Fantasy Watch: NFC West

Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty breaks down the top targets, players to avoid and late-round fliers in the NFC West

Fantasy Watch: NFC West

Patrick Daugherty breaks down the top targets, players to avoid and late-round fliers in the NFC West

All-Fantasy First Team

QB: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers

RB: Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks 

RB: Andre Ellington, Cardinals 

WR: Michael Floyd, Cardinals

WR: Michael Crabtree, 49ers

WR: Percy Harvin, Seahawks

TE: Vernon Davis, 49ers

D/ST: Seahawks

K: Phil Dawson, 49ers

Other divisions: NFC North, AFC North, NFC East, AFC East, AFC South, NFC South, AFC West


1. Russell Wilson — Wilson is a great quarterback, but a much better bet in “real life” than fantasy.

2. Larry Fitzgerald — A legend, Fitz is still a productive player, but he’s currently the WR12 in fantasy drafts. He’s unlikely to even come close to that.

3. Tavon Austin — Even as the WR48, Austin is going too high after his uninspiring rookie season.

4. Carlos Hyde — Hyde is shaping up as a high-end handcuff, but there’s no reason he should be a top 125 pick, or going ahead of Mark Ingram and Devonta Freeman.

5. 49ers Defense — Currently the second D/ST off the board behind Seattle, the 49ers’ defense is missing way too many key players to make the kind of impact it has the past three seasons.


1. Frank Gore — Gore is declining, but inexcusable for his touchdown potential to be the RB20.

2. Carson Palmer — QB22 is an ideal matchup play considering the weapons at his disposal.

3. Kenny Britt — Recent track record is disastrous, but potential No. 1 receiver should be going higher than his 15th/16th round ADP.

4. Anquan Boldin — Boldin won’t match last year’s numbers, but is a classic case of drafters letting a reliable player fall way too far because of his age.

5. Michael Floyd — He’s simply a steal as the WR23.

Late-Round Fliers

1. Anquan Boldin — A cheap and easy WR4.

2. Kenny Britt — An even cheaper WR4.

3. Stevie Johnson — Going largely undrafted, Johnson could easily be a WR4/5.

4. Robert Turbin — Ahead of Christine Michael in everything except ADP.

5. John Brown — Could end up a WR5 capable of winning weeks in the right matchup.

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