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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 5: 49ers vs. Chiefs

You can't tell by the score, but last week's game against the Eagles was a disappointment in what should have been an avalanche of fantasy points. Frank Gore showed up to the party, but he didn't find much company. Let's see what other 49ers might make it to the dance floor against Kansas City.

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Thearon W. Henderson

Sunday, the 49er defense will have to deal with a duo of running backs who just made mincemeat out of the Patriots. It should be a competitive game, but there isn't a lot of fantasy meat on the bone in this match-up. Here are the guys that may effect your lineup this week:

Must Starts

Frank Gore

The world saw the 2014 debut of "Angry Gore" last week. The ageless one put the league on notice with his week 4 performance. KC has only allowed the much faster Lamar Miller to eclipse the 100 yard mark this season and have yet to give up a TD to a running back. If Gore gets another 20+ carries I like his chances to finish in the top 10 at RB.

Michael Crabtree

He missed some time last week with a foot issue, but it sounds like it was just a brief scare. If it weren't for a poor pass he would have added a touchdown to his stat sheet last week. As long as he is healthy, he is a solid  WR2 in standard formats and a strong WR2 in PPR leagues. KC's secondary looked impressive Monday night, but they typically give up buckets of points to receivers.

Quality Starts

Colin Kaepernick

Although he looked off balance and stressed the entire game, #7 still worked his way to a top 10 day. Had he connected with Crabtree on an easy TD we would be talking top 5. Colin has been getting it done with his legs, as of late. As long as he keeps running he'll remain a quality start, especially against average defenses.

Jamaal Charles

His ankle is fine, but the matchup isn't. If you have some sort of combination of Matt Forte, Gio Bernard, Le'Veon Bell then I could see sitting Charles, but he was electric Monday night and he should get a few receptions and most goal line opportunities.

Travis Kelce

The sharper knives is the drawer knew about Kelce going into the season, but now he might be on everyone's radar. He isn't must start material just yet. Let's see him against a 49er defense that has been able to limit tight ends thus far. If 5 receptions and about 50 yards pays the bills then feel free to chase his recent success.


Knile Davis

I'm not saying he doesn't break one long run or stays out of the end zone, but you probably shouldn't feel good about a backup running back taking on San Francisco right now. Keep him stashed, though. He may find himself with a larger role even if Charles stays healthy.

Alex Smith

If you are in a 2QB league then I think you will be okay with Smith, but there is a good chance the 49er defense can ride last week's wave towards another suffocating effort. I think you'll see him pick up a lot of yards with his legs and possibly drop 2 touchdowns on his former squad, but he just isn't top 12 this week.

Vernon Davis

No practice on Friday and "questionable" to play. If this leaves you in a tough spot, check to see if Heath Miller is available. Still digging? Okay, Garret Graham plays the Dallas defense and Andre Johnson didn't practice Friday.


Anquan Boldin

It's about time we see Boldin get into the end zone. He hasn't been invisible, but you think he would be more involved in the offense after week 1. His signature line of 5 receptions for 70 yards isn't a tough task against Kansas City. If Vernon Davis doesn't play then I really like his chances to go from WR3 to WR2 in week 5.

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