The San Francisco 49ers brought in Randy Moss and Mario Manningham during the offseason, adding them to Michael Crabtree , first-round pick A.J. Jenkins and tight end Vernon Davis to form quite a formidable group of receivers. Does that mean the 49ers will become a pass-first team this season? According to Niners beat writer for CSN Bay Area Matt Maiocco, "absolutely no."
Answering questions from a reader mailbag, Maiocco said, "There is a strong chance the 49ers will attempt a higher percentage of passes because they might not be playing with a lead this season as much as they did a year ago.
"The 49ers do not what to throw the ball more. But they want to throw the ball more effectively when they do throw it. ... But the same overall approach as last season will be in play.
"Alex Smith will take the occasional shot down the field, but he's going to check it down and take what's there. ... [head coach] Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman want to run the ball."
This was kind of already assumed, right? Alex Smith isn't exactly a bomber, and while those WR additions are nice, San Fran also added Brandon Jacobs and rookie LaMichael James to its running game. I think that situation, in particular, is going to be messy for fantasy owners. The only players I care to really consider on this team are Davis and Crabtree. I think Crabtree is the Niners' No. 1 WR, so to get him past the midway point of a draft is pretty good value, even though Smith is probably going to spread the love around. I think Moss and Manningham will be even less consistent.