NFL 2017: San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Football Dump

Kyle Shanahan is the new coach for the San Francisco 49ers.  You know Shanahan, he is the wunderkind offensive coordinator. He the late offensive coordinator  of the Atlanta Falcons, the team who inexplicably blew what appeared to be an insurmountable lead to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Shanahan the man with all the confidence and sometimes questionable play calling.   He will now be the head coach for the 49ers.  Let’s just call them the team without a quarterback.

Last season the 49ers offense was 27th in points, averaging a paltry 19.3 points per game.  They were 31st in average yards acquired, gaining an average of 308.1 yards a game.  In passing yards they ranked 32nd, passing for an average of 181.9 yards a game.  But hey, they were fourth in rushing yards with Carlos Hyde, averaging 126.2 rushing yards a game.

Now if you are looking for Shanahan to bring fantasy gold to your team, it isn’t going to happen.  As of right now, the 49ers are without a quarterback.  Whether they will welcome Colin Kaepernick back to the fold, after no one else claims him remains to be seen.  But for now they are without a play caller.  Their wide receiving corps is suspect, even with the acquisitions of Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.   And their offensive line isn’t really doing them any favors.  Football Outsiders ranked the 49ers’ offensive line 30th in pass blocking for 2016 and 32nd in run blocking.

So while Shanahan is good at offensive schemes, he isn’t a miracle worker. He will be both head coach and offensive coordinator, calling the offensive plays.  This situation demands more than good.  And on the offensive side the only prospect you need to mine for fantasy gold are the running backs.  Shanahan is known for utilizing his running backs extensively in the passing game.  Last season Hyde had career highs in both receiving yards and receptions.  But the secret may be DuJuan Harris.  Last season Harris led all running backs on the 49ers with 14.4 yards per receptions.  This of course will depend on who is under center for the 49ers.  See right now fantasy grave yard.

The real expectations for your fantasy football team and the 49ers should be no expectations.  Remember in Shanahan’s first year in Atlanta, quarterback Matt Ryan had his first and only below average season.   The Falcons’ offense ranked 23rd in the league, and that was with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Ryan.  So even with a team chock-full of offensive talent, the adjustment period was less than stellar.  Thus no expectations for a team currently a little light in the talent department.

Expect to pick up either Hyde in the second or third round of your fantasy drafts.  Look for Harris to be the diamond in the rough. The one caveat is if the 49ers manage to grab Christian McCaffrey in the 2017 NFL draft.  He instantly becomes a viable fantasy option, but more on that later.  For now, look to pick up Harris late making him one of the sleepers of your draft.

Shanahan will make the 49ers better.  But come on, that’s really a low bar.

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