Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: San Francisco 49ers

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the San Francisco 49ers.



Jimmy Garoppolo582.8378.2442925.115.238.353.61.11.5256.12
Starting Weeks 12 to 17, Garoppolo scored the 12th-most fantasy points (17th-most on a per-game basis, 14.5) during that stretch. His mediocre fantasy production was limited by the lack of touchdowns -- seven passing touchdowns in six games -- although he was efficient in terms of completion percentage (67.4) and yards per attempt (8.8). With a full offseason in Kyle Shanahan's offense and better/healthier weapons, there is plenty of upside in 2018.
C.J. Beathard1.20.780000000.32

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Running Backs


Jerick McKinnon225.8959.76.557.5408.32.42.8184.6
Given a large free-agent contract, McKinnon finally gets an opportunity to be a team's lead back. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote: "The over/under on [McKinnon's] catches for the season might be 73, the highest number that Devonta Freeman caught when Shanahan was coaching him with the Falcons." Running backs in Kyle Shanahan's offense typically flourish and McKinnon has a ton of upside this year.
Matt Breida103.1453.62.718.8152.30.90.581.19
As a rookie, Breida had 126 touches for 645 yards from scrimmage (4.4 YPC and 8.6 Y/A) and three touchdowns. As McKinnon's primary backup, it's possible he posts similar -- or even better -- numbers in 2018.
Kyle Juszczyk6.427.50.629.8274.21.50.940.97
Joe Williams46.9199.30.97.454.80.20.531.01
Raheem Mostert1.78.5000000.85
Jeremy McNichols0.93.6000000.36

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Wide Receivers


Marquise Goodwin55.6900.74.43.832.30.10.1120.1
Goodwin had the best season of his career with 56 catches for 962 yards and two touchdowns. Especially productive in the second half, Goodwin had a five-game stretch of 78-plus yards from Weeks 10 to 15 including three straight with 99-plus. Goodwin continues to impress and even with Garcon now healthy, San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch writes that "Goodwin remains the 49ers’ top wide receiver." If that turns out to be the case, Goodwin is currently undervalued.
Pierre Garcon70.5881.35.30000.1119.73
Garcon (neck) missed half the season and was on pace for an 80/1,000 season before the injury. His last full season (2013) playing in Kyle Shanahan's offense, he posted a career-best 113/1,346/5 stat line. Unlikely to repeat those numbers, a 1,000-yard season is certainly within reach, but reports are that Marquise Goodwin remains the team's top receiver even with Garcon now healthy.
Trent Taylor37.1374.71.50000.345.87
Taylor had 43 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, but the 49ers drafted Pettis in the second round and Garcon missed half the year.
Dante Pettis24.22711.20000.233.9
Trading up to 44th overall for Pettis, the 49ers seem to be "putting more on Pettis' plate than they typically would for a rookie."
Aldrick Robinson9.4161.70.90000.121.37
Kendrick Bourne8.4124.30.50000.115.23

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Tight Ends


George Kittle51.1613.23.60000.182.72
Ending the season with a bang, Kittle had four catches for 100 yards in Week 17 against the Rams and he finished his rookie campaign with 43/515/2. Among rookie tight ends, only New York's Evan Engram had more receptions or yards. With the potential to break out, Kittle is a back-end TE1 in 12-team leagues for 2018.
Garrett Celek16.4209.920000.132.79
Cole Hikutini2.723.80.100002.98

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