Mitchell Trubisky

Chris Simms ranks 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo as No. 21 overall QB in NFL


Chris Simms ranks 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo as No. 21 overall QB in NFL

The 49ers hold Jimmy Garoppolo in high regard, as evidenced by the massive investment they have in him.

But at least one analyst isn't as impressed by Garoppolo as San Francisco is.

NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms has been breaking down his quarterback rankings, and he recently revealed he had Garoppolo ranked 21st overall in the 32-team league.

So, 21st? Isn't that a little low? That sandwiches Garoppolo between the Jets' Sam Darnold and the Bears' Mitchell Trubisky, for crying out loud.

In explaining his reasoning, Simms pointed to Garoppolo's relative inexperience, despite the fact he's entering his sixth NFL season.

"We haven't really seen him in crunch time, NFL, you know, consistent, week after week football, yet," Simms explained. "That would be my big question. And, you know, one of the things I'll say about him, he's good at everything. ... I don't know if there's one glaring thing I look at and go, 'Oooh, he is great at this.' “

A year ago, Simms had Garoppolo ranked as the 15th-best quarterback in the NFL. The six-spot drop can be attributed primarily to the ACL injury he suffered in Week 3 last season, as well as the infusion of several young signal-callers around the league.

While that No. 21 ranking isn't overflowing with confidence, Simms isn't exactly "down" on Garoppolo. In fact, if things fall into place, Simms sees him as a potential dark-horse MVP candidate.

"I don't know what the odds are, but right now, to me, that would be a value bet for MVP," Simms said. "If you start going under-the-radar MVP picks ... Jimmy Garoppolo would be one of those guys."

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"If you got some extra money laying around, and you want to hit the jackpot, he'd be the guy," Simms continued.

Safe to say, if Garoppolo garners any MVP votes this upcoming season, that ranking will shoot up next year.

Richard Sherman explains why he fought Bears on sideline, got ejected

Richard Sherman explains why he fought Bears on sideline, got ejected

SANTA CLARA — 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman knows an NFL fine is coming after he was ejected for diving right into a melee on the Chicago Bears sideline Sunday.

He doesn't care one bit. 

There was a little more than five minutes left in the 49ers' eventual 14-9 loss at Levi's Stadium when Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky scrambled on the play that set off the whole altercation. When the second-year pro saw  49ers rookie safety Marcell Harris coming his way, he started to slide. 

Harris appeared to let up as he was moving toward Trubisky, but he couldn't quite stop himself in time. Flags were thrown, but that did not satisfy the Bears' bench, who surrounded the rookie and set off the skirmish. 

A few moments later, Sherman went flying into the middle of the scrum -- hands, dreadlocks and players flying everywhere.

Sherman explained why he didn’t hesitate to join the fray. 

“It was their whole sideline against one of my teammates,” Sherman said. “The rest of us were coming over. Everyone was trying to get him, but as a leader, you can’t let them do your teammate like that. 

“Regardless of the circumstances, regardless of what’s going down, I felt like they went over the top, and I responded with over-time.” 

Part of the problem, Sherman explained, is how the NFL has restricted defensive players and protected quarterbacks. 

“At the end of the day, if you don’t want your quarterback getting touched, don’t run the quarterback," Sherman said. "They are trying to protect them as much as they can, but you want to protect them the most, don’t run.” 

Trubisky is known for his running ability. He was ranked fifth in the league in quarterback rushing yards before the game with 60 attempts for 402 yards. The 49ers' defense held him to just 3 yards on five carries. 

Sherman says that while Harris might have been wrong, the Bears' bench went too far. 

“Cool, he was wrong,” Sherman explained. “They are going to penalize him. We don’t need your extra stuff, surrounding him and pushing him on the sidelines. That’s unacceptable, and we’re not going to take that. 

“These are my guys. I don’t care at the end of the day what the deal is. You’re going to do all that, you’re going to let him go.” 

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Sherman went into the scrum with an extended boxing style combination, but he ensured that he did not incur any injuries. He claimed swinging with open hands is a “vet move” that he implemented. He also credited strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright for the boxing moves. 

Still, open hands don’t mean the hits come any lighter from the veteran cornerback. 

“They continued to pull and jerk and grab on me,” Sherman said. “I’m a grown man with kids. At the end of the day, they are going to get punished for it. I don’t put my hands on you, you don’t put your hands on me. You put your hands on me, you’re going to feel me.” 

Sherman undoubtedly will receive a financial punishment for his actions. As a first-time offender, he is scheduled to receive a $33,425 fine for being ejected for fighting. 

What does Sherman think about that inevitability? 

“Oh yeah, I’ll get fined. It will be worth every penny.” 

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Raiders' Jalen Richard in Week 8


Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Raiders' Jalen Richard in Week 8

Whether you're alone at the top or in the basement of your fantasy football league, there's a good chance that somebody on your roster hasn't met expectations.

It could be someone like Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, or even Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. You might not be able to recoup their draft value, but you can turn to the waiver wire to try and get back some of that production.

Here are four players to keep an eye on heading into Week 8. Each is owned in fewer than 60 percent of ESPN and Yahoo's fantasy football leagues. 

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears QB (Owned in 51.1 percent of ESPN leagues, 52 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Trubisky did it again Sunday. He threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns, adding a rushing touchdown and 81 yards on the ground. It was the third consecutive week in which Trubisky threw for at least 300 yards, rushed for at least 45 yards and scored multiple touchdowns.

The second-year pro did throw two picks, and completed barely more than 50 percent of his passes. But Trubisky was the highest-scoring fantasy QB headed into Sunday night for the second time in three weeks. He’s worth considering as a streaming option in Week 8, and might even be an upgrade over your current signal-caller(s).

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts RB (Owned in 53.9 percent of ESPN leagues, 55 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Mack topped a solid Week 6 performance with a stellar game in Week 7. He ran for 126 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and caught two passes for 33 yards and a score in a rout of the Buffalo Bills. It was the second consecutive week in which he got significantly more touches than Nyheim Hines, a previous waiver-wire favorite of ours, and Mack has emerged as the top option in Indianapolis' backfield. 

The Colts will head to Oakland next week to face the Raiders, and the Silver and Black defense has allowed more than 100 rushing yards in four out of six weeks this season. If he keeps this up, there probably won't be a return of (the) Mack in our Week 9 column. 

Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders RB (Owned in 17.1 percent of ESPN leagues, 20 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Doug Martin is likely to assume most of the injured Marshawn Lynch’s rushing workload, but Richard still offers higher fantasy upside, especially in PPR formats. He has at least six catches in four out of six games this season, including each of his last two games.

Richard is a solid matchup play in Week 8, as the Colts' defense has allowed big fantasy weeks from opposing running backs. Indy contained the Bills’ backs after LeSean McCoy was injured in Week 7. But as long as health is on Richard’s side, he’s an intriguing flex option. 

Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins WR (Owned in 24.4 percent of ESPN leagues, 10 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Amendola might be the biggest believer in Brocktober, as the 32-year-old caught six passes for 84 yards and one touchdown Sunday against the Detroit Lions.. Since Osweiler took over for an injured Ryan Tannehill, the former Patriots pass-catcher has more targets (18) and catches (13) than any other Dolphins wide receiver.

Miami has a short turnaround, but Osweiler will remain under center on Thursday Night Football against the Houston Texans. It remains to be seen how well Osweiler will perform on the road, but as long as Amendola remains his safety valve, the wide receiver belongs on your radar.