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Brandon Aiyuk - Injury History

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Brandon Aiyuk
SF

WR SF

#29 Wide Receiver

143 Projected Points

ADP: 6.7
Bye: 6
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
40 Time: 4.50

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

Medium Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021

76%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

8.1%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021

2.10

Durability

5

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Apr 7, 2020 Non-NFL Inguinal Groin Sports Hernia Aiyuk underwent a core-muscle surgery as he has dealt with the issue for a few months.
Aug 23, 2020 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Aiyuk left the training camp practice due to an apparent hamstring injury. He missed the season opener against the Cardinals
Dec 26, 2020 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Aiyuk suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He missed the season finale game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Aug 27, 2021 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Aiyuk picked up a minor hamstring injury that kept him out of the 49ers' preseason finale.

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What You Need to Know:

  • Aiyuk missed 4 games as a rookie last year: Week 1 after injuring his hamstring in late August, Weeks 9 and 12 on the COVID list and Week 17 with a high-ankle sprain.
  • He was excellent in the other 12.
    • Aiyuk played 71+% of San Francisco’s offensive snaps in all 12 of those games, including 85+% in 9 of them.
    • He averaged 5 targets, 2.8 catches, 33 yards and .2 TDs over his first 5 games.
    • But then he exploded for 10.1 targets, 6.6 catches, 83.3 yards and .6 TDs over his final 7. Only 7 WRs averaged more fantasy points per game over that stretch.
  • Among 84 WRs with 50+ targets last season, Aiyuk ranked 42nd in yards per route run and 20th in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades. He ranked 5th and 2nd in those metrics among 12 qualifying rookies.
  • Aiyuk was used primarily as a short-range, run-after-catch receiver. His 9.9-yard average depth of target ranked 50th among 77th qualifying WRs. But his 4.8 yards-after-catch average was 25th best.
  • Aiyuk certainly benefited from injuries to WR Deebo Samuel and TE George Kittle. Samuel missed 9 games and was limited in 2 others last year. Kittle missed 8 games.
  • Aiyuk, Samuel and Kittle were only healthy together for 3 games last season. Targets in those 3 games:
    • Kittle - 25
    • Samuel - 19
    • Aiyuk - 16
  • In 4 healthy games together, Samuel out-targeted Aiyuk 28 to 25.
  • Samuel beat Aiyuk in yards per route run and PFF receiving grade last year.
  • Here’s where the 49ers have ranked in pass rate and pass attempts in 4 seasons under HC Kyle Shanahan:
    • 2017 - 7th and 2nd
    • 2018 - 20th and 20th
    • 2019 - 31st and 29th
    • 2020 - 17th and 16th
  • Rookie QB Trey Lance -- the 3rd overall pick of the draft -- figures to take over as San Francisco’s starter at some point this season. Considering his inexperience and high-end rushing ability, the 49ers figure to lean even more toward the run with Lance under center.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Aiyuk turned in a promising rookie season and is a candidate to take a step forward in 2021.

But we’re worried about his volume. He benefited from WR Deebo Samuel and TE George Kittle missing a bunch of games last year. Both guys actually out-targeted Aiyuk when they were healthy. The 49ers also figure to be a run-leaning offense, especially once rookie QB Trey Lance takes over.

Aiyuk looks like just a WR3 who will likely be overvalued in your fantasy drafts.

 

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Addressing 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk's usage in the opener, insider Matt Maiocco wrote that Aiyuk "tailed off dramatically" in training camp and is "still learning how to be a pro." If that's the case, it went completely unreported. "Kyle Shanahan, clearly, favors some of the other WRs right now," Maiocco added. Aiyuk ended up finishing 2nd among 49ers WRs with 15 pass routes in Week 1 -- but that was just 1 more than Trent Sherfield and 4 more than Mohamed Sanu. Easily a top 2 talent on the roster, Aiyuk should eventually return to a full-time role. But he can't be trusted in fantasy lineups until we see it happen.

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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk finished without a single target in Sunday's opener vs. the Lions. We're still waiting for final snap counts but believe Aiyuk was 3rd or 4th among 49ers WRs in snaps. HC Kyle Shanahan said after the win that Aiyuk's late-August hamstring injury played a part in the reduced role today. We'll keep an eye on this situation, but Aiyuk will be impossible to trust in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He should have his way with the Lions CBs on Sunday. But overall pass volume from San Francisco is a concern.

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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he's good to go for Sunday's plus matchup vs. the Lions.

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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday. That seemingly puts him on track to play in this weekend's opener vs. the Lions. We'll get San Francisco's 1st official practice report on Wednesday.

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