News: 4 days agoAiyuk caught his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 31-7 NFC Championship Game loss to the Eagles.
Spin: The 49ers suffered injuries to both of its active quarterbacks in this crushing playoff loss, resulting in down receiving games for Aiyuk and the rest of the receiving unit. It was a salty finish to a positive season for the 24-year-old, who set new career highs in receptions (78), receiving yards (1,015) and touchdowns (eight). Aiyuk will enter the final year of his rookie contract looking to build off of the strides he made in 2022.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Aiyuk enters 2022 off a bit of a bizarre campaignin which he fell out of favor with -- and was essentially benched by -- coach Kyle Shanahan before eventually emerging as the team's de facto No. 1 wide receiver. During Weeks 1-7, Aiyuk averaged 2.7 targets per game, but that jumped to 6.2 during his final 11 outings and he was 24th in fantasy points during the stretch. The 2020 first-round pick has finished exactly 35th in fantasy points during each of his first two seasons, but with Deebo Samuel now playing a hybrid RB/WR role, Aiyuk should be all but cemented into a substantial role. The 49ers' QB change to Trey Lance adds some uncertainty, but also some upside. Aiyuk, who was top 10 in yards per target and RAC last season, is a flex option.