The 49ers have elected not to pick up the 2019 option on WR Pierre Garcon's contract. That's not a surprising move given Garcon's tumble over the past 2 seasons. He missed 8 games apiece in 2017 and 2018 and posted his 2 smallest catch totals (40 and 24) since his 2008 rookie campaign. The 32-year-old looks done as a fantasy factor -- and perhaps as an NFL player. His departure leaves opportunity for younger members of the Niners' WR corps: Dante Pettis, Richie James and Trent Taylor.
49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is considered questionable for Week 5 after suffering quad and hamstring injuries in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, according to insider Nick Wagoner. Goodwin battled through the injuries in that one, but we'll see what he's able to do in practice this week. With WR Dante Pettis (knee) out, the 'Niners could be down to WRs Pierre Garcon, Trent Taylor and Kendrick Bourne vs. the Cardinals this weekend.
49ers WR Trent Taylor underwent what HC Kyle Shanahan called a "minor" back surgery earlier this offseason. Taylor has been sidelined since but is expected to be ready "at or near the beginning of training camp," per Shanny. Taylor hauled in 43 of 60 targets (71.7%) for 430 yards and 2 TDs as a rookie last year. He faces stiff competition for playing time this season, though, with 2nd-round rookie Dante Pettis joining veterans Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. We'll see how soon Taylor is able to get back on the field, but he's not worth a pick in fantasy drafts right now.
The 49ers finished their 2018 NFL Draft by taking Middle Tennessee State WR Richie James in the 7th round. James lost 8 games to injury in 2017 but posted big numbers and market shares over his 1st 2 seasons. James totaled 212 receptions over that span, surpassed 1,300 receiving yards each year and tallied 20 TD catches. He added 5 TDs and 554 yards rushing on 61 career carries. James' Combine numbers were solid but not flashy. In San Francisco, he has a chance to compete with 2017 draftee Trent Taylor in the slot.
The 49ers selected Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The small-school version of Ryan Switzer, Taylor goes 5’8 and 181 pounds with a 26th percentile SPARQ score. That obviously makes him a long shot for fantasy value, although he did put up huge numbers in a pass-happy college offense.