Need a value-pick in your upcoming fantasy draft this year? San Francisco’s Jerick McKinnon could be worth a look in PPR leagues.
McKinnon is the forgotten man in the 49ers running back stable after missing the last two seasons with knee ligament tears. The big question with McKinnon is his health. However, his doctor has already stated that his reconstructed knee should be good to go by the time training camp starts back up. If McKinnon is close to what he once was, this could be his chance to emerge in the 49ers unpredictable backfield committee as well as become one of Jimmy G’s safety nets in the passing game.
McKinnon is basically the LaRon Landry of tailbacks. He possesses ridiculous strength while still having blazing speed. At the 2014 NFL Combine, he ran a 4.41 second 40-yard dash along with benching 32 reps of 225 lbs. That’s the second highest all-time for running-backs in combine history.
People forget that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan hand picked him to be his premier running back just two years ago. The 49ers were so confident in McKinnon’s ability to succeed in Shanahan’s offense that they signed him to what was the fourth largest contract for a running back at the time.
McKinnon’s ability to run routes out of the backfield will definitely come in handy on a team that is now lacking weapons after the departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Marquise Goodwin, along with Deebo Samuel’s foot injury.
It seems like this might be the golden opportunity for McKinnon to make up for lost time. With gaping holes to run through, a high-powered offense that seems to be tailor-made for a versatile scatback, a backfield that sees a dark horse back take over each year and a lack of pass-catchers, don’t be surprised when McKinnon carves out a massive role in the 49ers offense. As a low-risk, high-reward fantasy player, do yourself a favor and take him with a late pick in your upcoming fantasy draft.
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