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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2022 Draft Rankings

Deebo Samuel Note
Deebo Samuel photo 13. Deebo Samuel WR - (vs . ARI)
Deebo Samuel made me pay the price for overlooking him, as the talented wideout finished last season as the WR2 overall and in points per game (18.8). His receiving production alone would have him placed inside the top-10.

But there's reason to believe that Samuel won't be able to sustain that same elite production from last season. Natural regression is firmly in play considering no WR earned more fantasy points above expectation than Samuel did in 2021.

And that number doesn't come as a surprise considering nearly 30% of Samuel's fantasy points came from rushing alone.
2 weeks ago
George Kittle Note
George Kittle photo 37. George Kittle TE - (vs . ARI)
Even though George Kittle didn't feel like a great investment as an early round selection in 2021 fantasy drafts, there's no denying his finish as the TE3 in both overall points and points per game (15.0) despite playing just 13 games.

The 49ers tight end finished as PFF's highest-graded tight end (91.2) and repeated as the leader in yards per route run (2.35) among all tight ends for the fourth consecutive season.
5 days ago
Elijah Mitchell Note
Elijah Mitchell photo 46. Elijah Mitchell RB - (vs . ARI)
Brandon Aiyuk Note
Brandon Aiyuk photo 90. Brandon Aiyuk WR - (vs . ARI)
Fantasy managers are still trying to figure out what went wrong with Brandon Aiyuk during the first half of last season. He was hyped up after an impressive rookie campaign, but suffered a hamstring injury during training camp that made him unreliable in the starting offense. Through Weeks 1-7, Aiyuk had just one weekly finish inside the top-25. He also averaged an abysmal 0.63 yards per route run - a mark that ranked 98th out of 102 qualifying WRs. Woof.

But give credit to Aiyuk for turning his season around during the second half. His yards per route run increased substantially (2.16, 13th) and he averaged 13.1 PPR fantasy points per game as the WR24.

If Aiyuk can roll over his second-half production into 2022, he could end up as a smashing fantasy value in a similar way that Deebo Samuel was viewed in 2021.
1 week ago
Trey Lance Note
Trey Lance photo 112. Trey Lance QB - (vs . ARI)
Trey Lance is falling in best ball ADP because of reports surfacing that he is underwhelming at OTAs and because Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the roster. But after the 49ers beat reporters butchered the Trey Sermon situation last season and the 49ers' massive investment in Lance last year, I view this situation as an easy buy-low scenario.

Garoppolo's shoulder surgery is the reason he hasn't been traded. Once he is deemed healthy, I'd presume he gets moved to a QB-needy team or to a roster that sustains an injury at the position.

Lance only started two games but showed off the rushing that excited fantasy managers during draft season. The 49ers' first-year signal-caller averaged 22.4 expected fantasy points and 60 rushing yards per game.
1 week ago
San Francisco 49ers Note
San Francisco 49ers photo 169. San Francisco 49ers DST - (vs . ARI)
Trey Sermon Note
Trey Sermon photo 186. Trey Sermon RB - (vs . ARI)
Robbie Gould Note
Robbie Gould photo 249. Robbie Gould K - (vs . ARI)
Jeff Wilson Jr. Note
Jeff Wilson Jr. photo 273. Jeff Wilson Jr. RB - (vs . ARI)
Jimmy Garoppolo Note
Jimmy Garoppolo photo 286. Jimmy Garoppolo QB - (vs . ARI)
Fun fact: Jimmy G's career YPA is almost a full yard higher than Tom Brady's. The 49ers are expected to unload Garoppolo to make room for Trey Lance, so Jimmy G's fantasy value will depend on his landing spot. He's completely immobile and needs high-quality pass catchers to bring out his best. Garoppolo finished QB17 in 2019; that's a best-case scenario for 2022.
9 weeks ago
Tyrion Davis-Price Note
Tyrion Davis-Price photo 290. Tyrion Davis-Price RB - (vs . ARI)
Danny Gray Note
Danny Gray photo 368. Danny Gray WR - (vs . ARI)
Jauan Jennings Note
Jauan Jennings photo 405. Jauan Jennings WR - (vs . ARI)
JaMycal Hasty Note
JaMycal Hasty photo 463. JaMycal Hasty RB - (vs . ARI)
Kyle Juszczyk Note
Kyle Juszczyk photo 490. Kyle Juszczyk RB - (vs . ARI)
Tay Martin Note
Tay Martin photo 504. Tay Martin WR - (vs . ARI)