2011 Gridiron Challenge: Gore, Crabtree

SAN FRANCISCO -- A few last-minute fantasy considerations heading into the 2011 NFC West Gridiron Challenge for Week 13:

  • Romo against the Cardinals: Arizona's defense is improving, but Tony Romo still seemed like a bargain relative to other quarterbacks costing about the same ($6.8 million of our $50 million allotment). I moved him into my lineup over Cam Newton and used the $1 million savings to load up at running back. I considered playing the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray against an Arizona defense that lost nose tackle Dan Williams for the season. Murray was cheaper than the backs I went with (Frank Gore and Chris Johnson).

  • Gore against the Rams: We all saw what Beanie Wells did to the Rams' last-ranked run defense in Week 12. I moved Wells out of my lineup late in the week because I wasn't sure whether his knee would limit him. Bad move. Gore has had 10 days between games. He should be fresh and ready to attack the Rams' defense.

  • Crabtree as well: With Braylon Edwards hurting, I went with the 49ers' Michael Crabtree at receiver. His low price was appealing relative to his potential against a Rams secondary missing all of its top cornerbacks. The 49ers could get their points on the ground and by targeting tight ends, so playing Crabtree comes with risks. Crabtree did catch seven passes for 120 yards in his last home game, however.

Best of luck to you this week.