SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 12: Josh Morgan #84 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after a catch against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 12 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

NFL Fantasy Football Week 15: San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders Player Analysis

We break down the latest fantasy football news related to the 49ers and Raiders, including waiver wire pickups and previews for the weekend.

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Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 15: Oakland Raider Defense vs. Tim Tebow, Knowshon Moreno

The Oakland Raiders defense has a wildly intriguing fantasy (and real) football matchup today with Tim Tebow getting the start over Kyle Orton due to Orton’s various ailments. We already discussed the general Raiders sit em and start ’em options, but I wanted to focus in on the defense briefly given this fairly peculiar matchup, as well as what it means for opponents.

The Oakland defense has generally been solid for fantasy purposes. This week against Tebow they’re expected to stick eight men in the box to stop Knowshon Moreno and basically dare Tim Tebow to take his shots against a lot of one-on-one coverage. This could mean bad things for Moreno if the Raiders are consistently putting out a full force to stop him. He’s been quite solid lately so people probably should go with Moreno anyway. After all, he’s going to get a ton of carries.

I highly doubt anybody in their fantasy playoffs is in need of Tebow, unless maybe you have Matt Cassel potentially sidelined with his appendix issue. However, if you are a heavy underdog in your playoff matchup, Tebow could prove to be a QB with a ton of upside for one week. Since Tebow was not declared the starter until this weekend, the Raiders haven’t exactly had the best chance to prepare for him. I’m not holding my breath for huge Tebow numbers, but he might be worth a role of the dice since he’ll face a lot of one-on-one coverage early in the game.

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NFL Fantasy Football Week 15: San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Review

Well, a couple bad losses and we're all a bit unsure of what to do if you've got a couple 49ers on your roster. Good thing the recommendations last week only included one start, unfortunately that start didn't fare so well, not in the least. Let's see how things turned out ...

QB Alex Smith

Head Coach Mike Singletary is once again considering a change at the quarterback position, does that give you a clue in regards to how Alex Smith fared against the Chargers on Thursday Night Football? Smith completed 19-of-29 passes for only 165 yards with no touchdowns against one interception. He was sacked six times and couldn't do ... well, really anything rolling out to that right side over and over. He did rush for six yards, so ... bonus points?

Outlook: Sit 'em, Hindsight: Sit 'em

HB Brian Westbrook

Westbrook got less yards off more attempts than rookie Anthony Dixon, but neither of them had a combined yardage total (rushing + receiving) of even fifty. Westbrook did have a touchdown, the only time the 49ers put points on the board, but it was overall a sorry effort from the veteran.

Outlook: Sit 'em, Hindsight: Sit 'em

WR Michael Crabtree/WR Josh Morgan

The gut feeling was that Crabtree would rebound, but it wasn't to be. He had three receptions for 17 yards and was once again eclipsed by Josh Morgan, who did pass the century mark with 106 yards on seven receptions. He did not make it to the end zone though. Mike Singletary moves to 0-8 when a 49ers wide receiver has more than 100 yards receiving.

Outlook: Sit 'em, Hindsight: Sit 'em

TE Vernon Davis

Davis was covered perfectly by the San Diego secondary. The safeties took away the deep routes and the corners forced him to only four yards off of a lone reception, in the third quarter. He didn't even stay in to block all that much, the Chargers just happen to hold the league's best pass defense and it showed on Thursday.

Outlook: Sit 'em, Hindsight: Sit 'em

49ers Defense

This was not one of the smarter picks. On paper, it wasn't a wise choice to begin with but something happened and one way or the other, the advice was to start the 49ers defense. A low scoring affair was a possibility with the stakes at hand, but after one or two successful stops in the first quarter (following the blown touchdown early on to Vincent Jackson), the defense had nothing to offer San Diego for the remainder of the game. It was a systematic beat down in which San Diego scored 34 points. Not a pretty outing.

Outlook: Start 'em, Hindsight: Cut 'em 

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NFL Fantasy Football Week 15: San Francisco 49ers Start 'em or Sit 'em

Last week, the fantasy advice hovered around "pretty solid," but there were some incorrect predictions here and there. Against the Chargers though, things are a bit harder to predict. Both teams are inconsistent, but San Diego seems to be more inconsistently inconsistent, it seems. Let's take a look at what we're dealing with, shall we?

QB Alex Smith

Alex is coming off the best statistical game of his career, or something close to it. To expect the same thing just a few days later is a little silly, but to expect the same thing just a few days later against the San Diego Chargers? That's just ludicrous, honestly. Up against the league's best defense overall, and the third best passing defense? It's a no brainer, here.

Sit Alex Smith

RB Brian Westbrook

Things look a little bit better for Westbrook, but not by much. The Chargers have the seventh-ranked rushing defense and he can do some good things, but you can't bank on him to do so. If you have options that are even a little bit better, go with them.

Sit Brian Westbrook

WR Michael Crabtree/WR Josh Morgan

Morgan had himself a big game against the Seahawks, and Crabtree caught one ball. My gut tells me that Crabtree will have a big game for one reason or another, but he's definitely not the smart pick at this point. He's been nonexistent this year and will likely remain as such.

Sit both Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan

TE Vernon Davis

Davis could be poised for a big game, the 49ers will likely open up the offense and he could be a valuable target. Still, I feel as though Alex will be targeting deep threats and other, lesser-known targets like Ted Ginn Jr. and Delanie Walker. The 49ers offense is swept while you ...

Sit Vernon Davis

49ers Defense

This game will be a low scoring affair. The 49ers need a win to stay in things (technically still in if they lose, but can control their own destiny) and their defense will have to be what holds the fort. San Diego boasts the league's third best in total offense and San Francisco is the 12th best defense altogether. Still, you can look for the 49ers defense to step it up big time on primetime and hold this game down.

Start the 49ers Defense

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