Brandon Aiyuk

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #11
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #11
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Brandon Aiyuk News

Sees eight targets to close out '21

Aiyuk hauled in four of eight targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Aiyuk bounced back from a zero-touch outing in the 49ers' win over the Packers in the divisional round, finishing first in targets and second in receiving behind Deebo Samuel (4-72-1). The 23-year-old finished the regular season with roughly the same amount of production (843 combined yards and five TDs) as we saw in his rookie year (825 combined yards and seven TDs). It is worth noting that a good portion of those stats came in the second half after he worked his way out of Kyle Shanahan's doghouse to begin the year. Deebo Samuel and George Kittle are the proven superstars on this offense, but Aiyuk has the YAC ability to post some meaningful fantasy lines in 2022 if he can carry over his late-season momentum, especially if Trey Lance takes over as starting quarterback and opens up what was a limited gameplan under Jimmy Garoppolo.

Jan 30, 2022 8:50 PM EST

Non-factor in win over GB

Aiyuk was held without a carry or reception while receiving one target in Saturday's 13-10 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: This was a slogging and treacherous contest as both teams battled a combination of great defensive play and the freezing elements of Lambeau Field. Aiyuk was one of the first wideouts to be targeted by Jimmy Garoppolo in the opening offensive drive of the game, but the wideout had the ball knocked loose on what was initially ruled a catch and fumble. The 23-year-old was not targeted for the remainder of the game, but that likely had more to do with Jimmy Garoppolo's (thumb/shoulder) lackluster play. With next week's tilt going to be played either in a dome in Los Angeles or in the usually-warm Tampa Bay climate, Aiyuk could be in line for a bounce-back performance while also possibly carrying a sleeper price tag in DFS formats after this week's zero burger.

Jan 22, 2022 10:15 PM EST

Leading receiver against Dallas

Aiyuk caught five of six targets for 66 yards in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Cowboys in the wild-card round.

Analysis: The second-year wideout was Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target on the afternoon, leading the 49ers in catches, targets and receiving yards as the team mostly kept the ball on the ground. With Garoppolo still nursing a thumb injury, that formula isn't likely to change next weekend in the divisional round against the Packers, so Aiyuk will likely need to score to make a big fantasy splash.

Jan 16, 2022 7:22 PM EST

Leads team with 107 yards

Aiyuk caught six of seven targets for 107 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Aiyuk played a key role in the passing game for the 49ers, delivering on a couple of big plays at the end of the first half and also in overtime to help San Francisco secure a playoff berth. The 23-year-old began his sophomore campaign in the doghouse, but he finished strong with 68.5 receiving yards per game and four touchdowns over the last 10 games of the season. Aiyuk didn't deliver on his sleeper status in 2021, but he may get another chance come draft season following his strong finish to the regular season. As for the remainder of this season, Aiyuk will play an integral role in the passing attack when the 49ers face the Cowboys next week.

Jan 9, 2022 7:44 PM EST

Leads team with 94 receiving yards

Aiyuk corralled four of six targets for 94 yards in Sunday's 23-7 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Aiyuk collected 94 of rookie Trey Lance's 249 passing yards, most of which came in the second half of this contest. Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell (knee) were the recipients of Lance's two touchdown throws, but Aiyuk set up both scores with big chunk plays between the 20s. The rookie quarterback was inconsistent at times, but he eventually got the ball into most of his playmakers' hands. Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) is considered questionable for the team's Week 18 finale against the Rams, but Aiyuk will retain modest fantasy value with either of San Francisco's potential starting quarterbacks.

Jan 2, 2022 6:15 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Aiyuk brought in four of five targets for 40 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for 12 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Aiyuk would have had a pedestrian fantasy night overall had it not been for his two-yard game-tying touchdown grab with 2:20 remaining. The second-year wideout has now been at 55 yards or less in three of his past four games, although he does now have a touchdown in two straight. Aiyuk's next opportunity to build up his numbers comes in a Week 17 home matchup against the Texans a week from Sunday.

