NFL Draft Fantasy Preview San Francisco 49ers
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Considering the 49ers’ lack of producers in Fantasy during the 2017 season, you would think that this offense ranked as one of the worst in the league. You would be wrong, as San Francisco was right at league average in scoring. This team was playing from behind an awful lot, leading to the consistent production. Even with no Fantasy “stars” on this team, they were at least good enough to stay in ball games.
The big move for the 49ers thus far has been retaining Jimmy Garoppolo as the team’s starting QB. He has a very high ceiling under Kyle Shanahan and will be a sexy pick in many Fantasy drafts in 2018. A finish among the Top 10 QBs next year seems to be in the cards at this point.
Projected Top Three Picks
Team Needs: OG, CB, WR
First Round: Roquan Smith, LB Georgia
Second Pick: D.J. Chark, WR LSU
Third Round: Dorance Armstrong, DE Kansas
For Fantasy purposes, the most intriguing pick of these three is the selection of D.J. Chark. He is a tall, fast receiver with a skill set similar to Marquise Goodwin. His ability to get down the field adds another weapon for Garoppolo to utilize in the passing attack.
Chark’s route tree will be limited in his rookie season, but he can work over the middle of the field. His slight frame could make him prone to small injuries that will hamper him throughout the year. He will have some appeal in redraft leagues as a late round pick who can be a WR5 on your roster.
Don’t expect a big year in PPR formats. His value will likely be in standard leagues, as he will be a big play waiting to happen. Chark will be a hot commodity in dynasty formats in 2018.
The other two selections have the Niners finding some help on the defensive side of the ball.
Roquan Smith brings a leadership aspect to this defense that has been missing. His athletic ability added in with his instincts allows Smith to defend the run from side to side as well as drop back in coverage.
— 49ers United ❤️🇺🇸 (@49ers_united) April 3, 2018
Even though he may be slightly undersized for the position, his speed coupled with his build more than make up for that on the field. Look for Smith to come in and be an integral part of this defense on day one.
The pick of Dorance Armstrong in round three gives the defense another edge rusher to compliment 2017’s number one pick Solomon Thomas. He has better athletic ability than actual technique, which he uses to force his way into the backfield. He can play as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, but his better fit in the NFL may be as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
One negative with Armstrong is that if his first move doesn’t work, he is likely taken out of the league without a strong secondary move. Both of these selections will help to make this defense more competitive, but in Fantasy terms, this Niners unit should go undrafted in 2018.