|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 248 lb.|
|Born:||April 23, 1991|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 4 (130)|
The 49ers exercised Juszczyk's contract option for 2019, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Analysis: Juszczyk will receive $4.2 million for the 2019 season after catching 30 passes for 324 yards and one touchdown last season. The 27-year-old also rushed eight times for 30 yards, with mostly of his involvement in the run game coming as a blocker.
Juszczyk ran the ball twice for nine yards and caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Juszczyk did lose a fumble trying to extend the ball for a first down, but that blemish probably didn't affect anyone in fantasy unless they play in fullback leagues. All jokes aside, the 27-year-old was actually pushing very deep-league value early in the year for his receiving contributions (17 receptions, 227 yards and a touchdown through first five games). That came to a screeching halt when the 49ers' opted to use Juice's blocking skills to help protect their young, inexperienced backups as opposed to sending him out on receiving routes. Despite the offensive drought at the end of the season, Juszczyk will still finish ahead of all fullbacks for the second straight year with 30 receptions and 324 receiving yards.
Juszczyk brought in his lone target for three yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over Seattle.
Analysis: Juszczyk returned to a season-low one target after seeing six over his previous two contests. It has become apparent that head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn't view his fullback as an offensive option with Nick Mullens under center, preferring to use his blocking skills as opposed to a weapon out of the backfield. Juszczyk would need a heavy target share to generate value at an unfavorable fantasy position, and that simply isn't the case in the team's current scheme.
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