Ranking the San Francisco 49ers Top Fantasy Football Players
However, with the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, fantasy football owners are going to start seeing some new names on the 49ers that will make an impact in 2013. With their top wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, expected to be out for a majority of the regular season, players like Anquan Boldin and A.J. Jenkins are going to step in and become more valuable to fantasy football owners.
Here are the rankings of the top fantasy football players on the San Francisco 49ers heading into the 2013 season.
5. A.J. Jenkins, WR
After missing most of his entire rookie season due to an injury, it looks like A.J. Jenkins is in line to be the San Francisco 49ers No.2 wide receiver this season with Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham still recovering from injuries.
The 49ers used a 2012 first-round draft pick on Jenkins, so they clearly think highly of him. Assuming he wins the No. 2 wide receiver position in training camp, Jenkins should see a decent amount of targets in the 49ers offense.
However, it is safe to say that Jenkins will not have much of an impact in fantasy football this season. Colin Kaepernick is going to be targeting either Anquan Boldin or Vernon Davis a majority of the time, so don't expect Jenkins to put up the best stats in 2013.
In most fantasy leagues, Jenkins will most likely go undrafted, but he could potentially have some value as your No. 5 receiver.
4. Vernon Davis, TE
2012 was a huge disappointment for Vernon Davis.
After scoring four touchdowns in his first three games, Davis disappeared the rest of the regular season, catching only 28 passes and one touchdown. His 41 receptions was the third fewest he had in his seven-year career.
Despite the down year, Davis should have some sort of a bounce-back year. He isn't going to put up the numbers like he did in 2009 when he caught 13 touchdowns and recorded over 900 receiving yards, but I would expect him to catch at least 55 passes for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns.
Davis is way too talented of a player to not be a factor in the 49ers offense this season. He is a freak athlete and has shown over the years that he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
With Michael Crabtree hurt and Colin Kaepernick essentially working with a new receiving corp in Anquan Boldin, A.J. Jenkins and Quinton Patton, look for Davis to become one of his go-to targets.
3. Anquan Boldin, WR
With Michael Crabtree expected to miss most of the 2013 regular season, if not all of it, there is no better wide receiver to replace him than Anquan Boldin.
Boldin showed that he can still be one of the most dominant receivers in the league throughout the NFL playoffs, recording over 22 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Joe Flacco would just throw the ball up to Boldin and let him make a play on the ball because there was no way of stopping him.
I wouldn't expect Boldin to dominate the entire regular season like he did throughout the playoffs, but he is definitely worth drafting as your No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Colin Kaepernick is going to be throwing to Boldin often, considering his other wide receiver options are very young and inexperienced. Look for Boldin to record 1,000 receiving yards and at least five touchdowns.
2. Colin Kaepernick, QB
Despite only starting seven games last season, Colin Kaepernick is already considered a top-10 fantasy quarterback heading into the 2013 season.
Kaepernick threw for over 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for five despite playing roughly half the season.
In 2013, expect Kaepernick to put up even better stats than those. Now that he has starting experience in the NFL, Kaepernick is on the verge of becoming one of the top NFL quarterbacks in the league. He has all the physical tools a quarterback needs to dominate. Not only does he have a great arm, but his biggest weapon is his ability to scramble.
If you are a fantasy football owner who doesn't need a top-five fantasy quarterback, look to target Colin Kaepernick somewhere in the early part of the middle rounds. He will make a great No. 1 fantasy quarterback with his ability to make plays through the air and with his feet.
1. Frank Gore, RB
Despite the quarterback controversy in San Francisco this past season, there is one thing that remained consistent with their offense: Frank Gore is still the focal point.
Whether it was Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick under center, Gore still always got his touches. In 11 games last year, Gore recorded at least 15 carries and ended up finishing the season with over 1,200 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
Since Gore entered the league in 2005, he has been the model of consistency for running backs. He has had six seasons with at least 1,000 rushing yards and and scored over 60 touchdowns.
Though he just turned 30 this year, Gore has showed no signs of slowing down. Throughout the NFL playoffs, he still proved that he is one of the best running backs in the league running for over 300 yards and averaging over five yards per carry.
Look to draft Gore as your No. 2 running back sometime in the second or third round.
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