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49ers-Eagles: Impact 49ers On Sunday Night Football

The 49ers continue their battle to actually win a game this weekend as they face a banged up Philadelphia Eagles squad. The Eagles have a variety of injuries that should impact this game and potential fantasy prospects.

WR Michael Crabtree: Asante Samuel will not play this Sunday, which means the Eagles will be without their #1 corner. Crabtree showed improvement last week against the Falcons and will look to continue with a second strong effort under new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson. The safe play is at flex, but he could be worth a WR2 look because of his upside.

RB Frank Gore: Always worth starting especially because Alex Smith has become a check-down machine and Gore now leads the 49ers in receptions. He’s a must-start every week.

TE Vernon Davis: His touchdown totals are down but he did get TD #1 last week and remains a must-start every week.

49ers Defense/Special Teams: The Eagles are without Michael Vick, while RB LeSean McCoy will be playing with fractured ribs. A couple big hits and McCoy might spend a lot of time on the sideline. The 49ers defense had a big performance last week with a blocked punt and touchdown and I would think they can boost their performance again this week. Kevin Kolb is a more traditional pocket passer, which could mean more sacks.

Additionally, if you use defense and special teams together, Ted Ginn Jr. will be back returning kicks and possibly punts as well. The speedster is always a threat to take one to the house.


49ers-Saints Fantasy News: 49ers Players To Watch On Monday Night Football

The 49ers head into Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints in all sorts of turmoil after a 31-6 loss to the Seahawks that can only be described as a debacle. The 49ers came into the season with high expectations and yet just everything that could go wrong did go wrong. For fantasy football purposes, the only real positive was Vernon Davis snagging eight receptions for 73 yards. The 49ers defense had trouble with too much aggression but for fantasy scoring purposes the interception and sack made up for that.

As the team comes home to face the defending Super Bowl champions, it will be interesting to see what they’ve resolved this week. They continue to have various viable fantasy options, but it becomes a bit more of a gamble as long as this team struggles.

Vernon Davis
Davis was the only offensive player to provide much in the way of a fantasy performance last week. He’s as talented as anybody on the team and given the performance last week, he remains a must-start every week. I’d imagine he’ll catch Alex Smith’s eye a whole lot against the Saints and put up solid numbers again.

Frank Gore
Over the last couple of years, we’ve learned that when it comes to fantasy football Frank Gore is a boom or bust kind of running back. He’s going to get his numbers over the course of the season, but it won’t be consistency week to week. Rather, he’ll have some big games and he’ll have some poor games. Of course, the good news is he is often featured in the passing game and even though he only had 38 rushing yards last week, he mixed in 45 receiving yards as well. If you’re in a points per reception league, those six receptions were huge.

When healthy, Frank Gore remains a guy you start every week. You’ll get some bad games, but do you really want to be the guy who left him on the bench the week he blows up for 150 yards and two touchdowns?

Michael Crabtree
After missing all four preseason games, there was some question as to whether there might be rust and/or chemistry issues between Crabtree and Alex Smith. It would appear such concerns were well-founded. Crabtree was fairly abysmal in his 2010 debut finishing with two receptions for 12 yards.

Will he bounce back this week? It’s entirely possible he reverts to his 2009 form, but for now I question whether he’s worth starting. For the moment he’s arguably no more than a #3 wide receiver. I expect him to bounce back but unlike Frank Gore, I think he’s a guy you can occasionally sit. Of course, the argument for starting him is that this is Monday Night Football, the biggest stage of each week of the regular season. Maybe he plays up for the night. He could be worth a roll of the dice, but I wouldn’t question somebody for sitting him.

Alex Smith
As much as I like Alex Smith, if you’re starting him in a fantasy football league at this point in the season, you may have made a serious error in judgment during your draft. I suppose if you’re in a dynasty league starting Matt Stafford, maybe Smith is a guy you have to go with this week. In normal single year leagues though, I don’t expect people to start him for the foreseeable future.

49ers defense
The 49ers defense was dominant for the first quarter and a half, and then fell apart the rest of the way. They couldn’t get consistent pass rush and saw their secondary fooled on numerous occasions. The 49ers will likely get back Ahmad Brooks this week, which should only help the pass rush. The secondary will likely be less aggressive, which might mean fewer interceptions, but also might mean fewer points.

As far as I’m concerned, the 49ers defense, even against the Saints is a must-start. They might give up a lot of points, but they also could get a good number of sacks and turnovers.

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