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Kendrick Bourne COVID Update Crushes Week 9 Fantasy Outlook

Max Staley
Kendrick Bourne fantasy outlook crushed by his recent COVID update.
Kendrick Bourne fantasy outlook crushed by his recent COVID update. / Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a big blow to a San Francisco offense already playing without its No. 1 wideout in Deebo Samuel.

It's also tough news for fantasy football managers, as Bourne was a sneaky-good play in Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers.

Kendrick Bourne Fantasy Outlook

Playing an increased role with Deebo sidelined last week, Bourne turned 10 targets into 8 receptions for 81 yards. That's not mind-blowing production or anything, but that much volume put him squarely on the WR3/4 radar.

Now that he's officially out for Week 9, and his status for Week 10 appears questionable (at best) as of now. With San Francisco on bye in Week 11, and Deebo likely returning by then, Bourne is now droppable in most formats.

Brandon Aiyuk Fantasy Outlook

Brandon Aiyuk is pretty much the last pass-catcher standing in San Francisco. With George Kittle, Deebo, Bourne and Jordan Reed potentially all sidelined in Week 9, Aiyuk is going to be a target hog on Thursday night.

He does draw a tough matchup with Jaire Alexander, but Kyle Shanahan can mitigate that some as he's arguably the most creative play-caller in football. Likely a lock for 10-plus targets this week, Aiyuk has real blowup potential on Thursday, especially since he's coming off an 8-catch, 91-yard performance last week.

If he's somehow still on the waiver wire, pick him up immediately. If not, he's someone to target in a potential trade this week.

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