Kyle Juszczyk

San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #44
San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #44

Kyle Juszczyk News

Another Pro Bowl season

Juszczyk finished the 2022 regular season with 26 rushing yards and a touchdown and 200 receiving yards and another score across 16 games.

Analysis: Juszczyk's production for the 49ers in 2022 earned the fullback his seventh-straight trip to the Pro Bowl. The 31-year-old did see a small dip in usage, logging 12 fewer touches compared to last year. This had less to do with a decline in Juice's offensive skills, and more to do with the 49ers having a plethora of offensive weapons this season. Juszczyk is under contract with San Francisco through 2025, providing immense value to his team with minimal value to fantasy managers.

Jan 11, 2023 2:05 PM EST

Remains involved in passing attack

Juszczyk recorded two receptions for seven yards on two targets in Sunday's 35-7 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The fullback took on a season-high 68 percent share in the victory and drew multiple targets for the third game in a row. With the 49ers set to play without jack-of-all-trades wideout Deebo Samuel for at least the next two games, Juszczyk could indirectly absorb some of Samuel's vacated snaps and touches. Tight end George Kittle and wideouts Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings are still more likely than Juszczyk to be consistent producers in the passing game in Samuel's absence.

Dec 14, 2022 11:03 AM EST

Two catches in win

Juszczyk recorded two receptions for two yards while playing 30 of the 49ers' 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 13-0 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Though he wasn't able to do much with his pair of catches, Juszczyk was at least able to end a two-game drought without a target. The 31-year-old continues to enjoy fairly steady usage relative to most fullbacks around the league, but he doesn't get enough touches on a weekly basis to attract much interest even in deeper fantasy formats.

Nov 30, 2022 8:45 AM EST

Full practice participant Wednesday

Juszczyk (finger) logged a full practice session Wednesday.

Analysis: Juszczyk suffered a finger injury Week 7 against the Chiefs and was forced to sit out a Week 8 win over the Rams. However, the 49ers' Week 9 bye gave the fullback time to get healthy, and he appears on track to return to action against the Chargers on Sunday night.

Nov 9, 2022 5:31 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Juszczyk (finger) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: As expected, Juszczyk won't play Sunday after undergoing surgery to repair a broken finger on his right hand earlier in the week. While the fullback isn't a prolific producer, his blocking prowess will certainly be missed during a divisional showdown against Los Angeles.

Oct 28, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Likely out Week 8

Juszczyk underwent surgery on his broken right finger Monday and probably won't play against the Rams this coming Sunday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: Juszczyk broke his finger in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, but he still managed to return and finish out the remainder of this contest. The 31-year-old fullback has caught 11 of his 15 targets for 153 yards and recorded three rushes for 10 yards and a touchdown this season, though his biggest impact has come as a blocker in the 49ers' running game. Juszczyk's participation in practice Wednesday should shed more light on his availability against the Rams on Sunday.

Oct 24, 2022 4:34 PM EST

Suffers finger injury in loss

Juszczyk suffered a broken right ring finger in Sunday's 44-23 loss to the Chiefs, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Juszczyk briefly exited the contest in the third quarter but returned to record two receptions for 17 yards in the fourth quarter. The fullback will have surgery to insert a pin in his finger this week but plans on playing with a splint in Week 8 against the Rams. His status is worth monitoring moving forward, but he appears likely to play through the injury.

Oct 24, 2022 8:47 AM EST

Notches two receptions Week 5

Juszczyk hauled in two targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 37-15 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: The fullback played more than 50 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps for the fourth straight game and set a new season high with the two receptions. Though he touches the ball more than most fullbacks around the NFL, Juszczyk's role is still too small for him to make a significant imprint on the box score on a game-by-game basis. He's best viewed as little more than a punt-play option on a showdown slate for a DFS contest rather than someone worth considering in weekly lineups in redraft leagues.

Oct 10, 2022 12:37 PM EST

Scores on short TD plunge

Juszczyk recorded one yard and a touchdown on two carries and failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 27-7 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: With top back Elijah Mitchell (knee) out of the lineup Week 2, Juszczyk only saw a small uptick in offensive usage, playing 50 percent of the snaps against the Seahawks after checking in at 37 percent in the Week 1 loss to the Bears. No. 2 back Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) suffered an injury Sunday that will likely sideline him for several weeks, but Juszczyk is unlikely to be a major beneficiary, as the 49ers are instead expected to promote Marlon Mack from the practice squad to have him or undrafted rookie Jordan Mason settle in as the primary backup to Jeff Wilson while Mitchell resides on IR. The 30-year-old fullback is instead expected to continue in his usual role as a lead blocker and occasional short-area target in the passing game.

Sep 20, 2022 7:39 AM EST

Options picked up

The 49ers have picked up Juszczyk's option for the 2023 through 2025 seasons, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Juszczyk has been with the 49ers for the past five years, and he'll remain with the club for at least four more seasons. The 30-year-old appeared in all 17 games last year and rushed eight times for 22 yards and a touchdown while securing 30 of 38 targets for 296 yards and a score.

