NFL fantasy football: 49ers to name QB starter midweek

Harbaugh mum on starter: San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is getting pretty good at giving non-answers. He hedged on whether Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick would be the team’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, saying he would name a starter by the middle of the week. Since Smith went down with a concussion, Kaepernick has excelled, completing 67 percent of his passes for a combined 474 yards and three touchdowns. The issue is that Smith hasn’t exactly played his way out of a job, connection on 70 percent of his throws with 13 TDs to just five interceptions. Chances are, this is a ploy to keep St. Louis preparing for two quarterbacks, but it’s not doing fantasy owners any favors.

Amendola to return to practice: St. Louis Rams’ receiver Danny Amendola played seven snaps in Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals and emerged none the worse for wear, complaining of nothing more than soreness. Head coach Jeff Fisher says the receiver has a good chance to get back on the practice field this week. Amendola returned to face the 49ers in Week 10 after missing three games with a collarbone injury and caught 11 passes for 102 yards in the contest. Any news of the wideout being healthy enough to practice is a bonus for fantasy owners.

Parmele “questionable”: With Maurice Jones-Drew being considered “probably” out for Sunday’s contest against the Buffalo Bills, all eyes once again turn to Jalen Parmele and Rashad Jennings. Head coach Mike Mularkey called Parmele questionable for the Week 13 game, but hasn’t given up hope that the back will play. Parmele left last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans on two different occasions because of a groin injury. The Bills are allowing more than 30 fantasy points per game to running backs at home, meaning whichever back gets the start should get fantasy consideration.

— Marcas Grant
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