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Fantasy Football Impact: Injuries Continue to Plague the San Francisco 49ers

Another devastating round of injuries wrecks the 49ers offense and your fantasy football team.
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2020 has been a dreadful year thus far. With a pandemic halting life, constant political ads interrupting our beloved sports programming, and of course the injury bug, this year has presented unique challenges in all aspects of life.

We knew going into the 2020 NFL season that a limited offseason and minimal practices could lead to insurmountable injuries. No team has been more desecrated by this issue than the San Francisco 49ers.

Losing Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle for extended periods of time is awful news for a 49ers team that has lost so many key players already. Obviously, the health of the affected individuals is the most important thing here. But what to do with your fantasy squad as an owner of one of these gentlemen?

Initial Reaction

They are both not worth the roster spot for the rest of the season. The NFL is about to enter Week 9 of their season and for fantasy value, a six to eight-week rehabilitation is a total gut punch to your fantasy team.

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Fantasy Recourse

The rest of the 49ers season is as follows:

  • vs. GB
  • at NO
  • Bye
  • at LAR
  • vs. BUF
  • vs. WAS
  • at DAL
  • at ARI
  • vs. SEA

Quarterback Nick Mullens

In relief of Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday, Mullens threw for 238 yards, two touchdowns, and sported an average 17 fantasy points. In reality, that's not a bad performance. He's worth picking up and stashing on your bench, at least for now.

His next start against the Green Bay Packers comes on a short week when they go head-to-head on Thursday Night Football. Personally, I would grab him while I can and see how he does before playing him immediately.

Tight End Ross Dwelley

Dwelley caught one pass for a 16-yard touchdown against Seattle. Seeing as Jordan Reed still isn't ready to go just yet, Dwelley could be in line for a large number of targets. Once Reed returns, Dwelley will likely serve as the backup tight end and should be dropped in most leagues.

While his longevity as a fantasy-relevant tight end remains unknown, he is absolutely worth the addition in the short term. If you were lucky enough to own George Kittle, you likely didn't need multiple tight ends. That being said, why haven't you jumped on the waiver wire yet to get a head start on replacements? Dwelley should be rostered until his performance or Jordan Reed proves otherwise.