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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2023 Draft Rankings

Brock Purdy Note
Brock Purdy photo 21. Brock Purdy (vs . LAR)
The last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, Brock Purdy was hardly "Mr. Irrelevant" as a rookie. After Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo sustained season-ending injuries, the 49ers turned to Purdy as their starter, and he obliged with smart, mistake-free football, guiding the 49ers all the way to the NFL Championship Game before a torn UCL ended his season and torpedoed the 49ers' title hopes. The 49ers traded up to draft Lance No. 3 overall in 2021, but head coach Kyle Shanahan could decide that Purdy is simply a better distributor and a better candidate to fully leverage San Francisco's abundant skill-position talent. In fact, Purdy is considered the favorite to be the 49ers' Week 1 starter.
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Sam Darnold Note
Sam Darnold photo 37. Sam Darnold (vs . LAR)
The third overall pick of the 2018 draft, Sam Darnold probably won't ever live up to the expectations he carried coming out of USC, but a move to San Francisco makes him an intriguing backup for the 49ers and their high-powered offense. Darnold gave the Panthers some spurts of functionality over the last two years. His career passing numbers aren't particularly impressive, but he's been surprisingly effective as a runner, with 328 rushing yards and seven TD runs in 18 games over the last two years.
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Brandon Allen Note
Brandon Allen photo 86. Brandon Allen (vs . LAR)