Dec 23, 2021 9:04 PM EST

One catch in win

Aiyuk had one reception (two targets) for 36 yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel (4-60-0) appeared to flip their recent roles in the pass game, with the latter maintaining his role as a backfield threat (6-29-1 rushing). At least Aiyuk was able to break off his lone touch for 36 yards, one week after putting his YAC skills on display with a game-ending touchdown in overtime against the Bengals last week. Despite the low output Sunday, the 23-year-old remains a fantasy-relevant option with averages of 4.1 receptions and 63.4 yards with three total touchdowns over his last seven contests. The 49ers will take on the Titans on Thursday, who currently surrender the 31st-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this year.

Dec 19, 2021 6:59 PM EST

Overtime hero against Cincinnati

Aiyuk caught six of 11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over the Bengals.

Analysis: He also gained four yards on his only carry. With Elijah Mitchell (concussion) sidelined and Deebo Samuel seeing most of his work out of the backfield again, Aiyuk was the Niners' top wideout, and he wound up scoring the winning TD on a 12-yard catch-and-run in overtime. The second-year player has topped 50 receiving yards in four straight games, posting a 19-293-2 line on 30 targets over that stretch, and he figures to have a prominent role again in Week 15 against the Falcons.

Dec 12, 2021 7:54 PM EST

Only three catches Sunday

Aiyuk caught three of six targets for 55 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: While he posted decent numbers, Aiyuk wasn't able to take advantage of the absence of Deebo Samuel (groin) to have a breakout, as instead George Kittle was the one who put together a monster performance. Aiyuk has compiled a 29-391-2 line on 38 targets over the last six games, giving him a fairly solid floor heading into a Week 14 tilt against the Bengals.

Dec 5, 2021 8:47 PM EST

More targets sans Deebo?

Aiyuk should be key for the 49ers' passing game with fellow wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) ruled out for Sunday's contest in Seattle, Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Analysis: In addition to the opportunity for added targets, Aiyuk seems to be on the same page with coach Kyle Shanahan, both agreeing that the wideout has come a long way since he was reduced to a part-time role sharing snaps with Trent Sherfield early in the season. Samuel's absence for Week 13 (and possibly Week 14) leaves Aiyuk and TE George Kittle as the far-and-away top options for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who has led the team to three straight wins while attempting 26 or fewer passes in each game. Aiyuk has done much better of late even with Samuel and Kittle competing for Garoppolo's attention, averaging 4.6 catches for 67.2 yards and 0.4 TDS on 6.4 targets in Weeks 8-12.

Dec 3, 2021 3:54 PM EST

Leading receiver in win

Aiyuk caught three of six targets for 91 yards in Sunday's 34-28 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: He also gained four rushing yards on one carry. Deebo Samuel (groin) was doing most of his damage out of the backfield, leaving Aiyuk to lead the Niners in receiving yards while setting a new season high in the category. If Samuel's injury proves to be serious, Aiyuk will take on an even bigger role in Week 13 against the Seahawks.

Nov 28, 2021 8:16 PM EST

Automatic on seven targets

Aiyuk caught seven passes for 85 yards and one touchdown on seven targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: Given the last month of improved production, it's hopefully safe to say by now that Aiyuk is free from whatever limitations he had to begin the year. While he can't always count on drawing seven of the team's 22 targets like he did here, and he especially can't count on catching every target that heads his way, Aiyuk's explosiveness speaks for itself on the field and play like what he showed Sunday will keep him involved in the San Francisco game plan. He's still probably third in line behind Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, but a Week 12 matchup against Minnesota is promising on paper.

Nov 21, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Makes three grabs

Aiyuk caught three of four targets for 26 yards in Monday night's 31-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Aiyuk didn't approach his production from last week's breakout, but he still showed his exciting after-the-catch ability with a 21-yard gain during the first half. With the Niners leading comfortably for the majority of Monday's contest, resulting in 44 rushing attempts, only tight end George Kittle saw more than five targets. Although San Francisco will strive to be similarly dominant in Week 11 versus Jacksonville, Aiyuk's matchup could enable him to make a bigger impact.

Nov 15, 2021 8:39 PM EST

Breaks out in Week 9 loss

Aiyuk caught six of eight targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: It was by far the best performance of the year for Aiyuk, as he set season highs in catches, yards and targets while scoring his second TD of 2021 on an 11-yard strike from Jimmy Garoppolo in the third quarter. It's been a tough first half for Aiyuk, who had trouble getting out of Kyle Shanahan's doghouse and reclaiming a prime spot in the offense, but he'll take some well-earned momentum into a Week 10 clash with the Rams.

