The 49ers are going to draft a cornerback. Here’s one option in each round for the team"We’ve gone over one option in each round for safeties for the NFL draft. We’ve also gone over an option in each round for wide receivers. Now it’s time for the cornerback position. One thing that is fascinating about the San Francisco 49ers is the cornerback position. They have plenty of bodies at the position. How many of those bodies are healthy? How many can be relied upon when healthy? I’m dying to know how John Lynch values the current roster. Is the point of him trading back to get a premium pick in order to select a cornerback? If so Garrett Celek Jersey
, here are some options in the first four rounds.20’s-Greedy Williams, LSULet’s say the team does end up making a trade with the Raiders and they get one of their first round picks in the 20’s. Let’s say a player falls that they are so in love with that they cannot pass up. That player is likely Greedy Williams. If you only watched two games of Williams in 2018, but didn’t know his name, you’d think he was a top five pick against the Ole Miss wide receivers. Unfortunately, you’d wonder why he wasn’t picked until the third if you watch him against Alabama. It was a rollercoaster year for the tall, lanky, speedy corner out of LSU. His 2017 was much more consistent. The talent is there.Two for the top of the second-Deandre Baker, Georgia. Rock Ya-SinIn this scenario, the 49ers get their offensive skill player with their extra first round selection and now are staring at a defensive back at the top of the second round. Let’s look at two lengthy corners the team could be interested in.BakerWhen I watch Baker, I can tell he can play. I do not think he does enough to warrant a premium pick. That’s the disconnect for me. I think both these names—if they are truly the two options—prove that the team should wait on CB. Baker is more of a zone corner. He’s very good at playing under control and reading the QB. That helped him make plenty of plays in college. Where Baker lacks is change of direction. I saw him give up leverage and positioning way too often. Having ball skills won’t matter if you’re not in position.Ya-SinThe CB out of Temple looks the part. The 49ers should be familiar with him as Ya-Sin participated at the Senior Bowl as well. Ya-Sin is much better at the line of scrimmage than he is playing off-coverage. He just seems more comfortable playing in a receivers face. Ya-Sin is very physical at the line, sometimes resulting in a penalty. That doesn’t bother me. What does is his technique at the line. Ya-Sin lacks patience and doesn’t seem to fully trust his speed. That causes him to “open up” too early, giving the receiver space underneath. This is where he’s projected. I feel it’s a round too early.Two third round gemsIf all goes well, and the 49ers are able to trade back, this would be an ideal spot to snag a cornerback. It seems like there are always names that get pushed down, due to other teams reaching for players that aren’t finished products earlier in the draft. Here are two names that could help in the third.Julian Love, Notre DameThe 49ers don’t need a flashy, “high-upside” player. They need a good, sound, ball hawk. That’s Love. He ran a 4.54 40-yard dash, so he will likely drop a bit. When you watch him, you can tell that Love understands what the offense wants to do. He can read the play and close in a hurry. Love isn’t big, and you see the lack of strength show up. He’ll need to improve at the line of scrimmage as well. For the most part he puts himself in a position to make a play and when he is, he makes it. Love also has experience in the slot. That’s what you want.Sean Bunting, Central MichiganTo me, Bunting is better than both players in the second round above. He is one of the top press corners in the draft. He will embarrass you at the line of scrimmage. He’s that physical. Bunting recovers better than Baker to me as well. Bunting gave up only 41% of passes his way, with a 41% passer rating. To give you an idea of the type of athlete he is, Bunting ran a 4.42 40-yard dash with a 41.5” vertical. You can see that explosion. I have a hard time finding five corners better.Fourth round flier Nik Needham, UTEPThis isn’t a big name by any means. This is the round where you take a guy that might need some time to develop, but has the skills you’re looking for. Needham flashes tremendous potential. The first thing you notice is his athleticism. Needham can run with anyone, but he’s not a linear athlete. There are no issues changing directions. That allowed Needham to contest plenty of plays in 2018. The level of play is in question, as is his production. Needham only had two interceptions during his three-year career. Needham is sound, physical, aggressive Steve Young Jersey
, and athletic. This could be the guy we look back at in a couple years and wonder why he fell.How about you, who are the best options? Later today I’ll have CB rankings! With so many season-long leagues shifting to their playoffs, lots of fantasy players are turning toward daily game — especially if they’re no longer contending for the title.And key injuries like those to running backs James Conner, Matt Breida and Melvin Gordon have created opportunities in daily fantasy without the downside seen in seasonal leagues.Here are a few situations that will be pivotal in Week 14:JAMES CONNERThe Pittsburgh running back having a strong year replacing Le’Veon Bell is out against Oakland with a sprained left ankle, creating a huge opportunity for Jaylen Samuels. Samuels is a top five value in DailyRoto’s projections at his price for both FanDuel ($4,600) and DraftKings ($3,700). While head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Conner will be replaced by a committee, Samuels has the most appeal. Samuels averaged five catches a game during his senior year at NC State and will be the first back targeted in the passing game and 2-minute offense. Samuels has outsnapped Stevan Ridley 2-1 over the previous few weeks and even with a conservative projection of 50 percent of rushing attempts, he projects for top five value. While a “fade” or pivoting off of Samuels may be viable on FanDuel, where touchdowns are critical, he should be a staple of DraftKings cash games and tournament lineups this weekend.MATT BREIDAWith Samuels a trendy option, one name that could fly under the radar as a pivot is 49ers running back Jeff Wilson, who costs just $5,600 on Fanduel and $3,800 on DraftKings. When Matt Breida went down with an injury in Week 13 it was Wilson who emerged, playing on 73 percent of snaps and getting 15 carries and eight catches. With San Francisco again projected to be playing from behind, Wilson could receive more checkdowns from Nick Mullens. They key to watch with Wilson will be the news around Alfred Morris and Matthew Dayes. Both were inactive last week, leading to Wilson’s large workload. If either are inactive again this week it could be a sign that San Francisco is willing to trust the undrafted free agent with a heavy workload. Like Samuels, Wilson was a strong receiver in college with over 500 yards on 70 receptions and could be particularly valuable in the point-per-reception format on DraftKings.The other benefit of Wilson is his game starting in the late afternoon window. Both FanDuel and DraftKings offer the ability to use late swaps, allowing you to edit rosters for games that have not yet started. Samuels will be the highest owned player this week and savvy fantasy owners who need to catch up to their opponents will leverage late swaps to pivot off Samuels to Wilson.MELVIN GORDONGordon projects to remain out again in Week 14 and Austin Ekeler eased any doubts about his workload in Week 13, playing on 78 percent of snaps. Some fantasy owners may be scared off by his results, ending with just 43 yards, but his workload is encouraging with 13 rushing attempts and eight targets. On the season, Ekeler is averaging 0.35 fantasy points per snap, which is higher than a few notable names, including Christian McCaffrey, James Conner, Ezekiel Elliott, Joe Mixon and David Johnson. Ekeler is particularly attractive at a $6,700 FanDuel price and also a strong play at $6,200 on DraftKings. Look for Ekeler to provide a strong boost in a game where the Chargers have a 31-point implied team total and are 14-point home favorites.