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Week 7 Outlook
San Francisco 49ers DL Solomon Thomas has been placed on season-ending IR with a torn ACL.
San Francisco's D/ST has been decimated by injuries in the first two weeks of the season and fantasy owners would be smart to monitor its production moving forward. It's worth noting they have favorable match-ups over the next few weeks with the Giants, Eagles, and Dolphins.
San Francisco 49ers DL Solomon Thomas will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
Thomas was the third pick overall in the 2017 NFL Draft but hasn't lived up to the hype. He recorded just 6 sacks in four seasons with the 49ers and the team declined to pick up his fifth-year option. The San Francisco D/ST was the consensus top defense heading into the season but has been decimated by injuries.
The 49er's are declining Solomon Thomas's fifth-year option and he should become a free agent after the 2020 season.
2017's third overall pick will be hitting the free agent market following the 2020 season after failing to live up to his draft stock. The Stanford product was touted as a pro-ready defensive tackle but only started three games last season, recording 21 total tackles and two sacks. He will most likely sign to a short-term "prove-it" deal after this season.
Solomon Thomas recorded five solo tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack on four quarterback hits in Sunday's 18-15 overtime loss to Arizona.
Thomas tied for the team lead in snaps along the defensive line and produced a solid game because of it. He had been getting pressure on the quarterback but was finally able to break through with his first sack in the NFL. His versatility across the defensive front has been a big bonus and he has shown steady improvement each week. Thomas has the potential to record eight to ten sacks as a rookie and depending on his designation in your league could vault him into the low end DL1 category. However, until he produces with consistency he can't be counted on as a weekly starter but is worth an add even in shallow leagues as bye weeks approach.
Solomon Thomas finished with four solo tackles, including one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
Thomas got the the starting nod, the first of his career, against Seattle and had an overall solid performance. The 49ers would like to see more of a pass rush from him but Thomas is still getting used to NFL speed after missing all of the offseason workouts because of an outdated rule. His first meaningful snap came in the second week of the preseason so he is still knocking off the rust a little bit. Thomas shouldn't be rostered but should be on watch lists, as he has the potential to get eight to 10 sacks with his ability to move all over in this defense.