Who is the QB for the SF 49ers? Wideout Michael Crabtree asked that same question. If he doesn’t know, how am I supposed to know. So as I write this, I can only speculate. Last year, Alex Smith started the season and ended the season as the starter. In between we saw Troy Smith and David Carr. Not much else to say about any of the QBs for the Niners. This upcoming season, Smith is claiming the starting position. We’ll see! I just looked at the depth chart and I saw David Carr’s name. Good luck with that. Rookie coach Harbaugh definitely has some decisions to make. I am intrigued by rookie Colin Kapernick out of Nevada. Kaepernick has a strong arm, mobility, accuracy, but has yet to develop that presence in the pocket. I do think that if the rookie can pick up the Harbaugh system, he might find himself in the starting lineup. Like I said, WE’LL SEE, but for now, stay away from all Niners’ signal callers in your Fantasy draft.The Niners’ running game begins and ends with Frank Gore. I personally think that Gore would be considered an elite Fantasy RB, but unfortunately for many Niners’ and Fantasy fans, HE IS NOT. It’s not because he doesn’t have the talent or the ability, or even the desire. He just doesn’t have the durability. Last season, Gore was on his way to a decent season for the SF and Fantasy owners, but once again, he gets hurt. In Gore’s six year career, he’s played the entire season ONCE! Also in his career, he’s had double digit TDs in just one season. How can you count on this guy week in and week out? I’m not saying don’t draft Gore, but you better have some insurance. We have no idea what’s going on at QB, so the Niners are going to run the ball a lot. That’s the main reason why Gore runs down so easily. So draft Gore, but you want to definitely handcuff him to Anthony Dixon, who is a big bruiser with quick feet. The Niners did add some depth in the backfield which can also help keep Gore fresh and upright. If you draft Gore, make sure you have some depth at the RB position on your roster.
NFL Head Coach Rookie Jim Harbaugh will have his hands full his first season in the league. One area of concern for him, but not fantasy football owners is the wide receiver position. The most consistent “receiver” is Vernon Davis at TE. Last year he lead the team with 56 receptions, 914 receiving yards, and 7 TDs. Just before the 2010 season, Davis was awarded a five-year contract extension for $37 million with $23 million guaranteed, making him the league’s highest paid tight end. Davis is entering his 6th year in the league (dare I say veteran status?) and will show up as a key component of the San Francisco offense. Can’t say he doesn’t have the proper monetary incentive to do so. Back to actual WIDE RECEIVERS, the 49ers have Michael Crabtree. While last year’s 741 receiving yards and 6 TDs weren’t bad, I’m looking to see more from Crabtrree in 2011. Yes Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn are on the team but don’t expect them to be viable Fantasy Football options this fall.
The San Francisco Defense has a lot of big names (Patrick Willis, Takeo Spikes, Justin Smith, Nate Clements etc) but for Fantasy Football owners looking for a solid SCORING defense, San Francisco is not really where one wants to look. Last year the 49er defense got to the QB 44 times (7th in the league) but only scored 1 TD all season long. A lot of the 49er games were tough to watch (especially for 49er fans I’m sure). Nothing really that special about Special Teams either. Ted Ginn Jr was the return man and with over 900 return yards, he did not make a single trip to the house. Not something you wanna see on StatTracker is all I’m saying.
Here is a question we at He Said She Said Football posed to Mike Patton of The Everyday Man’s Sports Blog (www.theeverydaymanssportsblog.wordpress.com<http://www.theeverydaymanssportsblog.wordpress.com/>) and Sports Blog Movement on Twitter. Follow him @Sports_R_Me_MP3.
Q: What 49er is the most relevant for Fantasy Footballers this season and why?
A: I think that RB Frank Gore is the most relevant this season in Fantasy Football. Reason being is that if you look at the past few seasons, he has been the focus of the offense and has scored the most TDs. Plus, he gets the most touches of anyone on their offensive squad.
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