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A very bad break for QB Trey Lance could be a good break for fantasy managers holding other 49ers assets.


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While the sophomore was regarded as a solid floor and league-winning player this season, the players around him were limited by his ability to throw the ball.

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Lance’s ability to rush is what scared fantasy managers and the team’s game plan was very clear on how they wanted to use him. Lance had 16 rushes (most of them scoring runs) and 31 pass attempts before suffering a season-ending injury.

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With Jimmy Garoppolo back at the helm, the team should return to a more traditional game plan — which isn’t a bad thing if Kyle Shanahan is developing it.

The Niners’ running game is among the best in the league and WRs Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk have proven to be fantasy commodities. Also, key TE George Kittle is set to return from injury after missing the first two games of the season with a back injury.

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As for the RB situation in San Fran, rookie Tyrion Davis-Price is now on the shelf for a few weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Seahawks. The third-round pick was still behind Jeff Wilson Jr. in the pecking order, but still had his fair share of snaps and touches.

Davis-Price’s injury should push undrafted rookie Jordan Mason into the backup role, while recent free agent Marlon Mack has also been added to the roster as insurance.

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Walking the plank

The Buccaneers are going through some very rough waters these days.

Tom Brady is an all-time QB, but his targets this week are worse for wear.

Chris Godwin sat out Week 1 with a hamstring injury – his first game back since suffering a torn ACL last year – while Julio Jones has missed practice this week and will be a game-time decision. To make matters worse, top WR Mike Evans is suspended for this week’s tilt with the Packers — an already tight matchup — for his role in last week’s scrimmage with the Saints. I.

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That leaves the Bucs with Russell Gage — who has also been limited in practice this week — Scotty Miller, Breshad Perryman and Cole Beasley, who signed with the team earlier this week.

Considering Brady’s penchant for targeting slithery slot receivers, Beasley isn’t a terrible option even if he just joined the Bucs.

This is Pitts.

One of the most disappointing players so far this early season has been Kyle Pitts. The Falcons sophomore was being drafted as the third tight end off the board, but is averaging just 5.8 fantasy points through two games, ranking him TE37. But, the underlying numbers look fine and it’s just Marcus Mariota not looking his way.

Pitts has played 120 of the Falcons 136 offensive snaps (88%) and lined up in the slot or out wide on 76 of them. In Week 2 against the Rams, he ran routes on 57 of Mariota’s dropbacks, but only saw six targets for a weak 10% share.

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Pitts’ time will come and after two tough outings, he could be a good buy-come candidate.

The sun god shines.

Amon-Ra St Brown have target shares of 32.4% and 35.3% this season and have not been below 31% since Week 12 of last season. He is also the third player in NFL history to have eight or more receptions in eight games and the first player to have 8+ receptions and a TD in six straight games.

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Running the numbers

Despite splitting backfield timeshare with Travis Etienne, James Robinson was sixth in the league in carries heading into Week 3 despite playing just 55% of the snaps for the Jags. So much for that torn Achilles … In the first two weeks of the season, Ezekiel Elliott had half the PPR scoring success as RB47 and RB45. He has turned 27 touches into 98 yards, including -7 receiving yards … In the first two weeks of the season, it seems like you were better off taking a WR over a RB in the first round of your draft. The six-pack of Jonathan Taylor, Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Naji Harris, Austin Eckler and Joe Mixon has averaged 16 points per game, while the top five WRs are Cooper Cope, Justin Jefferson, JaMar Chase, Deonte Adams and Stefon Diggs. Averaged 26.4 ppg.

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Start Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN vs. DET.

He’s out of prime time and facing a defense that was torched by Carson Wentz for 337 yards last week.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, sit on GB TB.

The Bucs have allowed the second fewest points to QBs this season and Rodgers is averaging just 10.5 points.

Cam Akers, RB, LAR sit at ARI.

Although he outplayed Daryl Henderson Jr. last week, Akers was far less efficient with just 2.9 YPC.

Seth Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA vs. BUF

He is split in the backfield with Raheem Mostert and was the short end of the stick in Week 2.

Launch Drake London, WR, ATL at SEA.

The first WR drafted this year has already hit his stride with 13 catches for 160 yards in two games.

Sit Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI vs. HOU

With just two receptions, four receiving yards on five targets, the Bears WR needs to be avoided.

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Start Gerald Everett, TE, LAC vs. JAC.

He leads the Chargers in receiving yards (125) and is tied for the team lead in targets (14).

State Corner

During Miami’s fourth quarter against Baltimore, Tua Tagovailoa threw for 199 passing yards and four TDs. That’s 23.96 fantasy points and 43% fantasy output this season in just one quarter.

Add a week.

Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ

10Th The overall pick in that year’s draft had a breakout performance against the Browns, rushing for 102 yards on eight catches with two TDs. As long as the Jets continue to broadcast it, it’s worth adding.

Drop of the week

Albert Okwogbanm, TE, Dean

A sleeper candidate at draft time, Albert O has been sloppy in the first two games of the season, including a two-goal shutout in Week 2.

Exempt wire defense

Philadelphia Eagles def

The Eagles allowed just seven points against the high-powered Vikings last week and produced four INTs in two games. With the Commanders coming to town, nothing more.

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