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The San Francisco 49ers are stopping the run in the postseason, but only the Denver Broncos (324; one game) have allowed more passing yards per game than San Francisco (322.0; two games).
The Baltimore Ravens gave up 286.7 in their three games heading into the Super Bowl.
It makes sense, then, to primarily look to the Ravens’ pass-catchers as fantasy options for Super Bowl XLVII. Anquan Boldin has caught no fewer than five passes in any game since the playoffs began, while Torrey Smith has yet to grab five balls.
Smith had a two-touchdown effort (with 98 receiving yards) against Denver, but Boldin has the more recent two-touchdown game: five catches for 60 yards and two scores against the New England Patriots.
Boldin gets the most looks from Flacco. Smith gets the downfield targets, which are more conducive to explosive plays. Michael Crabtree has more targets (31), receptions (23), yards (348) and touchdowns (four) than either of them in his last three games.
That’s why he’s a must-start.
Which Ravens receiver belongs in the WR2 slot—the other one would be a prime flex option—depends on whether Baltimore can find and exploit a mismatch with the 49ers defense. In the divisional round, Smith was able to run straight by Champ Bailey and make plays down the field. As long as San Francisco is unable to live in the Baltimore backfield, Flacco should be looking in Smith’s direction.
The 49ers had two sacks in their first two playoff games.