Brandon Aiyuk

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #11
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #11

Brandon Aiyuk News

Leads team with 59 yards

Aiyuk had four receptions (five targets) for 59 yards in Sunday's 38-13 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Aiyuk was the leading receiver for San Francisco on a low-volume passing day, but it was his teammates George Kittle and Christian McCaffrey who cashed in on Brock Purdy's three touchdown throws. The 24-year-old finishes the regular season with career highs in receptions (78), receiving yards (1,015) and touchdowns (eight) across 17 games. Aiyuk welcomed back fellow starting wideout Deebo Samuel (ankle/knee) Sunday, giving the 49ers a full complement of playmakers who could go off in the playoffs.

Jan 8, 2023 7:34 PM EST

First 100-yard game this season

Aiyuk had nine receptions (12 targets) for 101 yards and a touchdown while rushing once for 16 yards in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Aiyuk did his best Deebo Samuel (knee/ankle) impression in potentially his last game replacing his injured teammate, taking his second carry of the season for 16 yards on a designed end around. The 24-year-old also produced his first 100-yard receiving game of the season, but that's not to say that he hasn't provided consistent fantasy numbers all year long. Aiyuk will carry a healthy 74-956-8 receiving line into a favorable matchup against the Cardinals in Week 18.

Jan 1, 2023 6:21 PM EST

Bounces back with solid effort

Aiyuk hauled in five of seven targets for 81 yards in Saturday's 37-20 win over the Commanders.

Analysis: Aiyuk was coming off of his worst fantasy outing of the season (2/19/0), so Saturday's return to normalcy was a welcomed sight for his managers. The 24-year-old also set a new career high in receiving yards (855) despite catching balls from three different quarterbacks this season, which is a testament to the strides the wideout has made in his third year as a pro. Aiyuk will look to finish his career year in style with two favorable matchups against Arizona in Week 18 and Oakland next Sunday.

Dec 24, 2022 8:50 PM EST

Quiet night in win

Aiyuk brought in two of four targets for 19 yards in the 49ers' 21-13 win over the Seahawks on Thursday night.

Analysis: Even with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) sidelined, Aiyuk filled only a modest role in the 49ers' latest victory. However, rookie quarterback Brock Purdy spread the ball around to six targets overall, and the George Kittle-Christian McCaffrey trio handled the heaviest pass-catching workload overall. Aiyuk could have a larger role in a Week 16 home matchup a week from Saturday versus a Commanders secondary that's given up some chunk plays through the air this season.

Dec 15, 2022 9:09 PM EST

Connects with new QB for TD

Aiyuk caught two of three targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-7 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Aiyuk led all San Francisco receiving options in yards despite finishing with just two receptions. The 23-year-old also managed to chip in his seventh touchdown despite the low volume, rewarding fantasy managers who stuck with the wideout with a rookie third-stringer under center. Brock Purdy proved he could handle the pressure of his first NFL start by finding Aiyuk on a 32-yard strike to put the 49ers up 21-0 at the end of the first half. San Francisco will likely be without the services of Deebo Samuel (ankle) on a short week, so Aiyuk should see increased usage against the Seahawks on Thursday.

Dec 11, 2022 5:35 PM EST

Modest output against MIA

Aiyuk caught five of nine targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 33-17 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) was knocked out of the game after one offensive drive, forcing rookie Brock Purdy into action for the remainder of the game. Aiyuk saw his usual allotment of targets, but half of his production came on the aforementioned first drive of the game. With Jimmy G already being ruled out for the remainder of the season, the blossoming wideout figures to take a slight hit in value with the downgrade at quarterback. That said, Aiyuk should maintain flex appeal heading into a Week 14 tilt against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Dec 4, 2022 5:35 PM EST

Paces team with 65 yards

Aiyuk hauled in five of eight targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 13-0 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Aiyuk led all 49ers position players with 65 yards from scrimmage in this low-scoring affair. The 24-year-old is averaging 4.6 catches and 59.3 yards with six total touchdowns in 11 games this season. Aiyuk is proving to be a reliable WR2 in fantasy this year, and should continue to be in a potential high-scoring affair against Miami on Sunday.

Nov 27, 2022 7:10 PM EST

Makes most of minimal targets

Aiyuk recorded two receptions on four targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 38-10 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Aiyuk saw his lowest target total since Week 5, as each of Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle played a more prominent role in the passing attack. Even so, Aiyuk managed a strong fantasy performance by tallying touchdowns on each of his receptions from seven and 13 yards away, respectively. Aiyuk now has five touchdowns across his last five games, and he's also topped 80 receiving yards on four occasions in that span.

Nov 21, 2022 9:25 PM EST

Paces team in receiving again

Aiyuk caught six of seven targets for 84 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 22-16 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Aiyuk continued to produce like the 49ers' top wideout even with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) back in action. The 24-year-old did lose a fumble early in the game, the only blemish on his fourth straight game with 80 or more receiving yards. Aiyuk is beginning to deliver on some of that first-round potential the 49ers saw when they selected him in 2020, while also evolving into an asset fantasy managers can trust during this current hot streak. The YAC machine will look to stay hot against the Cardinals in Mexico City next Monday.

Nov 13, 2022 10:57 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Aiyuk corralled all six of his targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Rams.

