2012 Team Outlook: San Francisco
RB Anthony Dixon, SF - Not Draft Worthy
Buried on the tailback depth chart, Dixon has been moved to fullback where he has a good chance to see some action, but a poor chance of being a fantasy contributor.
RB LaMichael James, SF - Dynasty Only
Oregon's all-time leading rusher was deemed too small by many NFL scouts. So was Darren Sproles, a player to whom James has been favorably compared. Selected in the second round, James represents a sizeable investment and will be given plenty of chances to prove himself as a change of pace, third-down type who could make a big splash when Frank Gore gets injured.
RB Bruce Miller, SF - Not Draft Worthy
A pure blocking fullback in the old school mold, Miller started eight games for the 49ers last season averaging 11 total yards per game. He is a fantasy non-entity.
WR Michael Crabtree, SF - Solid/Safe Pick
The 49ers made receiver a position of priority this offseason. The new additions, rather than stealing valuable looks from Crabtree, will help occupy defenses and free him up. A three-wide set with Crabtree, Mario Manningham and Randy Moss could be devastating.
WR Ted Ginn, CAR - Deep-league Only
A kick returner and underperforming wideout, Ginn Jr. isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues.
WR Mario Manningham, SF - Quality Backup
A much safer bet than Randy Moss to make a smooth transition in San Francisco, Manningham offers steady hands and reliable productivity. It was a surprise the Giants didn't cough up the cash to keep him. The 49ers lucked out with a low-cost upgrade at wideout and fantasy owners will have the chance to do the same.