Dante Pettis Fantasy Value Continues to Plummet Amidst Criticism From Coach Kyle Shanahan

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Entering the offseason, there was plenty of hype surrounding San Francisco 49ers' second-year wide receiver Dante Pettis. He flashed big-time potential as a rookie in 2018, got Jimmy Garoppolo back at the helm and looked poised to begin the year as San Francisco's No. 1 WR.

However, some negative reports out of 49ers' training camp have put a damper on Pettis' fantasy value. Garoppolo has reportedly looked rusty in camp and uneven at best in the preseason, but even more worrisome are the comments from the team's head coach Kyle Shanahan.

This is not the first time Shanahan has publicly called out Pettis this offseason. While he opened the team's third preseason game with the first-team offense, Shanahan left Pettis on the field well into the fourth quarter. That's troubling considering bonafide starters are generally out of the game by then, and this could suggest Pettis is not a surefire bet to remain a primary option.

However, there is still reason for optimism. Pettis did haul in three of his five targets in the Week 3 game, and from Weeks 13-16 in 2018 he averaged 84.5 yards and one TD per game. He also averaged 17.3 yards per reception in 2018, which would've been the fourth-best mark in football had Pettis played enough snaps to qualify.

Additionally, Marquise Goodwin is the 49ers' only established option at WR, so it could be tough to justify keeping Pettis off the field.

Currently being drafted as WR39, Pettis certainly has the talent to outperform his average draft position (ADP). However, his uncertain role in the offense could make him much more of a boom-or-bust option than many analysts were predicting ahead of training camp.

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