Draft Day Sleeper: Why The 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin Has Emerged As A Wide Receiver Worth Reaching For

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s his “speed and I feel like he’s underestimated as a route runner, as well,” Witherspoon said. “Very intricate routes, detailed routes, combining that with speed that threatens you, you have to respect it and it makes his game complete.” – Ahkello Witherspoon (cornerback)

“When you can beat man coverage like that on almost any route we give you, and he’s catching it consistently, we’re excited about his year,” Shanahan said. “And (we) expect him to get a lot of opportunities.” – Kyle Shanahan (head coach)

Both quotes courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle 

Marquise Goodwin enjoyed a breakout 2017 campaign in his first season with the 49ers, putting up 56 receptions, 962 yards and 2 TD.  He really thrived in December, when Jimmy Garoppolo was installed as the team’s starting quarterback:

  • First 11 games – 27 receptions, 578 yards, 1 TD
  • Final 5 games – 29 receptions, 384 yards, 1 TD

Now consider that Goodwin was doing that work, even late in the year, with a questionable offense around him.  This year Pierre Garcon, the team’s former top receiver, is back and healthy.  Jerrick McKinnon was brought in to anchor the running game.  And, of course, Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback from Week 1.

It has all come together for the perfect storm, and things should be looking up for the 27-year old.  If you take his stats from five December games and simply project them out for a full 16 game season you get:

93 receptions, 1,229 yards and 3 TD

Obviously we’d like to see more touchdowns, and if he were to receive this type of workload and can translate these early practices into game action it’s easy to expect them to be there.  While we wouldn’t expect him to actually post those numbers, because there are more viable options who will get opportunities, would a line of 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and 6 TD be that far-fetched?  The fact that he could easily outproduce those numbers just further fuels the fire.

Now, look at his current average ADP:

  • Pierre Garcon – 91.2
  • Marquise Goodwin – 101.2

Goodwin is the 41st wide receiver coming off the board, meaning you don’t even have to draft him as a starter.  Of course the numbers could lead to him being a Top 20-25 performer, making him a can’t miss target on draft day.

Sources – ESPN, Fantasy Pros, The San Francisco Chronicle

Make sure to check out all of our 2018 preseason rankings:

Position
Date Updated
Quarterback08/31/18
Running Back09/02/18
Wide Receiver 08/29/18
Tight End08/24/18
Kicker08/28/18
Defense08/09/18
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