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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Draft Rankings
George Kittle Note
George Kittle photo 18. George Kittle TE - (vs . SEA)
He's just 26 years old and coming off 2,430 yards and 10 touchdowns over the previous two seasons despite missing two full games. Keep in mind that he was playing through injuries much of last season. The defense is surely going to take a slight step back in 2020, which will lead to more pass attempts, which will lead to more targets. The 49ers added Brandon Aiyuk who'll help stretch the field, which should in turn just open things a bit more for Kittle. His arrow continues to point up. The touchdowns may not match those of Travis Kelce, but we know not to rely on consistency in that department.
5 weeks ago
Raheem Mostert Note
Raheem Mostert photo 61. Raheem Mostert RB - (vs . SEA)
After the way Mostert played in the playoffs, many were looking forward to a 2020 breakout season, and it helps knowing that Matt Breida was traded to the Dolphins. The issue is that they are getting Jerick McKinnon back, still have Tevin Coleman, and Jeff Wilson. The passing game also got a new weapon, which could lead to slightly more pass attempts. Despite being on the roster the past two years under Shanahan, Mostert has received 171 carries in 25 games. It's tough to see that changing drastically. There's a chance, which is why he's in the high-end RB3 conversation, but there's also a chance you can't start him with confidence every week.
10 weeks ago
Deebo Samuel Note
Deebo Samuel photo 97. Deebo Samuel WR - (vs . SEA)
It was odd to see Samuel finish as a top-30 wide receiver last year, because it didn't feel that way throughout the year. He saw just 81 targets and had just two games with more than eight targets. The 49ers offense is going to be run-heavy, but Samuel will be the go-to guy when they do drop back to pass. He's also included in the run-game, as evidenced by his 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns last year. It's tough to see him having a true breakout season, especially when he suffered a broken foot during offseason training. The rumor is that he may not even be ready for Week 1 of the season. When a pass-catcher has foot surgery in the same calendar year, it usually means bad things for fantasy purposes. You may want to wait until 2021 to invest a redraft pick on the young receiver.
2 weeks ago
Tevin Coleman Note
Tevin Coleman photo 106. Tevin Coleman RB - (vs . SEA)
Now that Matt Breida is out of town, you'd think there's more opportunity to be had for Coleman in this backfield, but the return of Jerick McKinnon could affect that. After seeing 16-plus carries in three of his first four games with the 49ers, Coleman never got more than 12 for the remainder of the season. He's best suited for a timeshare role and somewhat of a handcuff to Raheem Mostert. If Mostert were to miss time, Coleman would likely be an every-week RB2.
5 weeks ago
Jimmy Garoppolo Note
Jimmy Garoppolo photo 152. Jimmy Garoppolo QB - (vs . SEA)
The 49ers aren't likely to become a pass-happy team overnight, even though they added Brandon Aiyuk in the first round of the NFL Draft. They also added stability to the offensive line when they traded for Trent Williams. These are certainly not bad things when searching for a potential breakout, but a non-mobile quarterback with a great defense isn't a recipe for success. He's best suited for QB2 leagues.
5 weeks ago
San Francisco 49ers Note
San Francisco 49ers photo 153. San Francisco 49ers DST - (vs . SEA)
Brandon Aiyuk Note
Brandon Aiyuk photo 174. Brandon Aiyuk WR - (vs . SEA)
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.
11 weeks ago
Robbie Gould Note
Robbie Gould photo 209. Robbie Gould K - (vs . SEA)
Despite seeing plenty of attempts with the 49ers, last year was fairly disastrous for Gould, as he hit just three quarters of his field goal attempts. He's 37 years old now, so the bottom may have fallen out on the veteran. But for now, he remains an historically accurate kicker on a team the routinely provides its kickers with plenty of field goal attempts. That makes him worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
4 weeks ago
Jerick McKinnon Note
Jerick McKinnon photo 273. Jerick McKinnon RB - (vs . SEA)
It's been a while since we've seen McKinnon on a football field. He's been with the 49ers for two years but hasn't played a down of regular season football. Now that they've traded away Matt Breida, there's a role to be had, but we don't know if he's capable at this stage of his career. There's been some whispers that he may not make the team, though that may be a surprise considering they've held onto him this long. Between Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and McKinnon, it's going to be tough to find consistent volume and production in this backfield.
3 days ago
Jalen Hurd Note
Jalen Hurd photo 275. Jalen Hurd WR - (vs . SEA)
He's a name to watch as we get closer to the NFL season. We know that Deebo Samuel had foot surgery this offseason and that he may not be ready for the start of the year. Many will wonder who can fill his role in the offense. It's Hurd. He played running back throughout college but switched to wide receiver his final season, so he can play that movable chess piece in Kyle Shanahan's offense. It's clear the 49ers liked him during the draft process, enough to draft him at the top of the third round. You may see him moving up draft boards in the near future.
3 days ago
Kendrick Bourne Note
Kendrick Bourne photo 334. Kendrick Bourne WR - (vs . SEA)
Dante Pettis Note
Dante Pettis photo 356. Dante Pettis WR - (vs . SEA)
Will Pettis find his way out of the doghouse? After a promising rookie season, Pettis was sent to the bench and received just 24 targets in 2019. But with Deebo Samuel potentially missing part of the season, the 49ers may decide to call upon their former second-round pick. If we get any indication that he'll be a starter, he'll be worth a late-round pick that just might work out.
3 days ago
Jeff Wilson Note
Jeff Wilson photo 362. Jeff Wilson RB - (vs . SEA)
Trent Taylor Note
Trent Taylor photo 387. Trent Taylor WR - (vs . SEA)
Kyle Juszczyk Note
Kyle Juszczyk photo 396. Kyle Juszczyk RB - (vs . SEA)
JaMycal Hasty Note
JaMycal Hasty photo 425. JaMycal Hasty RB - (vs . SEA)
Salvon Ahmed Note
Salvon Ahmed photo 439. Salvon Ahmed RB - (vs . SEA)
Jauan Jennings Note
Jauan Jennings photo 513. Jauan Jennings WR - (vs . SEA)
Ross Dwelley Note
Ross Dwelley photo 517. Ross Dwelley TE - (vs . SEA)
Travis Benjamin Note
Travis Benjamin photo 538. Travis Benjamin WR - (vs . SEA)
Richie James Note
Richie James photo 542. Richie James WR - (vs . SEA)
Nick Mullens Note
Nick Mullens photo 554. Nick Mullens QB - (vs . SEA)