Friday, September 22, 2017

Aldrick Robinson with two catches in Week 3

Aldrick Robinson reeled in two catches on four targets for 23 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.

Fantasy Implications: Aldrick was on the field for only 27 of San Francisco's 87 snap counts on offense, which actually exceeded the 22 he saw in the first two weeks of the 2017 campaign. He now has recorded a meager three receptions on six targets for the year. Needless to say, he is not a primary receiving option for the 49'ers at this time. Unless an injury occurs to one of the 49ers' starting wide receivers, Robinson offers relatively no fantasy value. 

Marquise Goodwin with 63 yards in Week 3

Marquise Goodwin made two receptions on five targets for 62 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.

Fantasy Implications: Goodwin's yardage came mostly on a 50-yard reception at the end of the third quarter on a drive that eventually resulted in a 49er touchdown with 12:50 remaining. The 26-year-old speedster has yet to catch a red zone pass. In three games, he has collected eight receptions for 109 yards. Though Goodwin offers big-play upside, his fantasy value remains limited until he can see more consistent production.  

Trent Taylor makes touchdown reception

Trent Taylor made three catches on four targets for 32 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. 

Fantasy Implications: Taylor scored his first NFL touchdown, reeling in a three-yard pass from Brian Hoyer with 5:08 left in the game. The rookie fifth round pick from Louisiana Tech is currently serving as San Francisco's primary slot receiver. He has the hands and quickness to eventually turn into an appealing PPR option, but will need more passing volume from the 49ers' offense to garner any effective fantasy value.

Pierre Garcon has seven reception night

Pierre Garcon hauled in seven of 10 targets for 142 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He did not find the end zone. 

Fantasy Implications: Garcon had a huge game, making several acrobatic catches throughout the night, while averaging 20.3 yards per reception. In the third quarter, he made a 19-yard toe-dragging reception on the sideline that was properly ruled a catch after official review. His longest grab came in the fourth quarter on an impressive 59-yard reception down the left sideline with about six minutes left to play. A solid chemistry seems to be developing between quarterback Brian Hoyer and the 31-year-old veteran receiver. Look for it to continue in Week 4 when the 49ers travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. 

Robbie Gould misses critical extra-point

Robbie Gould knocked down both of his field-goal attempts, but missed one of four extra-point tries in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Implications: Gould's field-goals from 36 and 48 yards makes him a perfect 6-for-6 from the field this season. His extra-point attempts were his first tried this year, being that San Francisco failed to score a touchdown in its first two contests. Unfortunately, Gould's missed extra-point attempt, following a Garrett Celek touchdown catch in the fourth quarter with 12:50 remaining, turned out to be costly. It forced the 49ers to go for a would-be game-tying two-point conversion after Carlos Hyde scored on a one yard plunge with 2:13 left in the game. The conversion failed on a Brian Hoyer incomplete pass to Trent Taylor. Still down by two points, Gould then executed a perfect onside kick that Raheem Mostert recovered at midfield. Gould's chance at redemption would end however, when the 49ers turned the ball over on downs, unable to get into field-goal range.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Felix Hernandez credited with loss

Felix Hernandez (5-5) was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs (five earned) on two hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings in Seattle's 8-6 defeat to the Rangers on Wednesday night. He struck out four.

Fantasy Implications: Hernandez pitched a perfect first three innings, but then derailed in the fourth, allowing the first five Rangers to reach base. The veteran right-hander was then pulled from the game after throwing 67 pitches with the bases loaded and one out. Unfortunately for Hernandez, the three inherited runners scored when Andrew Albers, who relieved King Felix, gave up a grand slam to Rougned Odor. This was the second start for Hernandez after coming off his second visit to the  disabled list this year due to a sore right shoulder. He will hope to make it beyond the fourth inning, and improve his 4.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in his next start, which is scheduled for Monday in Oakland against the Athletics.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tony Zych likely done for season

Tony Zych experienced soreness during a bullpen session on Wednesday. 

Fantasy Implications: Zych has been sidelined by a strained flexor bundle in his right elbow which forced him onto the 10-day disabled list on August 22. It was hoped that the 27-year-old right-hander would be able to return for at least one appearance prior to the the October 1 season finale. However, after today's setback, his chances of a return in 2017 is unlikely. If so, Zych will finish the year with a 6-3 record and 12 holds, while recording a respectable 2.66 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.7 K/9.