The San Francisco 49ers’ receiving corps hasn’t done much in the postseason on account of their consistent ground game, but they might need a boost on offense against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. Kansas City has one of the strongest passing attacks in the league, and could force San Francisco to throw more than usual in an attempt to keep up. If this ends up being the case, at least one of the 49ers’ wideouts needs to rise to the occasion.
Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders are San Francisco’s top two options at receiver, but neither has found a rhythm in the playoffs. Of course, it’s not just them. The five players who have made catches in the postseason for the 49ers have underwhelming numbers. We break down the 49ers top two receivers as you make decisions for Super Bowl 54 Showdown at DraftKings.
Fantasy football analysis: 49ers WRs Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders
Samuel leads all 49ers receivers with 88 receiving yards in the postseason. He’s converted nine targets into five receptions and has had minimal success on a few rushing attempts as well. Sanders has only had three balls thrown his way and has tallied two receptions for 33 yards. He ranks fourth on the team.
Samuel appears to be San Francisco’s WR1, and his ability to rack up yards after the catch gives him an advantage over his team’s other weapons. His versatility puts him in a position to get more touches than his teammates — aside from the running backs. His Showdown values ($11,400/$7,600) are the fourth highest of any San Francisco player. Sanders’ prices ($7,800/$5,200) are only above Kendrick Bourne and Matt Breida as far as the 49ers’ skill players go. He’s been relatively quiet since he unexpectedly tallied 37.1 DKFP against the New Orleans Saints during the regular season. But he seems like an afterthought now.
Both Samuel and Sanders are worth flex plays, but Samuel has the more upside.