Fantasy Recap: 49ers @ Broncos (9/25/22)

  • 49ers 10, Broncos 11 (Broncos covered +1.5, U 45)

    This game went under by more than three full touchdowns and that can tell you a lot about what kind of contest it was. Neither team was able to move the ball much with the punting units on both sides playing major roles in the game. The single touchdown that the 49ers did score in the first half was created by an offensive penalty, so perhaps the right side ended up winning the contest. Jimmy Garoppolo reminded many 49ers fans why they were frustrated with him under center as he made several mistakes while the loss of LT Trent Williams in the second half basically eliminated any chance the team had to move the ball. On the other side, Russell Wilson finally looked a bit like himself late in the game as he was able to escape pressure to make several key plays. From a fantasy perspective, there was a lot of disappointment across the skill position players due to the fact that only one touchdown was scored by both teams.

     

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    Pregame: After it finally seemed like the Niners had turned the page on the Jimmy G. era, he’s back. However, that doesn’t mean much for fantasy managers as Jimmy is best as a game manager who thrives when he doesn’t turn the ball over while the Niners focus on defense and running the ball. He does have a really good cast of receiving options and is in play as the QB2 in superflex formats, but that’s where the extent of Garoppolo’s fantasy appeal ends.

    Postgame: After playing pretty well on the first two possessions of the game, Jimmy G. and the 49ers were stuck in mud the rest of the game. That injury to LT Williams in the second half was the nail in the coffin for a 49ers team that seems to struggle to score outside of very easy play-designs. The lone touchdown that they did score on their second possession of the game should have been called back due to offensive interference by Deebo Samuel. The veteran QB ended up having better fantasy production in Week 2 when he came in to replace the injured Trey Lance. Better days should be ahead, but the Niners will continue to be a defensive team that will put themselves in position to win games if they can find ways to run the ball. If Williams is forced to miss additional time with what might be a high ankle sprain, everything will become much more difficult for San Francisco.

     

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