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Game Recaps

Trent Taylor made three catches on four targets for 32 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Taylor scored his first NFL touchdown, reeling in a three-yard pass from Brian Hoyer with 5:08 left in the game. The rookie fifth-round pick from Louisiana Tech is currently serving as San Francisco's primary slot receiver. He has the hands and quickness to eventually turn into an appealing PPR option, but will need more passing volume from the 49ers' offense to garner any effective fantasy value.

Pierre Garcon hauled in seven of 10 targets for 142 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He did not find the end zone.

Fantasy Impact: Garcon had a huge game, making several acrobatic catches throughout the night, while averaging 20.3 yards per reception. In the third quarter, he made a 19-yard toe-dragging reception on the sideline that was properly ruled a catch after official review. His longest grab came in the fourth quarter on an impressive 59-yard reception down the left sideline with about six minutes left to play. A solid chemistry seems to be developing between quarterback Brian Hoyer and the 31-year-old veteran receiver. Look for it to continue in Week 4 when the 49ers travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals.

Robbie Gould knocked down both of his field-goal attempts, but missed one of four extra-point tries in the 49ers' 41-39 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Gould's field-goals from 36 and 48 yards makes him a perfect 6-for-6 from the field this season. His extra-point attempts were his first tried this year, being that San Francisco failed to score a touchdown in its first two contests. Unfortunately, Gould's missed extra-point attempt, following a Garrett Celek touchdown catch in the fourth quarter with 12:50 remaining, turned out to be costly. It forced the 49ers to go for a would-be game-tying two-point conversion after Carlos Hyde scored on a one-yard plunge with 2:13 left in the game. The conversion failed on Brian Hoyer's incomplete pass to Trent Taylor. Still down by two points, Gould then executed a perfect onside kick that Raheem Mostert recovered at midfield. Gould's chance at redemption would end however, when the 49ers turned the ball over on downs, unable to get into field-goal range.

Jared Goff completed 22 of 28 pass attempts for 292 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday night against the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact: Goff was efficient in the matchup, completing over 72% of his passes, with three of them going for touchdowns. While a good showing is promising for Goff dynasty owners going forward, he still remains only a streaming option in redraft leagues. This was one of Goff's best showings yet, and it came against a weak San Francisco defense. If Goff continues to progress, he could be worth an add, but as of right now, he remains a bye week fill-in or streamer.

The Rams D/ST allowed 39 points to the 49ers and almost blew a two-score lead in their Week 3 win in San Francisco. They sacked Brian Hoyer four times, picked off his first pass of the game, and had a fumble recovery.

Fantasy Impact: DT Aaron Donald and LB Mark Barron were dominating the 49ers early on, but the Rams' D let up in the second half. Their run defense is a concern, as they've been gashed on the ground the past two weeks. They face a stiff test in Week 4 when they travel to Dallas, and won't be a recommended start in that game.

Carlos Hyde finished the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Rams with 25 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns while also adding three catches for 10 more yards on four targets.

Fantasy Impact: Hyde briefly missed time in the first quarter with what was said to be a hip problem but later returned to the game. He dominated the backfield touches once again leaving little doubt who the back to own in San Francisco is. Hyde missing time also provided a slight peek into what may happen if he were to miss time with an injury, and it didn't look pretty. Hyde is an every-week RB1 moving forward with his usage, regardless of matchup.

Raheem Mostert saw his first offensive action of the season in Week 3 totaling four carries for 11 yards but he also lost a fumble in the loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Mostert saw action because Carlos Hyde missed some time in the first quarter with a hip ailment. His fumble came in a disastrous first quarter where nothing seemed to be going right for San Francisco but they later righted the ship. Mostert should be ignored in fantasy, however, unless Carlos Hyde were to get hurt.

Matt Breida received three carries for nine yards and caught three of his four targets for an additional 20 yards in a thrilling loss to the Rams in Week 3.

Fantasy Impact: Breida had an opportunity to impress as Carlos Hyde missed a little bit of action. Breida failed to impress and was out-carried by fellow running back Raheem Mostert 4-3. It appeared to be a committee between the two while Hyde was out but it was a very small sample size. Mostert did lose a fumble, however, so it may have given the team more trust in Breida going forward. Regardless, Breida should only be rostered in the deepest of leagues and only if you own Hyde.

Todd Gurley rushed for 113 yards on 28 carries and two TDs, adding five catches for 36 yards and another score in the Rams' Week 3 win over the 49ers. He was targeted seven times.

Fantasy Impact: All three of his scores came in the first half. The 49ers simply had no answer for Gurley early on. He consistently ripped off chunk gains and got some great push from his offensive line. No other Rams RB logged a carry in this game, and Gurley now has six total TDs through the first three games. It's time to start taking the Rams offense seriously. Skeptics will point to a weaker schedule so far, but with his three-down workhorse role, Gurley is a legit RB1 every week. He travels to Dallas in Week 4.

