How to Treat 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target

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The 49ers almost got to the Super Bowl last season with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, so maybe the team as a whole gets a boost from him taking over for the injured Trey Lance.

Should fantasy owners take note of Garoppolo?

Our experts weight in below on whether you should go out of your way on the waiver wire this week to roster Jimmy G.

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Sean Koerner: Garoppolo produces very little fantasy value with his legs and the 49ers can opt for run-heavy game plans at times. He's nothing more than a low-end QB2 who can offer some spiked weeks in the right matchup.

However, with Jimmy G taking over for Trey Lance under center for the rest of the season it raises the value of Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle due to the overall passing volume of the 49ers offense likely going up.

Samantha Previte: Garoppolo is the best and obvious replacement for managers who lost Trey Lance, who suffered a season-ending right ankle fracture during the second drive of the 49ers' win over the Seahawks.

Garoppolo completed 13 of 21 attempts for 154 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and tacked on four rushing attempts for five yards and a touchdown. The 30-year-old was the QB18 last season with 15 starts; he had his best season in 2019 during San Francisco's Super Bowl run, in which he finished as the QB14.

He is currently the QB12 for Week 2 with two games left to play. Garoppolo should be a QB2 with fringe QB1 upside in the right matchups.

Chris Raybon: Jimmy G. is a better real-life QB than fantasy QB. He averaged just 29.4 pass attempts per game last season.

Garoppolo will be a startable QB2 in the right matchups, but he is unlikely to enter the QB1 streamer discussion often.

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