49ers head coach Mike Singletary told reporters on Monday that embattled QB Alex Smith will start in Week Six vs. the Raiders.
Smith has struggled this season, throwing nine interceptions and leading an offense that ranks 30th in points per game. The 2005 No. 1 overall pick is averaging just 6.5 yards per pass attempt for the 0-5 Niners.
Following a Smith fumble that was returned for a TD in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's game vs. the Eagles, Singletary looked as if he were ready to bench Smith in favor of backup David Carr. The starter pleaded his case on the sideline and remained in the game, but was unable to lead the team to its first win of the season.
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The loud chants of "We want Carr" echoing through Candlestick Park Sunday night had to resonate with Singletary, but he has decided to stick with Smith for another week. If the 49ers can't win in Week Six vs. their rivals from across the Bay, the head coach may have no choice but to make a QB switch. Carr, himself a former No. 1 overall pick from 2002, has started 79 games in his career, compiling a 23-56 record in those contests.
Smith hasn't been too valuable to fantasy owners in 2010, as he creates more turnovers than big plays. Even against a Raiders defense that ranks 28th in points per game, it is wise to not follow Singletary's lead and do place Smith on your bench if you have the option to do so.