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Anquan Boldin's Fantasy Trade Value, Updated Outlook Heading into Week 3

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 08: Anquan Boldin #81 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter during an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2013

There might not be a bigger enigma in fantasy football than Anquan Boldin. While fantasy owners are questioning his value after two very different weeks, the reality is that he is still a top player going forward.

Anquan Boldin had one of the biggest opening games in the NFL against the Green Bay Packers, totaling 13 catches for 208 receiving yards and one touchdown.

He showed that his age at 32 years old is not a factor, especially while making catches like this:

Unfortunately, he could not follow up on this performance against the Seattle Seahawks, finishing with one reception for seven yards.

Fans are left wondering which performance was the better representation of what he'll do for the rest of the season. The truth is neither will likely happen again, but he will be closer to what he showed in Week 1 than Week 2.

Against Seattle, Boldin was defended quite well by Richard Sherman, who continues to prove he is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He is one of few players who can match the receiver's physicality on the field, and Boldin could not get open.

The Seahawks also have two quality safeties in Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, both of whom helped shut down the 49ers' passing attack. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was held to only 127 passing yards with three interceptions.

Fortunately, these teams will not meet again until Week 14.

From Boldin's perspective, there are a few positives to take away from this. First, the 49ers continued to work on throwing the ball with 28 passing attempts compared to only 20 rushing attempts. Additionally, a few of Kaepernick's runs were scrambles on passing plays, leaving only 11 carries for running backs.

This comes after the quarterback threw the ball 39 times in a win over the Packers.

Last season, the 49ers had the second-fewest passing attempts in the NFL. This limited the fantasy potential for every receiver and tight end on the roster, but that appears to no longer be an issue.

Another positive for Boldin owners to take from the Seattle loss is that no one else on the 49ers truly stepped up as an alternative threat. Kyle Williams led the way with four catches for 39 yards on six targets, only two more than Boldin.

Marlon Moore is the only other receiver on the roster who has even been targeted in the first two games.

The 49ers also might have to play without tight end Vernon Davis for some time after he was removed from last game with a hamstring injury, according to Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Talk.

As a result, Boldin remains the top option and one of the only targets available for a quality quarterback in what has become a pass-heavy offense. This adds up to a high-level fantasy player.

After Week 2, the veteran player has a high value that appears low. If he is on your team, do not let him go. He is certain to be a quality player for much of the season. If he is on another team, try to work out a trade for someone else with low upside.

There will be plenty of people in fantasy leagues who believe the first week was just a fluke and think they are selling high. Make a fool out of them and grab him while you still can. 

 

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