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Players: Emmanuel Sanders, Marquise Goodwin, Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Dante Pettis, Andy Isabella, Kyler Murray

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (99) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) After nothing but success the first eight games of the season, the San Francisco 49ers now are learning to deal with failure.

The Niners' perfect season was derailed last week with an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks when San Francisco was unable to overcome a litany of offensive miscues.

The 49ers (8-1) will look to get back on the winning track Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1) for the second time in three weeks.

''I think we have a good mindset with it,'' said quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who had his worst day of the season in the 27-24 loss. ''Everyone was in here yesterday working on the day off. Today it's just a sense of urgency in the building. It's good to see that.''

San Francisco committed three turnovers, allowed five sacks and struggled to get much of anything going consistently on the ground or through the air against Seattle.

The 49ers had season lows in yards rushing (87) and yards per attempt passing (4.7) on a night that star tight end George Kittle was out with an injury and No. 1 receiver Emmanuel Sanders left with injured ribs in the first quarter.

San Francisco is using that performance as a teaching tool for the rest of the season.

''You learn from the good and you learn more from the bad,'' tackle Mike McGlinchey said. ''It's a huge step in the right direction for us to be able take as many blows as we did and play as poorly as we did and still have a chance, not only one chance but multiple chances to win that game. That's a testament to how our defense played. ... We need to do a better job on the offensive side of the ball to make sure we reward their work.''

The Cardinals are stumbling toward their bye week, having lost three straight games after a promising start to the first season under coach Kliff Kingsbury and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray.

One of those losses was two weeks ago when Arizona fell 28-25 at home to the 49ers, a performance that gives the Cardinals confidence that if they can fix some mistakes they can compete with the first-place Niners.

''I don't think we played our best game,'' Murray said. ''I know personally, if we just go out and execute - they know what we do, we know what they do - if we go out and execute, we should be in good shape.''

MISSING TARGETS

The Niners' offense was done in by the absence of Kittle and Sanders last week. San Francisco scored 10 points on the opening two drives when Sanders was healthy and then just six more on offense the rest of the game. With no consistent receiving threats, the Seahawks were able to load up against the run and allow only 3.2 yards per carry. Kendrick Bourne had two key drops for San Francisco, while Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin combined for no catches on six targets.

ISABELLA ARRIVES

Arizona has relied on a variety of playmakers this season and the latest to make big plays is rookie receiver Andy Isabella. The second-round pick out of UMass had an 88-yard touchdown catch against the 49ers in the first meeting between the teams on Oct. 31. He has six catches for 174 yards over the past three games after not even being targeted in the season's first seven games. Kingsbury said Isabella has been improving steadily all season.

''It's been trending that way for a while,'' he said. ''We've had him inside, had him outside, and I think now the comfort level, having him outside more so, has really helped his development recently.''

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The defensive star of the game for the 49ers last week was middle linebacker Fred Warner, who stepped up his performance in his first game since fellow starting linebacker Kwon Alexander suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle. Warner had 10 tackles, the first two sacks of his career, one forced fumble and a pass defensed.

''He gets us in and out of everything,'' coach Kyle Shanahan said. ''He has to make a ton of calls. He's definitely our quarterback out there and I think he does it as good as anyone I've seen.''

DEFENSIVE TROUBLES

Arizona's defense ranks 31st out of 32 teams in points allowed (281), total yards allowed per game (412.5) and passing yards allowed per game (286.5). The Cardinals have given up at least 21 points in all 10 games this season but never have given up more than 38. Linebacker Chandler Jones has been one of the bright spots with 11 1/2 sacks and five forced fumbles. Three-time All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson returned from a six-game suspension last month but hasn't had much of an impact. Kingsbury said the Cardinals had bouts of poor tackling in last week's 30-27 loss to Tampa Bay.

''There were some shoulders being thrown,'' Kingsbury said. ''We have to be better in those situations.''

BLIND SIDE

The 49ers again will be without starting left tackle Joe Staley, who will be out a couple of weeks after undergoing surgery on a broken finger. Staley broke a bone in his leg in Week 2 and missed the next six games. He then got hurt in his return to the lineup. With Staley unable to go, rookie Justin Skule is expected to move back into the lineup.

