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Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the San Francisco 49ers

A fantasy football perspective on the team
<p> Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the San Francisco 49ers</p>

What can the San Francisco 49ers do for you this fantasy season? Check out Athlon Sports' team report as we break down the rookies, veteran players to watch and avoid, fantasy playoff schedule and more to help you get ready for the 2012 season.

Inside the Locker Room
with Eric Gilmore, Freelance Writer

AFC, NFC Championship Game Previews

A look at the AFC and NFC Championship Games, with the picks of Athlon Sports' editors.
<p> A preview of the Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and the New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, plus the consensus picks of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>

A quick preview of both the AFC and NFC Championship Games, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

Ravens (13-4) at Patriots (14-3)
Sunday, Jan. 22, 3:00 pm ET, CBS

San Francisco 49ers Shine Despite Power Outages at Candlestick Park

The Pittsburgh Steelers were scared of the dark as the lights went out twice at Candlestick Park last night.
<p> The Pittsburgh Steelers were scared of the dark as the lights went out twice at Candlestick Park last night.</p>

Which game would you rather see televised?  The Seattle Seahawks hosting the St. Louis Rams or the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the San Francisco 49ers?  Let me guess…

In a battle of 10-3 teams, Monday Night Football regained the drama it lacked in previous weeks.  Finally, we were going to see a game that mattered; at least we hoped.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 14 Playoffs

Christian Ponder, Marion Barber and Ricky Williams lead the way this week
<p> Christian Ponder, Marion Barber and Ricky Williams lead the way this week</p>

It’s playoff time — for most of you at least. Now is the time of year where every move has to be the right one or your fantasy football season is over. Of course this late in the 2011 season, pickings are slim on the waiver wire. But there are a few names out there that could be beneficial as you make your way through the playoffs.

San Francisco 49ers are the Best All-Around Team in the NFL

The Packers might be undefeated, but the 49ers' combination of a great offense and great defense is convincing

by Josh Kipnis

The San Francisco 49ers are the best all-around team in the NFL.  Yes, the Packers are undefeated.  Yes, Aaron Rodgers could be the best passer we have ever seen.  But teams without the Greek God of Quarterbacks have to have a balanced attack and consistency in all aspects of the game.  If we are determining a team with the best offense/defense combination, I have to pick the Niners.

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Week 11

Lance Ball, Kendall Hunter and Laurent Robinson lead the waiver wire this week
<p> Lance Ball, Kendall Hunter and Laurent Robinson lead the waiver wire this week</p>

It’s the last week of byes for the 2011 NFL season. And we lose some powerhouses this week at all four positions. Which means you're going to have dredge the waiver wire to save your team's chances of making the playoffs. Here's a few of the big names that are out.

WEEK 11 BYES: Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 8

Alfonso Smith, Leon Washington and Dezmon Briscoe lead this week's waiver wire pickups.

It is Week 8, the fourth week of bye weeks, and some big names go on vacation this weekend, so run to the waiver wire for some much needed help. You need someone to step in and hold down the fort for a week, or maybe more in some cases.

WEEK 8 BYES: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, New York Jets, Oakland, Tampa Bay

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<p> Alfonso Smith, Leon Washington and Dezmon Briscoe lead this week's waiver wire pickups.</p>
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Braylon Edwards Manages to Make 49ers Offense Worse

The San Francisco receiver is out for three weeks following knee surgery
<p> The San Francisco receiver is out for three weeks following knee surgery</p>

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers offense actually found a way to get worse.

Rivaling only the Chiefs as one of the most lackluster offenses this year (OK, and maybe the Colts), their newly-acquired wide receiver, Braylon Edwards will be out for three weeks following knee surgery. Which is the last thing San Fran fans wanted to hear. Not to say, he's Braylon has been lighting it up so far this  year, but they need all the help they can get.

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