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San Francisco vs Seattle
The 49ers offense continues to underachieve on the limited arm of Jimmy Garoppolo. There’s no telling how Trey Lance would fare under center right now, but this attack does sputter when Garoppolo is forced to create too much with his arm. It was at least encouraging to see him lean on talented weapons Deebo Samuel and George Kittle for clutch completions on their final drive. Samuel has been sensational to open the year, with 334 yards on a 31% target share, and his versatile skill set is key for coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme. Kittle broke out of his shell Sunday with a 39-yard catch-and-run that may have kickstarted one of his multi-week hot stretches. Beyond them, production is spotty in this run-first offense, especially while Brandon Aiyuk bounces in and out of the game plan. But all involved parties match up nicely in a soft date with the Seahawks, so just about everyone is fantasy-relevant.
The Seahawks are simply overdue for a talent injection into their pass defense. This is virtually the same group that was scorched throughout 2020 for 301 yards a game, and little has changed to open 2021. They’ve given up an average of 307 thus far, with opposing passers completing 75% of their throws. That shows a unit that’s devoted to allowing gobs of completions on the short and intermediate levels in the hopes of erasing the deep ball. To a degree, that’s worked out well, with just 4 deep completions (15+ yards downfield) allowed thus far. But cornerbacks Tre Flowers and D.J. Reed are deficient when asked to cover, and talented wide receivers like Julio Jones (6 for 128) and Justin Jefferson (9 for 118 and 1 touchdown) have found the cracks and taken advantage. There’s not much safety help downfield, with Jamal Adams focused more on box support and shadowing tight ends. The 49ers aren’t a downfield-oriented team, but coach Kyle Shanahan will surely adapt to take advantage of this passive matchup.
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