Tuesday, August 4, 2009

DW '09 Season Preview: SF 49ers

Last Year: 7-9

Key Additions: WR Michael Crabtree, CB Dre Bly

Key Losses: CB Walt Harris (out for season), WR Bryant Johnson

Offense: Shaun Hill and Alex Smith are battling for the starting QB job in Niners camp this year. Neither player is going to win the MVP anytime soon, but Hill did help the team win 4 out of their last 5 games in 2008 and looks to have the edge. If Michael Crabtree can ever get a contract worked out, the Niners actually have a pretty deep WR corp. Lining up along with Crabtree will be veteran Isaac Bruce and 2nd year widout Josh Morgan. Morgan showed some promise last year as the No.3 option. RB Frank Gore is coming off his third straight 1000+ yard season rushing and there is no reason to think he’ll slow down this year.

Defense: The defense hopes to improve on their 23.8 PPG given up last year, good enough for 23rd in the league. The injury of Walt Harris won’t help though, Harris was their leading CB with 3 INT’s in 2008. The team brought in Dre Bly to fill Harris’ spot, but what impact the 11th year CB will make remains to be seen.

Fantasy Studs: RB Frank Gore: 240 car, 1036 yds, 6 TD in 2008. Not much else on this team to talk about. Gore is a beast, though. WR Michael Crabtree may be a decent pickup, but the longer he holds out the longer it will take for him to catch on.

Prediction: 6-10. They stink.


  1. What a bust Vernon Davis has been. If he can turn it around, they could have a decent offense and maybe win 8 or 9 games.

  2. If your fantasy league has defensive players...Patrick Willis in an absolute stud....And I think Davis will have a good year but Gore should be the biggest beneficianry of Singletary's smashmouth system... Both these QB's stink. If there is a place for Vick, it is here...

  3. Yeah, who am I to call Davis a bust when Alex Smith is on this team.

    I'd like to see Vick here, if only to see Singletary kick the sht out of him.