Fantasy football: Four 49ers who are hidden-gem value picks for 2020

Jalen Hurd #17 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Jerick McKinnon, 49ers
Jerick McKinnon #28 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

Fantasy Football Gem No. 3: 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon

If Coleman in the eighth round isn’t exciting enough running back pick for you, then maybe Jerick McKinnon will be. All of the same reasons why Coleman is a value applied to McKinnon as well, but at a significantly lower price, since according to FantasyPros he is on average the 288th player drafted.

That’s essentially undrafted, meaning you can have McKinnon for basically free in the average fantasy league if you want.

McKinnon’s tenure with the 49ers has been disappointing, to say the least. After some promising stretches with the Minnesota Vikings, McKinnon became one of the first major free-agent signings of the Kyle Shanahan era. But he has not seen the field for a regular-season game since becoming a 49er due to injury.

However, McKinnon may be finally healthy this offseason, and perhaps this will be his chance to step on the field in the red and gold. Shanahan brought him in for a reason. He may be the superior pass-catcher out of all the running backs on the Niners. If McKinnon can return to form, perhaps Shanahan makes him the guy he signed him to be, especially if Mostert leaves the team.

If that happens, McKinnon could be a top fantasy option. Considering that he is going for basically nothing in most leagues, that high potential makes McKinnon a must sign. I know he will be on most of my fantasy teams.

Don’t worry, I won’t make you sit through reading why the same logic that applies to McKinnon and Coleman applies to Jeff Wilson Jr. as well. Although, if you really want to impress your friends with a player who comes out of nowhere and has a big fantasy week, Jeff Wilson Jr. has certainly shown he is capable of that.