No. 2: Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin
There’s realistically only one 49ers fantasy football option at wide receiver, Marquise Goodwin.
Goodwin was one of the hotter commodities in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this year. But that was when San Francisco’s expectation level was sky high on offense, made so by the promise of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
But Garoppolo (ACL) is out for the year, and it’s Beathard’s turn. Not exactly the idealist of scenarios for Goodwin owners, which probably explains why he’s now owned in just 61.5 percent of ESPN PPR leagues.
The good news for both Goodwin, owners or waiver-wire seekers is Goodwin is healthy. And the Niners offense is infinitely better with him in the lineup.
Goodwin’s speed makes him a legitimate threat. Beathard, despite his issues, has shown the ability to hit the deep target. His rapport with Goodwin isn’t terrible and was something the two established during Beathard’s rookie 2017 season.
The Cardinals have allowed 145.12 fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but that number is skewed by the number of times they’ve fallen behind early in games, therefore opening up opponents’ rushing attacks to chew up clock.
But if Goodwin is available or on your bench, don’t be afraid to slot him in as a WR2 or FLEX option if you need it, banking on the hope Beathard connects with him for yet another one of those big plays against a suspect Arizona defense.