• Kyle Juszczyk
  • RB
  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 28
  • 248 lbs
  • 6' 1"

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by Brandon Niles

SF RB Kyle Juszczyk - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kyle Juszczyk had only 13 yards on three touches against the Giants before the bye last week, including a pair of receptions. While he has some talent and can vulture a touchdown occasionally, it’s Juszczyk simply doesn’t get the ball enough to warrant having him on a fantasy roster. Even in a great matchup against the Buccaneers, fantasy owners should leave him on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Kyle Juszczyk - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 vs. New York Giants

Kyle Juszczyk had three touches, including a pair of receptions, for 11 total yards last week against the Raiders. While it’s always encouraging to see Juszczyk get work, his targets and touches aren’t nearly enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration, especially while Matt Breida is healthy. His PPR value becomes mildly interesting if Breida misses extended time, but even then, he’s too risky to bank on.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Kyle Juszczyk - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs. Oakland Raiders

Kyle Juszczyk only touched the ball twice last week against the Cardinals, gaining a mere 10 yards on the ground. Juszczyk is in the middle of a logjam in the 49ers backfield, although he’s usually fairly active in the passing game. If Matt Breida misses time, he has the potential to put up a few receptions in deep, PPR formats, but in most leagues, he should remain on waivers. If Breida is active, Juszczyk’s value is nearly zero.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Kyle Juszczyk - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Arizona Cardinals

Kyle Juszczyk gets a little bump if Matt Breida misses time, but even if that’s the case, he’s a question mark as far as workload goes. Juszczyk may vulture a touchdown here and there, but if he’s going to become a viable fantasy option, he’ll need to be an active part of the passing game. He’s worth a speculative roster addition in deep, PPR formats, but in most leagues, his upside is too limited to grab him off waivers.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Kyle Juszczyk - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Los Angeles Rams

While it’s exciting to think Kyle Juszczyk might put up decent fantasy numbers, the truth is that his value is limited to potential vulture touchdowns and extended work in the passing game. The former is hard to count on, and the latter is largely contingent on whether Matt Breida is in the lineup. With Breida likely to start again this week, fantasy owners should avoid any other 49ers backs.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Kyle Juszczyk - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at Green Bay Packers

Kyle Juszczyk could get a bump in workload this week with Matt Breida likely to miss some time with an ankle injury. Juszczyk caught six passes for 75 yards last week against the Cardinals and he’s a better pass-catcher than starting running back Alfred Morris. Quarterback C.J. Beathard checks the ball down to running backs often, giving Juszczyk some deep, deep sleeper potential in PPR formats while Breida is out.

by Bob Harris

SF RB Kyle Juszczyk - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Remember last year? When the 49ers signed Juszczyk as a free agent out of Baltimore, and San Francisco GM John Lynch said the newcomer should rightfully be called an "OW"—offensive weapon—rather than a fullback. And they paid him as such. And it was somewhat understandable. Juszczyk caught 97 passes during his three-year stint with the Ravens. Beyond that, during Kyle Shanahan's nine years as an NFL offensive coordinator, his fullbacks had racked up 44 carries for 153 yards and five touchdowns, plus 110 receptions, 1,067 yards and 8 touchdowns on 168 targets. While things didn't pan out last season, Shanahan's historic use of players at the position—and the fact that Juszczyk is the best and most versatile weapon he's had at the position—opens the door to potentially heavier usage this year. As NBCSports.com's Peter King put it upon the fullback's signing in 2017, “Teams don’t pay pass-protecting backs $5 million a year. So the bullseye will be on Shanahan to build a major role in the offense, and for Juszczyk to produce.”

Fantasy Downside

Seven carries for 31 yards, 33 catches for 315 yards and just one touchdown—Juszczyk’s numbers in 2017 probably weren't what anybody involved expected.

2018 Bottom Line

Beyond the expectation that San Francisco's offense will make strides in Year Two under Shanahan (and with Jimmy Garoppolo under center), there's no reason to believe that Juszczyk's role will evolve into something that makes him a viable draft day option for fantasy managers.

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