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

Fantasy Football Gem No. 1: 49ers WR Jalen Hurd

Now we come to the portion of this article I was almost too scared to write because I don’t want my fantasy league mates to know how highly I think of his fantasy value. But ultimately, I decided that my integrity as a sports blogger outweighs my competitive drive as a fantasy player.

The final player on this list of 49er fantasy values is wide receiver Jalen Hurd.

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Hurd was a third-round pick for San Francisco in the 2019 NFL Draft. A hybrid, versatile player, Hurd played both receiver and running back in college. Hurd fits the mold of versatile, Swiss Army knife players Shanahan loves. Hurd was dominant in the 49ers’ first preseason game last year, catching two touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also injured his back in that same game, and that injury kept him out for the entire 2019 NFL season.

Hurd was by far the biggest what-if of the 2019 NFL season. However, rumors were that Hurd was dominating in training camp before his injury, and it is possible that Shanahan intended him to play the role of a versatile, receiver/runner Samuel filled that season.

Hurd certainly has all of the ability to play that role with success.

Now, with Samuel’s injury, Hurd may have a chance to retake that role. If he does, he will be a fantasy superstar. His possible value for the 49ers passing and rushing game is astronomical. Considering that he is virtually undrafted in the majority of fantasy leagues according to FantasyPros, that potential is worth gambling on. I know I’ll be drafting him to see if he can become what Shanahan drafted him to be.

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All of the players discussed here are going late, or not at all in the average fantasy draft. Yet, due to their ability, and or circumstances surrounding other players at their position, they all have chances of being viable fantasy options this season. Because of that, they should be worth a look in your fantasy football drafts. I know I’ll be keeping an eye on them.