49ers WR Deebo Samuel suffered a Jones Fracture in his foot during a throwing session with teammates on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Samuel is undergoing surgery on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for 12-16 weeks, per Rapoport. That timeline would have Samuel out until sometime between early September and early October. And Jones Fractures are tricky. We often see the injury aggravated or cause compensatory issues. Samuel just sunk down our WR rankings. His injury creates even more opportunity for 1st-round rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk.
The 49ers traded up to select Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk with the 25th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Aiyuk is coming off a big 2019 campaign: 65 catches for 1,192 yards and 8 TDs. He ranked 15th in the country in receiving yards and 13th among players with 40+ grabs with 18.3 yards per catch. Aiyuk’s 3.04 yards per route run was good for 7th among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. The concern is that 2019 qualified as his breakout season — and it came as a 21-year-old senior. Aiyuk spent his first 2 college seasons in JUCO and caught just 33 balls playing behind N’Keal Harry in 2018. Aiyuk did help his cause by earning an 89th percentile SPARQ score at 6’0, 205 pounds at the Combine. Quickness, burst and speed shows up on tape — especially after the catch, where Aiyuk averaged 10.9 yards last year. “He has ranginess to him, yet he’s compact enough where his change of direction is great,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He’s really explosive on tape.” With Deebo Samuel the only locked-in WR in San Francisco, Aiyuk will have every opportunity to capture a big rookie-year role.
Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that QB Jimmy Garoppolo will not play in any preseason games, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. Garoppolo and LB Kwon Alexander will sit out the exhibitions as they work back from ACL tears that ended 2018 early for each player. This news isn't a big deal. Each player likely would have played less than a full game's worth of snaps anyway. But it would have been nice for fantasy owners to see Garoppolo in some game action before the regular season. Still, he's a solid draft value low in QB2 territory.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) expects to be a full-go for the start of training camp. “The rehab process has gone really well. Knock on wood. We haven’t had any setbacks," he said of his recovery from last September's torn ACL. "OTAs went about as well as I could have hoped for and now for training camp hopefully we’ll be full go with team drills and all that stuff. We’re moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to keep going day by day and keep stacking them together." Garoppolo was a limited participant in OTAs and, barring a setback, should be 100% for Week 1. He's going much later in drafts this summer than last, with an ADP currently sitting in Round 12. He's a fine value at that price.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has taken part in individual and 7-on-7 drills in OTAs this week but been held out of full-team work. HC Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo won't be fully cleared from last September's torn ACL until training camp. Garoppolo seems happy with his progress, though, noting that he's lifting more and no longer experience swelling in that surgically repaired knee. He'll be over 11 months removed from the injury when the 2019 season kicks off.
An MRI on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's left knee revealed a torn ACL. His 2018 campaign is over. If this is a clean ACL tear with no other ligament damage, Garoppolo has a good chance to be ready for the start of the 2019 season a little over 11 months from now. QB C.J. Beathard takes over for the rest of this year. He completed 55.3% of his passes and averaged 6.3 yards per attempt in 5 starts late last season. The 'Niners averaged just 14.8 points in those games. Garoppolo's absence will be felt by everyone in this offense.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said in the post-game press conference that the team "fears" a torn ACL for Jimmy Garoppolo. That'd be a season-ending injury for the $137 million QB. Garoppolo will undergo additional tests to confirm the initial diagnosis, and we should get another update tomorrow. The downgrade to backup QB C.J. Beathard is obviously significant, so this is a big blow to all of San Francisco's skill-position guys.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo exited with a left knee injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He was carted back to the locker room and "visibly upset," according to insider Matt Maiocco. We'll update Garoppolo's status as soon as we know more. QB C.J. Beathard has entered the game for San Francisco.
The 49ers have agreed to a contract extension with QB Jimmy Garoppolo. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports it's worth $137.5 million, a record high for per-year salary. We'll let the Niners worry about whether the financials make sense. The extension is obviously good news for San Francisco skill players, and Garoppolo performed well for fantasy owners over 5 starts last year with shaky surrounding talent. He looks like a potential QB1 in his 1st full season as a fantasy starter ... but Garoppolo's high-profile finish to 2017 also makes him an excellent candidate to be overdrafted come summertime.
The 49ers confirmed Monday that QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday at Houston, according to ESPN. He enjoyed a solid debut at Chicago in Week 13, completing 26 of 37 passes (70.3%) for 293 yards with 0 TDs and an INT. The Texans matchup puts Garoppolo on the DFS radar for Week 14, but don't overrate him for season-long leagues.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan informed his QBs on Tuesday that Jimmy Garoppolo will start this weekend's game against the Bears. Garoppolo has been with the team for just about a month, so he figures to be working with a dumbed-down playbook. He'll also be facing a solid defense that's allowed just 6 passing scores in 6 home games this season. Garoppolo is no better than a low-end QB2 for Week 13. A solid showing on Sunday would make him more intriguing for a plus Week 14 matchup vs. Houston.
The 49ers have acquired QB Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in exchange for a 2018 2nd-round pick. So a guy who once was considered a potential Tom Brady successor now becomes San Francisco's latest crack at finding a franchise QB. He's set to hit free agency this offseason, but we'd imagine that the 'Niners have a new contract lined up for him. Garoppolo has been consistently impressive in preseason action and completed 71.2% of his passes for 496 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs in 2 starts last season. He has a new offense to learn under HC Kyle Shanahan but figures to be under center for San Francisco within the next few weeks. Garoppolo projects as a significant upgrade for this offense the rest of the way. We wouldn't bother adding him to fantasy rosters now outside of leagues of 16+ teams or 2-QB leagues, though.
Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb) will get the start today against the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) will be inactive. Brissett attempted just 19 passes in last week's win over the Texans. The Pats would probably like him at a similar number today. There's some rushing upside here, but Brissett is just a low-end QB2. Expect a heavy dose of RB LeGarrette Blount.
The Patriots will start QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday against the Bills, according to Kyle Minihane of WEEI radio. That's no surprise given the "questionable" tags on both Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) after both QBs practiced this week. It does put Garoppolo into play for DFS lineups in Week 4, though we'd expect another run-heavy offensive approach. This will be New England's last game before Tom Brady returns from suspension.
Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills. Both were limited in practice all week. New England hasn’t added a QB, so 1 of these guys will play. Which one is anyone’s guess. Neither should be in Week 4 fantasy lineups, but Garoppolo would be better news for the Patriots’ pass-catchers.
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