Taylor was also the intended target on a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass that was tipped and secured by the Rams. The rookie fifth-round pick did get into the end zone for the first time as a pro earlier, however, bringing in a three-yard throw from Brian Hoyer with 5:08 remaining. Taylor has tallied modest production thus far in a passing game that has been progressively finding itself, but a college resume that includes a 136-reception, 1,803-yard, 12-touchdown senior season lends credence to the notion that Taylor could eventually develop into a strong PPR producer.
Goodwin's production was largely comprised of his season-long 50-yard reception, as he was largely inefficient with his targets otherwise. The 26-year-old has struggled to adapt to the role of starting receiver thus far, notching just eight catches for 109 yards through three games. While Goodwin's presence does serve to threaten defenses over the top, his lack of overall production could eventually cause him to drop down the pecking order. Rookie fifth-round pick Trent Taylor is much more suited for the role of slot receiver, but another downfield specialist, Aldrick Robinson, lurks behind Taylor at the No. 4 slot, and boasts the added advantage of having previously worked with head coach Kyle Shanahan in Washington. Goodwin will look to build on Thursday's season-high receiving yardage tally against the Cardinals in Week 4.
The performance was one that both Garcon and head coach Kyle Shanahan -- who served as offensive coordinator during part of the former's tenure in Washington -- likely envisioned when bringing him west in the offseason. Garcon looked and played the part of a true No. 1 receiver throughout the night, making a number of impressive plays. A nifty 19-yard toe-dragging grab on the sideline early in the third needed a replay challenge before being rightfully deemed a catch, while his outstretched 59-yard reception deep down the left sideline with just over six minutes remaining put the Niners into Rams territory on a drive that would culminate in a Trent Taylor touchdown. Garcon made a number of other noteworthy receptions throughout the contest as well and may have made a significant leap forward in his rapport with Hoyer. He'll look to continue producing in a tough Week 4 road tilt versus the Cardinals.
Hyde gutted out a sore hip that caused a first-half exit to set up the Niners for a potential game-tying two-point conversion by powering into the end zone from one yard out on fourth down with 2:13 remaining. The would-be game-tying throw from Brian Hoyer to Trent Taylor was unsuccessful, but Hyde finished with what was a rewarding performance for his fantasy owners. Despite summer rumblings that head coach Kyle Shanahan was looking for a reason to potentially reduce his role, Hyde has once again emerged as the clear-cut lead back within the team's new offensive system. He's tallied 40 carries for 208 yards and Thursday's pair of scores over the last two games, so he appears to be quite the natural fit in Shanahan's scheme thus far. He'll look to continue grinding out the yards in a Week 4 road tilt against the Cardinals.
Hoyer's impressive final line was due in overwhelmingly large part to the productive connection he displayed with top target Pierre Garcon, and to a 50-yard hook-up with speedy No. 2 option Marquise Goodwin. However, his two scoring throws went elsewhere, as he tossed a one-yard touchdown to Garrett Celek early in the fourth quarter and then found rookie Trent Taylor from three yards out with 5:08 remaining. Hoyer couldn't connect with Taylor again when it counted most, though, as he misfired on a would-be game-tying two-point conversion pass with 2:13 remaining. Despite the disappointing final outcome, Hoyer's performance represented a significant step forward after he'd thrown for a combined 292 yards and no touchdowns through his first two games. He'll look to continue thriving in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense when the Niners face off with the Cardinals on the road in Week 4.
This was a solid showing from Roark, as the Washington bats generated just two runs. Roark has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of 12 starts since the All-Star break, so after a rough patch to begin the season, he's been a solid fantasy asset in the second half. The 30-year-old righty projects to make his final start of the season on the road against Philadelphia.
With top receiving duo Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods seeing 14 targets and Todd Gurley garnering 33 total touches, there wasn't much room for anyone else to shine Thursday, hence a second consecutive modest line for Kupp. The Eastern Washington product got off to a fast start with a touchdown in the opener, but he's tallied just five receptions for 50 yards in the subsequent pair of contests. As a likely fourth option at minimum in the passing game on most weeks, Kupp's production is highly likely to fluctuate, although his route-running acumen and sure hands should occasionally allow him to capitalize on the defensive attention paid to the Rams' top skill players. He'll look to better his production in Week 4 versus the Cowboys.
Austin left the game late in the fourth quarter with the head injury, short after Sammy Watkins (concussion) was taken back to the locker room. With both Austin and Watkins sidelined for the moment, the Rams will rely on Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as the top two wideouts. The long weekend will give Austin a chance to rest, but he'll still need to pass protocol testing before he can take the field.
The knuckleballer had posted a 10.05 ERA through his previous three starts, so this was a surprising bounce-back showing against a strong opponent. At this stage of the fantasy game, and with Dickey's recent struggles in mind, he's best viewed as a flier for his final two road starts against the Mets and Marlins. He sports a mediocre 4.32 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6.5 K/9 for the campaign, after all.
Zimmermann missed nearly three weeks with a neck injury, so exiting after four innings and just 69 pitches wasn't overly surprising. It's been another disappointing fantasy campaign, as the veteran righty sports a 6.19 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 5.8 K/9 for the year. Zimmermann projects to make his final start of the season against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.
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