49ers Fantasy Five

In this new feature, scout.com looks at the top five questions for all 32 teams that fantasy football participants will have to face in their drafts this summer.

San Francisco 49ers

1. Is rookie QB Alex Smith worth drafting this season?

scout.com: While he showed good progress during their off-season camps, Smith has a long way to go to prove he's ready to play.

He should be able to beat out veteran QB Tim Rattay but their offensive line and group of receivers isn't that special so Smith probably isn't going to be worth drafting this season.

2.Is RB Kevan Barlow worth drafting as a fantasy starter?

scout.com: Barlow was a major disappointment for fantasy football participants last season to say the least. As such, he has to prove in training camp that he's serious about his job and has to show improvement. As noted above, thief offensive line is an issue so the optimism for Barlow just isn't there right now. Draft him for depth, not as a starter.

3. Are any of their receivers worth drafting?

scout.com: The one receiver that's almost a guaranteed starter is Brandon Lloyd. He has better than average talent and should be good enough to select late in your draft for depth. The rest of the receivers are unproven except for Johnnie Morton who is on the down side of his career.

4. Is TE Eric Johnson worth drafting as a fantasy starter?

scout.com: Johnson hasn't been a big touchdown producer over the years but he will post good yardage numbers. If you get points for catches, Johnson's probably a top-10 fantasy tight end and would be worth selecting as a starter. If you don't get points for catches, he's a marginal starter.

5. Is their fantasy defense worth drafting as a starter or backup?

scout.com: Head coach Mike Nolan will install a similar 3-4 scheme that he ran with the Ravens and he has the talent at linebacker to do so successfully. However, their front three and secondary are shaky so their fantasy defense should only be selected as a backup.

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