Rex Ryan talked to the media on Sept. 28 about the availability of his tight end Dustin Keller. However, fantasy football owners will have to wait because he was non-committal about whether he would play or not. However, he did assure most people that Stephen Hill is out. Here is what you need to know about the 49ers vs. Jets game in Week 4.
San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith – Smith has thrown for over 200 yards in every game this season, an improvement from 2011. He also has five touchdowns and only one interception. He is not a fantasy football stud, but is a quality above average option. The Jets have lost Darrell Revis for the season, so this might be a good gamble to see what he can do against an injured Jets defensive backfield. Consider Smith a solid sleeper player.
Frank Gore – Frank Gore has 264 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the year. The Jets have a poor rushing defense, ranking 28th in the league against the run. With Revis out and the Jets trying to cover that deficiency, expect Gore to find lots of holes and be a solid No. 1 starter this week.
Michael Crabtree/Randy Moss – Michael Crabtree is a low-level starting receiver for Week 4 in PPR leagues, but is not worth a look in standard leagues. Randy Moss should barely be owned in fantasy football leagues in 2012.
Vernon Davis – If anyone is started in the 49ers receiver corps, it is tight end Vernon Davis. He has 13 receptions for 169 yards and four tight ends. He has more touchdowns than any other tight end since 2009 (30). Start him in every fantasy format as a top quality choice over almost any other tight end.
New York Jets
Mark Sanchez – Mark Sanchez is an average fantast football quarterback. He had very low yardage in Week 2 and then threw two interceptions in Week 3. However, he has 710 passing yards in three games with four touchdowns and three interceptions, and can be started in the right matchup. In Week 4 against the 49ers, that is not the right matchup. Keep him sitting this week.
Shonn Greene – It is almost time for the Ney York Jets to give up on Shonn Greene. He has a total of 157 yards in three games and only averaging 2.7 yards per carry. He scored a touchdown in Week one but nothing since. The Jets have not given up on him yet, but fantasy owners should.
Santonio Holmes/Jeremy Kerley – Santonio Holmes broke out in Week 3, with nine receptions for 147 yards. In the other two games, he only had seven receptions for 96 yards, so that might be more the norm. Against the 49ers, stick with him as a flex player or maybe a deep No. 3 receiver. Stephen Hill is hurt, so Keremy Kerley will get the start, but he is not worth starting this week, despite his two touchdowns on the season.
Dustin Keller/Jeff Cumberland – Jeff Cumberland is the starting tight end while Dustin Keller is out, but he hasn’t scored a touchdown and has a high three-catch game in Week 1. Sit him.
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