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Fantasy football waiver wire: Week 2 targets include 49ers' Raheem Mostert

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Week 2 targets include 49ers' Raheem Mostert

Which side of the blowout were you on?

With some amazing individual performances in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, there were undoubtedly several high scores in your fantasy league. Here's hoping you had one of them.

Whether or not you did, it's time to shift the focus to Week 2, and you know what that means ...

Waiver wire mania.

Whether you lost a key player to injury, want to build up your depth or simply just keep a player off an opponent's roster, there are several attractive options available after the first week of play. Here are four non-quarterbacks to keep in mind for waiver claims Tuesday morning, all of whom offer plenty of upside and are owned in fewer than 15 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues.

Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams RB

8 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 7 percent owned in ESPN

Todd Gurley has been one of the top running backs in the league ever since he was drafted, but he wore down towards the end of last season, and there were significant concerns about the health of his knee this offseason. While Rams coach and offensive guru Sean McVay said Gurley would not be on a play count in Week 1 against the Panthers, it appears that was a bit deceiving.

While Gurley did play the majority of the snaps, the touch distribution was considerably more even. He ceded a fair portion of the workload to Brown, who -- in comparison -- was more productive with his touches.

Based on the number of touches Brown received, it didn't do anything to alleviate concerns about Gurley's knee. Brown seems likely to maintain a significant role in the Rams' high-powered offense, and could become a top-end starter if Gurley misses any extended time.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans WR

2 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 5 percent owned in ESPN

Move over, Corey Davis. Marcus Mariota has a new No. 1 receiver, or at least so it appears.

Brown, the No. 51 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, had quite a debut Sunday, totaling the most receiving yards in a game that featured the likes of Davis, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Brown caught three balls for 100 yards in Tennessee's 43-13 beatdown of the Browns, using his size to cause significant problems for Cleveland's defense.

With Davis -- he of zero receptions on three targets Sunday -- having underwhelmed ever since being the No. 5 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Titans have been waiting for someone to step in and be a consistent downfield threat. Brown certainly looks the part, and given the way Tennessee's offense performed Sunday, some more high-scoring games might be on the way.

Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars WR

1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 9 percent owned in ESPN

Welp, so much for the Nick Foles era.

Jacksonville's season took several early, ugly turns Sunday, with its best defensive player being ejected and its new starting quarterback suffering a fractured clavicle in a rough beating at the hands of the Chiefs. Foles is out indefinitely, meaning it's rookie Gardner Minshew's time behind center.

Minshew performed admirably Sunday after replacing Foles, all things considered. He was extremely accurate, completing 22 of 25 pass attempts for two touchdowns, while throwing one interception. Chris Conley led all Jaguars receivers in targets (seven) and receptions (six) on his way to 97 receiving yards and a touchdown against Kansas City.

He and Minshew appeared to have good chemistry, and with Foles out indefinitely, that's a connection we could see a lot more of.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers RB

<1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, <1 percent owned in ESPN

Outside of the defensive line, running back is arguably the deepest position on San Francisco's roster. That depth will be put to the test after Tevin Coleman suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the 49ers' win over the Bucs, which will require an MRI. San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan admitted he was "concerned" about the severity of the injury.

Enter Raheem Mostert.

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Shanahan has insisted time and again that the backfield is going to be a timeshare. If Coleman isn't there to absorb a portion of that timeshare, someone else will have to, and Mostert is the logical choice. He led San Francisco with 40 yards on the ground Sunday despite getting six fewer carries than Matt Breida, and clearly has the trust of the coaching staff.

He's proven to be much more than just a special teams standout, and with Breida's injury history, Mostert could be just one play away from becoming the lead back in the offense, assuming Coleman misses some time.

Kwon Alexander impressed with what he saw from Dre Greenlaw, stepping into his role

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Kwon Alexander impressed with what he saw from Dre Greenlaw, stepping into his role

SANTA CLARA – In the locker room following the 49ers’ first loss of the season, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman preached to his teammates about using the 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks as a learning experience.

“Like Sherm said, it’s just what we needed,” 49ers rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

The 49ers entered Monday night as the only unbeaten team in the NFL. They come out of the game with an 8-1 record, and a half-game lead over the Seahawks (8-2) in the NFC West.

“In this league, you’re never going undefeated. But at the same time, it’s a wake-up call," Greenlaw said. "It lets you know you can be beat any night. You got to bring your 'A game' every time. I think from here on out, a lot of guys are going to bring forward their best foot and play and execute and finish out the season strong.”

