NFL Fantasy Football, Week 14: 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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NFL Fantasy Football, Week 14: San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Review

Well, the fantasy advice wasn't totally up to par this week, but let's review how the 49ers players did regardless.

QB Alex Smith

We said that Alex may be poised for a big game this week, but that we'd go with caution and sit him this time out. So naturally, he responds with his best statistical game of his career. 17-for-27 for 255 yards and three touchdowns against zero interceptions.

Outlook: Sit 'em, Hindsight: Start 'em

RB Anthony Dixon

He produced better than Brian Westbrook did when it came to running, but Westbrook added almost 100 yards receiving and a touchdown reception. He did see more carries than Westbrook, as predicted, but the 'Hawks had a good run defense going throughout the game.

Outlook: Start 'em, Hindsight: Sit 'em

TE Vernon Davis

Davis ended up blocking a lot, as predicted, but it didn't stop him from grabbing the game's first touchdown with a 42-yard reception, nor the other four catches for a total of 70 yards on the day.

Outlook: Sit 'em, Hindsight: Start 'em

WR Michael Crabtree

He caught one pass and had no yardage. He saw two go off his hands and they were pretty well-thrown balls. He was eclipsed by second receiver Josh Morgan, who caught three passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Oops.

Outlook: Start 'em, Hindsight: Sit 'em

49ers Defense

The advice was to start them, and they came up big. They allowed some garbage time yards late in the game with a few big passes and eventually a touchdown, but they forced five turnovers with a fumble recovery and four interceptions. Dashon Goldson had himself a forty-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Outlook: Start 'em, Hindsight: Start 'em

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NFL Fantasy Football, Week 14: 49ers-Seahawks Start 'em or Sit 'em

Last week, the fantasy advice was dead on. Sit everyone except for Vernon Davis, the big, athletic tight end for San Francisco when they played Green Bay - and Davis rewarded some fantasy footballers with a great performance. This week, though? It's a big harder to gauge.

QB Alex Smith

The quarterback carousal continues and Alex Smith is once again the starter, once again the last hope for the 49ers. Will he be rusty? Will he be taking shots down the field, or will he be a game manager? Alex may be poised for a good game against the rival Seahawks, and at home - but I'd go with the caution and let him ride your bench this week.

Sit Alex Smith

RB Anthony Dixon

Dixon is the guy we're going to cover today - so right off the bat, note that I'm suggesting you sit Brian Westbrook. Dixon saw his carries increase in Green Bay and will likely be the go-to guy against the Seahawks. Maybe not initially, but as a third option, flex guy, Dixon could pay dividends, especially if the 49ers go with a spread-based offense with Alex Smith at QB, as the sixth round pick is very comfortable running from the gun.

Start Anthony Dixon

WR Michael Crabtree

He didn't have the best of games against the Packers, but which wide receivers do? Crabtree has been catching touchdowns of late, and you can bet he'll catch at least one, maybe two against the Seahawks. Seattle has a propensity for giving up huge amounts of points in fantasy to opposing wide receivers, and Crabtree is a guy who can take advantage of that.

Start Michael Crabtree

TE Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis, in this writer's opinion, will be doing a lot of blocking. He won't be the primary option out of the spread, but with Alex at quarterback, he's always a threat to catch a big touchdown over the middle of the field. Still, he's not a smart option at this point considering the 49ers likely gameplan of beating the Seahawks with their receivers and running backs, Davis may be a bigger asset in the running game than he will be in the passing game.

Sit Vernon Davis

49ers Defense

The 49ers defense has been struggling lately, that's true. Aaron Rodgers picked them apart like it was nobody's business. Matt Hasselbeck's career is coming closer and closer to an end, and he's not Aaron Rodgers. Marshawn Lynch will run into a wall that is the 49ers defense, providing second-year player Ricky Jean Francois can hold things down at the nose tackle position. Still, they might not come up big in points. They're a solid option, especially if you don't have many available.

Start the 49ers Defense

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