Brandon Aiyuk an 'excellent accomplice' for 49ers' Trey Lance
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk "has the makings of an excellent accomplice" for rookie quarterback Trey Lance, writes Matt Barrows of The Athletic.
Lance has a bigger arm and is a more skilled downfield thrower than Jimmy Garoppolo, which Barrows believes will bode well for Aiyuk. Last year's first-round pick led the 49ers with 12 targets of 20-plus yards downfield, and he caught 5 of them for 165 yards. His average depth of target (9.9 yards) was third on the 49ers. Aiyuk also finished with a team-best 748 receiving yards in 12 games.
Aiyuk is currently the WR29 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 123.9 targets, 77.6 receptions, 957.4 yards, and 6.4 touchdowns in his second season. He is projected for the second-most targets on the 49ers behind George Kittle (140.7).
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