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Welcome back for Week 6 of the 2015 NFL season. The San Francisco 49ers are back home to face the Baltimore Ravens. It is an intriguing matchup from a fantasy perspective. The 49ers lost their last home game, to the Green Bay Packers, and the offense looked abysmal, while the defense was fairly sharp. A week later, the offense was significantly improved, while the defense took a huge step back.
There are some intriguing fantasy options for the 49ers, but they are risky options. The offense has not shown any consistency, so any starts are filled with some downside to consider. The 49ers are currently in a position where they do not have any clear must-starts, but they do have some fill-in options.
Start 'em: None
Maybe start 'em: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB Carlos Hyde, WR Anquan Boldin, WR Torrey Smith, K Phil Dawson - The Ravens defense has been sketchy at best this season. Kap and Hyde are two particularly intriguing options this week because of that ... I'm not entirely sure what "revenge games" can mean for a player, but if you buy into that notion, Boldin and Smith could be intriguing plays. I have to think they want to put in a strong performance against their former team. Of course, if the offense struggles to get anything going, what they actually want might not matter.
Sit 'em: TE Vernon Davis, 49ers D/ST - The 49ers defense is actually kind of intriguing, as they have had a lot more success at home than on the road. I would still avoid them, but if you are desperate, it could be a gamble worth taking ... Stick a fork in Vernon.
Start 'em: RB Justin Forsett, WR Steve Smith - I know I said the 49ers defense is better at home than on the road, but until they prove they are consistent, it is worth cashing in against them. Forsett is coming off to straight big games, and while Smith is returning, Forsett's performances should get him plenty of opportunities ... Smith is returning from a back injury that may have included four broken ribs. Whatever the injury, he's a tough guy and should play. I could see him fading down the stretch this season, but I'd take advantage of him while his legs are fresh.
Maybe start 'em: QB Joe Flacco, Ravens D/ST, TE Crockett Gillmore, K Justin Tucker - Flacco is a great bye week and injury fill-in this weekend. He could make some stupid mistakes, but against the 49ers defense, I'd roll the dice on a decent performance ... The 49ers offense got back on track in Week 5, but the offensive line is still questionable. Sacks could be there, even if a more conservative passing game means fewer chances for turnovers for the Ravens defense ... Gillmore missed the last two weeks with an injury, but returned to practice.
Sit 'em: Anybody else