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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 9: Michael Crabtree Emerging As The No. 1 Receiver

The San Francisco 49ers head east to face the Washington Redskins in a week nine contest, hoping to improve to 7-1 and further secure their chances at the NFC West title. The Redskins defense has been fairly solid against the pass, but has struggled quite a bit against the run. The 49ers offense has been a bit inconsistent at times, although if you have Frank Gore in fantasy football you have been enjoying the last month of 125+ yard performances.

As the 49ers prepare to face the Redskins, they have some decent fantasy options, but few spectacular ones. After Gore, normally reliable Vernon Davis has operated as much as a blocker and a double-teamed decoy. He remains a must start, but he will have some slow days. His backup, Delanie Walker, has developed into a scoring threat, but he was held catch-less this past week as the 49ers continue to mix and match their offense.

The best option that might still be out there in a few leagues is wide receiver Michael Crabtree. He is emerging more and more as the go-to threat for Alex Smith. He hasn't put up huge numbers, but Smith continues to target him. He finally got in the end zone this past week and his numbers should continue to improve.

One player likely on your waiver wire is wide receiver Braylon Edwards. After returning from knee surgery this past week, Edwards grabbed four catches for 42 yards. The 49ers mix things up week in and week out, but against the Browns Braylon Edwards was able to overpower the smaller corners. He is incredibly physical and can use that to his advantage. He could make a decent flex option as you try and make it through a bye week. After that, stash him on your bench and see how his role develops in the 49ers offense.