With Jimmy G out, what SF players will remain startable for your lineups
Football is such a beautiful art that isn’t just a game of big buff dudes pounding each other mercilessly into the ground. Unfortunately though, this is the NFL and injuries happen every year when you least expect it. This past Sunday we saw Jimmy Garoppolo go down for the season with a torn ACL in the fourth quarter. The San Francisco 49ers have had some horrible luck this season. They had playoff hopes, and rightfully so, they acquired Jerrick McKinnon from Minnesota, and Richard Sherman was added to give the defense a boost. Without Garoppolo now, there’s no way the Niners make it out of the NFC west.
Jerrick McKinnon went down with a torn ACL before the season even started, and during a comeback attempt against the Chiefs, Garoppolo had the same happen to him. So now what? Is the season over for the 49ers before we even head into Week 4? More than likely yes, but that doesn’t mean that they no longer have fantasy friendly players that should scare you away. C.J. Beathard isn’t a great option, unless you’re in a deeper league, but he’ll be a capable quarterback to still move the ball.
Looking back at 2017, Beathard eventually was put into the starting role after a failing Brian Hoyer. He was eventually benched for Garoppolo, so after a year spent in Kyle Shanahan’s system, we’re hoping he can deliver to keep not only his team, but our fantasy stars relevant.
Expect George Kittle to continue to be a factor. A new quarterback should not scare you away from Kittle, if anything now that we know how good Kittle is now–and that could be Beathard’s safety blanket. Marquise Goodwin is one guy I’m a little worried about though. For a guy who was taken fairly early in drafts, he has not delivered at all. Granted he’s been hurt, but last year with Beathard, Goodwin had 11 catches for 309 yards and a touchdown. Pierre Garçon is the one to stay away from between the two, then again, who the hell is really starting Garçon is 2018? In less than three games last year Garçon had 12 catches for 121 yards, on 19 targets! I just don’t think the targets will be the same this time around.
The one guy I’m mainly excited about here is Matt Breida. Of course this could all be for nothing, and the hopes of the 49ers will just burn up like a sheet of paper, but let’s just imagine that Breida will still be good. Beathard threw to his running backs 34% of the time last season, which was pretty high for his limited action that he saw. Carlos Hyde had 42 targets, and we all know that Alfred Morris is not a very good pass-catcher, so Breida should remain as a low-end RB2, high-end flex option. Morris won’t completely go away though, this backfield will remain as a two-headed monster going forward.