• Matt Woolsey

Victory in a Land Called Fantasy: Fantasy Players to Know and Watch for 49ers Week Two

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Now that Week 1 is in the books, did you win your fantasy matchup? If so, great – onto Week 2.If not, hang in there, it’s a long season … and on to Week 2. The 49ers will be taking on the Bengals this Sunday;who looks like a fantasy lock for the Red and Gold?

At this moment, I would not get my hopes up on Jimmy Garoppolo being your starting quarterback. Last week when the Bengals played Seattle they held Russell Wilson to under 200 yards passing. He did manage two touchdowns but that is still less than 20 points in 6-point-per-touchdown leagues and only 15 in four-point leagues. As much as we love Jimmy, he still looks a little tin man out on the field.

I wouldn’t start any of the 49ers’ wide receivers either. I had Pettis in my lineup Week 1, fooled me once. Until he starts getting more than two snaps a game I am not sure he is even worth a roster spot. Kyle Shanahan did blame himself for Pettis only being in on two snaps, but if the coach isn’t even thinking about you on game day, there is an issue. Deebo Samuel started the game but didn’t do enough to convince me he’s ready for the starting lineup. Goodwin was drafted so late, I know you have better options to play.

As for the running backs, Tevin Coleman is out with an ankle injury and that means it’s Matt Breida’s job once again. We saw last season how effective Breida can be in Shanahan’s offense and as long as he stays healthy he would be a solid RB2. If you are in deeper leagues give Raheem Mostert a look. I think he will be involved so they do not run Breida into the ground.

George Kittle, you know what to do here, he’s in your starting lineup. He should have had two touchdowns on Sunday, but they were called back due to penalties.

Last week my dark horse pick was the 49ers defense. They had four turnovers, two pick-sixes, and three sacks. Yep, that one paid off if you played them. I would be a little more hesitant to play them this week. The Red Rifle carved up the Seahawks’ defense last week and Tampa Bay’s Ronald Jones was starting to gash the 49ers’ run defense last week (though that was after Kwon Alexander was ejected from the game, so maybe Jones wouldn’t have had as great of a day otherwise). If Mixon recovers from his injury and plays, he will be much better running back thanJones. Still, I want to see if thisdefense is truly legit before I call them an every-week starter.


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