When the Niners quarterback tore his ACL on Sunday afternoon against Kansas City, fantasy football owners across the nation immediately burst into flames. It’s now time to find a way to replace Jimmy G.
Anytime a player goes down with a season ending injury, you just feel downright awful for the guy. Yes, even if he’s a dreaded division rival, no one likes to see a guy get injured.
After riding the bench and learning behind one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Tom Brady, Garoppolo was due to make the jump to stardom this season.
Garoppolo was poised for a good year on the field, and a chance at a full season starter in San Fran. Year two in Kyle Shanahan’s offense would have allowed Garoppolo to grow, and build chemistry with his newly acquired offensive players.
Garoppolo is, or should we say was, owned in over 70 percent of fantasy leagues. He was also averaging about 200 passing yds, with at least one touchdown in his previous three starts.
Jimmy G had his best performance during Week Three before his injury against Kansas City, putting up 251 yds, for two touchdowns, with 23 rushing yds and zero turnovers. Since Week One against the Vikings where he threw three interceptions, Garoppolo had not turned the ball over a single time.
A reliable quarterback for your fantasy season, Garoppolo could have been. For now, all we can do is hope for a “better next year” where Garoppolo is concerned.
As far as Garoppolo’s teammates are concerned, expect to see a major drop off from San Fran’s receiving corps, and TE George Kittle. The 49ers running back Matt Breida however, should see a rise in carries, which should translate to more fantasy points.
With Garoppolo out for the season with that torn ACL, many fantasy owners will turn to their backup quarterbacks. However, if you’re one of those owners who does not have a strong QB2.