Kyle Juszczyk recorded one catch for 34 yards on his only target in Thursday's loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Juszczyk had a big catch that converted a first down on a drive that ended in points for the 49ers. He later left with a neck injury and never returned to the game. As of right now Juszczyk isn't being used enough to even justify him as a flyer in deep leagues, so leave him on waivers.

San Francisco turned in a forgettable performance against the Rams in Thursday's thrilling 41-39 loss. They did recover two fumbles, but those were the only positives in an otherwise dreadful performance.

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers special teams came up with some huge plays when they needed it down the stretch by forcing a turnover on a Rams kick return and then recovering an onside kick. The 49ers also recovered a muffed punt by Tavon Austin in the first half but other than that they couldn't stop the Rams offense. Brighter things could be in store for the 49ers as they have the struggling Cardinals, Colts and Redskins in the next three weeks. As of right now though the 49ers aren't generating enough pass rush or turnovers to make them fantasy relevant.

Greg Zuerlein was great again in Week 3 vs. the 49ers. He went a perfect 5-for-5 on extra-point attempts and 2-for-2 on field goal attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Zuerlein continued his perfect start to the season making all seven of his kick on Thursday night. With the Rams posting 41 points, Zuerlein had plenty of action through out the night and that should continue the rest of the season. Fantasy owners in need of a kicker need to look no further, as Zuerlein will be a reliable kicker all year.

Tavon Austin had three rushing attempts vs. the 49ers in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football. He rushed for a total of 14 yards and also had a fumble on a punt return.

Fantasy Impact: Austin wasn't targeted in the passing game in this one, and was surprisingly used as the backup RB to give Todd Gurley a breather. He had a jet sweep in the red zone that barely missed going for a touchdown, but that was it for his night outside of his fumble on a punt return. Austin continues being used in questionable ways and should be far off the fantasy radar. He was also evaluated for a concussion after the game, further dimming his fantasy prospects.

Cooper Kupp had a quiet night in Week 3 v.s the 49ers on Thursday Night Football. He was targeted two times, catching both for a total of 17 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Kupp had a disappointing performance based off his recent games, but with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods clicking with Goff, and Todd Gurley running the football phenomenally, it was to be expected. He wasn't needed on Thursday night, but should see his targets spike back up in the coming weeks making him a dependable WR3 in PPR leagues.

Robert Woods caught 6-of-7 passes thrown his way vs. the 49ers on Thursday night in Week 3. He had a team-high 108 receiving yards with a long of 31 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Woods came out of the gate hot on Thursday night as he caught two deep passes early on for 31 and 21 yards respectively. He continued dominating the rest of the night, making key catches through out the game, and ended up being the most targeted receiver along with Sammy Watkins. With Jared Goff clicking at QB, Woods could be an interesting deep WR fantasy option in the coming weeks.

Sammy Watkins caught 6-of-7 passes thrown his way on Thursday night vs. the 49ers in Week 3. He had 106 receiving yards with a long of 47 yards and also hauled in two touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Watkins wasn't involved early on, but that all changed on the fifth drive of the game when he hauled in two catches for 30 yards. He came out in the second half with an amazing 47 yard catch before grabbing a one-yard TD on a nifty goal-line play. Watkins finished his night with a 13-yard TD where he bowled his way into the end zone, but had to be evaluated in the locker room afterwards. If Watkins comes out of this week unharmed he'll be a great WR for next week's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, as he's shown to finally be on the same page as QB Jared Goff.

The Atlanta Falcons DST conceded 23 points to the Packers on Sunday Night Football, 14 of which came in what was effectively garbage time. Aaron Rodgers threw for 343 yards, but the run game was held in check, only conceding 59 yards on 15 attempts (3.9 avg). The Falcons sacked Rodgers in the third quarter resulting in 21-yard scoop-and-score. Rodgers was sacked on two other occasions and intercepted once.

Fantasy Impact: Owners brave enough to start the Falcons' defense against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were rewarded with 13 points (in standard DST scoring leagues). All in all, a very good showing by this young, fast and talented defense. The Falcons DST will have a challenging match this week on the road against an upstart Detroit Lions squad.

Garrett Celek caught one pass for six yards in the loss to the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Celek will need an injury to Kittle to get a few more catches, but even Kittle isn't lighting the fantasy world on fire.

TJ Yeldon did not suit up Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans.

Fantasy Impact: Yeldon can be dropped at this point in fantasy leagues. Yeldon does not seem to be in the Jaguars running plans and I wouldn't be surprised is Yeldon was traded or waived in the coming weeks.

AJ Bouye had six solo tackles and one pass deflected in the Week 2 loss against the Tennessee Titans.

Fantasy Impact: Bouye was another Jaguars defensive standouts. The defensive line wasn't able to get a ton of pressure on Marcus Mariota, which put a ton of pressure on the Jaguars secondary. Bouye needs be owned in IDP leagues.