This week the Niners take on a high-powered Lions squad led by QB Matthew Stafford and all-world WR Calvin Johnson. The Raiders face a tough road test in Miami, a place where they have not won in a long time. Neither game will be easy, but here are a couple of players who might step it up for fantasy purposes.
San Francisco: Delanie Walker. The Niners love to use multiple tight end sets and the opposing defenses can only do so much. Given a choice between covering Walker and Vernon Davis they will choose Davis. Look for the Niners to try getting Walker a few touches this week.
Oakland: Juron Criner. We saw Criner's big play ability in the preseason and all through training camp. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game but will most likely play. Look for Oakland to try to use the vertical passing game and get Criner and his game-breaking ability involved.