2018 Fantasy Football - San Francisco 49ers - Team Moves





By Chet Gresham - @ChetGresham
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Each offseason brings change to NFL rosters, and those changes often have fantasy implications. Below, I lay out the changes at the skill positions and how those moves impact the fantasy status of the new roster.


2017
    QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard
    RB: Carlos Hyde, Matt Breida, Joe Williams, Raheem Mostert, Jeremy McNichols
    FB: Kyle Juszczyk
    WR: Marquise Goodwin, Pierre Garcon, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, Aldrick Robinson
    TE: George Kittle, Garrett Celek


2018
    QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard
    RB: Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, Joe Williams, Raheem Mostert, Jeremy McNichols
    FB: Kyle Juszczyk
    WR: Marquise Goodwin, Pierre Garcon, Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, Aldrick Robinson, Richie James
    TE: George Kittle, Garrett Celek




Pre-Draft Offseason:

The no-doubt best move this team made came last season when it traded to get Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots. Garoppolo started the last five games of 2017, and the 49ers won all five while he put up strong numbers with a weak receiving group. We'll see what he can do for a whole season, but there's no doubt that he elevates this offense and the fantasy players within.

San Francisco made a strong move when it signed Jerick McKinnon from Minnesota, as he fits Kyle Shanahan's offense well and showed that he can be a force at multiple levels last season. The 49ers let Carlos Hyde go, which I understand, but he is an above-average player, although not the right for Shanahan's speed-driven offense. McKinnon will fit the role of lead back similarly to Devonta Freeman in Atlanta, while Matt Brieda should see something similar to the Tevin Coleman role in the offense. Both should have value, but I like McKinnon to flourish in this offense and stand out in PPR leagues.

I expected the 49ers to go after a wide receiver in free agency to help Garoppolo but they didn't. They will get Pierre Garcon back from injury, and Marquise Goodwin had a strong connection with Jimmy Garoppolo, but there is still a need for a true No. 1 receiver. As it is, we can lock Goodwin and Garcon into the fantasy picture along with George Kittle.



Post-Draft Update

The 49ers didn't look to upgrade defensively early in the draft, instead beefing up the offensive line and then trading up to take wide receiver Dante Pettis with the 44th-overall pick. Pettis set a NCAA record with Washington when he returned nine punts for touchdowns and then backed that up with four last season. He should be able to beat out Trent Taylor for the No. 3 job behind Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, and could have immediate fantasy value with Jimmy Garoppolo throwing him the ball.

The 49ers didn't take another offensive skill position until the 240th-overall pick when they grabbed wide receiver Richie James out of Middle Tennessee State. James had profiled as a better pick until he broke his collar bone last year and missed much of the season. He'll be a project, but his upside is there with the earlier-round picks.



2018 Fantasy Outlook:

Stud: None

Solid: Jimmy Garoppolo, Jerick McKinnon, Marquise Goodwin

Sleeper: George Kittle



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