''I thought he did a very good job,'' Shanahan said of Skule. ''He came in there and stepped it up right away. Did a good job in his first game and I thought he got better each week.''

Player Notes
Nick Chubb Dec 8 5:00pm ET

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb rushed 15 times for 106 yards in a 27-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. He also added an 11-yard reception in the contest. Going up against a weak Cincy run defense Chubb was mostly quiet in the game, outside of a 57-yard run in the third quarter. That long run set Kareem Hunt up for a three-yard touchdown. Chubb has seen his receiving work dip since Hunt returned from suspension but he will remain a low-end RB1 in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Calvin Ridley Dec 8 5:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been on fire over the past month. In Week 14, he caught all five of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. This was his third touchdown in his past four games. In each of those four games, he's caught at least five passes for at least 75 yards. Julio Jones led the team with eight targets in Week 14 and finished with five catches for 66 yards without a touchdown. Ridley has now outscored Jones in each of the past three games in which they have both played. Ridley is a fantastic WR2 right now who should be locked into your lineup, even with a tough 49ers Defense ahead in Week 15.

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Carlos Hyde Dec 8 5:00pm ET

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde had 14 carries for 73 yards in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. He also caught two passes for five yards. Hyde bounced back from his worst game of the year to put up a solid stat line, and while his upside remains limited, it was encouraging to see him do what he did in a game where Houston's offense was shut down for most of the game. Hyde's still just an RB3/4 moving forward, though.

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Jamison Crowder Dec 8 5:00pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder disappointed fantasy owners again Sunday making just three catches for 30 yards. Crowder's stretch of three straight games with at least 76 yards and a touchdown feels like an eternity ago as he's made just seven catches for 56 yards total in three games since then. Still, Crowder got seven targets in this one making it now five of his last six games Crowder has at least six targets. Despite the involvement in the offense, Crowder will be hard to trust in a road date with the Ravens this Thursday.

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Julio Jones Dec 8 5:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones returned from a one-game absence in Week 14 and delivered a decent line, catching five of his team-high eight targets for 66 yards. The Falcons didn't need to throw the ball as much as they are accustomed to this week. Calvin Ridley had the biggest day amongst Falcons pass-catchers, reeling in all five of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of the game for Jones was a 38-yard reception he brought in over the shoulder in the second quarter. It was good to see Jones back out on the field this week and he should be considered a WR1 going into Week 15 against the 49ers.

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Kareem Hunt Dec 8 5:00pm ET

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball nine times for 28 yards and a touchdown in a 27-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 while adding two catches for 40 yards. It goes down as another quality game for Hunt, who has three all-purpose touchdowns in his five games with Cleveland. Operating as the No. 3 option in the passing attack, he will be a solid RB2 in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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DeAndre Hopkins Dec 8 5:00pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, finishing with seven catches for 120 yards while also adding a 12-yard run to the mix. He was targeted 13 times after not getting double-digit targets in the last two games. With Will Fuller (hamstring) out, Hopkins once again was the main target for quarterback Deshaun Watson, who threw 50 passes in a game where the Texans struggled.

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Brian Hill Dec 8 4:50pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Brian Hill had a solid game in Week 14, serving as the team's No. 2 back behind Devonta Freeman. Hill rushed the ball nine times for 62 yards and scored his third touchdown of the year. Freeman saw 17 carries in the game and also had four catches while Hill didn't earn a single target through the air. The game was a bit of an anomaly for Hill, who entered the game averaging 2.8 yards per carry on the year before averaging 6.9 yards per carry in the game. Hill can remain on waivers in just about all leagues as he's not a reliable fantasy option while Freeman is healthy.

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Qadree Ollison Dec 8 4:50pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Qadree Ollison didn't receive a single carry in Week 13, despite scoring touchdowns in both Week 11 and Week 12 while Devonta Freeman was sidelined. Last week, Freeman and Brian Hill were the exclusive backs the team used, but this week, Ollison was able to get a little involved. Ollison had four carries in Week 14 against the Panthers, but he was only able to gain six total yards. Freeman saw 17 carries in the game while Hill had nine. Ollison should get more opportunities as the youngster in the backfield, but he can remain on waivers in just about all leagues until we see the Falcons actually start to commit to him more.

