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Fantasy Football 2013: Top 5 San Francisco 49ers

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Top 5 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Football Targets

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The NFL season is finally here. That also means Fantasy Football season is here. August is the most popular month for fantasy football drafts, though I urge you to try and wait till towards the end of the month, since no one likes drafting players who then get seriously injured during training camp.

The San Francisco 49ers are certain to be one of the best teams in the NFL this season. After advancing to the Super Bowl last year, everything points to the 49ers being one of the favorites to return this season. Tremendous NFL teams also tend to produce Fantasy Football difference makers, and the 49ers are no different. Offensively and defensively the 49ers have a lot of weapons on both sides of the ball. Stud wide out Michael Crabtree suffered an offseason injury that prevents him from this list, but there are still a number of fantasy difference makers found in San Francisco.

Before reading this article and before drafting, I’d urge you to study your league's scoring and rules. A player’s value can change tremendously depending on your league's settings, and every league is different. For this article I will assume the league is standard scoring, so take everything I say from that perspective. All of the players I discuss will have value no matter what; just make sure to check how much that value is in your case. Now, with that public service announcement out of the way, let’s get back to it. Here are the top five fantasy players for the San Francisco 49ers for this year.

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5. San Francisco 49ers Defense

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You can’t draft individual defensive players in most leagues, but you can draft defenses as a whole. The 49ers defense is one of the best, in fantasy and in reality. They may not get as many takeaways as other defenses, but they simply do not give up many points, holding other teams to under 20 points nine times last season. If you want a defense you can play week in and week out without thinking about it, pick the 49ers D.

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4. Anquan Boldin

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Boldin had a tremendous postseason run with the Baltimore Ravens last season (22 catches, 380 yards, four touchdowns), and now he is in an even better situation in San Francisco. With Michael Crabtree gone for the majority of the season, Boldin is the 49ers' best receiver. If he can develop chemistry with Colin Kaepernick, Boldin will be a solid fantasy option.

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3. Vernon Davis

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Tight end is a shallow position, and Davis will be one of the best this season. It took a while for him and Colin Kaepernick to develop chemistry, but his two 100-yard postseason receiving performances make it clear that he and Kaepernick have figured out how to make it work. All reports are that Davis and his quarterback are “unstoppable” in practice, so there’s a lot to like with Davis this year.

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2. Colin Kaepernick

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Kaepernick broke out in a big way last season, and there’s no reason to expect he does not improve on all levels this season. He has all the tools to be a star NFL and fantasy quarterback; he has a big, accurate arm, and is extremely fast and athletic. Dual threat QBs are becoming more prominent through the NFL, and Kaepernick could become one of the best. In fantasy his versatility will be extremely valuable.

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1. Frank Gore

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He’s been at it for quite some time now, but running behind a stud offensive line, Frank Gore will continue to be a solid option as a fantasy running back. His pass catching ability makes him even more attractive in PPR leagues. He’s proven to be quite durable the past few seasons and is a lock for 1,000 yards and close to 10 TD.