Owners have reason to worry about 49ers’ attack

Posted Sept. 13, 2010 @ 5:46 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

Although most people picked the 49ers to win the NFC West based on their strong defense, their offense was expected to be much improved in 2010. But after the unit's Week One performance, there's reason to panic in the Bay Area.

QB Alex Smith, a popular fantasy sleeper, was extremely shaky in a season-opening drubbing by the Seahawks, completing just 58 percent of his passes for 225 yards, no TDs and two interceptions. Head coach Mike Singletary said Smith's job is safe for now, but it's difficult to imagine the Niners sticking with the QB if his play doesn't improve in the coming weeks.

While Smith certainly didn't get much help from his run game — Frank Gore gained a mere 38 yards on 17 carries — the bigger story is the horrible outing from WR Michael Crabtree. With big things expected from the talented wideout in his first full season, Crabtree came out and gave a very poor effort, running wrong route after wrong route. He was targeted eight times, but finished with just two catches for 12 yards.

These issues always have been a concern for Crabtree, who may bounce back with a big game in Week Two or continue to act like he doesn't care. It might be wise to keep him on the bench with his attitude being so unpredictable. Smith definitely will need more production from his top wideout to improve upon his shoddy opener. Either way, the QB should be firmly planted on your fantasy bench.