It’s still the team-building stretch of the fantasy season, which means players you add now could end up being contributors the rest of the way.
While many are scrambling to add the Mohamed Sanus and Chris Hogans of the world, it still remains unclear if any San Francisco 49ers — outside of running back Carlos Hyde — will emerge as a viable fantasy option.
Blaine Gabbert might be worth a speculative add in two-quarterback leads, and NaVorro Bowman is a must-own in leagues that have IDP spots. But what about traditional players?
Some experts before the season selected Vance McDonald as a possible sleeper pick, but I can’t see him getting the targets to make him worth an add when there are so many other options with real upside. Torrey Smith was drafted by a lot of people who haven’t watched football in a few years, but a deep threat in a Blaine Gabbert offense seems like a poor investment.
That leaves the team with few real fantasy options — possibly the fewest of any team in the NFL.
But there are a couple players who could be worth introducing to your team if you’re in a particularly deep league: wide receivers Quinton Patton and Jeremy Kerley.
Patton caught all five of his targets in Week 1
for 60 yards. Kerley made seven receptions for 61 yards and emerged as Gabbert’s favorite person to throw to with 11 targets. They also were close to Smith in terms of snap count.
Adding either one of these guys is reserved for the truly Faithful, but if you’re one who likes to infuse your local team into your fantasy squad, they might be your only options if you whiffed on Hyde in the draft.
Or you could just add some Raiders before they take off for Las Vegas.