Kyle Juszczyk

Kyle Juszczyk

Running Back #44
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 248 lb.
College:Harvard
Age:29
Born:April 23, 1991
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 4 (130)
Draft Team:BAL

Kyle Juszczyk: 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.

January 23, 2021 5:58 AM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Scores twice

Juszczyk recorded two receptions on three targets for 10 yards and two touchdown in Week 16 against the Cardinals. He added one rush for three yards.

Analysis: Juszczyk made the most of his limited touches, hauling in touchdown receptions of nine and one-yard. Though his volume remains insignificant, Juszczyk has found the end zone four times in his last four games. He'll look to take one more trip to the end zone in Week 17 against Seattle to close the campaign.

December 26, 2020 6:00 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Musters up 29 yards

Juszcyk rushed twice for four yards and caught one of two targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Juszcyk now has 61 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and a 16-188-2 line through the air. In turn, he's been named to a fifth straight Pro Bowl.

December 22, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Hits pay dirt again

Juszczyk rushed one time for three yards and caught two of three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-15 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Juszczyk extended his touchdown streak to two games and now has four combined scores on the year (two rushing and two receiving). The versatile fullback remains the top receiving threat at his position with 15 receptions for 163 yards through 13 contests, but he has also been used more as a rusher with new career highs in carries (13), rushing yards (57) and rushing touchdowns (two). Juice still doesn't provide enough volume to become fantasy relevant when forced into the category of running back.

December 14, 2020 2:59 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Scores in Week 13 loss

Juszczyk had two carries for five yards and caught a six-yard touchdown during Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: The 29-year-old played a season-low 14 offensive snaps but was still able to find the end zone for his first receiving touchdown of the season. Juszczyk has 12 carries for 54 yards and 13 receptions for 148 yards with three total touchdowns this season.

December 8, 2020 8:34 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Logs 32 scrimmage yards

Juszczyk registered eight yards on a pair of carries, adding two receptions for 24 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win against the Rams. He also fumbled once, but the ball rolled out of bounds.

Analysis: The fullback's greatest contribution came in crunch time, as his two-yard carry on a 4th-and-1 with 35 seconds to go in the fourth quarter helped move San Francisco into range for a walk-off 42-yard field goal from Robbie Gould. His pass-catching contributions are of note as well, as Juszczyk's 24 receiving yards marked his greatest output since posting a 41-yard catch Week 1 against Arizona. He has two touchdowns on the season, as the 49ers prepare to host the Bills out of a temporary home in Arizona.

December 1, 2020 7:11 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Rushes for second touchdown

Juszczyk had four carries for 18 yards and one touchdown and caught one of two targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 33-6 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: The 29-year-old entered Week 7 with only three carries for 18 yards all season, but he was more involved in the run game versus New England. Juszczyk could continue to see more involvment with Tevin Coleman (knee) Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) sidelined, but he's unlikely to enter fantasy relevance. Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty should handle most of the backfield touches for the 49ers.

October 27, 2020 2:02 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Scores first rushing TD in SF

Juszczyk rushed twice for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 43-17 loss to Miami.

Analysis: It was surprisingly Juszczyk's first rushing touchdown with the 49ers since joining the team back in 2017. The versatile fullback generally does his damage in the passing game, but he has been limited to just five receptions so far through five contests. As per usual, Juice will carry more real-life value over fantasy heading into a Week 6 matchup against the Rams.

October 12, 2020 12:52 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: One catch in win

Juszczyk caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 36-9 win over the Giants.

Analysis: It has been a quiet couple of weeks for Juszczyk (three receptions for 13 yards) following his big 41-yard reception back in Week 1. The versatile fullback provides so much for the 49ers that doesn't show up on the stat sheet, and while he will occassionally have a big play drawn up for him, there isn't enough consistency here to warrant fantasy consideration.

September 28, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Totals 48 yards in loss

Juszczyk ran the ball once for seven yards and caught a pass for 41 yards in Sunday's 24-20 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: Head coach Kyle Shanahan drew up a play for his fullback, and Juszczyk rewarded the decision by getting open in the secondary for a huge gain. The 29-year-old caught the Cardinals off guard, but those familiar with the versatile back's game are aware of his ability rip off the occasional big play (23 receptions for 278 yards and two touchdowns last season). Juice is a priceless asset for the 49ers, but as an endangered fullback, he doesn't receive enough touches to warrant fantasy consideration in standard formats.

