Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 1/30/22 11:50 PM

Aiyuk hauled in four of eight targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams.
EDGE Analysis
Aiyuk bounced back from a zero-touch outing in the 49ers' win over the Packers in the divisional round, finishing first in targets and second in receiving behind Deebo Samuel (4-72-1). The 23-year-old finished the regular season with roughly the same amount of production (843 combined yards and five TDs) as we saw in his rookie year (825 combined yards and seven TDs). It is worth noting that a good portion of those stats came in the second half after he worked his way out of Kyle Shanahan's doghouse to begin the year. Deebo Samuel and George Kittle are the proven superstars on this offense, but Aiyuk has the YAC ability to post some meaningful fantasy lines in 2022 if he can carry over his late-season momentum, especially if Trey Lance takes over as starting quarterback and opens up what was a limited game plan under Jimmy Garoppolo.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 1/23/22 1:15 AM

Aiyuk was held without a carry or reception while receiving one target in Saturday's 13-10 win over Green Bay.
EDGE Analysis
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.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 1/16/22 10:22 PM

Aiyuk caught five of six targets for 66 yards in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Cowboys in the wild-card round.
EDGE Analysis
The second-year wideout was Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target on the afternoon, leading the 49ers in catches, targets and receiving yards as the team mostly kept the ball on the ground. With Garoppolo still nursing a thumb injury, that formula isn't likely to change next weekend in the divisional round against the Packers, so Aiyuk will likely need to score to make a big fantasy splash.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 1/9/22 10:44 PM

Aiyuk caught six of seven targets for 107 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Rams.
EDGE Analysis
Aiyuk played a key role in the passing game for the 49ers, delivering on a couple of big plays at the end of the first half and also in overtime to help San Francisco secure a playoff berth. The 23-year-old began his sophomore campaign in the doghouse, but he finished strong with 68.5 receiving yards per game and four touchdowns over the last 10 games of the season. Aiyuk didn't deliver on his sleeper status in 2021, but he may get another chance come draft season following his strong finish to the regular season. As for the remainder of this season, Aiyuk will play an integral role in the passing attack when the 49ers face the Cowboys next week.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 1/2/22 9:15 PM

Aiyuk corralled four of six targets for 94 yards in Sunday's 23-7 win over the Texans.
EDGE Analysis
Aiyuk collected 94 of rookie Trey Lance's 249 passing yards, most of which came in the second half of the contest. Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell (knee) were the recipients of Lance's two touchdown throws, but Aiyuk set up both scores with big chunk plays between the 20s. The rookie quarterback was inconsistent at times, but he eventually got the ball into most of his playmakers' hands. Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) is considered questionable for the team's Week 18 finale against the Rams, but Aiyuk will retain modest fantasy value with either of San Francisco's potential starting quarterbacks.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Fri 12/24/21 12:04 AM

Aiyuk brought in four of five targets for 40 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for 12 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night.
EDGE Analysis
Aiyuk would have had a pedestrian fantasy night overall had it not been for his two-yard game-tying touchdown grab with 2:20 remaining. The second-year wideout has now compiled 55 receiving yards or less in three of his past four games, although he does now have a touchdown in two straight contests. Aiyuk's next opportunity to build up his numbers comes in a Week 17 home matchup against the Texans a week from Sunday.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 12/19/21 9:59 PM

Aiyuk had one reception (two targets) for 36 yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Falcons.
EDGE Analysis
Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel (4-60-0) appeared to flip their recent roles in the pass game, with the latter maintaining his role as a backfield threat (6-29-1 rushing). At least Aiyuk was able to break off his lone touch for 36 yards one week after putting his YAC skills on display with a game-ending touchdown in overtime against the Bengals. Despite the low output Sunday, the 23-year-old remains a fantasy-relevant option with averages of 4.1 receptions and 63.4 yards with three total touchdowns over his last seven contests. The 49ers will take on the Titans, who currently surrender the 31st-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this year, on Thursday.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 12/12/21 10:54 PM

Aiyuk caught six of 11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over the Bengals.
EDGE Analysis
He also gained four yards on his only carry. With Elijah Mitchell (concussion) sidelined and Deebo Samuel seeing most of his work out of the backfield again, Aiyuk was the Niners' top wideout, and he wound up scoring the winning TD on a 12-yard catch-and-run in overtime. The second-year player has topped 50 receiving yards in four straight games, posting a 19-293-2 line on 30 targets over that stretch, and he figures to have a prominent role again in Week 15 against the Falcons.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Sun 12/5/21 11:47 PM

Aiyuk caught three of six targets for 55 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Seahawks.
EDGE Analysis
While he posted decent numbers, Aiyuk wasn't able to take advantage of the absence of Deebo Samuel (groin) to have a breakout, as instead George Kittle was the one who put together a monster performance. Aiyuk has compiled a 29-391-2 line on 38 targets over the last six games, giving him a fairly solid floor heading into a Week 14 tilt against the Bengals.

Brandon Aiyuk
WR SF (9)
Fri 12/3/21 6:54 PM

Aiyuk should be headed for a key role in the 49ers' passing game with fellow wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) ruled out for Sunday's contest in Seattle, Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
EDGE Analysis
In addition to the opportunity for added targets, Aiyuk seems to be on the same page with head coach Kyle Shanahan, with both agreeing that the wideout has come a long way since he was reduced to a part-time role sharing snaps with Trent Sherfield early in the season. Samuel's absence for Week 13 (and possibly Week 14) leaves Aiyuk and tight end George Kittle as the far-and-away top options for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has led the team to three straight wins while attempting 26 or fewer passes in each game. Aiyuk has done much better of late even with Samuel and Kittle competing for Garoppolo's attention, averaging 4.6 catches for 67.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns on 6.4 targets per game in Weeks 8 through 12.