San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
NFC West | 12-3-0
Avg PTS
29.9
Rank: 2nd
Avg Yds
388.1
Rank: 7th
Avg PYds
234.5
Rank: 22nd
Avg RYds
153.5
Rank: 1st
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Posted 7/11/2020 4:22 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo owned the second-lowest air yards percentage (47.0) over the last two seasons (2018-19), according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: That's troublesome for a quarterback who isn't throwing much to begin with as Jimmy G. ranked 19th in pass attempts in 2019. Keep him valued in the mid-QB2 range.
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Posted 7/10/2020 7:37 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle recorded 621 yards after the catch during the 2019 season and was the only tight end in the NFL to recorded at least 600 yards after the catch.
Huddle Up: Kittle has been one of the main focal points in the passing game for the 49ers and may have an even bigger role early in the 2020 season because of Deebo Samuel. He should be one of the first tight ends selected in all fantasy leagues and is a must-start option.
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Posted 7/09/2020 6:56 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert is looking to be paid similarly to what the highest-paid running backs on the roster are scheduled to make, according to Mostert's agent. RB Tevin Coleman is scheduled to make $4.55 million next season, which is what Mostert would like to make.
Huddle Up: Mostert has asked for a trade, but the 49ers may decide to keep him with or without a new contract. He is coming off his best season and would have a significant role if he stays with the 49ers. Fantasy players should monitor the situation because Mostert could be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 7/02/2020 6:24 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne has had contract extension talks with the 49ers this offseason, but it is not known how much progress they have made during the talks, according to the Athletic's Matt Barrows.
Huddle Up: Bourne has a good chance to earn one of the starting jobs out of training camp and should see a solid amount of targets in the passing game. He should be rostered in all fantasy leagues and could be a starting option against certain opponents.
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Posted 7/02/2020 6:21 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert has had contract extension talks with the 49ers this offseason, but it is not known how much progress they have made during the talks, according to The Athletic's Matt Barrows.
Huddle Up: Mostert had a breakout season in 2019 and will continue to have a significant role in the offense this upcoming season. He has a chance to be at least a No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues and can be a flex option in most leagues.
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Posted 6/26/2020 7:48 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers first-round draft choice WR Brandon Aiyuk signed a four-year contract with the 49ers Friday, June 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Aiyuk will have a solid role in the passing game during his rookie season and could win a starting job during training camp. He has a chance to be at least a No. 4 fantasy receiver and could be a starting option against certain opponents.
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Posted 6/20/2020 1:36 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk could have a 'bigger role' early in the season than initially planned because of the injury to WR Deebo Samuel (foot), according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Aiyuk's dynasty value was already high, and if additional opportunities come his way early in the year, he could become an asset in redraft leagues as a rookie. Consider him a WR4 for now.
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Posted 6/19/2020 4:55 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Richie James (wrist) broke a bone in his wrist while training recently, according to sources, and is expected to be sidelined at least two months.
Huddle Up: With Deebo Samuel (foot) and now James sidelined into the preseason and perhaps beyond, young wideouts such as Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne and Jalen Hurd will be forced into more reps and could prove to be fantasy finds early in the season. Most definitely a situation to keep an eye on.
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Posted 6/18/2020 8:45 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) said he expects to return to the field in 10 weeks.
Huddle Up: Samuel probably will miss most of training camp and could miss the start of the regular season. Samuel is a starting option in all fantasy leagues when healthy, but fantasy players may need to find a replacement for the first few weeks.
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Posted 6/18/2020 7:05 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) suffered a Jones fracture in his foot while working out Thursday, June 18. He will have surgery today, performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, and Samuel should be able to return to full strength in three to four months.
Huddle Up: Welp ... This is a damning blow to the fantasy value of QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but more importantly, the second-year receiver's promising 2020 outlook is now in jeopardy of coming to fruition. In best-case scenario, three months means he could play in Week 2, but the four-month window puts Samuel back on the field somewhere around Week 5 or 6, depending upon his conditioning. He falls from being one of the top breakout receiver targets to a WR3 gamble in deeper leagues. The 49ers are likely to examine the free-agent pool for depth.
