NFL fantasy football: 49ers Week 3 projections at New York Giants

SANTA CLARA – Here is how I see the 49ers’ fantasy football stats for Sunday’s visit to the New York Giants:

Quarterback Nick Mullens: Start/sit him

Projected stats: 250 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Start him if you’re daring, or if you’re a diehard 49ers fan and Mullens maniac. Sit him if you believe the 49ers’ injury toll is too daunting, though it should be noted Jordan Reed, Brandon Aiyuk and Jerick McKinnon are all back after last Sunday’s overlooked success stories. A banner day still won’t guarantee a Week 4 start over a healthier Jimmy Garoppolo.

Running back Jerick McKinnon: Start him

Projected stats: 125 all-purpose yards, 2 TDs

He’s scored in each game, he’s shown breakaway speed and he’ll get his most opportunities since 2017, now that he’s healthy while Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are OUT with knee injuries.

Running back Jeff Wilson: Sit him

Projected stats: 40 yards, 1 TD

He could vulcher in at the goal-line for a touchdown run, in case you’re desperate for an RB4.

Running back JaMycal Hasty: Sit him

Projected stats: 25 yards

Just putting this undrafted rookie on your radar in case he debuts. His speed and shiftiness could cover for Mostert’s void.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne: Start him

Projected stats: 80 yards, 1 TD

He and Mullens broke in as 2017 undrafted rookies, so there is a kinship that can’t be overlooked, and Bourne should be hungry with Deebo Samuel lurking to return to the starting lineup next week. his kind of ‘go to’ thing is hands in transition. Said Mullens: “He’s not the fastest guy, but he runs great routes, you always know where he’s going to be and he can separate versus man coverage.”

Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk: Start him

Projected stats: 75 yards, 1 TD

Aiyuk got his NFL feet wet on this field last Sunday, proved he was capable of yards after the catch and throwing a physical block. And he relished it all. Said Mullens: “The coolest thing about last week is: Aiyuk, when he finished the game, he was so excited to get back out there. That was really cool. He was, ‘Man, I can’t wait to get back out there for next Sunday.’ To see the energy behind those guys is awesome.”

Tight end Jordan Reed: Start him

Projected stats: 5 catches, 60 yards

The Giants will be intent on shutting him down after he scored two touchdowns against the Jets, both off passes from Jimmy Garoppolo. The Giants aren’t great. Reed apparently is, again.

Tight end George Kittle: Sit him

Projected stats: 0

He’s been ruled out a second straight game, but he practiced this past week, so that is a great sign for a Week 4 return on Sunday night against Philadelphia to open a three-game homestand.

Kicker Robbie Gould: Start him

Projected stats: 2 field goals, 3 point-after kicks

Gould’s made his past 20 field-goal attempts, and he can find some motivation having previously played for the Giants before joining the 49ers.

Defense: Start it

Projected stats: 3 sacks, 2 takeaways, 250 yards allowed

No Saquon Barkley or Sterling Shepard to take the heat off second-year QB Daniel Jones (3-12 as a starter).

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