San Francisco 49ers Tickets – 49ers Have Group Of Intriguing Fantasy Options
In a wide open division, many have predicted that the 49ers will break through to win the NFC West and head to the playoffs for the first time since Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens comprised the hot hookup in the Bay area. This year, the 49ers have the most talent on offense they have had in several seasons and fantasy owners will be itching to get their hands on several of their most prominent playmakers. Let’s take a look at the fantasy outlook for the top players on the roster this season.
Frank Gore, Running Back:
Though not an elite fantasy option, a la Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew and Adrian Peterson, Gore is a very good option in the first round due to his ability to pound the rock and catch the ball out of the backfield. In 14 games last season, Gore had more than 1,500 combined yards and 13 touchdowns, making him as productive as nearly anyone in the league when he was on the field. Though Gore hasn’t started 16 games since 2006, he’s also never played less than 14 and his production has remained very good from year to year. With the offense as a whole improving, Gore should remain the focal point and his touchdown numbers, while already impressive, could actually improve. With the 49ers addressing their offensive line early in the draft, Gore could run wild in 2010.
Projection: 1,750 combined yards, 14 total touchdowns.
Vernon Davis, Tight End:
Davis is knocking on the door of being an elite fantasy option at tight end. After posting the best combine performance ever for a tight end prior to the 2006 draft, everyone knew that Davis had the physical tools to be a big-time NFL player, though he got stuck in a subpar offense his first few seasons in the league. In 2009, however, Davis exploded for 78 catches, 965 yards and a league-leading (for tight ends) 13 touchdowns. While I don’t anticipate him putting up 13 touchdowns again in 2010 as quarterback Alex Smith looks to find Michael Crabtree more, Davis should still be a primetime red zone target. After Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark, Davis is probably your next best tight end option.
Projection: 70 catches, 925 yards, 10 touchdowns.
Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver:
Even though Crabtree sat out the first five games of the 2009 season, he still had 48 catches and 625 yards, which is very strong production for a rookie wideout. Crabtree clearly can play and he was a very consistent target for Smith down the stretch of the season, though he never eclipsed 100 yards. As he gets more acclimated to the offense and as Smith progresses behind a revamped offensive line, Crabtree could very easily be a 1,000-yard receiver in 2010. Though Vernon Davis appears to be Smith’s go-to guy in the red zone, Crabtree should find the end zone more than the two times he scored in 2009.
Projection: 79 catches, 1,025 yards, six touchdowns.
Alex Smith, Quarterback:
The former number one overall pick is finally headed in the right direction. If he can help the team win, he’ll certainly sell plenty of San Francisco 49ers tickets, and all the talk about him being a bust will be long forgotten. Overall, there’s no getting around it: 2010 is a huge season for Alex Smith. With an up-and-coming wideout, a top-tier tight end, a very good running back and an improving o-line, Smith is in a great situation in San Fran this year. Though Smith still struggled a bit in stretches last year, he also had an impressive 60.5 percent completion percentage and threw for 18 touchdowns in just 11 games. Projected for a 16-game season and Smith could very well have thrown for 25 touchdowns. Smith is clearly not an option as a starter for your fantasy squad, but he’s also a great backup with some decent upside, particularly for keeper leagues.
Projection: 3,400 yards, 22 touchdowns, 15 interceptions.
Brian Westbrook, Running Back:
After a couple of severe concussions, Westbrook is clearly not the same back he once was. Having said that, he could be a dangerous player in a backup role behind Gore and has considerable value for the 49ers offense. For your team, you could grab him in the late rounds as insurance for Gore, though he won’t likely put up a great statistical season unless Gore goes down with an injury.
Projection: 450 combined yards, three touchdowns.
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