News: 4 days agoAiyuk had one reception (two targets) for six yards in Sunday's 17-11 win over the Eagles.
Spin: Aiyuk returned to starting opposite Deebo Samuel after falling to fourth on the depth chart in Week 1. The 2020 first-round pick logged 54 percent of offensive snaps after being limited to just 30 percent last game. Despite the increase in playing time, Aiyuk didn't get much attention offensively. Head coach Kyle Shanahan claimed that Aiyuk's role reduction was due to a lingering hamstring injury, but the wideout has been a full participant in practices for two weeks now. It is unclear when Aiyuk will exit the "doghouse" and return to a prominent role on San Francisco's offense, but fantasy managers should definitely wait to deploy him until we see some evidence that he is truly back.
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.