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49ers vs. Saints start/sit advice: Colin Kaepernick, Drew Brees, Mark Ingram

This 2014 NFL season means a 4-4 team can be in first place, or be a divisional afterthought.

Two teams disappointed to be 4-4 will face off Sunday in the San Francisco 49ers-New Orleans Saints matchup. Because of the NFC South's awfulness, though, the Saints' 4-4 record has them in first place in their division, while the 49ers are stuck in third in the NFC West. One of the teams will come out of Sunday with a winning record, so there's that.

The 49ers enter Sunday basically healthy from a fantasy perspective -- only running back Frank Gore was listed on the report, but he doesn't appear to have any real issues. The Saints have more to deal with -- running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas will miss another game Sunday, while Mark Ingram is officially questionable with a shoulder injury, but expected to be fine. Meanwhile, tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills also appeared on the injury report, but neither is expected to be hindered.

The Saints will host Sunday's game at 1 p.m. ET. Here's a look at the playoff names to consider:


Start 'em?: It's getting increasingly difficult to trust Colin Kaepernick in fantasy as having any great upside. He's a high-end QB2. ... Frank Gore has nine total fantasy points the last three games. The team has hinted at him getting increased touches, but until that happens, he's little more than a flex play. ... Michael Crabtree has been really disappointing this season, while Anquan Boldin has exceeded expectations. Both are mid-range flex plays. ... We're still waiting to see a full-strength Vernon Davis, and until we do, he is impossible to trust. ... The 49ers' recent offensive struggles have really limited the kicker opportunities for Phil Dawson. ... The 49ers' defense has sandwiched two good games around a negative point total the last three games. There's a wide range of possibilities there, but at New Orleans isn't a great time to take a chance.

Sit 'em: After two decent games the first three weeks of the season, Carlos Hyde has vanished from productivity, with one fantasy point in each of his last three. He's off the radar. ... Stevie Johnson is the third receiver in an offense that can't support three receivers.


Start 'em: It's a home game for Drew Brees, which you always like. After averaging 16.8 fantasy points a game through five games, he's averaged 21 the last three. Things are on the rise. ... With his running mates sidelined, Mark Ingram has played himself into must-start territory. ... Yeah, we're back to not worrying about Jimmy Graham at all. ... Last week wasn't great, but overall, Shayne Graham is still an every-week starter.

Start 'em?: Your guess is as good as mine as to who between Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills will be the top producer game to game. Each is a reasonable flex play, but it's tough to know which will be the top of the group. ... The Saints' defense had negative-four fantasy points through its first four games, but has 29 in the last four. It's not a unit you want to start, but it's a unit you could.

Sit 'em: The Saints will turn to Travaris Cadet as its No. 2 running back. He's a pass catcher, but just doesn't get enough looks to crack a fantasy lineup.


Start in every league: Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Jimmy Graham, Shayne Graham
Start if you're desperate: Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, Phil Dawson, San Francisco defense, Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills, New Orleans defense
Bench: Carlos Hyde, Stevie Johnson, Travaris Cadet