WR Kendrick Bourne - San Francisco 49ers
|6-1, 203||Born: 8-4-1995||College: Eastern Washington||Drafted: ---|
Week 15: vs Atlanta Falcons - $4000
FBG says: Great matchup. For the most part, Jimmy Garoppolo is the relatively low-impact caretaker of a run-dominant Super Bowl contender. He's averaging a modest 250 yards a game, and much of his fantasy value has been dependent on a high touchdown rate. Still, he's shown the ability to keep pace in a few recent shootouts, posting lines of 317, 424, and 329 yards - and 4 scores in each game. Garoppolo doesn't boast special arm talent, and he's still not much of a downfield passer. But he's now armed with a handful of gifted playmaking talents that excel in the slots and seams. George Kittle continues to look like a Travis Kelce clone, winning on all levels of the field and extending plays with sheer strength and will. His game-turning, 39-yard catch late in last week's game was a perfect snapshot of that. He's flanked by a pair of dynamic wideouts in Emmanuel Sanders, who woke up last week for 157 yards and a wild touchdown, and explosive rookie Deebo Samuel. With his stout build and open-field abilities, Samuel is essentially a running back playing wideout, and he's now creating impact plays on a weekly basis. He's topped 75 yards in 3 of his last 5 games and has seemingly jumped Sanders, if only by a bit, atop the pecking order. All in all, this pass game is hard to trust for volume, and game flow sometimes robs them of fantasy opportunity. But there's individual upside all over this unit, and they could hardly ask for a better matchup than the slot-deficient Falcons. Kittle, Samuel, and Sanders are all set up for success against Atlanta's shallow secondary. The Falcons pass defense has taken small steps forward, but remains one of football's leakiest units. They're giving up a robust 7.9 yards per attempt and 271 a game, and 6 of their 13 opponents have topped 300. Some of those who fell short, like Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins, simply didn't need to throw much in big victories. If nothing else, they've benefited of late from the midseason turnaround in top cornerback Desmond Trufant. He's been instrumental in limiting the likes of Michael Thomas (48 yards), Mike Evans (50), and Curtis Samuel (25). But while outside receivers have seen a dip, it's been open season against the rest of this secondary. Tight ends and slot receivers continue to feast in this matchup, as seen in recent matchups with Chris Godwin (7 for 184 and 2 touchdowns), Tyler Lockett (6 for 100), and Jared Cook (9 for 159 over 2 games). It makes for a great outlook for Jimmy Garoppolo, who leans heavily on the explosive George Kittle and his slot playmakers. That effectively works against the Falcons' only real point of strength - Trufant on the outside - and sets up Garoppolo for one of his best matchups of the season.
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 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 | Kendrick Bourne leads team in receiving (Sun Dec 1, 09:52 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne finished with three receptions and a team-high 42 yards in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens. link to story
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