Tuesday, July 8, 2014

San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Football Outlook

The San Francisco 49ers are known for their defense, but fantasy football owners can certainly turn to a few options on the Niners offense.  Colin Kaepernick is a QB you can target in a 12 man league later in your drafts, and if he adds some extra TDs with his legs, can provide some nice value.  Frank Gore continues to be a consistent fantasy football option at the RB position and same can be said for veteran WR Anquan Boldin.  Michael Crabtree has all the upside in the world, but must stay healthy and on the field to warrant a WR2 draft value with the potential to be a WR1.  And then there is Vernon Davis who oddly enough has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season, or caught 80 passes, but did match his career high last year with 13 touchdowns and is still a top 5 TE in the NFL, even at the age of 30..


Colin Kaepernick

Playing in his first full season as a starter for the 49ers last season, Kaepernick was very inconsistent. He completed just 58.4% of his passes, throwing for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. Kaepernick threw for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions in week 1, but threw for 277 yards and 0 touchdowns with 4 interceptions the following 2 weeks. However, the 49ers QB finished the year strong with 10 touchdowns and 1 interception over the final 6 weeks. With Frank Gore getting old and breaking down, Kaepernick will be expected to get it done with his arm and legs. His job gets easier each year, as last season the team added WR Anquan Boldin, and this year they added WR Stevie Johnson. Not to mention he already has Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. Kaepernick is in line for a huge season in 2014. More valuable in Non-PPR leagues. We ranked him 11th in our QB rankings.

Frank Gore

Gore has been what we call a workhorse throughout his 9 year career. The past 3 seasons Gore has carried the ball at least 258 times and rushed for at least 1,128 yards with 8 or more touchdowns. Despite the heavy workload, Gore has not missed a game since 2010. When it comes to fantasy football, Gore has been one of the most reliable running backs since 2011, but this year I think it will all come to an end. Gore will still be the main back for the 49ers, but you can expect his workload to be reduced.  It's hard to judge Carlos Hyde going into his rookie season but there is a lot of hype surrounding the running back out of Ohio State. The 49ers want to reduce Gore's workload and they drafted Hyde in the 2nd round of this years draft.  More valuable in Non-PPR leagues.  We ranked him 26th in our RB rankings.

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Michael Crabtree

It's hard to believe that Crabtree is entering his 6th season in the NFL. Crabtree has yet to make a real impact in this league but he's healthy now and will have plenty of weapons surrounding him. We saw a preview of what he is capable of doing in 2012 when he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns. Once Crabtree and Kaepernick get back on the same page, the rest of this league is in trouble. Equal value in all league formats.. We ranked him 21st in our WR rankings.

Anquan Boldin

Boldin is turning 34 this season and is showing no signs of slowing down. In his first year with the 49ers last season, Boldin caught 85 passes, his most since the 2008 season with the Cardinals, for 1,179 yards and 7 touchdowns. Playing alongside Crabtree and Vernon Davis, defenses cant afford to double team him. Expect Boldin to put up another solid season this year.  Equal value in all league formats.  We ranked him 39th in our WR rankings.

Stevie Johnson

From 2010-2012 Stevie Johnson caught at least 76 passes for over 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns. Last year with the Bills, Johnson battled injures and was limited to just 12 games. It's impressive Johnson was able to put up the numbers he did with Buffalo, considering he was the only weapon in the passing game and the team never had a franchise QB. He comes to a stacked 49ers offense and should be a reliable third receiver for Kaepernick. More valuable in Non-PPR leagues. We did not rank him in our WR rankings.

Vernon Davis

Unfortunately for Davis, he probably won't have an 80 catch season like other tight ends do in this league because of Crabtree, Boldin and Johnson. However, Davis makes the most of his catches as he scored an impressive 13 touchdowns last year on just 52 catches. More valuable in Non-PPR leagues. We ranked him 3rd in our TE rankings.

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