Analysis: San Francisco was without top wideout Deebo Samuel (hamstring), so Aiyuk took over WR1 duties and produced as such. The 24-year-old has been on fire of late, averaging seven receptions and 82.0 yards with three touchdowns over his last three contests. The former first-round pick is also on pace to set new career highs across the board with a healthy 38/483/4 line through eight games heading into the upcoming bye week. Aiyuk and the 49ers will resume action against the Chargers in Week 10.

Oct 30, 2022 6:04 PM EST

Team-high 11 targets in loss

Aiyuk had seven receptions (11 targets) for 82 yards in Sunday's 44-23 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Aiyuk stayed hot with another 80-plus yard game while garnering 11 targets for the second week in a row. The 24-year-old wasn't able to reproduce the two touchdowns from Week 6, but fantasy managers have to be happy with another high-volume game. The addition of Christian McCaffrey could eat into Aiyuk's recent uptick in targets once the dual-threat running back becomes familiar with San Francisco's playbook. For now, the former first-round pick is looking like a hot fantasy asset heading into a matchup against the Rams next Sunday.

Oct 23, 2022 8:20 PM EST

Goes off for two scores

Aiyuk corralled eight of 11 targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Aiyuk turned in a career performance off the backs of two second-quarter touchdowns via Jimmy Garoppolo. Unfortunately for San Francisco, those would be the only touchdowns scored by the offense in an upset loss. The 24-year-old was averaging 47.4 yards and just one total touchdown over his previous five contests, so it's tough to get too excited about this impressive fantasy line. That said, the 49ers may be forced to throw heavily when taking on the Chiefs next Sunday, so Aiyuk carries flex appeal in most formats and could be a popular value DFS play in Week 7.

Oct 16, 2022 6:34 PM EST

Leading receiver in Week 5 win

Aiyuk caught three of four targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 37-15 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Despite the low target volume, Aiyuk led the 49ers in receiving yards on the day, although George Kittle led the team with five receptions and Deebo Samuel boosted his production with a TD. Aiyuk has yet to catch more than five passes or top 63 yards in a game this season, but he's capable of a breakout in Week 6 against the Falcons' erratic secondary.

Oct 9, 2022 6:06 PM EST

Four catches on MNF

Aiyuk caught all four of his targets for 37 yards in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Aiyuk ranked second on the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, but he was nowhere near team leader Deebo Samuel, who turned seven targets into six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Heading into a Week 5 visit to Carolina, Aiyuk has 14 catches for 179 yards and one touchdown.

Oct 3, 2022 8:34 PM EST

Scores lone offensive touchdown

Aiyuk caught three of eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Aiyuk looked poised for a big fantasy game when he caught two of his three catches (including the score) on the 49ers' second drive of the game. Unfortunately for his fantasy managers, both Aiyuk and the rest of San Francisco's offense would go dormant for the rest of the contest. On the positive side of things, the 24-year-old has seen his targets increase to eight in each of the two games Jimmy Garoppolo has played in this season, after only seeing three targets with Trey Lance (knee) as the starter in Week 1. Aiyuk and the 49ers will take on the Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

Sep 25, 2022 11:02 PM EST

Leading receiver against Seattle

Aiyuk caught five of eight targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 27-7 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: The third-year wideout led the 49ers in targets and receiving yards while tying Deebo Samuel in receptions, and the early switch under center from Trey Lance (ankle) to Jimmy Garoppolo didn't seem to have an impact on his role or production. With Samuel splitting his time between the backfield and his receiving role once again while Elijah Mitchell (knee) is on IR, Aiyuk could be San Francisco's de facto No. 1 WR in a somewhat more pass-oriented offense under Garoppolo heading into a Week 3 clash with the Broncos.

Sep 18, 2022 6:01 PM EST

Gains 47 yards on three touches

Aiyuk caught both of his targets for 40 yards and received one carry for seven yards in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: This game was messy in terms of weather and fantasy production, so Aiyuk coming up with 47 yards on just three touches is not bad, all things considered. There is a lot of offensive upside at the skill positions for the 49ers, despite the rest of the team's roster having glaring holes and immediate injury issues. Aiyuk is still a player worth holding until we get a better look at how this offense churns out stats with Trey Lance at the helm. That next opportunity comes in a much-sunnier venue next Sunday when the 49ers take on the Seahawks at Levi's Stadium.

Sep 12, 2022 10:15 AM EST

Suits up Thursday

Aiyuk didn't catch his only target in Thursday's 17-0 preseason loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Trey Lance looked Aiyuk's way on the game's opening drive, but the pass fell incomplete. San Francisco's offense couldn't get anything going in this preseason finale, but Lance only played the first three drives, so it's far from panic time as far as the likes of Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle are concerned.

Aug 25, 2022 8:38 PM EST

May play Thursday

Aiyuk is in uniform and appears set to play in Thursday's preseason game at Houston, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The same goes for quarterback Trey Lance, fellow wide receiver Deebo Samuel and tight end George Kittle, meaning coach Kyle Shanahan is setting up the 49ers for a dress rehearsal before Week 1. It's unlikely Aiyuk and company will log more than a series or two, but he'll be seeing his first in-game reps since January's NFC Championship Game loss to the Rams.

Aug 25, 2022 4:20 PM EST

Unlikely to play

Aiyuk isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against Minnesota, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: The same goes for TE George Kittle and fellow wide receiver Deebo Samuel, the two other candidates to lead San Francisco in targets this year. It may be a matter of usage rather than skill, given that Samuel has value as a rusher and Kittle as a blocker. Aiyuk is the least proven of the trio, but also the one whose role is most heavily centered on catching passes.

Aug 20, 2022 3:14 PM EST

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