Was an ugly performance by the 49ers who were supposed to take the next step this season. Instead the upstart Seahawks stole the show with old dependable Matt Hasselbeck at QB leading the way. Here are some of the fantasy football storylines from the game.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS:
Alex Smith: 26/45 for 225 yards with 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s. Its one step forward and two steps back for Smith who I thought had a shot to be a solid fantasy football backup this season. Scratch that idea as he was completely overmatched here. Whats a real shame is that there is a lot of talent on this team but Smith is holding them back.
Frank Gore: 17 carries for 38 yards with 6 catches for 45 yards. Gore didn’t find any running room but saved his day with the 6 catches. Gore is a top 5 back and will be all season long so don’t sweat the low rushing output.
Michael Crabtree: 2 catches for 12 yards. A lot of people were going crazy for Crabree leading up to the season but I always had mixed feelings. Yes he is very talented but his QB stinks and his work habits and attitude are not the best. I worry how he will react if the season goes south. Also the two catches for 12 yards is terrible since Smith threw over 40 passes.
Vernon Davis: 8 catches for 73 yards. We all know that Davis is Smith’s top target and that was on full display here. Davis is a beast and finally is living up to his draft status. Look for a big year here no matter who the QB is.
Josh Morgan: 3 catches for 32 yards. Nothing to think about here.
Joe Nedney: 2/2 on FG with a long of 23 yards. Nedney is pretty accurate but is always on the low end of opportunities. A borderline starter.
Matt Hasselbeck: 18/23 for 170 yards with 2 TD’s and 1 INT along with 2 carries for 4 yards and 1 TD. Hasselbeck was one of the better producing passers in fantasy football during week 1 as he turned back the clock at least for one day. Seattle still doesn’t have much in the way of passing weapons so don’t invest here unless he will be a bye-week fill-in.
Justin Forsett: 7 carries for 43 yards along with 3 catches for 17 yards. I drafted Forsett as a backup RB because his solid rookie season where he ran the ball well and also piled up the receptions was more than intriguing. Despite only 7 carries, Forsett showed nice burst and also showed good hands on his catches. Keep a close eye on him as he could produce a nice season.
John Carlson: 3 catches for 36 yards. After all the hype coming out of Seattle camp that Carlson would be in the Pro Bowl this year and catch a million passes, this is all we got for Week 1. I drafted Carlson but only as a backup and subsequently cut him before the season began due the sudden availability of Felix Jones in my league. Carlson has to do more to justify a starting spot but since Seattle doesn’t have much in regards to wideouts, threes still a good chance he has a useful season.
Mike Williams: 4 catches for 64 yards. Back from the dead is Williams as Seattle really showed how desperate they are for WR help. Williams was an inch away from scoring a TD and looked pretty good as he did all preseason. Put him in the watch list and see how this turns out.
Olindo Mare: 1/1 on FG with a long of 35 yards. He hasn’t been fantasy worthy since Miami and that wont change now.