Hill will start at QB this week on national TV, replacing J.T. O'Sullivan, who had thrown 11 interceptions, lost 11 fumbles and was sacked 32 times in eight games. Wow. Hill completed 15-of-23 passes for 173 yards and a TD in Week 8 against Seattle and more importantly didn't turn over the ball. He's not a bad bye-week fill-in as the Cardinals rank 18th in the NFL vs. the pass, but long-term he's not the answer for San Francisco or your fantasy team.
Even though the Niners are having a forgettable season, Gore continues to be among the top players in the NFL. He is doing it on the ground and through the air as he has 629 yards rushing and 311 yards receiving, topping 100 total yards in five of the first eight games. In the opener against Arizona, Gore rushed for 96 yards and a score and caught four passes for 55 yards. Look for more of the same this week on the road.
Battle leads the Niners with 24 catches for 318 yards, but he has yet to find the end zone this year. He had just one catch for 16 yards in the opener against Arizona and isn't anything special. You can do better than start Battle this week.
Bruce leads the Niners in receiving yardage with 399 on 23 catches, but he's been inconsistent this year and hasn't caught a TD pass in the last three games. Look for Shaun Hill to lean on him more heavily going forward, making Bruce a worthy play against the Cardinals, even though they held him without a catch in the opener.
A hamstring injury has slowed Johnson down, but he did catch three passes for 30 yards in Week 8 and should be completely healthy after the bye week. Look for better games going forward, but there's still not enough here to make you start him this week.
Will head coach Mike Singletary even let Davis play this week? He received the wrath of Singletary's tirade in Week 8 and was even sent to the locker room during the game, but look for Davis to start this week and contribute a bit. Either way, he's still not fantasy worthy as he's a major bust for the Niners and fantasy teams.
Warner returned to St. Louis last week and looked like the MVP of old, torching the Rams for 342 yards and two TDs while completing 23-of-34 passes. He's having an MVP caliber season as he's completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 2,431 yards and 16 TDs. He now faces a Niners' defense that ranks 20th vs. the pass on Monday Night Football, and with a raucous crowd behind him he should approach 300 yards and two TDs again in an easy home win.
The rookie got his first NFL start last week and posted his first 100-yard game, rushing 22 times for 109 yards and a TD. This is now his job to keep and he's a fantastic pickup as the Cardinals will try to have a more balanced offensive attack going forward. Hightower is a power back who already has seven TDs and he will more than hold his own this week and for the rest of the weeks going forward.
Arrington is now the backup RB with Edgerrin James relegated to No. 3. Arrington made his presence known last week at St. Louis as he gained 119 total yards on just 11 touches, rushing for 62 yards on six carries and adding 57 yards on five receptions. He's a better play right now than James, so don't be afraid to pick him up as a reserve back because it's obvious the Cardinals will use him more often going forward.
Fitzgerald failed to score a TD for the second straight game, but have no fear as he's still a beast in this lineup. He already has 49 catches for 742 yards and five TDs with four 100-yard receiving games and he will light up the Niners this week. San Francisco held Fitzgerald to three catches for 31 yards and a TD in the opener, but he will gain revenge with a big game this week at home.
Boldin caught his team-high 8th TD pass last week at St. Louis as he finished with six catches for 85 yards. He lit up the Niners for eight catches for 82 yards in the opener at San Francisco and will again have a big game in this rematch. He's obviously feeling no effects from the neck injury suffered in New York and is a must start every week.
After four straight games of seven or more receptions, Breaston took a back seat to Fitzgerald and Boldin last week and finished with only two catches for 39 yards. Have no fear as he still has a strong role as the possession receiver and should return to his prior form this week vs. San Francisco. Keep starting him.
The Cardinals scored their first defensive TD of the season last week when Antrel Rolle picked off a Marc Bulger pass and returned it 40 yards for a score. That was only the Cards' fifth INT of the season, but they do have 21 sacks and will provide plenty of pressure this week.