If you have a fantasy football bench of six players or less you can safely drop San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who was targeted just once in the Niners loss to the Vikings. Goodwin did not catch the one ball thrown his way by Jimmy Garoppolo and he suffered a quad injury in the game. Here is Marquise Goodwin Deshaun Watson fantasy football advice ahead of Week 2 of the season.
“He tried to go hard but it was tough for him to run,” Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan told The Mercury News.
Goodwin is expected to suit up for San Francisco’s next game against the Detroit Lions but he is no longer anything close to the Niners No. 1 WR many expected him to be heading into the season.
In truth, whomever emerges as the 49ers No. 1 receiver might not deserve much fantasy consideration. Tight end George Kittle was Garoppolo’s top target in the team’s first game of the season, as Jimmy G looked his way nine times. He also looked in the direction of Trent Taylor and Pierre Garcon six times. Rookie WR Dante Pettis wound up the team’s second leading receiver on the day, grabbing 61 yards worth of receiving and a touchdown on two catches. The Niners will also see some relatively rugged defenses coming up in the Lions, Chiefs and Chargers.
Week 1 in fantasy football is famous for overreactions. One of the biggest overreactions coming out of Week 1 is that Texans QB Deshaun Watson may be overhyped as New England completely shut him down.
Calm down, Watson owners. The Patriots defense is lined up to be much improved this season as they got their best player back Sunday in linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Also, the Patriots de facto defensive coordinator now that Matt Patricia is in Detroit is … you guessed it, Bill Belchick. Belichick is famous for giving his assistants a lot of say, so we could see a return to Belichick flat-out running a defense now that Patricia is gone. Translation: Watson may have gone 1-on-1 against the greatest defensive mind in NFL history Sunday.
Thankfully for Watson, the Texans’ schedule eases up in a hurry in the next few weeks. Houston’s next four games look like this: home against the Giants, on the road against the Colts, home for the Cowboys, and home for the Bills. That’s literally as easy as it gets.
Also, Watson appeared to be banged up after his Hail Mary at the end of the Patriots game. He is fine.
Start him this Sunday and the following three Sundays.