2010 Fantasy Football Outlook: San Francisco 49ers

Jay BrennanCorrespondent IMay 8, 2010

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2009 season with an 8-8 record. This year they are maneuvering to rule a weak NFC West Division.



RB Frank Gore


Frank Gore is a first-round draft pick and a top five running back in most leagues.


Gore finished last season rushing with 229 ATT, 1,120 YDS, 4.9 AVG, 80 LNG and 10 TD.


Gore has even more fantasy value in PPR leagues, as he had 52 REC, 406 YDS, 7.8 AVG, 3 TD.


Gore might lose a few touches with Anthony Dixon and Glen Coffee. In 2010 he will rush for 1,100 yards and garner about 45 receptions.



WR Michael Crabtree

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Last year’s first round draft pick for the 49ers is a top-20 receiver. You would be safe to wait to draft Crabtree in the fifth round.


When Crabtree eventually joined the team in Week 7, he was outstanding. He finished the season with 48 REC, 625 YDS, 13.0 AVG and 2 TD.


The 49ers are currently having Crabtree learn all three of the wide receiver positions so the opposition will have trouble finding him.


Crabtree needs more opportunities in the red zone as it appears that the Niners often go to Vernon Davis.


San Francisco has locked Crabtree into a nice six-year contract, guaranteeing that the potential superstar will be wearing a 49ers uniform when he dazzles the crowd.



TE Vernon Davis


Only Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark are considered better at tight end.


You could get Davis in the late fourth round or early fifth round of this year’s draft.


Davis had a nice 2009 with 78 REC, 796 YDS, 12.4 AVG and 13 TD.


There was speculation that the 49ers were going to let Davis become a free agent. It looks like San Francisco will not let that happen and hope to secure a deal soon.


WR Josh Morgan


Josh Morgan had 52 REC, 527 YDS, 10.1 AVG and 3 TD last season.


If you want Morgan on your squad, you will need to draft him by the thirteenth round and pass on the 49ers’ DST.


RB Anthony Dixon


Dixon is coming from Mississippi State University after assuming the starting running back role his sophomore year and only missing one game.


In his senior year at MSU, he rushed 257 ATT, 1291 YDS, 15.4 AVG and had 123 YDS receiving.


Look for Dixon to go in the early eighteenth round at this year’s draft.



WR Ted Ginn Jr.


The Miami Dolphins traded Ginn Jr. for a fifth-round draft pick.


Ginn has only had 454 receiving yards last season. Now on the 49ers, he might get more chances thus pushing his projection to 800 yards receiving.


Ginn at the very best should only be considered in the final round of the draft.


I would suggest only picking him up to replace and injured receiver if he is available during the season.



Sleeper Pick: San Francisco 49ers Defense


The Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears were the monsters of DST in past seasons. The New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are the obvious choices for defense this upcoming draft.


Take the 49ers for your defense in the thirteenth round and it will pay dividends.


Even after a very good defensive display last season, it appears that most owners aren’t giving them enough credit.


The 49ers have four games against the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams. Both offenses do not look to be formidable.


The Cardinals won’t fair as well this year without Kurt Warner and the Rams have a rookie for a leader in Sam Bradford. In a nutshell, the 49ers are in the NFC West and their schedule is weak.


San Francisco recently signed a contract extension with Patrick Willis, who is the face of the 49ers. Willis had four sacks and three interceptions last season.


They also added Taylor Mays in this past draft going seventeenth in he second round  to help with their pass defense.


Mays has been vocal about his former coach at USC, Pete Carroll, choosing Earl Thomas out of Texas University instead of him as the fourteenth selection overall.



QB Alex Smith


The 49ers opted not to draft Jimmy Clausen, leaving us to assume that Alex Smith will be the starting quarterback.


Last season Singletary switched to a spread offense, which appeared to have help Smith’s numbers a little bit.


Smith’s fantasy value went up with the acquisition of two first round offensive linemen.


Smith is just ahead of Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez in the quarterback rankings.


QB David Carr


The 49ers signed David Carr, who will likely start the season as the number two quarterback which leaves him with no fantasy value.


I wouldn’t count Carr out as history shows that the 49ers are flaky when it comes to settling on who’s QB1.


Hill was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a seventh round draft pick.

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