Wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk, Marquise Brown, and Will Fuller are in the latest news cycle heading into Week 2. We don’t have a ton of clarity on Aiyuk and Brown, but we’re still forced to make decisions as fantasy football owners. Follow the latest news on these guys as we get closer to Sunday. For now, Aiyuk has a cloudy role in the 49ers passing game, Marquise Brown is dealing with a minor ailment, and Will Fuller missed Thursday’s practice (though it wasn’t injury related). We’ll dive into more detail, what it means for each player, and how Week 2 rankings and start ’em, sit ’em decisions could be affected given their statuses.
Brandon Aiyuk injury update
Aiyuk (hamstring) was on and off the injury report before his Week 1 game at Detroit, but injuries were not the (primary) reason he laid a goose-egg in fantasy. He isn’t on the injury report now and is practicing in full ahead of Week 2 (@ Eagles). However, it remains to be seen if his role will be any different from last week. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan essentially just said Aiyuk needs to be better to earn more reps, which sounds like coachspeak for “practice harder.” Who knows, though? It’s still concerning, as Aiyuk was expected to have a breakout season as the No. 1 WR in San Francisco (and was drafted like it).
For the uncertainty of his situation, we can’t rank him any higher than WR56 in PPR and standard for Week 2. It’s safe to keep him on the bench for now, but if you’re in a deep league, he should start over the guys ranked below him. It will still be a gamble, but Aiyuk has the talent for a big game even with just a few touches. Trent Sherfield has taken some of Aiyuk’s reps, so naturally, he’s the next man in line, but fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about him.
Marquise Brown injury update
Brown (ankle) was absent from practice on Thursday, and as we draw closer to Sunday, this could become more concerning. Friday will tell us more about his prospects, but for now, we won’t adjust him in our rankings. He had a nice performance in Week 1 (@ Las Vegas) with six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown and looks to be gaining steam in fantasy, so hopefully, the ankle issue won’t make him miss time or slow down moving forward. It’s likely just a precaution after the Raiders played on Monday night.
Brown is our WR39 in standard and PPR leagues. In a game coming up with Kansas City, he’s a consideration for a WR3 or flex spot in what should be a high-scoring affair. If he were to miss the game, Sammy Watkins becomes more attractive, but behind that, you don’t want any part of the other Ravens’ WRs.
Is Will Fuller playing Week 2?
Fuller was not spotted at practice on Thursday, but the reason for his absence was not injury-related. He reportedly stepped away to deal with a personal matter and will play in Week 2 (@ Buffalo). We have no Week 1 sample to go on after he was suspended for the season opener (@ New England) for PEDs, but we do think he will be a boom-or-bust candidate much like he was in Houston. That’s not to say you shouldn’t play him, though.
It’s tough to know where Fuller will fall in the Dolphins target hierarchy, as Jaylen Waddle looked good in Week 1 and DeVante Parker has established himself as a solid possession receiver. Mike Gesicki is also bound to be better after his zero-catch performance. Fuller is on the start-sit bubble, and it might come down to whether you think you will need a high ceiling or a high floor.