Fantasy football: 49ers’ Week 2 outlook at New York Jets

SANTA CLARA – Here is how I see the 49ers’ fantasy football stats for Sunday’s visit to the New York Jets:

Tight end George Kittle: Sit him

Projected stats: 0

Kittle is already ruled out. He only missed three games his first three seasons, and the 49ers hope he returns in Week 3 at the New York Giants.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel: Sit him

Projected stats: 0

Samuel went on injured reserve last Saturday and is out through Week 3.

Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk: Start him

Projected stats: 7 catches, 105 yards, 1 TD

Too big a prediction? The first-round draft pick debuts in grand fashion, a month after his left hamstring did not agree with a deep route. So begins a stellar career.

Tight end Jordan Reed: Start him

Projected stats: 5 catches, 56 yards, 1 TD

Kittle is out, and that will give Reed more opportunities, if only coaches finally are willing to do so.

Tight end Ross Dwelley: Sit him

Projected stats: 3 catches, 24 yards

Dwelley stepped up last year when Kittle was out, totaling 12 of his 15 catches last season during a three-game, midseason stretch. If you’re desperate for a tight end, take a flier on him.

Running back Raheem Mostert: Start him

Projected stats: 20 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD

Last week’s 76-yard touchdown reception made him fantasy gold, but the 49ers only need his ground game this week to kill the clock against the Jets.

Running back Jerick McKinnon: Start him

Projected stats: 75 all-purpose yards

He scored a go-ahead touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of his long-awaited 49ers debut, so he has Garoppolo’s trust, and that is worth posting him in your RB3 or flex role against a generous defense.

Running back Tevin Coleman: Sit him

Projected stats: 6 carries, 25 yards

Smoky air contributed to his limited use in the opener, and the 49ers may mix him in more, but not enough to warrant a fantasy start.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo: Start him

Projected stats: 225 passing yards, 3 TDs

He put up respectable stats last week (259 yards, 2 TDs) that weren’t far off my prediction (225 yards, 3 TDs), but with too much uncertainty at wide receiver, check back in Week 3.

Wide receiver Trent Taylor: Sit him

Projected stats: 4 catches, 45 yards

Garoppolo trusted him enough for his final, fourth-down target last game, albeit an incomplete throw that came late. Taylor’s second game since 2018 should go better and is worth a flier if needed for your roster.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne: Sit him

Projected stats: 4 catches, 46 yards

Bourne’s biggest backer is Kyle Shanahan – which wasn’t the case four years ago – and he got in position to score the winning touchdown last game if Garoppolo’s throw was not late. Don’t cut him from your roster, yet, unless Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel (once off IR) steal his targets.

Kicker Robbie Gould: Start him

Projected stats: 3 field goals, 3 extra points

Gould is three field goals shy from his 100th for the 49ers, after knocking through 276 for the Chicago Bears. Only six other NFL kickers have hit the 200/100 club with two teams.

Defense: Start them

Projected stats: 6 sacks, 3 takeaways

The Jets make for much better prey than the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, and because you likely drafted the 49ers in the upper echelon of defense, time to play ’em.

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