|Team:||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 248 lb.|
|Born:||April 23, 1991|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 4 (130)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juszczyk (knee) is believed to have suffered a sprained left MCL in Monday's 31-3 win over the Browns, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 49ers will send Juszczyk in for an MRI later Tuesday before offering further clarity on his injury, but if the initial diagnosis proves accurate, he'll have a tough time making it back for the team's Week 6 matchup with the Rams. Juszczyk has only tallied 82 total yards on seven touches through four games, but his skills as a lead blocker have helped spark the 49ers' productive ground game this season.
Juszczyk appears to have suffered a left knee sprain but the severity is still unknown according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Juszczyk will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, which will bring more clarity to the situation but there's a good chance the Pro Bowl fullback could be sidelined for at least one contest. Look for more details to emerge when the team releases their practice report later this week.
Juszczyk has been carted to the locker room and is questionable to return, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Juszczyk was able to walk off the field with some assistance from the training staff but then was spotted on a cart heading to the locker room shortly after. A fundamental piece to the 49ers' run game, the Pro Bowler is the only fullback on the roster. Should he miss an extended period of time, there's a good chance the 49ers hit the free agent market in search of a replacement.
Juszczyk caught all three of his targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Juszczyk received his first notable offensive action of the season, making a game-high 27-yard reception on a wheel route out of the backfield. The versatile fullback has reached the 30-catch and 300-yard receiving plateau for each of his last two seasons with San Francisco, so the occasional big showing in a box score should be expected. Juice is rarely used as a runner, and simply doesn't get enough consistent looks to be relied upon as a fullback in the fantasy world.
Juszczyk caught one of two targets for five yards and added a six-yard run during Sunday's 41-17 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: The plays were Juszczyk's first touches of the season. Head coach Kyle Shanahan likes to use his fullback more than most coaches and, despite playing a low-priority position, Juszczyk has still managed to top 300 total yards three out of the past four seasons to go along with six total touchdowns. That's probably not enough to depend on on any given week, but don't be surprised if Juszczyk has some decent fantasy outings this season.
Juszczyk's x-ray on his injured hand came back negative Sunday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Juszczyk suffered the hand injury during Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, but appears to be fine. Heading into the final two preseason games, it's likely that the team won't risk further injury, and hold the veteran out for both games. With Juszczyk sidelined, the team could look to add a full back in free agency, or utilize a depth tight end for his role during practice and the preseason.
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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