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49ers' Nick Mullens, Sharks' Tomas Hertl look so alike that it's crazy

49ers' Nick Mullens, Sharks' Tomas Hertl look so alike that it's crazy

Have you ever seen Tomas Hertl or Nick Mullens in the same room?

Well, one look at their head shots makes you wonder if they really are the same person.

The Sharks certainly were convinced Thursday night, as they watched the 49ers quarterback make his first NFL start.

The mystery was solved later in the evening, as Hertl took the ice for the Sharks’ 7:30 p.m. home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, about one hour before Mullens finished off the 49ers’ rout of the Raiders a few miles away at Levi's Stadium.

That’s too bad: Hertl could have been the Bay Area’s biggest two-sport star since Deion Sanders.

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Panthers' DJ Moore in Week 12

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Panthers' DJ Moore in Week 12

After a thrilling Monday night matchup, the Chiefs and Rams will get some much deserved time off in Week 12. 

That’s bad news for fantasy football players. 

Kansas City and Los Angeles are the last two NFL teams to have bye weeks, and will do so just one week before the conclusion of many fantasy regular seasons. Chances are, you or someone you know will be without running backs Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt, or wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Tyreek Hill. 

Luckily, we found three players who can fill the void in Week 12, as well as one from Monday’s game who’s worth stashing on your roster. Each player was owned in fewer than half of ESPN and Yahoo fantasy football leagues as of this writing.

DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers WR (Owned in 31.8 percent of ESPN leagues, 39 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Cam Newton spread the ball around Sunday against the Detroit Lions, targeting four different receivers at least seven times. No Panthers pass-catchers had more receptions than Moore, who finished the day with seven catches (on eight targets) for 157 yards and a touchdown. 

Moore benefited from an 82-yard reception, but would still have been a double-digit scorer in PPR leagues without it. The rookie ended Sunday with at least five targets in five of his last six games, and a favorable matchup against a diminished Seattle Seahawks secondary means Moore should firmly be on your radar. 

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens RB (Owned in 0 percent of ESPN leagues, 2 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Lamar Jackson wasn’t the only Ravens rookie to rush for over 100 yards Sunday. Edwards joined on the fun, too, rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 17 carries. He came out of nowhere in Week 11, with more carries Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals than he had in his NFL career. 

Veteran running back Alex Collins’ workload decreased for the second straight week, while Javorius Allen rushed just once for the second straight week. Edwards, then, will have an opportunity to truly take the reins against a not-so-stout Raiders rush defense in Week 12. The matchup alone makes him a solid streaming option. 

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints WR (Owned in 13.3 percent of ESPN leagues, 25 percent of Yahoo leagues) 

Smith nearly exceeded his own previous workload in Week 11. He entered Sunday with 12 catches for 214 yards and three touchdowns, but finished it with an additional 10 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown after the Saints’ blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

He led New Orleans with 13 targets, or eight more than Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara … combined. The Saints have a quick turnaround, but they have a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons secondary Thursday. Put in a claim for Smith as soon as you can.

Josh Reynolds, St. Louis Rams WR (Owned in 26 percent of ESPN leagues, 45 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Reynolds filled in admirably for Cooper Kupp once again. He caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s instant classic. 

He also caught two touchdowns when he deputized for Kupp in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers. That touchdown pace is almost certainly unsustainable, but Reynolds’ place in one of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses means his ceiling is high down the stretch -- even if you won’t reap any rewards this week. 

Chiefs-Rams Monday night classic shows Raiders, 49ers have far to go

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Chiefs-Rams Monday night classic shows Raiders, 49ers have far to go

The 49ers and Raiders ended Week 11 in the NFL 7.5 games and 6.5 games, respectively, back of the lead in their divisions. 

It feels like a lot more than that after Monday night's classic between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Los Angeles and Kansas City combined for 1,001 yards of offense and 105 points at the Los Angeles Coliseum, as the Rams held on for a 54-51 victory. If you love offense, it was historic in all the right ways. 

The 49ers have not scored 50 points in a game since Dec. 7, 2003, when Terrell Owens was still in San Francisco. The Raiders, meanwhile, last scored more points than the Chiefs or Rams did Monday night ... eight years ago.

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Monday's matchup served as a Super Bowl preview, and showed the 49ers and Raiders just how much room is left to climb back to the NFL's elite. Both the Rams and Chiefs have young quarterbacks -- Jared Goff is 24, and Patrick Mahomes is 23 -- and youth is on their side at the skill positions on offense, to boot. 

The 49ers and Raiders like their starting QBs (when they’re healthy), but neither team has the same complement of weapons as their divisional counterparts. The salary cap will force Los Angeles and Kansas City to make some hard decisions, but San Francisco and Oakland already are at that point, with Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr earning top dollar. 

We all know things can change quickly in the NFL. But as of Monday night, both teams have a long way to go.