QB Jimmy Garoppolo - San Francisco 49ers
|6-2, 226||Born: 11-2-1991||College: Eastern Illinois||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
Week 11: vs Arizona Cardinals - $8000
FBG says: Great matchup. The San Francisco 49ers are in a tough situation here in week 11, as they may be without their top two pass-catchers for this game against the Arizona Cardinals. Tight end George Kittle missed last week's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to knee and ankle injuries stemming from an ugly hit he took two weeks ago. In Kittle's absence last week, Rob Dwelley stepped into the starting role, playing 90-percent of offensive snaps and commanding 7 targets throughout the game against Seattle. If Kittle is unable to suit up this weekend, expect Dwelley to thrive as the team's starter in an elite matchup with the Cardinals' porous pass defense. Next, at wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders also left last week's game due to a rib cartilage injury that has him slated to be a game-time decision this weekend. In his absence, rookie Deebo Samuel stepped up and tallied 8 catches for 112 yards on 11 targets on the day. Should Sanders miss out on week 11's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, Samuel should be in line for another high-volume day through the air. Elsewhere in the receiving corps, the 49ers struggled mightily with drops. Kendrick Bourne led all other receivers in volume, with 8 targets on the day, but his untimely drops may have ultimately cost his team the game on Monday night, which may adversely affect his playing time going forward. Jimmy Garoppolo has been trending upwards in recent weeks, and a soft matchup against the Arizona Cardinals' pass defense here in week 11 should keep that going this week, even if his top-tier pass-catchers are unavailable for the game. Arizona's up-tempo offense maximizes not only their offense's scoring opportunities, but also their oppositions. This up-tempo attack has led to their pass defense defending the ninth-most pass attempts so far this season. Given the lack of pass-defending talent on Arizona's defense, this has led to some gaudy passing totals for their opposition, including at least 317 passing yards for 4 of their last 5 opponents. In the trenches, Chandler Jones is a one-man-wrecking crew. Jones leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks off the edge for the Cardinals this season, but aside from an aging Terrelle Suggs, he is getting little support elsewhere in the pass-rush. At the linebacker position, starters Jordan Hicks and Haason Reddick are especially poor pass-defenders. This weakness over the middle of the field has allowed opposing tight ends to have a field day against the Cardinals this year. The Cardinals rank dead-last in the NFL, allowing 21.4 DraftKings points per game to opposing tight ends in 2019. Then, in the secondary, veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has played in only four games this season due to a seven-game suspension to open the year, is questionable this weekend due to a calf injury. The Cardinals' pass defense is already one of the weakest in the NFL with Peterson on the field, and if they are forced to turn to Chris Jones, the backup, it will almost certainly get worse. Expect Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers' passing attack to have a field day once again against the Cardinals, just as they did two weeks ago.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Jimmy Garoppolo's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs SEA (24 / 46 / 248 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush - 11.02 points, $7800)
Going into details about all the random events that conspired both for and against Garoppolo in this game would make this blurb far too long. Suffice it to say, losing Emmanuel Sanders midway through the second quarter didn't help. George Kittle being injured didn't help. Losing your center for a few plays, and his backup blowing a block in the interim that causes a strip-sack fumble recovery touchdown...didn't help. The endless parade of awful drops by his receivers didn't help, especially the long-gain-turned-interception that Kenrdick Bourne volleyball set into the air for Quandre Diggs to pick off. Having said all that, Garoppolo benefitted from multiple dropped interceptions, an actual interception that was nullified by a ticky-tack defensive holding penalty, and bad injury luck also befalling Seahawks defenders. Stripping away all the randomness, if such a thing can be done, what the film shows was a reversion to his inconsistent form from earlier in the season once Emmanuel Sanders left the game. Before then, he was placing the ball perfectly on slants and making good decisions. Afterwards, the bad decisions, pinpoint inaccuracy, and general "not being on the same page" with his receivers rose from the grave.
2019 Week 9 vs ARI (28 / 37 / 317 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush - 28.88 points, $7600)
For the first time in a long time, Garoppolo showed a level of pinpoint accuracy we haven't seen since before his 2018 injury. This bit of renaissance was fully on display on all four of his touchdowns throws. On his first two touchdowns, he hit George Kittle in stride on a quick slant and hit Kendrick Bourne on a square-in through a tiny window. Putting the ball in a perfect spot on in-breaking routes has been a particular struggle for Garoppolo this season. On his final two touchdowns, he showed pinpoint accuracy on out-breaking routes, first to Emmanuel Sanders on a flat route out of the backfield, and then to Dante Pettis on a deep corner route. The latter, though wide open, may have actually been a better indicator of Garoppolo's performance because he had been consistently underthrowing those all season.
