Fantasy Football: 5 San Francisco 49ers Sleeper Picks for Your 2016 Team
By Peter Panacy
Yes, fantasy football is just around the corner, which means NFL owners are gearing up for another exciting season in 2016. The San Francisco 49ers may not have a lot of favorable fantasy targets, but let’s break down five sleeper picks worth eyeballing in your fantasy draft this year.
Ahh, fantasy football is finally upon us. We can finally start the arduous process of going over stat projections, experts’ rankings, fantasy profiles and all the other intricate little details in advance of a fantasy draft.
Unless you’re pretty new to this — and also haven’t been following the NFL much either — you’re probably well aware the San Francisco 49ers won’t have too many ideal fantasy targets in 2016.
After all, the Niners are coming off a 5-11 season a year ago and ranked dead last on offense with just 238 points scored. And the 49ers defense also gave up the 29th most yards as well.
Simply put, there aren’t exactly a lot of fantasy points to go around when evaluating this team. But what if we told you there were some sleeper picks on San Francisco’s roster — guys worth targeting with a late-round fantasy pick or, perhaps, a waiver-wire pickup?
That’s more realistic.
No, we’re not going to focus on some of the big names on the 49ers roster. Running back Carlos Hyde, who may be the Niners’ best fantasy option overall, wide receiver Torrey Smith or quarterback Colin Kaepernick/Blaine Gabbert (pick one) aren’t sleepers.
Although I don’t know if I’d go anywhere near a 49ers QB until someone proves worthy after a few weeks.
Instead, let’s take a look at five sleepers worth eyeballing during your fantasy draft and on the waiver wire.
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