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Posted 6/12/2020 11:03 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle caught 59 passes that resulted in either a first down or a touchdown during the 2019 season, which ranked second among tight ends.
Huddle Up: Kittle has been one of the top tight ends in the NFL over the last several seasons and will see plenty of targets again in 2020. He will be one of the first tight ends selected in fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.
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Posted 6/12/2020 10:35 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne has been working out with QB Jimmy Garoppolo on a consistent basis over the last several weeks.
Huddle Up: Bourne is in line for a bigger role this upcoming season and may be one of the starting receivers for the 49ers. He can be a late round option in fantasy leagues but probably will not be a weekly starting option.
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Posted 6/12/2020 9:15 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk participated in a workout with QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of his other teammates Wednesday, June 10. Aiyuk said he was recently medically cleared for football activities.
Huddle Up: Aiyuk is expected to have a solid role in the passing game during his rookie season and could compete for one of the starting jobs. He will be a popular pick in keeper leagues and could be a No. 4 or 5 receiver in standard leagues.
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Posted 6/08/2020 9:07 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel forced 18 missed tackles during the 2019 season, which was tied for second in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Samuel had a terrific rookie season and finished with 802 yards and three touchdowns. He is expected to join the starting lineup this upcoming season and should see more targets in the passing game. Samuel can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/08/2020 9:02 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle forced 20 missed tackles during the 2019 season, which ranked first among wide receivers and tight ends.
Huddle Up: Kittle has been one of the top tight ends in the NFL over the last several seasons and should continue to be a focal point in the passing game for the 49ers. He will be one of the first tight ends to be picked in all drafts and will be a must-start option each week.
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Posted 6/06/2020 8:48 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman led his team with 26 red-zone carries in 2019. He also scored a team-high five touchdowns on those rushes.
Huddle Up: The 49ers are fully-expected to use a multi-headed committee out of the backfield in 2020, but Coleman should have the inside track on work near the goal line. He's worth adding late in drafts as an RB4/5.
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Posted 6/05/2020 6:52 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert soon could receive a contract extension this offseason, in the opinion of one team beat reporter.
Huddle Up: Mostert emerged as a late-season fantasy force in 2019 and wound up leading the team in rushing (772 yards) and total TDs (10). He still projects as the Niners' lead back, but there also is plenty of competition for touches so value him as a low-end RB2 for now.
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Posted 6/05/2020 5:23 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo continues to receive lavish praise from the team this offseason, the latest coming from head coach Kyle Shanahan on Thursday, June 4. 'When you have to talk to Jimmy about one of the best quarterbacks of all time (Tom Brady) being available, I know Jimmy has a goal to be that,' Shanahan said on a video call with reporters. 'I know Jimmy. I believe Jimmy has the ability to be that, and that's what both of us are going for. If we can get him there and he has the ability to do it, we're going to be pretty happy with who we have for a long time.'
Huddle Up: Jimmy G. is coming off his first full season as a starter, and he finished 14th among fantasy QBs. If the Niners become less run-heavy and Garoppolo makes good use of the team's improved receiving corps, he could sneak into the low-end QB1 range.
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Posted 6/03/2020 7:08 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor (foot) has been working out with QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason and said he is able to run routes and cut on his foot.
Huddle Up: Taylor missed the entire 2019 season because of the injury and may have to compete for the roster spot during training camp. He likely will be used as a slot receiver if he makes the team but may not have much fantasy value.
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Posted 5/30/2020 9:52 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Jalen Hurd will line up in the slot, at tight end or in the backfield in 2020, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Huddle Up: Hurd won't begin the season with much fantasy value in redraft leagues, but he could become a bye-week replacement by midseason if he's able to earn some sort of red-zone role due to his versatility.
