Ryan Fitzpatrick – For a brief while, #StewBeard was over 50% ownership, but then he tore ligaments in his non-throwing hand, and the disbelievers dropped him. He's now at 45% ownership despite throwing for multiple touchdowns in every full game but one. He faces an extraordinarily easy remainder of the schedule, including his next four games: Buffalo (this Thursday), Houston, Miami, and New York Giants. He may have surgery on his thumb immediately after Thursday's game, but he's not expected to miss a start. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.
Blaine Gabbert – Even without Anquan Boldin on the field, Blaine Gabbert looked semi-functional last week, and more importantly, led his Niners to a rousing upset over the Falcons. We've seen a lot of Blaine Gabbert over the years, and I'm not (yet) convinced that he's materially different than the guy we saw in Jacksonville. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Karlos Williams – I'm a little surprised that 30% of league owners dropped Karlos Williams, one of three active running backs who is averaging one touchdown per game (six scores in five games). His gaudy 6.7 yards per carry average will ensure that he continues to get regular playing time in an offense that loves to run the ball. LeSean McCoy is frequently hurt, and he's currently nursing a shoulder injury. Blind bidding recommendation: 50%.
James Starks – Eddie Lacy fumbled early in last week's game, and then injured his groin, which put James Starks into the starter's role. Starks is capable of handling the job. For most of this year, he's been the team's best back. Last week, he posted double the yards per carry that Lacy did, while netting 122 total yards and a score. Right now, Starks looks like the stronger candidate to start next week and beyond. He's available in nearly 1/4 of leagues. Blind bidding recommendation: 25%.
James White – James White was inactive last week, but that won't be the case this week, with Dion Lewis out for the year. White has decent hands, which helps him fill Lewis' role in the offense. Plus, unlike Brandin Boldin, he's a capable runner. LeGarrette Blount will get the biggest boost from Lewis' absence, but it also puts White on the map. Blind bidding recommendation: Blind bidding recommendation: 25%.
Shaun Draughn – For a week, Shaun Draughn found himself atop the volatile San Francisco depth chart. I'm skeptical of his ability to hold the job, mostly because he's not any good. Assuming Pierre Thomas has kept himself in shape, I still think Thomas is more likely to find his way to the starter's job in time. But, there are no guarantees here, and Draughn could hold the job too. Blind bidding recommendation: 4%.
Brandon Bolden – Dion Lewis suffered a torn ACL, which opens the door to Brandon Bolden getting a little more work, but I'm skeptical about his prospects of being a reliable starter. He's viewed as an elite special teams player, and Bill Belichick doesn't want to tinker with that element of his game. Plus, last year when both Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley went to IR, Belichick didn't give Bolden many touches. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Chris Givens – On Monday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Breshard Perriman will not practice this week, and that the "clock is ticking" on him to go to IR. That's a tacit confirmation that Chris Givens will be the Ravens starting wide receiver on Sunday. And he'll be startable that quickly against a bad Jacksonville secondary. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%.
Devin Funchess – I'm pretty skeptical about Devin Funchess' ability be a reliable fantasy performer. So far this year, he's already posted six drops, which is remarkable for a guy who has only been targeted 23 times. Someone call a hernia specialist! But, Ted Ginn and Corey Brown are hardly locks either, and Funchess could, maybe pass one of the two on the depth chart at some point. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Jacob Tamme – After back to back strong weeks, it's time to take Jacob Tamme seriously as a possible tight end solution for those of you who didn't invest in the position. Tamme isn't a special talent, but clearly Matt Ryan has confidence in him, as evidenced by his whopping 22 targets the past two weeks. Note that he's on bye this week, and returns to face a pretty difficult schedule, including facing the Panthers twice in the fantasy playoffs. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%.
Garrett Celek – Sure, Garrett Celek's two-touchdown explosion last week was probably a fluke, but there's a chance that the Niners were willing to move Vernon Davis specifically because Celek had starter's talent. This might be one of those cases where a backup quarterback ends up throwing more often to other backups (like Graham) because they've been training together all season with the second team. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.