Minnesota Vikings 24, San Francisco 49ers 13
In what was the most shocking upset of the day, Christian Ponder (231 total yards, 3 TDs) led the Vikings to an improbable victory over the 49ers, who most viewed as the top team at least in the NFC, if not the whole NFL. This wasn’t some “barely win” either, this was a domination for most of the game.
Alex Smith (230 total yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) finally threw a pick for the first time in almost a full season of games, and it came during the final minutes of the 4th quarter to kill any comeback possibility. This game reminds people that while an efficient Smith can have some value in fantasy, a Smith that makes mistakes really doesn’t.
Kyle Rudolph (5-36, 2 TDs) once again was Ponder’s favorite red zone target, hauling in two touchdown catches on the day. Rudolph is looking like the next young stud TE, so get him before he gets too expensive if you can. Percy Harvin (9-89, 9 rush yards) did his normal damage and is looking like pure PPR gold so far in this young season.
Vernon Davis (5-53, 1 TD) had another good outing for the 49ers and was tied with Michael Crabtree (6-40) for the most targets with 8 a piece. Mario Manningham (5-56) has also been an underrated target for the 49ers, while Randy Moss continues to be fairly worthless.
Adrian Peterson (25 car., 86 yards; 2 rec., 21 yards) continues to get heavy doses of the run workload and he seems to be handling it like a champ. He racked up over 100 total yards against the 49ers, which is great against their vaunted defense.
Not a great day for Frank Gore (12 car., 63 yards; 1 rec., 9 yards), who didn’t get a lot of chances to get untracked with the 49ers falling behind early. Normally the 49ers play with a lead, so better days are ahead for Gore and the rushing game.