Are the 49ers a fantasy goldmine or landmine in 2016?

The 49ers struggled in 2015, but Mike Tagliere says the new coaching situation could make the team more appealing for fantasy in 2016.

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Are the 49ers a fantasy goldmine or landmine in 2016?


There have been a lot of different opinions this offseason on whether or not the 49ers offense will be competent enough to put up points on the scoreboard, and whether or not the skill position players are worth having on your fantasy teams. It’s a great question, because after all, this was the lowest scoring team in the league last year. But can this be rectified, and how fast can that happen? So the question must be asked — for fantasy football, is the San Francisco situation a goldmine, or is it a landmine?

Chip Kelly and the Eagles

Before discussing the specifics of the players involved, we must discuss the key that starts the engine: new head coach Chip Kelly. While most people tie the 49ers to a great defense and a power run game, this is not your father’s 49ers team.

Kelly brings an offensive mind to this team. He turned around an Eagles team that was trending in the wrong direction under Andy Reid. They averaged just 17.5 points per game in 2012, ranking 29th in the league. While turning around an NFL team typically takes time, Kelly had the roster up to 27.6 points per game the following year (fourth-best) in his first year with the team.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by FantasyPros.com.

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