Fantasy Player Projections
University of Phoenix Stadium | Sunday, September 13 | 4:15 p.m. EST (FOX)
Cardinals 27, 49ers 24
Pos. Player Projection
QB Shaun Hill
210 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTA deeper sleeper in most fantasy leagues, Hill has shown flashes of potential with 19 touchdowns in 10 career starts. But he'd be a much more attractive option if Michael Crabtree was in uniform.
RB Frank Gore
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TDGore has taken a back seat to Glen Coffee in the preseason -- but there's a good reason he's a near-universal first-round choice in fantasy drafts.
RB Glen Coffee
20 rush yardsCoffee -- a popular if not-yet-essential handcuff for Gore -- has starred in the preseason and shot up draft charts as a result. That said, don't expect too much in his first-ever NFL contest.
WR Josh Morgan
4 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDIt's been a quiet preseason for the third-year wideout but Crabtree's holdout creates a window of opportunity.
WR Isaac Bruce
3 rec, 60 yards, 1 TDThe veteran has been long in the tooth for years but still managed to post 61 catches for 835 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games last season. Will Father Time finally catch up in '09?
TE Vernon Davis
4 rec, 35 yardsA perennial sleeper -- who seems to underwhelm on an annual basis -- Davis looks to shed the underachiever tag for good in his fifth NFL season.
K Joe Nedney
3 PATs, 1 FGLeg strength remains an issue and the 49ers' offense isn't exactly prolific.
2 sacks, 1 INTSome of the individual pieces are attractive for IDP leagues –- such as Patrick Willis and Michael Lewis -- but there's not much to like about the unit as a whole.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Kurt Warner
290 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTThe final tally from Warner's dismal preseason: 26-of-46 passing (52.2 percent) with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Sure, it's the preseason, but not exactly an overwhelming sign of encouragement after Warner underwent hip surgery in the offseason.
RB Tim Hightower
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 1 rush TDIt's running-back-by-committee in Arizona this season with the addition of rookie Chris
RB Beanie Wells
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 35 rush yardsHe's not ripe for a fantasy start just yet, but should be sooner rather than later. The biggest question surrounding Wells during a fabulous career at Ohio State was durability.
WR Larry Fitzgerald
6 rec, 100 yards, 2 TDSo maybe Fitzgerald, who's routinely gone in the Top 10 in drafts, is slightly overvalued in fantasy circles after that spectacular postseason. But he's still the closest thing to a lock to catch 100 balls and score at least a dozen touchdowns. The wideout broke from a preseason slumber in logging 75 yards on five receptions against Green Bay.
WR Anquan Boldin
5 rec, 80 yardsKeep an eye on the injury report, since a hamstring injury could sideline Boldin for the opener. But if he plays, he'll continue to benefit from the double coverage Fitzgerald regularly draws.
WR Steve Breaston
3 rec, 50 yardsThe third wide receiver in the Cardinals' prolific passing attack can outperform the No. 1 wideout in lesser offenses. He caught five balls for 52 yards in the preseason but missed the preseason finale against Denver with a knee sprain.
TE Stephen Spach
2 rec, 20 yardsSpach is vying for the starting role with a handful of either candidates -- but whoever prevails in the positional battle isn't worth a fantasy start in Week 1.
K Neil Rackers
3 PATs, 2 FGsThe 2005 season made Rackers something of a fantasy phenomenon. He's never been able to match that high-water mark, but he's still a reliable starting kicker in all formats.
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FumbleThey surrender way too many points to be taken seriously as a fantasy option, though six touchdowns and 20 forced fumbles in 2008 could be a promising sign.