Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
2020 Week 3 Analysis: 49'ers @ Giants (By Ross Jacobs)
-Good grief the Giants are hard to watch. I've been warning how terrible they are, and it was on full display here. This team literally has nothing except a decent run defense. They are so bad it's painful. They'll be fighting their New York Jets neighbors for the #1 pick.
-It was 16-6 49'ers at the half, and it just got worse from there. The Giants have no offense and a defense that's not much better. The Niners just kept hammering away until the Giants caved.
-I have very few individual notes on this game. I've said it before but it's just so hard to take anything away when one team is so obviously better than the other, and that was certainly the case here. How the 49'ers can be so banged up and missing so many stars and yet still beat the pants off the Giants is hard to imagine. Dave Gettleman needs to go, and this team needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Daniel Jones isn't the worst QB in the league, but he's close. It's probably a good thing that the rest of the team is so bad because with a better team around him he could put up decent numbers and the team would be forced to stick with him for too long. As it stands they are going to bomb, and Jones is going down with the ship.
-It may have just been how awful the Giants are but I thought Jeff Wilson looked pretty nice here. He's flashed a few times in the past and he probably earned some more work here. Shanahan wants to rotate his back, not rely on one, so Wilson will likely be in maybe a 35/65 split with McKinnon going forward. Speaking of McKinnon he looked very good as well and completely recovered from the injuries that have plagued him the past few years. This is still going to be a mixed backfield once Coleman and Mostert return from injury. There's probably no fantasy winner from this group, at least not in 2020.
-That's really all I have. This kind of thing is going to happen a lot to the Giants this year. They suck. They might find a way to win 3 games but only because the division is so terrible. The 49'ers are still an ok team, but the injuries have wiped out any chance of a Superbowl run. Don't think that just because they blew out the Giants they are still in the mix. Beating the Giants is nothing to be proud of on its own. San Fran probably finishes this season just short of .500, somewhere around 7 wins I'd guess.
-There's not much to be had for fantasy from these two teams. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk is getting some ok work, but he's nothing special. The 49'er RB's rotate too much to be consistently useful.
-Jordan Reed has been playing well, but the return of Kittle and Deebo Samuel likely spells the end of his numbers. If Kittle gets hurt again Reed would be a decent replacement if your team is struggling for TE points.
-The only player I really like on the Giants is Darius Slayton, but there's not enough consistent work for him to be a fantasy star yet. Maybe in another year or two. He'll have moments, but you can't count on him week in week out yet.
-Evan Engram could be a monster with another team. On the Giants he's a gigantic waste of space. This team has no idea how to use him, and he's dead for fantasy until he changes teams.