September 15, 2020 4:01 AM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Back in action

Juszczyk (hamstring) returned to team activities Monday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: "Juice" was one of many 49ers to suffer mild hamstring strains earlier in camp, and like a few of his comrades, he was able to return to action Monday, putting him in line to suit up against the Cardinals in Week 1. The Swiss-army knife will make the occasionally flashy play out of the backfield, but his main priority will be to help pave lanes for this fast rushing attack instilled by head coach Kyle Shanahan.

September 8, 2020 1:46 AM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Has hamstring strain

Coach Kyle Shanahan called Juszczyk "week-to-week" due to a strained hamstring, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: And the injuries just keep coming for the defending NFC champions. Juszczyk may be the most versatile fullback in the league and has posted at least 200 yards receiving in five consecutive campaigns, so his status will be one to watch as Week 1 approaches.

August 27, 2020 12:04 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Sticking in San Francisco

The 49ers picked up Jusczyk's 2020 option Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Niners could've saved $5.45 million against the salary cap next year by letting Juszcyk go, but the fullback's versatility will keep him around for another year. The 28-year-old rushed three times for seven yards and caught 20 of 24 targets for 239 yards and a score over 12 games in 2019, and he added a touchdown reception in the Super Bowl as well.

March 4, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Scores on big stage

Juszczyk hauled in all three of his targets for 39 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: In addition to his contributions as a receiver, Juszczyk performed to his usual exceptional level as a blocker on offense. The versatile fullback's touchdown came via hauling in a 15-yard pass midway through the second quarter. Though he isn't a candidate to inch onto the fantasy radar, Juszczyk's continued presence in San Francisco will remain key for the team's plans on offense. He'll enter the final year of his contract in 2020.

February 2, 2020 8:19 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Sets up touchdown

Juszczyk caught his lone pass for a 49-yard gain during Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle.

Analysis: Juszczyk delivered some devastating blocks out of the backfield Sunday, but his biggest play came in the slot midway through the third quarter when he stutter-stepped his defender and got open downfield for a 49-yard gain to set up a Raheem Mostert touchdown. Thanks to Juszczyk's efforts, the 49ers will have a bye this coming week and will take on the Eagles, Seahawks or Vikings in the divisional round. Sunday's reception was the only touch Juszczyk recorded against any of those teams this season.

December 31, 2019 4:17 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Scores short touchdown

Juszczyk had two carries for one yard and two receptions for six yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-22 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Juszczyk recovered a fumble on punt coverage and nearly broke the plane of the end zone, so coach Kyle Shanahan rewarded his fullback by drawing up two plays to eventually get him the score. The versatile blocker has five catches over his last two contests, but also had zero touches over his previous two, highlighting the lack of fantasy value heading into Week 16.

December 16, 2019 12:25 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Returns to contest

Juszczyk returned to Sunday's game against the Saints after being evaluated for a concussion, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: After getting dinged up in the fourth quarter, the 28-year-old fullback was deemed fine after further evaluation. Juszczyk will continue to pave the way for the 49ers' running backs while occasionally contributing in the passing game.

December 8, 2019 1:02 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Evaluated for head injury

Juszczyk left Sunday's game against the Saints and is being evaluated for a concussion, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Juszczyk suffered the injury on a hit directly to the head after he caught a pass in the fourth quarter, and was visibly shaken up. He'll enter the league's mandated concussion protocol, and we'll need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before returning.

December 8, 2019 12:50 PM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Season-high receiving total

Juszczyk had seven catches for 63 yards in Sunday's 36-26 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Juszczyk set new season highs in receptions, yards and targets in one fell swoop. The versatile fullback was targeted just nine times over his previous five healthy contests, which was a bit surprising given the lack of receiving talent that San Francisco brings to the table. Juice had stretches of flirting with deep-league value (even as a fullback) over his first two seasons in San Francisco, so maybe this strong outing will earn the 28-year-old more looks down the stretch.

November 18, 2019 6:41 AM EST

Kyle Juszczyk: Facing 4-to-6-week absence

The 49ers announced Tuesday that Juszczyk (knee) will likely be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: After exiting Monday's 31-3 win over the Browns, Juszczyk was sent in for an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed the versatile fullback had sprained the MCL in his left knee. The loss of the 28-year-old for at least the next four games will deprive Jimmy Garoppolo of one of his favorite dump-off targets, while also leaving a potent San Francisco ground attack without a lead blocker. The 49ers could sign another fullback to compensate for Juszczyk's absence or have backup tight end Levine Toilolo -- a blocking specialist -- line up out of the backfield more frequently.

October 8, 2019 1:21 PM EST

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