T.J. Houshmandzadeh Working out for 49ers, Could He Be Viable Fantasy Option?

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 11, 2011

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26:  Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, #84 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown pass over defensive back Sheldon Brown, #24 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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With San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Josh Morgan out for the season with a broken ankle, the team is searching for a replacement.

While the team is bringing in two of its practice squad players—Joe Hastings and John Matthews, two receivers who played for head coach Jim Harbaugh at San Diego State—they're also giving veteran T.J. Houshmandzadeh a tryout today.

Houshmandzadeh spent most of the 2000s as one of the top receivers in the league as a Cincinnati Bengal, following that up with a respectable 2009 season with the Seattle Seahawks and a forgettable 2010 year with the Baltimore Ravens.

At age 34, his stock is only trending downward, but that doesn't mean the Niners won't pick him up if he impresses the team today.

Morgan's injury leaves San Francisco with just four healthy receivers, meaning that even if one or both of the practice squad players make the starting roster, Houshmandzadeh could still have a place on the team.

Should he make the team, he will quickly be part of the starting rotation and could be an excellent target for quarterback Alex Smith. But, that doesn't mean he should be added to your fantasy team right away.

Until it is clear exactly what role he will play in the Niners' decidedly run-heavy offense, steer clear of the veteran. If he's only useful in a minimal number of situations, much as he was for the Ravens last season, he is unlikely to make enough of a contribution to your fantasy team to warrant either his addition or a start.

If you're weak at receiver and Houshmandzadeh is signed by San Francisco, keep an eye on him. But evaluate him closely and carefully before assuming he's of fantasy value.