The former Philadelphia Eagle makes his return now for the San Francisco 49ers since Frank Gore is now out for the rest of the season, and Westbrook has made a splash in his debut against the Arizona Cardinals. Now he has young Troy Smith under the helm instead of Donovan McNabb, and he should be utilized more coming into the close of the regular season — and a factor into the fantasy football playoffs. He also has Anthony Dixon in the mix, getting goal-line touches apparently. Against the Arizona Cardinals, he had 23 carries for 136 yards and 1 touchdown. He maintained an fairly impressive 5.9 yards per carry. The schedule going forward is moderate at best for the San Francisco 49ers and for Westbrook to exhibit his running prowess. He faces the Green Bay Packers next and will have difficulties with the San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams. Unless tight end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Michael Crabtree explode over the next few games, Brian Westbrook will face a stacked box, and that won’t go well for his running or his present ankle injury. He will best played conservatively as a RB2 coming into the fantasy football playoffs. Don’t hold too high expectations, except against the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals. He should be devastating in either game.