We are 24 days away from the start of San Francisco 49ers training camp, and 39 days away from their first preseason game. That means fantasy football drafts are fast approaching for most people. Most single year and keeper leagues do drafts in the latter part of August, but plenty of people are getting going in the coming weeks.
One interesting type of league is best ball. You draft a roster of players, but rather than starting a set lineup, all of your players are in play. The highest scoring players are the ones you get points for, similar to best ball in golf.
I was chatting with a fantasy writer online after he posted this look at some average draft positions for 49ers receivers. He focused on Pierre Garçon, Aldrick Robinson, and Jeremy Kerley. Garçon shows up early on, while Robinson and Kerley are further down the pack. I asked him why he was intrigued by Robinson, and he pointed to his familiarity with Kyle Shanahan’s system, the work he did at times in place of Julio Jones (5 receptions, 111 yards in Week 15), and a wide open receiver corps in San Francisco.
Robinson has some deep, deep value in bigger leagues, but I think Marquise Goodwin is the more intriguing option. Goodwin and Kerley are going in similar positions right now, in the 225 to 227 overall range. That kind of range means you’re talking leagues with 14 or 16 teams and deep rosters.
When draft season rolls around, I won’t be investing much in 49ers players. Kerley holds some PPR value, but Goodwin is an intriguing flier way down at the end. He’s got more speed than virtually anybody in the NFL, and he’s getting a chance to work with a great offensive mind. After seeing what Shanahan did with Taylor Gabriel’s speed last year, maybe something big happens. I’m tempted to use a pick in the last couple rounds on him, and if he’s slow out of the gates, he can be waiver fodder if a notable option emerges on waivers.
Do any sleepers jump out at you on the 49ers roster?