How to treat 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo as a fantasy football waiver target
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The 49ers almost reached the Super Bowl last season with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, so maybe the team as a whole is getting a boost from him for the injured Trey Lance.
Should fantasy owners take note of Garoppolo?
Our experts break down whether you should go all out on the waiver wire this week to line up Jimmy G.
Sean Koerner: Garoppolo produces very little fantasy value with his legs, and the 49ers can go for heavy game plans at times. He’s nothing more than a low-end QB2 who can deliver a few enriched weeks in the right game.
However, with Jimmy G taking over for Trey Lance under center for the rest of the season, it increases the value of Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle due to the 49ers offense’s overall passing volume likely increasing. .
Samantha Previte: Garoppolo is the best and obvious replacement for the managers who lost Trey Lance, who suffered a season-ending fractured right ankle in the second practice of the 49ers’ win over the Seahawks.
Garoppolo completed 13 of 21 attempts for 154 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and fired four rushing attempts for five yards and a touchdown. The 30-year-old was QB18 last season with 15 starts; he had his best season in 2019 in the San Francisco Super Bowl, in which he finished as QB14.
He is currently the QB12 for Week 2 with two games left. Garoppolo should be a QB2 with upside-down QB1 bangs in the right matchups.
Chris Raybon: Jimmy G. is a better real QB than fantasy QB. He averaged just 29.4 pass attempts per game last season.
Garoppolo will be a starter QB2 in the right matchups, but he’s unlikely to come into the QB1 streamers’ discussion often.