49ers: 2009 NFL Regular Season Schedule | Fantasy Football Rankings
San Francisco 49ers 2009 NFL Regular Season Schedule
If the San Francisco 49ers are going to challenge the Arizona Cardinals this year they are going to need to improve in the passing game and pass rush as a defense. At this point in time Alex Smith and Shaun Hill are entrenched in a quarterback battle that hopefully will be resolved after the third preseason game, as coach Singletary said it would be.
Below are three sections of interest that are worth paying attention to for fantasy owners coming into the season for this team. First we have listed our fantasy players which we believe are worth paying attention to this season. Next is strength of schedule against the run, pass and points against. Lastly we have a few games selected that will be key in telling how this team will preform for the 2009 season.
vs Run 5th Easiest Schedule
vs Pass 2nd Easiest Schedule
vs Points Given Up 3rd Easiest Schedule
As you can see from above the 49ers have one of the easiest schedules overall in the NFL for 2009. With a schedule like this San Fran’s quarterbacks and receivers should have an easier time finding success in the regular season.
Right now the two main players I would recommend you pay the most attention to is receiver Josh Morgan and tight end Vernon Davis. Both of these players will be drafted in the lower rounds of your fantasy draft and they will both have a good chance to succeed with a pass friendly schedule.
Unfortunately rookie receiver Michael Crabtree is still entrenched in a hold out and likely won’t sign with the team until some time in September. It is hard enough for a rookie receiver to have success in their first season and now Crabtree will have zero time spent working in the offense for the entire offseason. One day I believe he will be a top 10 fantasy receiver but for this season he’s not worth a roster spot (unless your in a keeper league of course) until he gets his way into the starting lineup.
In the running game it is still going to be the Frank Gore show as he is reportedly in the better shape than in years past. Third round pick rookie running back Glen Coffee will make for a good role player on the team but he is only worth a waiver pick for fantasy football at this time.
Games of Interest
Week 2 vs the Seahawks: In the past few days the Seattle Seahawks have received some devastating news as their All Pro left tackle Walter Jones had to have another knee operation and will be out indefinitely. Then their only solid secondary player in corner back Marcus Trufant is now probably going to start the season on the PUP list with a bad back. This means that Trufant may miss up to the first 6 to 8 weeks of the regular season.
With these two men out the 49ers must win in the second week against this division foe if they are to make a serious run in the division. From a fantasy perspective this should be a very telling game to see if pass catchers like Morgan and Davis are going to be players you can count on in the 2009 fantasy season.
Weeks 7 and 8 at the Texans and Colts: These back to back road games should be very telling if the 49ers defense can hold up against elite passing offenses by mid season. San Fransisco has struggled to have a strong pass rush and if they can’t apply pressure than Matt Schaub and Peyton Manning will have a field day against this team.
2009 Football Projection
In the end I believe the 49ers will make a run for second place in the division as they are probably a season away from winning the NFC Western Division Title. They need receiver Michael Crabtree to be a major player and they need a pass rush.
Next year the 49ers have two first round picks and I sure hope they use them on some defenders that can get to the quarterback. By next season Crabtree will have a full offseason with the team to practice and will be a year and a half removed from his foot surgery. Look out for the 49ers in 2010.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com