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Dante Pettis injury update: How to handle the 49ers WR vs. the Buccaneers

San Francisco’s go-to receiver is dealing with a groin injury. Here’s what that means for fantasy this week.

Wide receiver Dante Pettis of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers released their last injury yesterday and Dante Pettis’ name was nowhere to be found in it. Pettis has been dealing with a minor groin strain as of late, but the health concerns seem to be out of the way of Pettis and he will play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 49ers’ season opener.

The narrative surrounding Pettis for the 2019 season is one of the most interesting ones around the league. By the start of training camp in early August all things pointed toward a no. 1 role in the Niners attack, but flipping the calendar to September there were rumors of Pettis falling out of favor of San Francisco’s coaches. The word out there is that it was all a motivational plan, although we have yet to see how the offense is deployed and where in the packing order does Pettis fall.

In fantasy terms, Pettis profiles as a WR3 or FLEX option, and his opportunities and targets will be hurt by the presence of Marquise Goodwin playing opposite him. Even with that, he is no less than the WR2 of the 49ers and will still see plenty of passes thrown his way. He could even benefit from Goodwin’s presence if he draws harder matchups and corners on offense.

Fantasy Impact: With Pettis fully fit for Sunday’s game against the Bucs, owners can expect the receiver to have as good a game as any 49ers wideout in the matchup. None of Carlton Davis, M.J. Stewart nor Vernon Hargreaves III are top-notch cornerbacks. Tampa Bay finished the 2018 season with the third-worst defense against the pass and allowed 22 touchdowns to WR. No matter who they put on Pettis, the matchup looks great for the sophomore and he’s got the chance to finish the week with low-end WR1 or high-end WR2, making him a really valuable option on both DFS (valued at $5,400 in DraftKings’ Sun-Mon classic slate; 25th most-expensive WR) and season-long lineups as a starter.

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