As the 49ers head into Week 1 to face the Buccaneers, here’s a look at how the 49ers skill players have been projected as fantasy football options.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
With such a small sample size of actual NFL snaps, Garoppolo is only owned in about half of most fantasy leagues. If he proves to be productive in the coming weeks, that number will obviously change. He is a clear option to stash as a late bye-week fill-in with the 49ers having an earlier Week 4 break.
Garoppolo is projected to throw 4,000-yards by most fantasy football pundits and over 20 touchdowns. In most fantasy set-ups that will net you about 240 points over the season, or an average of about 20 points per week.
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Tight end George Kittle
Kittle was last year’s fantasy football darling. The second-year tight end is owned in 100 percent, or nearly, all fantasy leagues after helping many owners get through their playoffs in his record-breaking season.
Some fantasy experts have Kittle scoring nearly as many points as he did last season as the leader in receiving yards on the 49ers, but there are several factors in play. He could benefit from Garoppolo being under center, but he could also suffer from being the focus of defensive schemes.
Predictions of Kittle’s production in fantasy football averages around 1,000 yards in receiving and under 10 touchdowns. Having him on your fantasy team should net you an average of over 10 points each week.
Wide receiver Dante Pettis
Pettis has gotten a lot of attention through training camp and the preseason, mostly as a result of coach Kyle Shanahan’s tough love for his second-year receiver. Pettis is owned anywhere between 65 to 70 percent in most leagues and is a viable WR3/flex player.
There is no clear standout WR1 in Shanahan’s group of young receivers but Pettis is one with some potential to score some points. He is projected to have around 700 yards receiving and five touchdowns which would net under 10 points per week.
Pettis does have potential to score on special teams as a punt returner like he did when he was at Washington, but that has yet to be seen since he has been in the NFL.
Wide receiver Trent Taylor
Taylor would have been a lock for a WR2 or flex player prior to fracturing his foot. He and Garoppolo have had chemistry from the start, and Taylor had a very productive training camp. He is not owned in any fantasy leagues and is someone to keep your eye on once he returns to practice.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel
There is a wide variety of predictions for Samuel as he enters his first season in the NFL. His projected fantasy points for the season range from 50-100 points. With fellow rookie Jalen Hurd’s health in question Samuel could be targeted more as he progresses in the season. He is on less than 20-percent of fantasy rosters.
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Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin
The speedy veteran wide receiver is expected to be on the field for less snaps than he has been in his prior two seasons with the 49ers. Goodwin is owned in anywhere between five and fifteen percent of fantasy leagues and is someone that could be picked up on the waiver wire in certain match up situations.
Wide receivers Jalen Hurd, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James
Undrafted in most leagues, any of these three receivers could emerge as a pick up later in the season but it will take consistent production for that to happen. Hurd could be an interesting option once he returns to full health. Bourne lead the group in receiving yards in 2018 but again, it will take a few weeks to see how each player will be used in the system.
Running back Tevin Coleman
Coleman is owned in nearly all fantasy leagues and will likely be very productive. Even though it will be a running back by committee approach for the 49ers, Shanahan will use him in multiple ways especially as a pass catcher which means points in PPR leagues.
In 2018, Coleman tallied 800 rushing, 276 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns. He may have slightly less production sharing the carries with Matt Breida but still enough to contribute 10 to 15 points per week.
Running back Matt Breida
Breida is listed above Coleman on the 49ers depth chart but he is projected to score less fantasy points by most pundits. His production, however could be much better as he is healthier than in 2018 when he battled an ankle injury for most of the season.
Breida was also drafted in less leagues than Coleman and could be a viable sleeper option as his confidence in Shanahan’s scheme as well as his route running has improved. He is projected to produce somewhere around 10 points each week.
Running back Raheem Mostert
Mostert was not drafted in most fantasy leagues but if there are any health issues with either Breida or Coleman, he has shown how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.
The defense and special teams
The additions to the defense during the offseason make the 49ers a potential juggernaut as a fantasy choice. They are not ranked or owned in most leagues likely because they have yet to all be on the field at the same time. Projections are also based off of the previous season’s performance which lacked takeaways and quarterback sacks.
Robbie Gould has been very consistent as a member of the 49ers and throughout his NFL career. He is owned in most leagues and if the red-zone issues remain the same, could be great contributor to your team. He is projected to score anywhere between six to 10 points each week.