2012 Team Outlook: San Francisco
WR A.J. Jenkins, KC - Dynasty Only
Jenkins is a high-profile rookie who will tempt owners on fantasy draft day. Just keep in mind who he's competing with. He's got all the upside in the world, but is unlikely to step in and shine from day one. Expect him to play a part-time role unless there's an injury to one of the big three veterans.
WR Randy Moss, --- - Gamble (high risk)
It would be foolish at this point to call him over the hill. With Moss it seems always and only to be a simple matter of motivation. If he wants it, he can still be an impact receiver in the NFL. But will he have the drive to work himself back into shape, develop chemistry with a new QB and play second-fiddle to Michael Crabtree? The odds seem mighty long.
TE Vernon Davis, SF - Stud (low risk)
Davis dominated down the stretch last season, but people are starting to wonder if there are enough footballs to go around now in San Francisco. We say yes. This offensive philosophy leans heavily on the TE and teams now have to play Davis straight up. They can't afford to double him or blanket him with a corner the way they did at the start of last season. Against linebackers and strong safeties – especially ones who have to keep half an eye on Frank Gore in the backfield – Davis will continue to excel.
TE Delanie Walker, TEN - Not Draft Worthy
The versatile Walker flashed some fantasy potential in 2011 with three TDs in the first six weeks. It's not a feat he's likely to replicate. Unless Vernon Davis gets injured between now and then, there's no reason to look Walker's way on fake draft day.
PK David Akers, DET - Solid/Safe Pick
Playing stellar ball for a high-scoring yet conservative offense, Akers swung a lot of fantasy championships last season. He'll be much higher on draft boards this season and rightfully so after breaking Jerry Rice's single season scoring record.
San Fran Defense - Stud (low risk)
A year ago they finished among the top ten in sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, total yardage and points per game. They return essentially the same squad in 2012 and there's no reason they can't continue their defensive dominance.