Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 13

Updated: November 30, 2012, 3:23 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

The San Francisco 49ers' quarterback situation has been a hot topic for fantasy owners over the past few weeks that seemingly won't go away.

But as we dig deeper in yet another Friday Sneaky Pickups blog entry, it's time to focus on a different area of the 49ers: their running back depth. Frank Gore owners have nothing to worry about at this time, as the veteran has played splendidly and there's little reason to expect that to cease, but his top backup is out for the season, creating opportunity for others.

Gore ranks ninth in standard running back scoring for the season, but Kendall Hunter was averaging more than seven touches per game and five yards per carry. Hunter, done after tearing his Achilles, was owned in more than 10 percent of leagues, reasonable since he was the handcuff for a 29-year-old running back.

The 49ers will now turn to one of three options in relief, an older and experienced Brandon Jacobs, a potentially exciting rookie who hasn't touched the football in a regular-season game in LaMichael James or the well-liked but barely used veteran Anthony Dixon.