The best team in the NFC is easily the San Francisco 49ers, a team that has defeated the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions to open the 2012 season. However, do they have anyone worth starting in fantasy football? Here is what fantasy football owners need to know about the 49ers vs. Vikings football game in Week 3.
Quarterbacks: Alex Smith has never been a big fantasy football superstar but has been reliable in 2012. He has two touchdowns in the first two games as well as over 200 yards passing and no interceptions in either game. He is a low-level starter in Week 3 and you shouldn't worry if you have to start him.
Christian Ponder has the same questions surrounding him. He also has no interceptions, but finished Week 1 with no touchdowns. He is not someone you want to start against that 49ers defense and should stay on the bench in every fantasy football league.
Running Backs: Frank Gore has started off really good this season for the 49ers, with 201 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Start him in every fantasy football league against the Vikings defense.
Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson fell in every fantasy football draft this year but has proven a solid starter, despite being one year removed from a torn ACL. He has 144 yards in the first two games and two touchdowns. Fantasy football owners might want to bench Peterson in Week 3 because the 49ers have the best rushing defense in the NFL. Peterson is someone you don't want to normally bench, but against San Francisco, that might be a good idea.
Wide Receivers: Randy Moss returns to face his old team in the Vikings in Week 3 for the first time since leaving them and he might play a good game here. However, in Week 2, he only had one catch for 14 yards. He is a low-level flex player or a No. 3 wide receiver at best. The best receiver on the team is Michael Crabtree, who has 13 receptions for 143 yards but has never reached the end zone. He is a No. 2 receiver, at best.
The Vikings have Percy Harvin as their best receiver, and he is off to the best start of his career, with 18 receptions for 188 yards. The problem is he has not scored a touchdown yet. In PPR leagues, he is an easy start as No. 1 receiver, and in standard leagues, he is a borderline starter.
Tight Ends: The best receiver on the 49ers team is tight end Vernon Davis, who has eight receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He is one of the best tight ends in the NFL now and should start this week over most other choices.
Kyle Rudolph is the starting tight end for the Vikings, with eight receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. He is a borderline starter in the 49ers vs. Vikings game because San Francisco does not cover the tight ends as well as they play the other areas of their defense. He is a decent starter if you have no one better.