NFL fantasy football: Boldin’s value declines in SF

The NFL’s free-agent period hasn’t even started, but the transaction wire is already ablaze with player movement. First, the Seattle Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings. Next, the Arizona Cardinals cut ties with Beanie Wells.

Now comes a report from the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens have traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick. The veteran was a star for the Ravens during their run to a Super Bowl title, but is he still a legitimate fantasy starter as a member of the Niners?

I’m not so sure.

Keep in mind, Boldin has finished no better than 25th in fantasy points among wide receivers over the last three seasons. In that time, he’s averaged 62 catches and a mediocre 882 yards. Now with San Francisco, the veteran figures to be the third option in the pass attack behind Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. Second-year wideout A.J. Jenkins is expected to see an increase in playing time as well.

While the addition of Boldin is good news for Colin Kaepernick, who now has another weapon at his arsenal, the veteran wideout isn’t someone to target until the late rounds as a fantasy reserve.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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