I could spend an entire day questioning the offensive strategies that the 49ers used when they clearly had a chance to beat Arizona. From a fantasy perspective, though, I was thoroughly impressed by the obvious adjustments made to the game plan.
The Niners' offense centered around the running game, with
It's a system designed for a star quarterback and standout pass-catchers, and San Francisco doesn't have either. That has taken Martz long enough to realize, possibly even in time to save his job with the 49ers. Singletary may be around for awhile, and it's not smart to challenge his desires right now. Even a defensive-minded guy like him could see Martz was living in 2001 and not cognizant of the fact that he no longer has top-level players to suit his schemes.
Hill performed adequately, and while he threw 40 times, he often combined deep drops with quick-hitters, trying to take what the defense gave him. He also focused on making many short and mid-range throws. Hill finished with two touchdowns and two interceptions, although he could have had more picks if not for penalties, and he also lost a fumble. His flip to Gore late in the game with the RB not even looking his way was one of the worst decisions I've seen this year, and in a long time for that matter. Hill looked very shaky, even though he didn't have the pressure of adapting to Martz's true offensive desires. If I don't see improved play from him very quickly, I don't even want Hill on my roster as a backup.
There weren't many surprises from Arizona, as
My one major concern coming out of Monday's game was
There is no doubt that Hightower is a good short-yardage runner, but he may need to share time with another RB again to truly be effective. Additional playing time may not provide the expected major boost to his fantasy production, and his owners may be better off wishing that he returns to a part-time role. That could mean the return of
Don't get any ideas about