NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Recap: San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) walks off the field after a loss against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Aiyuk: 8 receptions, 83 yards, two touchdowns

Kyle Pitts: 3 receptions, 19 yards, one touchdown

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Avoid the Falcons' young backfield: Atlanta's running backs were held under 60 offensive yards each despite the team’s emphasis on the run.

  • Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley ran the ball 15-plus times, but neither player saw a target in the passing game.
  • Avery Williams was also involved, tallying two carries and one target. Williams is typically the two-minute-drill back, but that wasn’t needed against the 49ers.
  • In the future, the game script typically won’t be as favorable as it was in this game.
  • Their matchup against the Bengals next week is not favorable for the Falcons' backs.
  • Damien Williams could come off injured reserve as early as this week and disrupt the rotation.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson could return after two more games.

Sell high on Kyle Pitts: The Falcons' star tight end scored a touchdown, but his playing time continues to decline.

  • He played only 10-of-14 snaps out of 11 personnel. He took a slight majority of snaps in two-tight end sets and rarely played in 21 personnel.
  • This left him on the field for most of the team’s passing plays but based on this usage, there will be more pass plays with him off the field in most games.
  • The Falcons have the easiest remaining schedule and better running backs getting healthier. We could see more games like this where they are running most of the game.
  • Pitts' 21.4% target rate and 1.36 yards per route run were the lowest since Week 2.

Consider benching Jeff Wilson Jr.: The 49ers starting running back was held to 25 yards on seven carries and didn’t catch his only target.

  • The game script played a role in Wilson’s low numbers, as the 49ers were playing from behind since the middle of the first quarter and Wilson is not their receiving back.
  • Tevin Coleman received significant playing time last week, but it didn’t seem as concerning because Wilson still ran 17 times.
  • Coleman received four carries today, which was much more concerning because Wilson didn’t necessarily need a rest.
  • Rookie Tyrion Davis-Price returned after missing a few weeks with injury. He played one offensive snap, and that number could be on the rise.
  • Wilson has only two more games as the starter before the 49ers' Week 9 bye. They are expected to get Elijah Mitchell back from injury at that point.
  • They play the Chiefs and Rams in the next two games — games that could have similar scripts as the game today.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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