San Francisco 49ers
Against a stout Seattle Seahawks defense, fantasy owners should not feel required to start anyone in the 49ers’ lineup for Week 3. Carlos Hyde and the 49ers’ backfield took a massive step back after a solid Week 1, and a negative game script could cap his usage and therefore his ceiling. Hyde can be considered a low-end flex for Sunday.
Torrey Smith and Jeremy Kerley continue to serve as 1A and 1B in the receiving game, but neither can be expected to post huge outputs on the road in Seattle. Smith caught one pass for 16 yards in two meetings with the Seahawks in 2015, getting lots of attention from shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman. Blaine Gabbert and Vance McDonald also do not deserve starting consideration.
With Thomas Rawls listed as doubtful, and Christine Michael earning praise from Pete Carroll, Michael can be considered an RB1 against a defense that just surrendered 100 rushing yards to Fozzy Whittaker.
Russell Wilson’s ankle sprain is worth concern after two duds to start the season, however, a matchup against the 49ers could be what he needs to make things right with his fantasy owners. Wilson deserves the benefit of the doubt, especially at home, but if he doesn’t capitalize, then fantasy owners need to start making other plans. Doug Baldwin can be considered a WR3 and nothing more until Wilson resumes the dominant level his onlookers have been accustomed to. Tyler Lockett is once again a boom-or-bust flex option against an exploitable defense.
Jermaine Kearse and Jimmy Graham are still not worthy of starts until they get more usage.