No team has had worse luck than the San Francisco 49ers this season. Superstars like Nick Bosa, George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo have all been lost for various extended periods of time already, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Other key contributors like Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Deebo Samuel have all missed time as well.
And after some troubling news yesterday, things have only gotten worse. Kendrick Bourne tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out for the team's Thursday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers, but Brandon Aiyuk was deemed a close contact, so he'll be out as well.
Now essentially the last man standing in the 49ers' wide receiver room, Trent Taylor could be a sneaky-good play in fantasy football this week.
Trent Taylor Fantasy Outlook
With Nick Mullens at the helm, it's fair to be hesitant about Taylor's prospects this week. But Mullens lit it up down the stretch while taking over for Jimmy G last week, going 18-of-25 for 238 yards and 2 scores.
And if Mullens can look anything like he did then, Trent could be a really valuable asset thanks to the potential for huge volume. Other than Ross Dwelley (and potentially Jordan Reed, if he's active) there just aren't many available pass-catchers aside from Trent. Expect him to soak up targets early and often.
That volume could translate into some serious production against a Packers' pass defense that ranks No. 25 in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics.
He's a bit of a risk since he's not really a known commodity at this point in his career, but Taylor does have legitimate upside in Week 9.
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