News: 1 day agoGaroppolo (calf) is participating in the start of Monday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Spin: Garoppolo hasn't played since Week 4 due to a bruised right calf, but coming off of a bye it looks like he could be nearing a return to the field. Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Trey Lance (knee) was not spotted Monday, perhaps indicating that Garoppolo has the best chance to start Sunday's upcoming matchup against the Colts. It already was anticipated that coach Kyle Shanahan would name Garoppolo the starter, even in the event that both he and Lance are available Week 7.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Following yet another injury-plagued season, Garoppolo is no longer the quarterback of the future in San Francisco. The 49ers drafted Trey Lance with the third overall pick in April, which means it's only a matter of time until the 29-year-old incumbent is sent to the bench. Even if Garoppolo is under center to open 2021 (which is the expectation), there isn't much weekly fantasy appeal here. Back in 2019, Garoppolo appeared in all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career and ranked top-5 in pass TDs (27), completion rate (69%) and YPA (8.4). However, low pass volume (19th in attempts) and minimal rushing contributions allowed him a career-high 14th place finish in fantasy points. Garoppolo should only be drafted in two-QB leagues.