Mar 31, 2022 12:12 PM EST

Over 300 combined yards this year

Juszczyk finished the 2021 regular season with 22 rushing yards, 296 receiving yards and two combined touchdowns across 17 games.

Analysis: Juszczyk turned in another All-Pro level season as one of the most versatile fullbacks in the league. As usual, that production did not translate into fantasy value, as his current role on offense doesn't generate enough touches. Juice is under contract until 2025, so he will be paving paths for Elijah Mitchell and Co. in 2022.

Jan 20, 2022 2:56 PM EST

Sets new season high in receiving

Juszczyk hauled in three of five targets for 45 yards in Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Juszczyk set new season highs in yards and targets as he continued to flash his versatility from the fullback position. The 30-year-old could have had a career day when he lined up wide and ran a crisp crossing route with Brandon Aiyuk that sprung Juice free. Unfortunately for San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo airmailed his wide-open man, leaving a 40-yard touchdown on the table. Juszczyk is a unique talent that has playmaking skills at an endangered position, but he doesn't receive enough consistent volume to breakthrough as a fantasy option.

Dec 24, 2021 2:42 PM EST

Scores first rushing TD this year

Juszczyk converted his lone rushing attempt into a six-yard touchdown and caught his lone target for six more yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Juszczyk is known for making his yearly statistical contributions in the passing game (25-242-1 in 2021), but he is being highlighted for his rushing in this one. The 30-year-old had a fullback dive drawn up for him to convert a third-and-short, but he barreled through the Falcons' defense and finished the job off himself. Juice will likely pop up in the running back waiver wire pool if you sort by points scored last week, but fantasy managers should remember that a lack of a fullback position in standard formats holds back any potential value despite being the best at his position in the league.

Dec 20, 2021 11:59 AM EST

Gains 21 yards in loss

Juszczyk recorded two receptions for 21 yards on three targets in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Juszczyk has held a consistent tertiary role in the 49ers' passing attack throughout the season, drawing at least one target in all but one of his 12 appearances on the campaign. With 23 receptions for 231 yards on the campaign, Juszczyk has alreadya surpassed his output in both categories from a full 16-game slate in 2020, though he's scored five fewer touchdowns.

Dec 7, 2021 11:39 AM EST

35 yards receiving in loss

Juszczyk rushed once for no gain and caught three of four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Juszczyk continues to fill a valuable role for San Francisco in the absence of injured running backs and tight ends. This time he took on a larger receiving role while George Kittle (calf) mends on IR for at least three games. Juice is clearly the best fullback in the league, but his lack of a true fantasy position limits his utility.

Oct 11, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Sees uptick in usage

Juszczyk rushed five times for 14 yards and had four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: The 49ers only utilized starting running back Trey Sermon on offense, opting to increase Juszczyk's role instead of using the slew of relative newcomers behind Sermon on the depth chart. Juice generally only receives a couple of touches per game, but this increased role could continue if previous starting replacement, Elijah Mitchell (shoulder), is unable to suit up against Seattle next Sunday.

Sep 27, 2021 3:40 PM EST

Experiences cramps Sunday

Juszczyk excited Sunday's contest against the Eagles with cramps, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Juszczyk caught two passes for 15 yards and rushed one time for two yards. The 30-year-old experienced cramps on the 49ers' final offensive possession and had to leave the field. The issue doesn't appear to be serious.

Sep 19, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Catches one pass

Juszczyk secured his lone target for seven yards during Sunday's 41-33 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Juszczyk did not log a single carry in the contest. The 30-year-old veteran played on 36 percent of the team's offensive snaps and was only targeted once. Even with Raheem Mostert set to miss the rest of the season, Juszczyk is not a trustworthy fantasy option based on his sporadic usage in San Francisco's offense. Fantasy managers should get a clearer picture of the team's backfield when the 49ers visit the Eagles in Week 2.

Sep 15, 2021 5:17 AM EST

Staying in SF on five-year deal

Juszczyk signed a five-year, $27 million contract to remain with the 49ers on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Widely regarded as the best fullback in the league, Juszczyk will be paid like it. Keeping the versatile weapon in the fold was a priority for the 49ers given how important Juszczyk is as a blocker, pass-catcher and short-yardage runner, and the two sides were finally able to hammer out a deal just before the free agency period opened up.

Mar 14, 2021 7:12 PM EST

Career-high six touchdowns

Juszczyk finished the 2020 season with career highs in rushing yards (64) and touchdowns (two) while contributing his usual production as a receiver (19 receptions for 202 yards and four scores) across 16 games.

Analysis: Juszczyk is an elite blocker and receiver out of the backfield, but he finally added the most-common offensive tool for a fullback -- short-yardage runs -- to his Swiss Army knife profile of tools. Even with the new high-water mark of six total touchdowns, the All-Pro continues to be hampered by the lack of a fullback position in standard fantasy formats. Unless the next generation of creative offensive minds have a gameplan surrounded around featuring the fullback, then Juice will continue to be an afterthought in fantasy circles despite bringing great value to his real-life squad. The 49ers will have a difficult decision to make regarding Juszczyk this offseason, as his four-year contract will expire heading into 2021 free agency period.

Jan 23, 2021 5:58 AM EST

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