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Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: JERICK McKINNON RB SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

With the summer now just days away, it is time to begin our 2018 fantasy football coverage and we always begin by focusing in on the top sleeper target from yours truly to get things underway.  It is under that setup where we look deeper into San Francisco 49ers free agent arrival Jerick McKinnon who became the obsession of head coach Kyle Shanahan once the winter signing period began.  Once McKinnon signed on the dotted line, Shanahan didn't waste any time speaking glowingly over this new starting running back and how he has big plans for him.  This immediately set off fantasy football alarms everywhere, in particular for those who take part in PPR formats for reasons we will explain below.  So let's not waste any more time and get right to it.

Now as far as the Shanahan marriage with McKinnon, it needs to be brought back to the attention of the fantasy football community how he helped turn Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman into a first-round PPR stud over the last few seasons.  When Shanahan was in charge of the Atlanta offense before landing in San Fran prior to last season, it was Freeman who he unleashed as a running/receiving dynamo who held top RB 1 status in PPR formats and low-level RB 1 status in standard leagues.  Remember that in addition to rushing for over 1,000 yards and a massive 22 total touchdowns on the ground from 2015-16, Freeman also caught 73 and 54 passes respectively during that span as well.  Talk about a PPR monster and Shanahan has plans for McKinnon to be that type of player for the 49ers this season.  Now entering into his fifth NFL season, we have seen flashes of big speed from McKinnon during his previous four years while with the Minnesota Vikings and also the ability to be a decent factor as a receiver as well.  Unfortunately, McKinnon was stuck in a timeshare almost throughout this time period and so he was never able to really flourish in a way he figures to do now.  The best part in all of this is that McKinnon's 2018 fantasy football draft price doesn't figure to be astronomical so a tremendous value/upside pick could be had here.  Given the track record of Shanahan and his work with running backs previously, McKinnon could be a monster PPR man on the lines of a David Johnson or a Kareem Hunt but a full round or two cheaper.  Get on board here because McKinnon is headed for big things this season.

2018 PROJECTION:  1,125 rushing yards 7 TD, 59 receptions 554 yards 2 TD  

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