Fantasy Player Projections

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QBAlex Smith

Alex Smith

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 15 rush yards

Smith threw for only 140 yards, with one touchdown and one interception against the Seahawks in Week 7. The Cardinals bring a top-five pass defense into this game, so fantasy owners should steer clear of Smith.

RBFrank Gore

Frank Gore

105 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

Gore had his biggest day yet this season last Thursday against Seattle, rushing 16 times for 131 yards despite dealing with bruised ribs. Only Marshawn Lynch has more rushing yards than Gore, who remains a top-12 running back.

RBKendall Hunter

Kendall Hunter

25 rush yards, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

Hunter had nine carries for 31 rushing yards against the Seahawks in Week 7. While his best value is as Gore's fantasy handcuff, he does offer some weekly stats that can help owners in larger leagues.

WRMario Manningham

Mario Manningham

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

A shoulder injury kept Manningham out of the Niners' Week 7 contest against the Seahawks, but he will have had 10 days to heal up for a Week 8 game against Arizona. When healthy, he has become a very good WR3 in most formats.

WRMichael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

5 rec, 60 yards

Crabtree caught four passes for 31 yards against Seattle in Week 7, and he now has seven catches for just 57 yards in his past two games. He's a better play in PPR leagues, since he does most of his action between the 20s.

WRRandy Moss

Randy Moss

2 rec, 20 yards

Moss caught just one pass for 14 yards against Seattle despite Mario Manningham (shoulder) being unable to play. Moss is a big name, but not a name you want on your fantasy roster.

TEVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

5 rec, 50 yards

The Seahawks clamped down on Davis, keeping him from making a catch for just the fourth time in his career. While Davis hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 3, he remains a top-notch fantasy option.

KDavid Akers

David Akers

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Akers kicked two more field goals to go with one extra point in Week 7, and he now has just four field goals in his past three games. Despite the decline in opportunities, he remains a good fantasy option.


2 INTs, 2 Sacks, TD

The Niners registered two sacks and an interception against the Seahawks in Week 7, and also held Seattle to just six points. This should be a great fantasy defense once again in Week 8 against Arizona.

QBJohn Skelton

John Skelton

175 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Skelton completed 25-of-36 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota in Week 7, along with one interception. Skelton is a shaky fantasy option no matter who he's playing against.

RBLaRod Stephens-Howlin

LaRod Stephens-Howlin

55 rush yards, 4 rec, 30 rec yards

Stephens-Howling rushed 20 times for 104 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota, shocking many who expected him to do more damage through the air. He did also catch four passes for 45 yards. As long as the Cardinals keep using him as the main back, he's worth using as a flex.

RBWilliam Powell

William Powell

35 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Powell had four carries for 13 yards at Minnesota in Week 7. With LaRod Stephens-Howling having a big game, we might not see much of Powell in the coming weeks.

WRLarry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Fitzgerald caught four passes for just 29 yards in Week 7, as the Vikings shut him down. Despite the down week and a tough upcoming opponent, Fitzgerald should see better numbers against the Niners.

WRAndre Roberts

Andre Roberts

5 rec, 60 yards

Roberts led the Cardinals in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (103) against the Vikings in Week 7. He also scored a touchdown and continues to be an erratic fantasy play each week. The 49ers are too tough to consider starting Roberts against.

TERob Housler

Rob Housler

4 rec, 38 yards

Housler caught five passes for 54 yards at Minnesota in Week 7 in one of his biggest games of the season. But with six teams coming off byes, fantasy owners should find better options elsewhere in Week 8.

KJay Feely

Jay Feely


Feely made both extra points, but he missed his only field-goal attempt at Minnesota in Week 7. He's a mediocre fantasy option in Week 8 against the Niners.


INT, 3 Sacks

While the Cardinals allowed 21 points to the Vikings in Week 7, they got a couple of interceptions and three sacks. Over the past three home games, the Cardinals have three interceptions and 11 sacks. They host the Niners in Week 8, which should prove to be a tough matchup from a fantasy perspective.
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