Josh Norris

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."

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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."

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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.

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Following a bye week for the fantasy outlook is a lot like a box of chocolates ... you don't know what you're going to get.

Josh Jacobs and the Raiders head into Week 7 with a game against the Green Bay Packers. and the first-round draft pick's fantasy value will continue to rise according to NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris.

"Josh Jacobs right now is one -- the best player on the Oakland Raiders' offense, and two -- possibly a top-10 running back in the NFL by season's end," Norris told NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Norris wanted to also give credit to the Raiders' offensive line for how they performed against the Chicago Bears in the 24-21 win in Week 5. 

Despite the off week, Jacobs might continue to be a force to stay away from opposing teams. But if you're a Jacobs' owner, count your blessings.

Even against a tough Packers defense, his rookie campaign cannot be ignored.

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In the last outing for the running back, Jacobs ran for 123 yards with two touchdowns. That Packers D gives up 4.9 yards per carry and has allowed seven rushing touchdowns.

That's amazing news for owners. Start him if you weren't planning on it anyway.