Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAlex Smith

Alex Smith

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Extra weapons, including future Hall-of-Famer Randy Moss, points to a good fantasy season ahead for Smith. The former No. 1 overall pick faces the worst pass defense from 2011, but teams were usually coming from behind against Green Bay. Expect one or two big pass plays -- and a few mistakes.

RBFrank Gore

Frank Gore

55 rush yards, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

With just one touchdown and one 100-yard game in the second half of last season, Gore is desperate to start strong. Plus, he's suddenly in danger of losing touches to a bevy of running backs, including up-and-comer Kendall Hunter and veteran Brandon Jacobs.

RBKendall Hunter

Kendall Hunter

25 rush yards, 2 rec, 10 rec yards

Hunter had a nice preseason, but the Niners also have Brandon Jacobs looking for carries behind starter Frank Gore. Hunter's a nice fantasy handcuff, but keep him reserved until we see the rushing splits.

WRMichael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

5 rec, 65 yards

Entering his fourth season, Crabtree is hoping to take that next step to stardom. He'll turn 25 years old next week, and a leaner body -- along with veterans Randy Moss, Vernon Davis and Mario Manningham around him -- could signify a breakout season.

WRRandy Moss

Randy Moss

3 rec, 35 yards

The veteran receiver hasn't played a game since January of 2011, but he'll be facing a secondary that loves to gamble. He's worth giving a shot as a flex or WR3 in Week 1. The Niners have a lot of players for Green Bay to worry about.

TEVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

5 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Alex Smith has been relatively conservative throughout his career, helping Davis turn into a superstar. The tight end is still one of the best targets in San Francisco and is coming off a solid preseason.

KDavid Akers

David Akers

PAT, 3 FGs

The 14-year veteran had three or more field-goal attempts in nine different games last season. The Niners' conservative offense helps his cause and he remains a double-digit fantasy point threat every week.

DEFENSE

2 Sacks

Just your luck -- you drafted the top defense in fantasy, and in Week 1 it gets to face Aaron Rodgers and Co. The Niners will get some sacks, but the turnovers will have to come from fumbles. Only one other team (SF) threw fewer picks last season than Green Bay.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

280 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 15 rush yards

Obviously, facing the toughest defense to start the season isn’t what you want for your No. 1 draft pick. Over Rodgers’ past three season openers, he has averaged 230 passing yards and just under two TDs.

RBCedric Benson

Cedric Benson

60 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

The former Bengal will get the start at tailback for the Packers against a pretty stout defense. He's no better than a flex option this week, as he was only able to rack up 64 yards against the Niners last season.

RBAlex Green

Alex Green

18 rush yards, 1 rec, 18 rec yards

Green was a hot commodity this summer in fantasy circles -- and then the Packers signed Cedric Benson. His value could grow as the season wears on and he gets more touches.

WRGreg Jennings

Greg Jennings

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

The Niners pose a difficult test for the Packers' passing game, but Jennings has scored in each season opener over the past three years, averaging six catches for 92 receiving yards per game.

WRJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

The Packers' No. 2 receiver loves the big play -- and he'll need one against a tough Niners defense that bends but doesn't break. He caught six passes for 77 yards and a TD in last year's opener.

TEJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

5 rec, 50 yards

One of the most physically gifted athletes in the NFL, Finley is coming off his best season and he's now two years removed from a knee injury. He's Rodgers' third favorite target.

KMason Crosby

Mason Crosby

2 PATs, 3 FGs

In last season's opener, Crosby didn't get one single field goal attempt -- but he did get six PATs. As a matter of fact, he had five or more PATs eight different times last season.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

Like many good fantasy defenses, the Packers take advantage of the mistakes made by teams trying to climb back in a blowout. Alex Smith was ultra-conservative last year, though.

 
 
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