(Week 14: at Oakland, Week 15: at Seattle, Week 16: vs. San Diego)
Weeks 14 and 16 seem reasonable, but Week 15 vs. Seattle on the road is a potentially brutal matchup.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh is having success in the NFL, but I think he is better suited as a college coach. Harbuagh often seems at odds with GM Trent Baalke, so it would not shock me to see him out of a job unless the 49ers win the Super Bowl.
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore
Under the Radar Guy
Stevie Johnson has gone from being the WR1 in Buffalo to WR3 in San Francisco. I still think he’s a solid wide receiver who does his best work by the goal line. Although QB Colin Kaepernick’s accuracy is suspect, I think he will like throwing to Johnson in tight situations.
Roto Visionary Sleeper
I admit that it has taken me time to come around on rookie RB Carlos Hyde. After watching him at Ohio State, I was convinced that he was the beneficiary of a huge offensive line which opened up massive holes for him to run. I might still be right about that, but Hyde looks the part of young stud RB ready to emerge in the league. He easily should get 10 carries a game and maybe more if Gore falters.
Every year I say is going to be RB Frank Gore’s last in the league and every year he keeps surprising me with his ability to run the football. I still have no intention of drafting him, as I don’t trust his age and the team has Hyde and Lattimore behind him.
(Week 14: at Philadelphia, Week 15: vs. San Francisco, Week 16: at Arizona)
Week 14 in Philly is okay, but Weeks 15 and 16 are ugly with tough divisional games.
If I owned a NFL franchise, I would hire Pete Carroll as my head coach. He has earned respect around the league from players and peers alike.
Russell Wilson is on the precipice of becoming a Fantasy stud. He is mobile, has a great arm, and makes terrific decisions on the field. Most of all, he is a true leader who commands respect from his teammates. You may not win your Fantasy league with Wilson as your QB, but you sure won’t lose it either.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the huddle
Under the Radar
Almost silently, Doug Baldwin goes about his business as the team’s most reliable WR. He is not the biggest guy around, but he runs great routes and has the trust of his QB. Now that Sidney Rice has retired, Baldwin should get a chance to be even more involved in the offense. Think 900 yards and six TDs from him this season.
Roto Visionary Sleeper
Christine Michael is going to be an outstanding RB in the NFL. All he needs is a chance. Once he gets it, Fantasy owners will see a potential top five RB. He may not get a full shot this year, but it is coming and soon.
This is RB Marshawn Lynch’s contract year. The team knows that they will not resign him so they will give him the ball without caring about saving his legs for the future. Additionally, should Lynch go down the team has the aforementioned Michael and Robert Turbin around to get the job done. Overuse and under appreciation are two big reasons for me to stay away from Lynch this season.