San Francisco 49ers
Coach: Kyle Shanahan
OC: Curtis Modkins
QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens, CJ Beathard, Wilton Speight
RBs: Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, Jeffery Wilson, Raheem Mostert, Austin Walter
FBs: Kyle Juszcyzk
WRs: Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, Jordan Matthews, Jalen Hurd, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, Max McCaffrey, Richie James, Malik Henry, Shawn Poindexter
TEs: George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Kaden Smith, Levine Toilolo, Ross Dwelley, Tyree Mayfield
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 2, Pick 36 – WR – Deebo Samuel – South Carolina
Round 3, Pick 67 – WR – Jalen Hurd – Baylor
Round 6, Pick 176 – TE – Kaden Smith – Stanford
Round 6, Pick 183 – OT – Justin Skule – Vanderbilt
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
RB – Austin Walter – Rice
WR – Malik Henry – West Georgia
WR – Shawn Poindexter – Arizona
TE – Tyree Mayfield – Wyoming
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
RB – Tevin Coleman
WR – Jordan Matthews
TE – Levine Toilolo
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/26, Veterans 7/26
Kyle Shanahan enters his third year as the head coach. Curtis Modkins will be their offensive coordinator. He’s been a running backs coach for a number of NFL teams, going all the way back to 2008. The 49ers will be one of the most important teams for us in fantasy this year. They lost Jimmy Garoppolo early last year but were able to finish 16th in total offense, 15th in passing and 13th in rushing.
All eyes will be on Jimmy Garoppolo coming back from his ACL tear. His upside remains unknown, but working in the Shanahan offense should get us excited. Backup Nick Mullens was able to average 20 fantasy points per game last year, so it’s reasonable to expect Garoppolo to flirt with QB1 numbers this season. His ADP is around QB20. Yet another reason why it’s smart to wait on quarterbacks. Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard will remain the back up quarterbacks, with Wilton Speight rounding out the group.
Running backs have always produced in the Kyle Shanahan offense. The team signed Tevin Coleman from Atlanta, whom Shanahan had success with just a few years ago. Coleman will be the favorite to start. His ADP is around RB30, but has been steadily moving up all summer. Coleman’s usage in the passing game should deliver us RB2 production. Matt Breida was solid last year, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He rushed for 814 yards and 3 TDs, while catching 27 passes for 261 yards and 2TDs. We should expect some sort of split between Coleman and Breida. Breida could lead the team in carries while Coleman racks up the catches. Breida has an ADP around RB46 and presents us with another value. I’ve actually been into the idea of pairing Coleman with Breida on my team because the ADP is so cheap. If injury occurs, you’d have an RB1. For now, Coleman has RB2 upside and Breida could be flex worthy. After these two, we’ll see Jerick McKinnon return from his season ending injury. His usage will be unknown, so monitor is training camp reports. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson both had success last year and will round out the depth chart while Austin Walter tries to make the team.
Dante Pettis is the headliner here at receiver. He flashed last year as a rookie and ended the year strong. All off-season reports were glowing with Pettis taking the next step to become the teams #1 WR. His ADP is around WR34. I’m open to him playing up to a WR2 level this year with a floor of a WR3, so this ADP seems like a value. After Pettis, we have Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor and rookies Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd. Taylor is the favorite to start in the slot. Samuel was drafted in the 2nd round out of Oklahoma State. Hurd brings a versatile element to the offense and will be moved around the formation and even get some carries. They have Jordan Matthews to compete with the rookies for playing time this year, so we will have to watch this camp battle. Kendrick Bourne and Richie James will battle for the final rosters spots with Max McCaffrey, Malik Henry and Shawn Poindexter.
George Kittle emerged as the next elite tight end last year. He finished with 88 receptions for 1,377 yards and 5TDs. The team relied on him heavily last year with the lack of experience at receiver. Kittle should be the leading receiver again this year but will get a run for his money from Dante Pettis. Kittle is being drafted as the second or third TE behind Kelce and sometimes Zach Ertz. He’ll cost an early third round pick this year so if you want to pay up for a strong tight end, that’s where the tough decision will have to be made. I have regression coming for Kittle in yards and receptions, so I haven’t been buying at ADP. Behind him, they have Garrett Celek and 6th round draft pick Kaden Smith. Levine Toilolo will compete with Ross Dwelley and Tyree Mayfield for the final roster spots.
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