News: 3 days agoAiyuk was held without a carry or reception while receiving one target in Saturday's 13-10 win over Green Bay.
Spin: This was a slogging and treacherous contest as both teams battled a combination of great defensive play and the freezing elements of Lambeau Field. Aiyuk was one of the first wideouts to be targeted by Jimmy Garoppolo in the opening offensive drive of the game, but the wideout had the ball knocked loose on what was initially ruled a catch and fumble. The 23-year-old was not targeted for the remainder of the game, but that likely had more to do with Garoppolo's (thumb/shoulder) lackluster play. With next week's tilt being played either in Los Angeles or in the usually warm Tampa Bay climate, Aiyuk could be in line for a bounce-back performance while also possibly carrying a sleeper price tag in DFS formats after this week's zero burger.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: The 2020 49ers' offense was so overwhelmed with injuries that Aiyuk - a rookie - missed four games and still finished first among the team's non-linemen in offensive snaps. Seriously. Aiyuk posted a 60-748-5 receiving line and added 77 yards and two TDs on six carries during 12 active weeks, which was enough for the ninth-most fantasy points among WRs during that span. Aiyuk, who averaged 12.6 targets per game during a five-game stretch late in the season, may see a dip in usage with Deebo Samuel and George Kittle (among others) now healthy, but the 2020 first-round pick certainly looked the part as a rookie. Consider him a WR3 with upside.