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What to do with Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk in Week 7 fantasy football

We go over Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the 49ers Week 7 matchup against the Patriots.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) is congratulated by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) for scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Game day update: ESPN’s PPR projections have Deebo Samuel at 12.4 points and Brandon Aiyuk at 8.5 points. The Patriots pass defense hasn’t been awful, but it hasn’t been impressive. Even with a lockdown corner like Stephon Gilmore, Samuel and Aiyuk have upside given their use in a variety of gadget type plays that take them away from the cornerback.

The San Francisco 49ers look like they’re getting their season back on track after a spate of injuries and an ugly outing against the Dolphins in Week 5. This week, they’ll take on the Patriots, who have a decent enough secondary to raise questions about the fantasy prospects for the team’s top two receivers.

Fantasy Football analysis: 49ers WRs Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk

Samuel had a decent game last week against the Rams. He caught all six targets thrown his way for 66 yards and a touchdown. That was actually his first touchdown of the season. Aiyuk, however, didn’t fare as well, catching two of three targets for 12 yards. Luckily for fantasy managers, he did find the end zone.

Tight end George Kittle is still the top option in the passing game, and he’ll likely command most of the attention from New England’s defense. That’s good news for the receivers, who offer decent low-end fantasy options for flex spots or second and third receivers. The Niners have used Aiyuk some in the running game (he’s got two rushing touchdowns this season) and might have to do that again with Raheem Mostert out. That gives him a little edge over Samuel for fantasy.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Brandon Aiyuk. Sit Deebo Samuel.