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2013 Team Outlook: San Francisco 49ers

A fantasy football preview of the San Francisco 49ers this season. Profiled players include Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, and LaMichael James.

Vernon Davis finished a rough season on a high note, totalling 11 catches and 210 yards during the conference finals and Super Bowl. Prior to that he had endured an atrocious seven game stretch during which he caught only seven passes while being held scoreless. Davis stands to benefit from Michael Crabtree's absence, but will need to build on that playoff chemistry with Colin Kaepernick and show better consistency if he's to justify his ADP (6th among tight ends as of May).

San Francisco brass liked McDonald so much they traded up to draft him. A big, athletic player with some bocking skill, McDonald could figure prominently in the 49ers' offense. Last season SF ran with two-TE sets on more than 57 per cent of their plays, so there may be opportunities for the rookie, notwithstanding the presence of Vernon Davis.

Despite playing through a pelvic injury that contributed to his career-low 69 per cent conversion rate, David Akers averaged 8.2 points per game last season for the 49ers -- good enough for 9th in league scoring. By contrast, Dawson hit on 93.5 per cent of his kicks, but was limited by Cleveland's general offensive woes. He'll welcome the change in scenery and should be an adequate replacement for Akers.

Top five last year in scoring, passing, rushing and total yards per game, San Francisco returns a mostly in tact starting defensive squad for 2013. The only major change is at strong safety where Rookie first-rounder Eric Reid will replace All-Pro Dashon Goldson, who is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.