NFL Franchise Exit Report: SF 49ERS

By: Little Italy (Publisher)

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Division: NFC West

2020 Finish: 21st

Record: (6-10)

2021 First RD Draft Pick: 12th

What went Right in 2020?

For this Shanahan offense, the main thing that went right was the rushing attack. This should come as no surprise to anyone, as historically his offense always produces a top rushing attack. However, for fantasy we would like to see that production limited to just two backs, as was the case in Atlanta when he was the OC. During that stint in Atlanta, Shanahan had a solid starting back in Devonta Freeman with Tevin Coleman rotating in. Here in SF we have seen four backs shine at times, whether it be game plan or an injury dictating the move. Another big positive coming out of this club in 2020 was the emergence of rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. Entering the 2020 season, Aiyuk was not really being talked about much in fantasy circles, but he really made a statement by season’s end stepping in and making an impact. In 12 games played, Aiyuk averaged a very healthy 5 receptions and 62.3 receiving yards per game, which is remarkable for a rookie wide out to do with the lack of offseason entering the year. Another thing that makes this Aiyuk mini breakout remarkable is the fact that he did it without a true starting quarterback.

What Needs to Improve in 2021?

The main area this team needs to improve upon is on the injury front. This SF team was riddled at every position with serious injury. Tight end George Kittle missed most the season injured, as did star wide out Deebo Samuel, and sophomore pass rusher Nick Bosa, who missed the season with a serious injury. The other big area that needs improved for this team to get back to that Super Bowl contender we saw in 2019 is at the QB position. Jimmy Garoppolo just is not the right man to be under center in this offense, and I do not feel Mullens or Rosen are either. For this offense to fully flourish as a Shanahan offense should, with the weapons this team has, we need a QB change in 2021. There has been talks of Sam Darnold possibly being traded here, which in my opinion would be a step in the right direction in making these receiving weapons very good fantasy assets. Next time I will dive into the Franchise Exit Report for the LA Chargers.