Greenlaw started Monday’s game in place of Kwon Alexander, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery last week to repair a torn pectoral. Greenlaw recorded eight tackles and had an interception of a Russell Wilson pass in overtime.

The play, along with Greenlaw’s 47-yard interception return, put the 49ers’ offense in position to win the game. But the offense stalled after gaining a first down, and rookie fill-in kicker Chase McLaughlin shanked a 47-yard field goal attempt after making a kick of the same distance to force overtime on the final play of regulation.

“I knew Greenlaw was going to step in,” Alexander said. “I had no doubt about him. I saw it on his face when he first walked through the door.

“He’s been a tremendous rookie, doing everything right, working hard. He put a lot of extra film in this week and it all paid off. He got an interception. I’m proud of him. I’m happy for him. He’s a great young man.”

Greenlaw said he played with a lot of confidence because of the support he received on the field from middle linebacker Fred Warner, along with the encouragement Alexander gave him on the sideline.

“I made some mistakes, but I made some plays,” Greenlaw said. “I felt confident. I knew Fred was going to play his heart out, and he had my back. Having Kwon out there on the sideline, he brought us confidence. I felt good running around.”

Warner said Greenlaw stepped in and did as well as could be expected in taking over for Alexander.

“He honestly stepped in and did a great job,” Warner said of Greenlaw, a fifth-round pick from Arkansas. “I can’t say anything bad. Kwon is a seasoned vet, but Dre came out and played as such. He was communicating great. He got aligned.”

Warner had an exceptional game, as he recorded 10 tackles, including his first two NFL sacks. He forced a fumble that DeForest Buckner returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

What can the 49ers take from this loss?

“Just learn from our mistakes, look at yourself in the mirror and see what you could’ve done and keep moving,” Warner said.

Why Jimmy Garoppolo sees 49ers' loss to Seahawks as 'reality check'

Why Jimmy Garoppolo sees 49ers' loss to Seahawks as 'reality check'

SANTA CLARA -- After the 49ers' heartbreaking 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was confident the offense didn't need a major overhaul to bounce back in Week 11.

Monday's loss at Levi's Stadium was Garoppolo's second-worst game of the season statistically. He completed just 24 of his 46 attempts for 248 yards, throwing one touchdown, one interception and posting a 66.2 passer rating. 

“I think I could throw the ball better, we could catch it better,” Garoppolo said Monday. “It’s a little bit of everything it’s not one specific thing that sticks out. It’s a bit of a reality check for us. We’ll go back and respond this week.”  

Players will never make injuries an excuse but Garoppolo lacked his top options Monday night. George Kittle, his No. 1 target, was inactive. Emmanuel Sanders, who had quickly become Garoppolo's second favorite pass-catcher, left the game in the first half with a rib injury.  

Coach Kyle Shanahan needed to make personnel adjustments during the game and had mixed results. While Deebo Samuel finished the night as the top receiver, catching eight of his 11 targets for 112 yards, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis each failed to record a catch on three targets. 

“The receivers were battling,” Garoppolo said. “We had some injuries happen and people were being mixed and matched in different spots. But I thought overall those guys played well. We’ve just got to make plays when your number’s called.”

Shanahan credited the offense and his QB for making some good plays, but he said they were largely inconsistent. The 49ers trailed by 11 points headed into the fourth quarter, but Shanahan liked that his QB was not rattled facing his largest deficit of the season. 

“Jimmy doesn’t really change,” Shanahan said. “Jimmy is always the same, so there’s no difference there. I think like the whole offense, I thought he battled. I thought he battled very hard. Hung in the pocket for a while. I thought he made some big plays, but I know he made a number of plays he’d like to have back.”

Garoppolo already is looking forward to the week ahead to reduce the offense's mistakes going forward. The 49ers have a short turnaround, playing the Arizona Cardinals for the second time in three weeks Sunday. 

“It’s just about execution at the end of the day,” Garoppolo said. “It’s nothing crazy, just got to go do your job, execute and move on play after play and just do that throughout the entire game. We’ve been good at that, it just, we had a couple hiccups tonight. Just got to correct them and move on.”

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One thing that Garoppolo has no doubt about is that the 49ers will bounce back from their first loss of the season seamlessly. Most of the locker room has lived through two losing seasons under Shanahan, and the QB is confident his teammates will quickly shake off their disappointment.

“You go back and you watch the tape,” Garoppolo said. “You got to be critical on yourself. ‘What could we have done better? What caused this to happen?’ You’ve got to be hard on yourselves. I think we have a good group of guys in there with the right mindset who are going to come into work tomorrow and fight."