by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/29/14) After a couple of so-so performances the last couple weeks, the 49ers showed they've still got it on the defensive side of the ball Week 4 against Philadelphia, limiting one of the league's most prolific offenses over the first three weeks to 21 points on 213 yards. They intercepted quarterback Nick Foles twice and sacked him once. They also recovered two fumbles.
The four turnovers equaled their total from Week 1 at Dallas, but they had a total of one in the two games in between.
The 49ers DST has what should be a favorable matchup Week 5 against Kansas City, so now isn't the time to shy away from it.
Antoine Bethea does it all Week 4
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/28/14) 49ers safety Antoine Bethea, making his 100th career start, was a dominant force Week 4 against the Eagles. He led the team with seven tackles, all solo, and forced two turnovers.
Bethea intercepted an underthrown pass from Nick Foles, and he jarred the ball loose from tight end Zach Ertz following a reception. Bethea, who came into the game dealing with an ankle injury, has 15 interceptions and six forced fumbles in his career.
He'll play the Chiefs in Week 5.
Antoine Bethea a late addition to Week 4 injury report
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/26/14) 49ers safety Antoine Bethea was a late edition to the injury report leading up to Week 4 against Philadelphia. Bethea missed practice on Friday because of an ankle injury and has been deemed questionable for Sunday. He has compiled 13 tackles through three games this season.
Ray McDonald suffers finger injury late in game Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/22/14) 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald left Sunday's game against the Cardinals in the fourth quarter due to a dislocated finger, according to CSNBayArea.com.
49ers allow 17 second-half points in Week 3 loss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) The 49ers defense allowed 17 second-half points Sunday, and the Cardinals stormed back for a 23-14 win Week 3. Arizona finished with 338 yards, which included 84 rushing yards.
San Francisco held Arizona to a pair of first-half field goals before rookie wide receiver John Brown had touchdown catches of 21 and 24 yards in the third quarter to put Arizona ahead.
The 49ers did force a fumble of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the red zone in the fourth quarter. However, they recorded no sacks and no interceptions in the loss.
San Francisco is back in action Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.
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The 49ers DST should once again be a top unit this season, but two key players might be missing early in the year NaVorro Bowman (knee) isn't expected to return to the middle of the season, and Aldon Smith could be facing a suspension. We'll find out when those two will be on the field during training camp, but we still have plenty of confidence in the 49ers DST to make plays. The unit was No. 5 in Fantasy points in a standard league in 2013 with 38 sacks, 18 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, five defensive touchdowns and one safety. They held their opponents to 272 points, and this is the third year in a row they have been a Top 5 Fantasy option. We would draft the 49ers with a late-round pick in all leagues. Once the Seahawks DST comes off the board then get ready to draft the 49ers because they are likely the No. 2 unit coming into the season.