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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 14: 49ers-Raiders features Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Colin Kaepernick

It's the beginning of the fantasy football playoffs. If you are lucky you have nothing to do with this week 14 game between the 49ers and Raiders. There really isn't a fantasy start playing in this one, but a few of these guys may be on some deep league rosters.

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Must Starts

Frank Gore: This is a week where Gore could shine. The long week off should help and the Raiders defense have been awful friendly to running backs this year. By "friendly" I mean they've allowed the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Gore hasn't been himself this year in fantasy, but the match-up sets him up for a nice game.

Quality Starts

Colin Kaepernick: It's gotten to the point where it doesn't even matter who the opponent is for Kaep. He isn't playing well enough to be a part of any standard format playoff team. He does have some appeal in 2QB and FanDuel since it is the Raiders after all.

Anquan Boldin: There isn't much you can take away from his performance last week with Kaepernick playing so poor. He should be able to get it done this week in a much easier matchup. His signature stat line of 6/80 should be easily attainable, making him a solid WR3.

Latavius Murray: Do you believe what coaches say? I try not to, but it really hurt me deep in my heart when Tony Sparano hinted that Murray would not be the lead workhorse back this week. Maybe that is just Slick Tony trying to pull a quick one on us, but you have to take his words into account. Also, he did miss dthe most of two games with a concussion. If you can start Murray as anything higher than a FLEX this week, you are a braver gamer than myself. I wish you (and I) the best of luck.


Michael Crabtree: You can't trust him. The Raider secondary isn't phenomenal, but they are a solid unit. This is the point where you are avoiding risk. With only 2 games with 4 or more receptions since the week 8 bye, now is not the time to buy into a Crabtree revival.

Vernon Davis: If you haven't abandoned ship yet, there is still time.  However, if you are in the playoffs I imagine you swam from that burning wreckage weeks ago.

Derek Carr: Strong first name, very strong, but he isn't a fantasy factor even in 2 QB leagues.


Carlos Hyde: He looks to be coming on and has a role in the passing game. If you are digging for a FLEX for RB3, Hyde is a sneaky play.