WR - SF
Week 2 Outlook
I don't think Aiyuk's rookie season was a fluke, and I certainly think he'll get back on track this season. Still, a zero-catch performance on just one target is highly discouraging. It wouldn't be recommended to play Aiyuk this week, and he should be considered a risky flex until his numbers show otherwise.
There were plenty of disappointing performances from players in week one, but the biggest one just might be Brandon Aiyuk. With no warning or rumors whatsoever, Aiyuk was barely involved in the game plan this past week for San Francisco and he only logged 26 total snaps on offense against Detroit. Kyle Shanahan mentioned after the game that Trent Sherfield's emergence in the pre-season and Aiyuk's recovery from a hamstring played a role in his limited availability, but that's still not something fantasy managers want to endure. Moving forward, we can't trust Aiyuk in our starting lineups as anything more than a FLEX play until we see him get back to receiving the majority of the snaps.
In another Kyle Shanahan surprise, Aiyuk played fewer snaps than Trent Sherfield last week and didn't see a single target. Aiyuk had been dealing with a hamstring injury, but when asked about Aiyuk's non-involvement, Shanahan said, "If he wants to be out there every single play, he's got to be a lot better than the guy behind him." Um ... we could *probably* make a reasonable case that Aiyuk is a lot better than Trent Sherfield. I almost want to recommend Aiyuk in a prove-it spot here, but with the snap share uncertain and fairly tough matchup against veteran CB Darius Slay, you simply can't play him in fantasy this week.
The second-year wideout received a whopping zero targets in Week 1. This certainly wasn't what fantasy managers were expecting, and it's troublesome that Shanahan has a history of putting receivers in the doghouse (think Dante Pettis). Aiyuk isn't a "sell" because we'd be trading him at his lowest point. He also isn't a "buy" because there is some risk involved until we figure out what's going on. For now, just hold.
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