Nov 7, 2021 10:56 PM EST

Season-high 45 yards

Aiyuk had four receptions (seven targets) for 45 yards in Sunday's 33-22 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Aiyuk turned in his best performance of the season here in Week 8, which is more of a testament of how poorly the former first-round pick has performed this year, as opposed to a sign of things to come. With George Kittle (calf) targeting a Week 9 return, Aiyuk may see his targets reduced even further after setting a new season high of seven against Chicago. Aiyuk showed flashes of fantasy upside in his rookie campaign, so managers shouldn't write him off completely, but we need to see several weeks of useful production before recommending the wideout.

Oct 31, 2021 3:15 PM EST

Nearly invisible in start

Aiyuk started and was on the field for 40 offensive snaps (71 percent), but only finished with one reception (one target) for six yards in Sunday's 30-18 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: The 49ers are in desperate need of a second receiving threat behind Deebo Samuel (100 yards and a touchdown Sunday) while George Kittle (calf) mends on IR, but Aiyuk continues to provide little to no help despite getting significant playing time. The club tried explaining away the second-year wideout's struggles this year with a preseason injury, but he has been off the injury report for the last two games and had the recent bye week to rest up. Aiyuk is simply not getting the job done; and unlike the 49ers, fantasy managers have no incentive to wait around until he does.

Oct 25, 2021 1:28 PM EST

Quiet in Week 5

Aiyuk caught two of four targets for 32 yards against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Aiyuk's four targets was a decent level of activity in a game where the 49ers attempted only 28 targeted passes, but it required George Kittle (calf) to sit out for Aiyuk to draw that usage. Deebo Samuel saw nine targets, and Aiyuk's four were tied by fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Aiyuk's strong rookie season and collegiate career give reason to believe in his talent, but for whatever reason the 49ers just haven't made him a central part of their offense through five games. Perhaps that will change after the bye -- San Francisco's 2-3 record is arguably reason for coach Kyle Shanahan to reconsider the current arrangement.

Oct 10, 2021 5:33 PM EST

Invisible again in Week 4

Aiyuk caught one of three targets for a 15-yard reception against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Aiyuk's playing time picked up in recent weeks and he showed some flickers of production heading into Sunday, making this dud box score that much more disappointing. Deebo Samuel caught eight of 12 targets in the game and even Mohamed Sanu caught four of five targets, so the circumstances don't really explain Aiyuk's disappearance despite Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) leaving the game at halftime. Perhaps the 49ers will need to use Aiyuk more in Week 5, when they go on the road to face the division bully Arizona Cardinals.

Oct 3, 2021 5:12 PM EST

Scores on SNF

Aiyuk caught four of six targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Aiyuk finally posted a respectable stat line after ghosting fantasy managers for the first two games of the season (one reception for six yards over that span). Head coach Kyle Shanahan insisted that his wide receiver was being brought along slowly due to a preseason leg injury and not because he was in the dog house, despite the wideout never being listed on the injury report for the first three games of the season. Whatever the case may have been, this was the first game in which Aiyuk was truly treated as a starting receiver. It would still be tough to trust the 23-year-old next week against the Seahawks, but another positive outing could restore the fantasy value he squandered to begin the year.

Sep 26, 2021 11:40 PM EST

Starts, but does little

Aiyuk had one reception (two targets) for six yards in Sunday's 17-11 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Aiyuk returned to starting opposite Deebo Samuel after falling to fourth on the depth chart in Week 1. The 2020 first-round pick logged 54 percent of offensive snaps after being limited to just 30 percent last game. Despite the increase in playing time, Aiyuk didn't get much attention offensively. Head coach Kyle Shanahan claimed that Aiyuk's role reduction was due to a lingering hamstring injury, but the wideout has been a full participant in practices for two weeks now. It is unclear when Aiyuk will exit the "doghouse" and return to a prominent role on San Francisco's offense, but fantasy managers should definitely wait to deploy him until we see some evidence that he is truly back.

Sep 20, 2021 2:45 PM EST

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