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Why Jimmy Garoppolo's recent success could make 49ers more dangerous

Why Jimmy Garoppolo's recent success could make 49ers more dangerous

Jimmy Garoppolo is coming off arguably the best game of his career, throwing for four touchdowns in the 49ers' 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday. 

He completed 28 completions of 37 attemps and four touchdowns topped it off with an Erin Andrews interview that had the internet buzzing. But will Jimmy G's success continue?

It's doubtful he'll have another one-on-one with Andrews in which he uses "baby" as a concluding quip, but this could be the start of something special for him on the field.

"I think I've sat here each and every week saying 'Kyle Shanahan is making this passing game he's scripting, creating these wide-open receivers,'" NBC Sports fantasy analyst Josh Norris said. "And really what Jimmy Garoppolo has had to do is throw the football and get the ball there, but what we saw against the Cardinals, which again, was on a short week, we saw for like series at a time, Jimmy Garoppolo was the one who stepped up."

Norris went on to detail a specific route Garoppolo had with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders that spotlighted Jimmy G's instincts in the pocket.

But Norris wants to see more.

"Now I'm not going to bank too much just on one performance especially against one of the worst Cardinals' defenses across the league, but if he can build on these, this is a team that could be even more dangerous if their quarterback is also making plays with a genius play-caller and also one of the best running games in the NFL."

[RELATED: Jimmy G enthusiastic for first start vs. Seahawks]

What Garoppolo did against Arizona was sensational, and he stood out on an already successful team that is dominating in every aspect of the game. As Norris says, if this was just the beginning of what the quarterback has to offer, that means great news for 49ers fans and fantasy owners ... but bad news for opponents. 

Raiders' Derek Carr deserves more credit, NBC's Josh Norris believes

Raiders' Derek Carr deserves more credit, NBC's Josh Norris believes

When it comes to the fantasy production put forth by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, well -- he's not among the best in the league, but this week could be different.

"He's coming off his first top-12 scoring week of the season," said NBC Sports fantasy analyst Josh Norris. "And thankfully the Lions, who he's facing this week, have allowed a top-12 scorer in six of the last seven games."

Norris admits he's been rather critical of Jon Gruden throughout the season. While he's not the only one who has been demanding of the Raiders head coach, he admits he needs to stop doing that.

"Really what he's doing with his roster, that is in some ways devoid of talent, is somewhat genius," Norris added. "He's outstanding."

[RELATED: Raiders predictions, odds in Week 9 matchup]

That overall offense is one of the better ones in the league when using the DVOA measurement. That's with the talents of rookie running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller with Carr at the head of it all.

"I still think [Carr] deserves credit for what he's done this year," Norris said.

Fantasy football waiver wire: Four non-QBs you should target in Week 9

Fantasy football waiver wire: Four non-QBs you should target in Week 9

We're into the part of the fantasy football season where every win matters.

Every move you make matters as you push for the playoffs.

With Week 8 mostly in the books, except for the Dolphins and Steelers on Monday night, it's time to start looking at players that can help you in Week 9.

The following four players performed well in Week 8, and are owned in less than 20 percent of Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars, WR

3 percent owned in Yahoo leagues

While DJ Chark Jr. has been the breakout wide receiver for the Jaguars, Conley had quite the game against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Conley was targeted seven times by quarterback Gardner Minshew and he caught four passes for 103 yards. One of those catches went for a 70-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Conley now has 21 receptions for 429 yards this season. Conley's value also is tied to the health of Dede Westbrook, who missed Sunday's game with a shoulder and neck injury. If Westbrook remains out, Conley could be a good play against the Houston Texans.

Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders, WR

1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues

Jon Gruden and the Raiders have been waiting for Renfrow to have that breakout game, and the fifth-round draft pick finally had it Sunday against the Texans.

The former Clemson star caught four passes from Derek Carr for 88 yards, and he broke one off for a 65-yard touchdown, the first of his career.

Considering Renfrow had never had more than 30 yards receiving in a game this season, it might be tough for him to replicate his production against the Lions in Week 9. But maybe this was just the performance he needed to get going and become the dynamic playmaker the Raiders hoped for when they drafted him.

[RELATED: Grading Raiders' loss to Texans]

Tra Carson, Detroit Lions, RB

Zero percent owned in Yahoo leagues

Carries are up for grabs in the Lions' backfield. Kerryon Johnson was getting a majority of the workload, but he was placed on injured reserve after undergoing a procedure on his right knee.

Most experts expected Ty Johnson to pick up the slack against the New York Giants on Sunday, but Carson carried the ball 12 times as opposed to Johnson's seven carries.

Neither running back found much success, with Carson running for 34 yards and Johnson gaining just 24 yards. But it should be telling that Detroit coach Matt Patricia gave the rock to Carson more.

Darren Fells, Houston Texans, TE

18 percent owned in Yahoo leagues

The Raiders have had an issue stopping tight ends for the last few years, so it should come as no surprise that Fells had a productive game against them Sunday.

But Fells' performance in the Texans' 27-24 win doesn't appear to be a fluke. In eight games, he now has 23 receptions for 244 yards, and he has caught five touchdowns.