The Baltimore Ravens were expected to release Anquan Boldin if no deal surfaced, that much we all knew, but the 49ers being a suitor is news to many.
As usual, the question now is whether or not this influences Anquan Boldin's fantasy potential positively or negatively.
Boldin has been, for the most part, a possession receiver most of his career. This has the potential to bode well in San Francisco for several reasons.
1. The 49ers really don't have a possession receiver.
2. This offensive approach would help keep Kaepernick in the pocket, affording better protection to their expensive investment.
3. Offensively, it would certainly thin the defensive herd and make it harder to defend against the 49ers passing attack.
But is the deal a good from from a fantasy standpoint?
Fantasy Spin: Adding Anquan Boldin affords Colin Kaepernick another viable weapon, yes. But this may actually be the problem in the long term. The 49ers already have TE Vernon Davis and WR Michael Crabtree fully entrenched in the mix, and they expect youngster A.J. Jenkins to find a role this season.
If Jenkins rises to the challenge, then we may see a re-birth of the old slot-receiver version of Anquan Boldin.
If Anquan Boldin if forced to play as an outside receiver, though, I don't see his stock rising at all. If anything it will remain exactly where it has been for two years or so.
Normally at this time of the year, we see Boldin hovering around as a 9th round selection. Last year, by September he rose to an average 8th rounder, and I believe this is right where you want to grab Boldin if you're interested.
Time is a big factor here, so this obviously comes with a ton of salt over the recommendation.
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