Fantasy Football, Cardinals Vs. 49ers: Crabtree Is Key, Roberts Rising

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 20: NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after making a tackled against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on November 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Depending on the type of fantasy league you are a member of, the playoffs may have already begun for you. That said, knowing which players can score points for your team is of the utmost importance. If you lose this game, you are out. The 49ers travel to Glendale, Arizona this weekend to face off with the Cards.

Here are some potential fantasy starters for your team.

Larry Fitzgerald:

Despite having only three catches the last time these teams met, Fitz is still a must start for your team. He scored a late game touchdown in the last meeting, plus he has Kevin Kolb throwing the ball to him this time. San Francisco has given up the 18th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

Andre Roberts:

Roberts is my sleeper of the week. After a six catch, 111 yard game against the Cowboys, Roberts is poised for a breakout. Kolb seems to trust him a bit more now, so look for Roberts to get plenty of targets in this game, especially with the heavy coverage that will inevitably be draped all over Fitz. Roberts is only owned in 2% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, so if you are looking for another receiver, he may be worth a shot.

Paris Lenon:

Here's a new name for you. Lenon has 18 solo tackles and a sack over his past three games. Nine of them came in the first meeting against San Francisco, likely due to how much they tend to run the ball. SF has given up the 14th most fantasy points to linebackers this season.

Michael Crabtree:

When the Cards and 49ers met in week 11, Crabtree was covered by rookie sensation Patrick Peterson, but was still able to haul in seven catches for 120 yards. He also had four catches for 96 yards and a TD last weekend against the Rams. He is becoming a legitimate threat on the outside for San Fran, so he should definitely be started. The Cards have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season.

Vernon Davis:

Davis has also been known to have big games against the Cards. Last month, he had five catches for 67 yards and a TD. Last week, he was targeted eight times by Alex Smith in a win over the Rams. Arizona always seems to struggle in the tight end coverage department, so Davis is a solid start.

NaVorro Bowman:

With Patrick Willis out for this game, Bowman will be the main man for the 49ers defense. Look for him to not only take over the play calling assignments, but also some of the other field assignments that would usually be relegated to Willis. Bowman has been a solid player all year and a sure tackler. On top of that, he has a good matchup against Arizona, who has allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing linebackers this season.

If you want more help with your fantasy team, make sure to visit the SB Nation fantasy blog, Fake Teams.

Fantasy Stats from Yahoo! Sports.

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