Fantasy Football Thursday Start 'Em or Sit 'Em: Crabtree, Wilson and More

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 18, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers steps up out of the pocket against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won 26-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Must Starts

Quarterback: None

Running Backs: Frank Gore (SF), Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

Wide Receivers: None

Tight Ends: Vernon Davis (SF)


Debatable Options 

Quarterback: Alex Smith, San Francisco

While Alex Smith has been playing better in recent weeks, his performance against the Giants on Sunday showed us why he needs to still be considered more of a game manager. For those who missed it, he threw for 200 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.

In fact, he really has had just one big game, as he has thrown for over 226 yards just once this season. With Smith starting to come off the field more and more as the team runs its version of the Wildcat offense, he is an even bigger player to avoid. 


Quarterback: Russell Wilson, Seattle

Russell Wilson has shown flashes of brilliance, but he also has looked downright terrible at times. In other words, he is an inconsistent rookie quarterback. Taking on a defense that is allowing 183.2 passing yards per game, would you trust him? 


Running Back: Kendall Hunter, San Francisco

The 49ers have depth, but it is clear that Hunter is the back behind Gore on the depth chart. The problem is he's not likely to get enough touches to justify using him. He’s a player to stash in case of a Gore injury, but that’s about it.


Wide Receiver: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco

Michael Crabtree is the top receiver on a good team, so that should make him a must-start option, right? Unfortunately, with a bad quarterback throwing him the ball, how can we really count on Crabtree? He has had 40 yards or fewer in three of the past four games, has over 80 yards once and only one TD on the season.

Now, throw in the fact that in five career games against the Seahawks he has had 12 yards or fewer, three times. Could he have a nice day? Yes, but the odds are better that he struggles. As a WR3, I would consider him a low-end option given his potential, but that’s about it. 


Wide Receiver: Randy Moss/Mario Manningham, San Francisco

If we aren’t going to recommend using Crabtree, would it really make sense to consider either of these two?


Wide Receiver: Sidney Rice, Seattle

Sidney Rice is averaging under 50 yards per game and taking on one of the premier defenses in the league (and one that will likely have something to prove after the loss to the Giants). Yeah, I’m not about to risk spoiling my week.


Wide Receiver: Golden Tate, Seattle

Golden Tate has scored three touchdowns, but let’s get real: He’s a sit for the same reasons as Rice.


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