by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/11/13) The 49ers had one of their best defensive efforts when they needed it the most Week 14 vs. Seattle, holding the Seahawks to 17 points and 264 yards in a key NFC West showdown. The 49ers will look to bring the same intensity to the field Week 15 at Tampa Bay.
DSTs have scored well against the Bucs, so that bodes well for Fantasy owners who have the 49ers DST. DSTs average 10.8 Fantasy points per week against Tampa Bay, which is the eighth-highest average. DSTs have scored less than 10 points just four times this season against Tampa Bay.
It's no surprise the 49ers have been one of the highest-scoring DSTs in 2013. They haven't let down Fantasy owners and are probably one of the main reasons why you have made it this far in your league. You have been leaning on the 49ers DST all season and it's not time to stop Week 15.
Ahmad Brooks makes five solo stops
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks made five tackles, all solo, in the win over the Seahawks. He also defended a pass, his seventh this year. Brooks visits the Buccaneers in Week 15.
Carlos Rogers ties season high in tackles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers tied his season high with eight tackles in the win over Seattle. He made seven solo stops. Rogers, who ranked second on the team in tackles Week 14, visits Tampa Bay in Week 15.
Patrick Willis racks up five tackles in Week 14 win
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis enjoyed another productive performance during Sunday's win over the Seahawks in Week 14.
Willis posted five total tackles (four solo) in a 19-17 victory. He has 74 tackles this season.
NaVorro Bowman posts nine tackles in Week 14
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman fell one tackle shy of another game with double-digit tackles during Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
Bowman led the way with a team-high nine total tackles (eight solo) and one sack in a 19-17 victory. He has 120 tackles, four sacks and two force fumbles this season.
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The 49ers DST benefits from several things, mainly some talented players (Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman, Justin Smith and Carlos Rogers), and they were a top-10 DST in standard leagues in 2012 for the second year in a row. The 49ers had three defensive touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 38 sacks and 11 fumble recoveries, and they should remain an elite Fantasy option this year. Plan on drafting the 49ers DST as a No. 1 unit, and they should be selected with a late-round pick in all formats on Draft Day, as early as Round 12. (Updated 4/25/13)