The San Francisco 49ers offense was inconsistent at best in Week 1. Marquise Goodwin dropped a touchdown, Brian Hoyer threw a bad interception, and the play-calling at times left something to be desired. Of course, improvements across the board in those areas might not have been enough to overcome atrocious interior offensive line play.
It is no surprise that heading into the season the 49ers offensive skill position players were not high on most fantasy watch lists. And the same thing is likely to hold true as fantasy owners look at the waiver wire heading into Week 2. Running back Carlos Hyde is owned in 98 percent of leagues (I have no idea what is going on in the remaining two percent) and Pierre Garçon is owned in 88 percent of leagues.
After Hyde and Garçon, the next highest owned player in Yahoo! leagues is Brian Hoyer at 12 percent. He is followed by Marquise Goodwin at six percent, Matt Breida at four percent, and Joe Williams at three percent. The Williams is likely a mix of deep keeper leagues and owners asleep at the wheel.
Tight end George Kittle is owned in one percent of leagues, and I think we could see that number eventually rise, primarily in PPR leagues. For those who are unaware, PPR means point per reception. Kittle finished with only 27 receiving yards on Sunday, but he also had five receptions. Seven points is not a monster performance, but for his debut, that’s not too bad.
Kittle is going to get a lot of looks this year, and the poor offensive line play could open up even more options for short dump-off plays. I don’t think we will see Kittle in the end zone too much, but he’s going to catch a lot of passes this season. Most teams likely are settled at tight end, but at the very least, I think he develops into a great bye week option for PPR leagues.