WR Kendrick Bourne - San Francisco 49ers
|6-1, 203||Born: 8-4-1995||College: Eastern Washington||Drafted: ---|
Week 20: vs Green Bay Packers - $4200
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The San Francisco 49ers' divisional-round game against the Minnesota Vikings was another low-volume day for Jimmy Garoppolo and the team's passing attack. On the day, Garoppolo only attempted 19 passes, an incredibly low total that aligns closely with the team's season-long offensive fingerprint. San Francisco's passing game was the 4th-lowest volume unit in the league, posting a mediocre 28-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but an impressive 7.4 net yards per attempt, which was good for 3rd in the league. Last weekend's distribution of targets closely resembled the season-long trends for 49ers' pass-catchers. Tight end George Kittle remains one of the premier players at his position, and he is the team's number-one option through the air. Them, out wide, Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders are both strong secondary options for Jimmy Garoppolo. Samuel, specifically, is an electric playmaker after the catch, and the 49ers make a concerted effort to get him the ball in space. On the other hand, Sanders is a refined route-runner who makes a living by beating defensive backs thanks to his attention to detail. Overall, Jimmy Garoppolo's erratic performance, coupled with typically low volume through the air for the unit, makes this passing attack a highly-volatile unit overall. Green Bay's pass defense allowed mediocre efficiency totals through the air, but much like their offense, an astounding touchdown-to-interception ratio salvaged strong overall numbers against opposing passing attacks this year. The Packers defended the 18th-most passing attempts, allowing middle-of-the-pack yardage totals on the 18th-ranked net yards per attempt mark in the league. Along their defensive line, the Packers field three top-flight pass-rushers. Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith combined for 25.5 sacks during the regular season off the edge. In between them, Kenny Clark is one of the league's best interior pass-rushers, and he posted six sacks of his own this year. The weakness of this defense in coverage is at the second level, where the Packers have a notable lack of capable pass-defenders. This void in the defense helped enable 4 different opposing tight ends to record at least 6 receptions for 84 yards through the air this season, including George Kittle, who went for 129 yards and a score on 6 receptions against Green Bay in Week 12. The Packers' defensive backfield, however, is one of the league's strongest. At cornerback, Tramon Williams and Jaire Alexander are both top-end pass-defenders, and at safety Adrian Amos has proven to be an elite offseason acquisition. Overall, this unit's strengths in the trenches and in the secondary help to mask the weakness at linebacker, salvaging league-average totals against the pass. This weekend, should the 49ers rely on a pass-heavy gameplan, their efficient passing offense should look to focus on exploiting the weak link in Green Bay's defense. In total, this grades as a neutral matchup for the San Francisco passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Kendrick Bourne's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec - 13 points, $3700)
Bourne had a big game, but not without some flaws. He came through with a short score off of a play action pass to cap the 49ers first drive and also made a sprawling catch on a 3rd and long desperation quacker from Jimmy Garoppolo to extend the second drive. He also had two bad drops, but redeemed himself in the second half with a leaping catch on a third and long.
2019 Week 16 vs LAR (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec - 4.9 points, $3600)
Once again, Bourne came through in his role as San Francisco's situational football weapon. This time, he converted a 3rd-and-16 on the 49ers' game-winning drive. It was a simple option route out of the left slot where he was able to settle down in a hole in the Rams' Cover-3 zone.
2019 Week 15 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec - 2.1 points, $4000)
Though Bourne only had two targets, both were on third down; yet even more evidence that he's a coveted weapon for Kyle Shanahan in crucial situations. Having said that, he won't be for long if he keeps dropping half of said targets like he did in this game.
2019 Week 14 vs NO (4 / 3 / 18 / 2 rec - 16.8 points, $3700)
Though both were vital to San Francisco's chances of winning, Bourne's two red zone touchdowns were completely different stylistically. The first, which answered New Orleans' "hot knife through butter" opening touchdown drive, was designed to target Bourne's pivot route against the Saints' quarters coverage. He faked a 7-yard out route, pivoted off of Marcus Lattimore toward the inside, and made an easy catch for the score. In contrast, his second touchdown, which put the 49ers up 42-33 in the fourth quarter, resulted from everyone else being covered, and Bourne losing slot cornerback P.J. Williams in the back of the end zone during a sandlot scramble drill.
2019 Week 13 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec - 7.2 points, $3600)
Bourne extended San Francisco's scoring drive to open the game with a third-down, 30-yard catch and run. It was actually the result of a blown coverage by Marcus Peters, however. It's hard to know what Peters was supposed to do on the play, but whatever it was, it wasn't crashing so far inside that you completely vacate the short left zone for which you're solely responsible.
2019 Week 11 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec - 13.1 points, $3000)
Bourne's second target nearly produced a carbon copy of the "while wide open, drop a slightly high throw and tip it to the defender for an interception" play that he pulled off against Seattle last week. He redeemed himself two targets later by badly beating cornerback Byron Murphy, Jr., on a quick slant at the goal line for a touchdown that gave the 49ers a fourth quarter lead.
2019 Week 10 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec - 16.2 points, $3000)
Bourne started off the game well, scoring a first-quarter touchdown on a quick slant in the red zone against slot cornerback Jamar Taylor. After Emmanuel Sanders got hurt, Bourne stepped into an expanded role, playing nearly ever snap. Unfortunately, the only two things of note that Bourne did from there were absolute killers. First, he somehow volleyball-set a wide-open deep gain for San Francisco into an easy interception for Seattle. Then, late in the fourth quarter, Bourne dropped what would have been a carbon copy of his previoius touchdown. Making that wide-open catch would have (at the very least) set the 49ers up with 1st-and-goal inside the 10-yard line.
2019 Week 7 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec - 9.9 points, $3000)
Bourne took over Marquise Goodwin's role in the offense after Goodwin got hurt on San Francisco's first drive. This role was abundantly clear on Bourne's three receptions, as all three involved routes typically run by Goodwin. The first was a deep out route from the left slot that gained 28 yards against safety Landon Collins. Both of Bourne's other catches came on backside crossing routes, but the last one was the same play Goodwin scored a touchdwn on against Cincinnati in Week 2. Namely, Bourne motioned tight to the line as if he was going to block, then navigated through the sea of humanity while the backfield executed a play-action fake, and then found himself wide open deep downfield. It would have been a touchdown if not for the tempestuous conditions producing an underthrow by Jimmy Garoppolo.
Latest News49ers | San Francisco on to NFC Championship game (Sat Jan 11, 07:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo went 11-for-19 for 131 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round playoff game. RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. RB Raheem Mostert rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries, while RB Matt Breida rushed for 17 yards on eight carries. WR Deebo Samuel caught three passes for 42 yards on six targets. WR Kendrick Bourne caught three passes for 40 yards and one touchdown on five targets. WR Emmanuel Sanders caught two passes for 33 yards on two targets, while TE George Kittle caught three passes for 16 yards on five targets. Our View: The 49ers are going to be at home for the NFC Championship Game as the No.1 seed in the conference. Their defense is playing at a high level and their offense can beat you up with the ground game. We'll see if the Packers or the Seahawks are the team traveling to play the 49ers next Sunday.
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