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QB C.J. Beathard - San Francisco 49ers

6-2, 219Born: 11-16-1993College: IowaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2017

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Week 15: vs Seattle Seahawks

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. George Kittle carried the 49ers passing offense last week as he single-handedly accounted for nearly two-thirds of their total passing yards by racking up 210 receiving yards in the first half alone. Kittle has been the go-to target in this offense all season and has been one of the more consistent tight ends in the league. He has hauled in at least six receptions in four straight games and has fallen below 50 receiving yards just three times on the year. Receiver Dante Pettis scored yet again last week, marking his third straight game with at least one touchdown and 49 receiving yards. The return of Marquise Goodwin appeared to have little impact on Pettis, while the official end to Pierre Garcon's season will only solidify playing time for Pettis. Left tackle Joe Staley continues to anchor what has been an impressive offensive line in San Francisco--an added benefit that Nick Mullens certainly appreciates to help keep him upright and allow a little extra time for plays to develop. Mullens has now passed for over 700 yards in his last two games and will face the Seahawks defense that he had great success against two weeks ago with over 400 passing yards and two touchdowns. Dante Pettis also may be looking forward to this matchup since he had a couple touchdowns and a season-high 129 receiving yards during their last meeting with Seattle. The Seahawks defense had an outstanding showing against Vikings in last week as they nearly shut out Minnesota until a late fourth-quarter touchdown. This secondary had not been playing well recently until last Sunday night's outing though, as they had given up over 300 passing yards in four of their last six games with multiple passing touchdowns allowed in each outing. Shaquill Griffin played much better last week, but he has been a weak link for this secondary all season and will need to show more before he can be relied on as a solid coverage cornerback. Seattle has been tough on tight ends this season due to strong play from their safeties along with Bobby Wagner helping in coverage as needed. Only one tight end has amassed over five receptions or 60 receiving yards in a game against the Seahawks, but that was none other than George Kittle two weeks ago. Seattle has faced a weak pool of tight ends this year, so Kittle very well could find some success again in this one despite the poor matchup on paper.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

C.J. Beathard's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 8 vs ARI (14 / 28 / 190 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 9 / 0 rush)

Once again, Beathard was the victim of a defense whose game plan was playing man-to-man coverage behind a ramped-up pass rush. That said, he did have at least two egregious throwing errors. One on occasion, he overthrew Marquise Goodwin on a wide-open, 3rd-and-12 comeback route. On another, he threw behind an open Goodwin on a deep post route. The latter, especially, would have been a touchdown with an accurate pass, as Goodwin's Olympic-level speed got him clear of Patrick Peterson running across the deep middle of the field. All of that said, Beathard's pass protection once again did him no favors.

2018 Week 7 vs LAR (15 / 27 / 170 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

This might be hard to believe given his awful stat line, but Beathard's performance wasn't nearly as bad as the box score suggests. Both of his interceptions involved world-class efforts from defenders. The seven sacks (and numerous pressures) he took were due to the Rams' world-class interior defensive line duo and repeated breakdowns in San Francisco's pass protection. (These were likely related, of course.) It also didn't help Beathard that the 49ers' once again couldn't beat man-to-man coverage. Yes, he missed open receivers on a few occasions, but that's to be expected from a backup quarterback. In this game, his teammates were more of a liability than an asset, however.

2018 Week 6 vs GB (16 / 23 / 245 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

Beathard throwing only 23 passes against Green Bay after throwing 54 against Arizona can be attributed to game script: Against Arizona, the 49ers spent most of the game playing from behind. Against Green Bay, the 49ers spent most of the game playing from ahead. In terms of performance, Beathard continues to show that he's no longer the out-of-his-depth rookie he was last season. He got rid of the ball quickly and threw more often than not to receivers designed to be -- and were -- open. In the fourth quarter, Beathard had a pass where the broadcast angle showed that he overthrew a wide-open George Kittle, who may have scored a touchdown, let alone convert the 3rd-and-4. The coaches' film, however, showed that Clay Matthews' leap at the line of scrimmage forced Beathard to elevate the pass. Beathard's only "real" mistake was the interception that allowed Aaron Rodgers and company to secure a last-second win. Facing a Packers blitz, he threw inside to Marquise Goodwin on a fly route when Marquise Goodwin had beaten coverage to the outside.

2018 Week 5 vs ARI (34 / 54 / 349 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush)

As has been the trend the past couple of weeks, Beathard hung tough in the face of pressure, taking hit after hit but getting up to play the next snap. The difference this week was that Arizona seemingly blitzed on every passing down, so there were more hits to be taken. He was hit before he threw (i.e., sacked) four times and hit as he threw at least four more times, two of which resulted in strip-sack fumble recoveries for the Cardinals. Although he held onto the ball too long several times, Beathard did a nice job of getting the ball out of his hands most of the time, albeit by forcing 100 mile per hour rockets to blanketed receivers less than 10 yards away. This produced several dropped passes, including one by third tight end Cole Wick that should have been any easy touchdown. This may have been the ugliest 60 percent completion rate, 350 yard passing performance you'll ever see.

2018 Week 4 vs LAC (23 / 37 / 298 / 2 / 2 pass, 7 / 19 / 0 rush)

More surprising than Beathard performing better than he did last season -- he's not a rookie anymore after all -- was that Kyle Shanahan was comfortable enough with him at quarterback to install a pass-heavy game plan, even with the lead. He did miss several throws along the way, but his teammates did him no favors on most of his particularly negative plays. For instance, neither of his second-half interceptions were his fault. On the first, which came on 1st-and-goal down 23-17, Garrett Celek did his best volleyball setter impression and tipped the ball over to cornerback Trevor Williams for a near pick-six. On Beathard's second interception, left tackle Garry Gilliam, who was in for an injured Joe Staley, didn't pick up a corner blitz; and Alfred Morris didn't chip the blitzer on his way into the flat. The result was Beathard getting hit as he threw the ball and the fluttering semi-fumble comfortably nestling into the awaiting arms of a defensive lineman.


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