The San Francisco 49ers head into Glendale Sunday afternoon to face the Arizona Cardinals in what is frequently a fun rivalry game. The two teams do not really care for each other and even if one is struggling more than the other, they often bring out the best in each other. The 49ers have had their way in the rivalry the last couple years, but before that it was a very back-and-forth affair.
Fantasy football playoffs are getting started this week, which means folks are looking for every edge they can find. Sunday's game provides the 49ers with some intriguing fantasy options. Frank Gore, the 49ers defense and David Akers are must starts. They have the most upside and had the best performances to date. There is really no reason to sit them.
Michael Crabtree has quickly developed into an excellent point-per-reception start, and a solid enough regular start as well. He has been off the team's injury report for two straight weeks now as he has said he is 100% healthy for the first time this season. This puts him in a position to get more first team reps with Alex Smith, and thus get on the same page with a bit more regularity.
Kyle Williams is an intriguing fantasy prospect. He is not projected to put up big numbers, but he is coming off a big performance against the St. Louis Rams. It will be interesting to see how his playing time is impacted by the return of Braylon Edwards. He is not a guy you would be starting in your playoffs, but he could be worth stashing in a dynasty/keeper league.