2014 Outlook: Last season Smith averaged 17.4 yards per catch, behind only Josh Gordon (18.9) and Calvin Johnson (17.8) among players who caught 50-plus balls. Not bad company. The only thing that kept Smith from WR1 status? He faced so much double coverage that Joe Flacco targeted him only 130 times, tied for 20th. The addition of Steve Smith and the renewed health of Dennis Pitta should make the double-teams a little less frequent.
2014 Outlook: Boldin had a late-career revival last season, putting up his highest number of targets (128) and yards (1,179) since 2006. And he did it with a nice variety, scoring 86 fantasy points on short passes (seventh in the NFL) and compiling 593 yards on vertical throws (21st). So why do we have him ranked so low? For starters, the 49ers aren't going to throw the ball a lot; they ranked last in the NFL last season with 417 pass attempts. And Boldin's opportunities will only shrink with Michael Crabtree back to 100 percent, the addition of Stevie Johnson and the presence of Vernon Davis, coming off a 13-TD season.
2014 Outlook: Simpson showed off his big-play ability early last season, posting 22 of his 32 fantasy points on vertical throws. Things went south after that, as he compiled only 22 such points over the season's final 12 games. Cordarrelle Patterson is partly to blame for the decline; his emergence as a rookie moved Simpson into a backup role, which he still occupies. New O-coordinator Norv Turner is a master at using vertical pass catchers, but keep in mind that Simpson could be facing a suspension after his Nov. 9 arrest on a drunken driving charge.