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Deshaun Watson Dec 8 4:50pm ET

The Houston Texans were embarrassed on Sunday by the Denver Broncos, but quarterback Deshaun Watson somehow managed to salvage his fantasy day thanks to his legs. Watson finished the game 28-for-50 throwing the ball for 292 yards, a touchdown, and a pair of interceptions. He also added two rushing scores on six carries, finishing with 44 yards on the ground. This was a tough matchup for Watson, but he's still a fantasy QB1 moving forward because of his ability to do the things we saw him do in this one.

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Robby Anderson Dec 8 4:50pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson made seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Dolphins Sunday. Anderson was targeted a season-high 11 times making this back-to-back weeks Anderson has seen double-digit targets. It took Anderson a while to get going this season, but he's found his groove lately going for at least 100 yards or a touchdown in four consecutive games. Anderson has a tough matchup Thursday at Baltimore but will be a startable option in fantasy given his recent production.

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Austin Hooper Dec 8 4:40pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (knee) returned to the field in Week 14 after missing the team's past three games. While it was encouraging to see him get six targets in his first game back, he turned in his lowest-scoring fantasy output of the season, catching just two passes for 32 yards. The Falcons were able to run the ball better than usual in this game and they weren't chasing points on the scoreboard so quarterback Matt Ryan only had to throw 34 passes in the game, a low number for him. Hooper will look to bounce-back against the 49ers in Week 15 and he'll be a must-start tight end once again.

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Devonta Freeman Dec 8 4:40pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Panthers. He also added four catches on four targets for 10 yards. Freeman dominated the carries as usual for the Falcons, with Brian Hill earning nine carries and Qadree Ollison earning four. Freeman's heavy workload makes him a decent RB2 on a weekly basis at this point and he's especially valuable in PPR due to his heavy involvement in the Falcons pass game.

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Matt Ryan Dec 8 4:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a solid outing in Week 14 against the Panthers. He completed 20-of-34 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He didn't give commit a turnover in the game and was only sacked once. Ryan had all of his primary pass-catchers active for the game as Julio Jones (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence and Austin Hooper (knee) suited up for the first time since Week 10. Ryan's next matchup is a tougher one against the 49ers in San Francisco.

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Baker Mayfield Dec 8 4:30pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled in a 27-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. Mayfield went 11-for-24 passing for 192 yards and two interceptions in the win, although he did add 13 yards and a touchdown rushing the ball. It goes down as yet another disappointing performance for Mayfield, who was going up against an extremely vulnerable Cincinnati pass defense. He will find himself in another plus matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 but he will be tough to trust after disappointing against the Bengals on Sunday.

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Noah Fant Dec 8 4:00pm ET

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant was carted off the field in Week 14's game against the Houston Texans. The rookie suffered a foot injury and was taken to the locker room on a cart but was later seen returning to the sideline, also on the cart. With the Broncos up 38-17 in the fourth quarter, there's no reason to rush Fant back into the game. Before leaving, he'd caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

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DeVante Parker Dec 8 3:30pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Devante Parker (concussion) and Albert Wilson (concussion) have both been ruled out for Sunday's game at the Jets. Parker had two catches for 28 yards before being evaluated for a concussion and Wilson had just one catch for five yards. The Dolphins will update the status of each after the game but both are question marks for next week. Allen Hurns and Isaiah Ford are the leading receivers for Miami with tight end Mike Gesicki also expected to see more usage if Parker were to miss time.

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Mohamed Sanu Dec 8 3:23pm ET

New England Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 14 game.

Fantasy Spin: Sanu has had one good game since joining the Patriots but has been dealing with the ankle injury. He should see a solid amount of targets and can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in fantasy leagues.

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Jameis Winston Dec 8 3:23pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (hand) suffered a right hand injury during the Week 14 game and is considered questionable to return.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation to see if Winston will miss an extended period of time because of the injury. Ryan Griffin would take over the starting job if Winston is sidelined but should be avoided in fantasy leagues.

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Desmond Trufant Dec 8 3:23pm ET

Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (forearm) suffered a forearm injury during the Week 14 game and is considered questionable to return.

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