage. His final catch was on a short slant and Boldin dove between two defenders to move the 49ers inside the 5 yard line.

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Schedule

13vs Seattle Seahawks
14@ Oakland Raiders
15@ Seattle Seahawks
16vs San Diego Chargers
17vs Arizona Cardinals