Every week, owners are burned by playing their guys too early on Thursday or waiting too late for a guy on Monday night. Here is a rundown of the guys playing Monday night.
The format is much like my Thursday night articles.
Kurt Warner QB : Good ol' Kurt was on fire last week (just like I thought he would be). It's fair to say though that I am not a big fan of the aging wonder and the 49ers are tough against the pass. Not great, tough.
But tough enough to make fantasy points minimal. Use Warner as a border line QB1 with a strong possibility that he doesn’t get the touchdowns he needs or throws too many interceptions to be anything more than a QB2.
Tim Hightower RB: You can look at my RB & QB article to find more info on Hightower. But needless to say, I’m really liking him this week.
Chris Wells RB: This is the guy you should be high on. But sadly for him, the 49ers will provide plenty of underneath looks to RBs & TEs. Hightower is the man for the job in PPR leagues. If it's a TD-heavy league, consider Wells a possible flex start at best against the 49ers with little upside.
Larry Fitzgerald WR: Fitzgerald had an okay game against the San Francisco last time around. I expect similar numbers this time around as well. Seventy yards receiving and one TD would not be bad. Start him and hope he explodes.
Anquan Boldin WR: Boldin has been amazing as of late. His rhythm with Warner has been excellent at times. He has 28 receptions in the last four games and I expect him to be the more dominant of the WRs with regards to receptions and yardage. He is worth starting as a WR2 with WR1 PPR upside.
Steve Breaston WR: The only man that could really cut into Boldin’s targets is Breaston. The 49ers like to stay in their 3-4 defense which allows for some slot mismatches. Breaston is not likely to make too many big plays against this defense but could eat into some of the underneath and screen throws to make for a good WR3.
All TEs: The Cardinals have tight ends? I didn’t know that.
San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith QB: 10 of 31, 201 yards, 1 TD. Those were Shaun Hill's numbers against the Cardinals in Week 1. Do I think Alex Smith can beat them? Yes. But not by too much.
I’d throw in another TD and another 20-30 yards. He should make for a viable QB for all the owners that benched Roethlisberger (like me) or anyone else that needs a QB due to a bad weather matchup.
Frank Gore RB: Incredibly enough, the Cardinals are an excellent run-stopping team. Thankfully Gore’s true value lately has been in PPR leagues. He could excel this weekend with underneath throws and should be started as a RB1 in all PPR leagues.
Otherwise, he should be treated as a RB2 or maybe even as low as a flex option.
Michael Crabtree WR: Crabtree is really only a TD a game away from becoming a viable fantasy WR. But until he shows that he is an option in the red zone alongside Vernon David, he should be played as a risky WR3. His yardage and receptions are good enough to carry him but a dip in looks (without consistent TDs) will drop his value quickly.
Josh Morgan WR: This guy is basically a duplicate of Crabtree. Both have the potential to put up big games but only if they come through for touchdowns. Vernon Davis is the TD vacuum and neither Morgan nor Crabtree can be played as trusted WR3s even in a good matchup against the Cardinals.
Vernon Davis TE: This is the man I wish I had this week. He has simply gone into freak mode this season and made a lot of people look very foolish for doubting him. His talent level is beyond compare (except for maybe Antonio Gates) and he is not getting the targets he needs to make plenty of plays.
I would start Davis in place of many many many WRs. He is THE TE to play to have starting for you this week.