" What kind of year do you think Frank Gore will have in 2009? Is he a first-round lock? Thanks! -- J. Altman, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
M.F.: Gore is well worth a first-round selection in both standard and PPR formats, but he does come with some degree of risk due to past injuries. Still, the fact that he'll be a featured option in an offense that will lean on the run under new coordinator Jimmy Raye makes him a valulable asset. I'd project Gore, who plans to see most of the workload next season, to finish with around 1,600 scrimmage yards and seven to nine touchdowns. "
" Michael, what sort of value will Michael Crabtree have in his rookie season? Thanks! -- L. Drannem, Canada
M.F.: Fantasy leaguers always need to temper their expectations for rookie wide receivers, even one as talented as Crabtree. Look at Calvin Johnson. He was touted as the best collegiate prospect at the position in a decade, but finished his first NFL season with a mere 756 yards and four touchdowns. As it stands, Crabtree isn't even a lock to start for the 49ers next season. Josh Morgan has received rave reviews the entire offseason and is pushing for a prominent role. Isaac Bruce, Brandon Jones and Jason Hill are also in the mix in what will be a crowded competition in training camp. In a best-case scenario, I can see Crabtree finishing with around 850 yards and five touchdowns. "