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San Francisco 49ers offseason wish list for fantasy

Oct 22, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon (15) warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers may have pulled one of the biggest heists in NFL history in trading their 2018 second-round pick for a new franchise quarterback midway through the 2017 season. The team finished 6-10, including a five-game win streak to end the year.

The toast of the town heading into 2018 is that new quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. He averaged 308 passing yards in his five starts, throwing seven touchdowns and running for another. This was despite missing his top receiver, Pierre Garcon, and having to learn a complex Kyle Shanahan offense midseason. The sky is truly the fantasy limit for Garoppolo with a full offseason to prepare. The team can also do plenty to help him out, as they hold a top-10 pick in the NFL draft and have the second-most salary cap space available. The team needs to address running back as Carlos Hyde is a free agent. There is also a need for a long-term solution at WR1, since Garcon is in his 30s.

Three additions we want to see for fantasy

Sammy Watkins, WR: Watkins has already made the transition to the west coast, but a move north would be a boon to his fantasy value. Shanahan has famously propped up his alpha receivers throughout his career and Watkins has never see elite target volume. This pairing would get Watkins’ career back on track and provide the 49ers new franchise quarterback with an elite playmaker.

Saquon Barkley, RB: Barkley might not last until the ninth or 10th pick (the 49ers pick is subject to a coin flip), but if he does, the dynamic all-around back would be a home-run selection for fantasy purposes. Hyde saw 88 targets despite never being viewed as a dangerous receiving back. Barkley could command elite touch volume (the 49ers targeted backs 166 times in 2017) and have immense fantasy upside as a rookie on a team that looks to make large strides in the win column in 2018.

Pierre Garcon to return healthy: Garcon was on pace for his third 1,000-yard season before getting injured halfway through the 2017 season. Highly effective even at age 31, Garcon could enjoy a late-career fantasy resurgence, especially if the team brings in a younger WR1 to demand the attention of the opposition’s top talent.

PFF Fantasy's offseason wish list calendar
AFC NFC
East East
Buffalo Bills Feb. 8 Dallas Cowboys Feb. 12
Miami Dolphins Feb. 17 New York Giants Feb. 20
New England Patriots Feb. 19 Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 21
New York Jets Feb. 20 Washington Redskins Feb. 25
North North
Baltimore Ravens Feb. 8 Chicago Bears Feb. 9
Cincinnati Bengals Feb. 10 Detroit Lions Feb. 13
Cleveland Browns Feb. 11 Green Bay Packers Feb. 13
Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 22 Minnesota Vikings Feb. 18
South South
Houston Texans Feb. 14 Atlanta Falcons Feb. 7
Indianapolis Colts Feb. 14 Carolina Panthers Feb. 9
Jacksonville Jaguars Feb. 15 New Orleans Saints Feb. 19
Tennessee Titans Feb. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Feb. 23
West West
Denver Broncos Feb. 12 Arizona Cardinals Feb. 7
Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 15 Los Angeles Rams Feb. 16
Los Angeles Chargers Feb. 16 San Francisco 49ers Feb. 22
Oakland Raiders Feb. 21 Seattle Seahawks Feb. 23
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