2019 Week 8 vs CAR (18 / 22 / 175 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 14 points, $7400)
With the 49ers' running game meeting minimal resistance, Garoppolo wasn't asked to do much. This was especially true in the second half, where he only threw five passes. That said, when called upon early, he delivered, and the two demerits on his stat sheet weren't as bad as what he's capable of sometimes. Garoppolo's first touchdown was a perfectly threaded pass between two defenders at the goal line. He also perfectly executed a shovel pass to Matt Breida and a screen pass to Tevin Coleman, both in the red zone. And on third downs, he went 4-for-5, converting a first down on all 4 completions. With respect to his interception and safety, the former was more of a great play by all-world linebacker Luke Kuechly (in coverage against George Kittle), while the latter resulted from a blown block by Justin Skule, who'll be returning to the bench when Joe Staley returns in the next week or two.
2019 Week 7 vs WAS (12 / 21 / 151 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush - 7.04 points, $7500)
Playing in a morass isn't conducive to fantasy output, but Garoppolo missed a couple of big opportunities nevertheless, mainly due to not adjusting properly for the wind. Going against the wind during the second and third quarter, Garoppolo a) floated a near-interception to George Kittle across the middle; b) tossed a softball to Kendrick Bourne on a quick slant that was also nearly intercepted; and c) threw an actual interception on an underthrown deep pass to Dante Pettis, who was wide open. Perhaps then it was overcompensation for wind when, in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo underthrew another deep touchdown -- this time to Bourne -- despite having a stiff breeze at his back. All of the above said, Garoppolo did move the chains via the pass when the 49ers absolutely needed it (usually to Kittle). He also used his legs more than usual, running for two first downs, and performing a Houdini-like sack escape early in the second quarter.
2019 Week 6 vs LAR (24 / 33 / 243 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 4 / 1 rush - 13.12 points, $7200)
Garoppolo played well despite constantly being under pressure from the Rams pass rush. His passing stats would have been much more impressive if not for Marquise Goodwin dropping a wide open deep touchdown and Tevin Coleman dropping a wide open goal line touchdown. That said, both throws were perfect examples of the "general vs. pinpoint accuracy" phenomenon that's been getting chronicled in these recaps all season. Both were thrown accurately enough for Goodwin and Coleman to make the catches, but at the same time required them to make a pair of physically awkard catch attempts rather than ones in stride. Arguably, these two throws were as bad or worse than his red zone interception, as that one was more of a bad decision than a bad pass. Also concerning with respect to situational awareness, he lost a fumble midway through the fourth quarter due to lackadaisical ball security, thereby giving the Rams life when they were pretty much dead.
2019 Week 5 vs CLE (20 / 29 / 181 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush - 14.94 points, $7200)
With a clear run-based game plan that found success early and often, Garoppolo wasn't tested much in this game. From a game film perspective, he did show improvement on a couple of things that have been mentioned in this space previously. First, as evidenced on both Matt Breida's receiving touchdown and Dante Pettis' dropped would-be touchdown, Garoppolo displayed pinpoint accuracy on in-breaking routes that he's been throwing behind receivers all season. Second, the risks he took throwing into coverage were far less risky than in previous weeks. No lofting it into triple coverage off his back foot; no throwing late and high across the middle; and so on.
2019 Week 3 vs PIT (23 / 32 / 277 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 3 / 0 rush - 11.38 points, $7200)
Garoppolo played a better game than the box score would have one believe. Both of his interceptions were on tipped balls. The absence of left tackle Joe Staley led to more pressure than he usually receives, but Garoppolo handled it with aplomb, repeatedly escaping sacks. He would have thrown for over 300 yards if not for a Deebo Samuel drop deep downfield in the third quarter.
2019 Week 2 vs CIN (17 / 25 / 297 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush - 23.68 points, $7000)
Garoppolo's stats may have rebounded back to above-average against Cincinnati, but his non-box score performance did not. He can thank Kyle Shanahan's play design and play-calling for many of his long gainers, what with 49ers receivers running wide-open all over the field, and Bengals tacklers repeatedly engaging in defensive indifference. He also repeated many of his Week 1 mistakes, i.e., throwing behind receivers rather than hitting them in stride, as well as making incredibly ill-advised throws into double-(or triple-) coverage. Throwing for 297/3/1 was just about the floor of what Cincinnati offered up for the taking.
2019 Week 1 vs TB (18 / 27 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush - 11.44 points, $7200)
Garoppolo's pick six may have been more of a great defensive play than a bad throw, but there were still plenty of bad throws to go around. Matt Waldman likes to distinguish between general accuracy and pinpoint accuracy. Garoppolo completely missed a couple times, but the vast majority of his errant throws were examples of pinpoint inaccuracy. No fewer than five times, Garoppolo had a situation in which throwing to his receiver in stride would have led to huge yardage, but he threw it to either the back hip or the back shoulder. One of the only times -- if not the only time -- he did not mess this up, he hit Richie James in stride deep downfield for a 39-yard touchdown.
Latest News49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo tosses 248 yards, TD (Tue Nov 12, 12:46 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 24-of-46 passes for 248 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks. link to story 49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo haunts Arizona's defense on TNF (Fri Nov 1, 01:19 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 28 of his 37 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9. Our View: Garoppolo had his best game as a pro in this one. He was maneuvering well in the pocket and finding the open receiver under pressure. The bottom line here might be to keep starting quarterbacks against Arizona (Jameis Winston next week), but Garoppolo now has momentum for the Monday night showdown with the Seahawks.
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