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Posted 5/30/2020 9:47 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon will have opportunities on third downs in 2020, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Huddle Up: McKinnon hasn't played either of the last two seasons, but he was widely viewed as one of the best pass-catching running backs when he was signed as a free agent following the 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are likely to begin the 2020 season with much higher fantasy value, but McKinnon could emerge by midseason if able to stay healthy.
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Posted 5/30/2020 7:12 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle and the team remain far apart in contract negotiations for an extension. Kittle's agent says a 'tight-end deal' is a non-starter in those negotiations.
Huddle Up: Kittle has been named to back-to-back Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro for the first time in 2019. He has topped 1,000 yards each of the last two seasons with a total of 10 touchdowns. He remains the 49ers' clear No. 1 option in the passing game and it's safe to expect the Niners to find a way to retain his services at any cost.
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Posted 5/21/2020 12:12 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert has added some muscle to his frame - he played last season around 205 pounds - in anticipation that he will handle at least 200 carries in 2020.
Huddle Up: Mostert tied Tevin Coleman for the team lead with 137 carries last season. Both backs return this season, but the former was clearly the better back at the end of the season. Matt Breida and his 123 rush attempts were traded to the Miami Dolphins during the draft, so the opportunity is there for Mostert if he can stay healthy. As a lead back in a very good offense, Mostert makes for a high-upside RB3 option in most leagues this year.
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Posted 5/15/2020 1:09 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk had a penchant for the spotlight while at Arizona State, according to his former head coach Herm Edwards. 'When the lights are the brightest, he runs to the middle of the field,' Edwards said. 'He doesn't run to the shadows. He likes competition. ... 'He did a great job when he was called upon to make big plays. In big moments in games, he always showed up for us.'
Huddle Up: Aiyuk is expected to start from Day 1 opposite sophomore WR Deebo Samuel, and he'll be the third option in the passing game behind Samuel and TE George Kittle. He should receive plenty of work after catching 65 passes for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns as the No. 1 option at Arizona State last year.
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Posted 5/10/2020 2:24 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is nearing the end of his rehab process, where he will shift his focus from running straight ahead to attempting to 'simulate some of the cutting that goes on at that position, specifically.'
Huddle Up: If McKinnon remains in San Francisco, he would probably be used primarily as a third-down running back and in passing situations, which would only give him fantasy value in PPR formats.
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Posted 5/08/2020 5:10 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo received a solid vote of confidence from general manager John Lynch during a recent podcast interview with a team beat reporter. 'He (Garoppolo) takes a lot of heat for a guy who had excellent numbers and brought his team to the Super Bowl last year,' Lynch said. 'We thought Jimmy was a big reason we were at the Super Bowl. That, I guess, gave us more cause to go look a little deeper. What we said was, 'We got the answer right in the building.' And that's exciting for us because we think Jimmy's best ball is in front of him, for a number of reasons. Physically, he'll be another year away from the knee injury. Experience at that position is so critical, as you can file in the bank experiences that you've gone through and say, 'OK, I've seen this before.' That only comes through going out there and competing.'
Huddle Up: Jimmy G. threw for 3,978 yards, 27 TDs and 13 interceptions in 2019 to finish as fantasy's 15th-best QB in terms of total points scored. Garoppolo likely will never be an elite fantasy QB option playing for the run-first Niners, but he's everything you'd want in a QB2/streaming option.
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Posted 5/07/2020 12:49 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers first-round pick WR Brandon Aiyuk, whom the team selected at No. 25 overall, was a player they would have taken at 13th overall if they weren't able to trade down, according to general manager John Lynch.
Huddle Up: Aiyuk will be among the WR5 mix that could soar higher as draft season beckons.
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Posted 5/03/2020 5:43 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB JaMycal Hasty is expected to compete with RB Jerick McKinnon for the third-down back job during training camp. Hasty is expected to also be a solid contributor on special teams.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation to see if Hasty is able to beat out McKinnon for the job. Both players are risky fantasy options at this point and could be avoided in drafts.
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