San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor suffered a broken foot in Saturday's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Taylor went down early in the game, was carted off the field and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the game. As it turned out, he was already getting surgery. The team hopes Taylor will be back early in the season, but it looks unlikely he will be ready for the season opener against the Buccaneers. Taylor had been showing well and was touted by Maiocco as the receiver who would lead the team in catches. Taylor, fortunately, will not miss a lot of time and was already going practically undrafted in fantasy circles. Monitor the 49ers' receivers and the waiver wire in case Taylor lands there.
SF WR Trent Taylor - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook
Early indications are Taylor will remain San Francisco’s primary option out of the slot, especially in third-and-short situations. According to the team's official website, rookie Dante Pettis is likely to get reps there as well in specific situations, but Pettis won’t be limited to the slot, either. Both young wideouts should carve out roles for themselves within the 49ers offense.
Taylor, who underwent back surgery this offseason, opens training camp on the PUP list. He can come off at any point prior to the season, but any missed time will give Pettis time to prove his worth.
2018 Bottom Line
Unless you're in a redraft league that awards points for return work (Taylor ranked 21st in the league in return yardage last season), it's going to be hard to justify investing draft capital in 49er wideouts beyond Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. Other formats, primarily Dynasty, might be a different story.