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
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