WR - SF
The 49ers game plan is very simple. Run, run, throw to George Kittle, give Deebo Samuel a crack, run some more. It's simple but effective too and will only change if a) the defence sucks (it won't) or b) someone gets injured. Deebo's inury has therefore opened the door just a little, but it seems far more like the extra targets available from Sanders and perhaps Samuel's absence will be spread between Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne and perhaps some Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor. There's hence simply not enough volume to justify the rookie as a worthwhile pick in most leagues, especially given the role isn't guaranteed. Because he's very cheap, you can draft him for depth, just don't expect a league winner.
Up with the injury to Deebo. Could be thrust into a lot of targets right out of the gate.
Brandon Aiyuk was one of my most confusing evaluations throughout the pre-draft process and my grade reflects that. He has the draft capital, but Aiyuk's best utilized as a deep-passing option and that doesn't exactly fit Garropolo's skillset. Aiyuk may be one of the players that's better for a NFL offense than for fantasy football.
When a receiver is drafted in the first round, he's starting immediately. When that player was traded up for, they already have a plan in mind. Aiyuk is someone who can stretch the field, while Deebo Samuel and George Kittle work the underneath part of the field. The 49ers did not take very many deep shots last year, which doesn't bode well for Aiyuk from a fantasy perspective, but it could've been that they didn't have the personnel necessary to do so. He's just a late-round bench stash right now who will have some big weeks.
Love this player and think he can make an immediate impact for the 49ers who suddenly look deep on paper. (Samuel, Hurd, Aiyuk, Pettis, Bourne) - Aiyuk is versatile and explosive. Look for jet sweeps and screens. He might see special teams his rookie year but eventually his talent will rise to a solid starter paired with Samuel. )
Not a great landing spot as he will likley end up as the third option at best on a run-first team. Not-to-mention, Kyle Shanahan's offenses rarely support two fantasy relevant wide receivers.
1.25 49ers - wr6
He's got cuts, good foot speed, decent YAC ability with power plus everything he can do to avoid you touching him in the first place. Very fast. Seems like another solid WR that might get buried in packed class of them. Liked what I saw in college though.
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