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49ers Still Without Number of Starters
The San Francisco 49ers are going to be without a number of their starters on both sides of the ball for the matchup with the New York Giants. In game one of their New York trip last Sunday, the 49ers took care of the Jets after starting with an 80-yard Raheem Mostert touchdown. The Jets never got anything going and the final score was 31-13. The biggest news from this game wasn’t the score, but the injuries San Francisco suffered. What does this mean for Fantasy Football and who should you roster to replace these players?
Lets start with the running backs. Kyle Shanahan’s offense always features a run heavy approach, but it can be frustrating to roster a 49ers running back because we never know who is going to get the biggest workload. With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out, the 49ers will look to Jerik McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr to pick up the slack. McKinnon finally healthy this season after missing the last two seasons with knee injuries. The 49ers have been impressed with his work so far and he looked great after both backs went down last week. Jeff Wilson Jr has been in this Shanahan offense and brings a little more power to the backfield. With all the injuries on offense, Shanahan will have to be creative with his strategy this week. Look for McKinnon to get most of the 3rd down work as well as mixing in on 1st and 2nd down. Wilson will be used more in short yardage and goal line work. All of this being said, this offense might struggle this week. McKinnon is at best a Flex-play in a half PPR or full PPR league. Wilson would be best used in a standard league, but it’s a desperation play at this point.
- Jerik McKinnon – Sit (Flex-Play in Half of Full PPR at best)
- Jeff Wilson Jr – Sit (Desperation play in a Standard League)
George Kittle has also been ruled out for Week 3. This marks his second absence in a row after gaining some momentum to play earlier this week. Jordan Reed will step in here as he did last week when he caught 7 passes for 50 yards and 2 TDs against the Jets. With Jimmy Garoppolo expected to miss the game, Reed becomes and interesting play. We know the 49ers like to get their tight ends the ball quickly and out in space. Reed is extremely athletic and can make plays with the ball in his hand. If Nick Mullens needs to dump it off early in this game, Jordan Reed could have his second big week in a row. He is still ranked outside the top 12 tight ends in a lot of consensus rankings, however with the opportunity in front of him he could be a starter in 12 team leagues.
- Jordan Reed – Start (In 12 or 14 team Leagues only)
If you read the last paragraph then you found out Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to miss Week 3 with an ankle sprain. Nick Mullens will get the start on Sunday, his first since starting 8 games in 2018. Jimmy G was probably only being used in Super-Flex or really deep leagues. There are options on the waiver wire that provide a higher floor and ceiling than Mullens does at this point. Garoppolo should be back next week so streaming a quarterback for one week is doable. Look for guys like Roethlisberger, Joe Burrow, Trubisky and even Justin Herbert as better options for this week.
- Nick Mullens – Sit
Stay away from the wide receivers this week. Injuries have dismantled this offense which makes it hard to predict what pass catcher will prevail. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be one who has a great game, but we just don’t know who. When Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk come back, along with the rest of the offense, this section will be a lot different. Until then, do not start a 49ers wide receiver this week.
- All Wide Receivers – Sit
The San Francisco defense coming into the season had one of the highest ADPs among all defenses. And for good reason too. They returned most of their defense from last year that included names like Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, Fred Warner, and Dee Ford. Currently, this defense is a fraction of what the opening day roster looked like. Bosa and Solomon Thomas are done for the year with ACL injuries, Sherman is on IR, Ford is expected to miss the game with back spasms and Dre Greenlaw is out with a quad injury. This defense is a riskier play this week, but due to the matchup with the Giants who lost Saquon Barkley last week, you can still start them.
- Defense – Start
The 49ers offense will look completely different in a few weeks as players recover from their injuries. Kyle Shanahan and the coaching staff will try to navigate their way through this game and get back to the west coast without losing anyone else. The 49ers take on the Giants at 1:00 pm on Sunday.