The 49ers wide receivers are a bit of a wild card. They are coached by a great offensive mind in head coach Kyle Shanahan and will catch passes from a quality quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. But the wide receiving corps lacks elite talent. And they have a lot of bodies. Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon should lead the way. Can one of them be a true WR1 here? How many targets can Trent Taylor and rookie Dante Pettis expect? Can guys like Kendrick Bourne and Aldrick Robinson produce anything of note?
Jason Wood: Last year, I detailed Pierre Garcon's opportunity in San Francisco and noted he would be productive because Kyle Shanahan has a history of feeding his top receiver. I also detailed Garcon's stunning mediocrity and documented that 100 percent of his fantasy value was tied into compiling stats versus being a playmaker on a per-touch basis. All that holds entering this year, but what's different are two things: 1) the emergence of Jimmy Garoppolo, and 2) Marquise Goodwin's breakout late last year. Goodwin was on a 90+ reception, 1,300-yard pace once Garoppolo took over, and there's no reason to expect the chemistry the pair had initially will suddenly fade after an offseason together. Garcon is better suited to a No. 2 role and should be effective in that role, albeit challenged to have weekly fantasy relevance. Longer term, I'm intrigued by Dante Pettis but expect 2018 to be a redshirt year barring injuries to the starters.
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