College: Washington | Rookie
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 195 lbs
Birth Date: 10/23/1995
2019 Bye Week: 4
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
Pettis found his way into the lineup late in his rookie season and played well in a featured role. He had 75-plus yards three of his last give games, including a 129-yards showing in Week 13. Pettis displayed big-play ability, averaging 17.3 yards per reception. He also scored five touchdowns on his 27 receptions. He could have a more featured role from day one this year. Pettis is a thin receiver, which is a concern, but has good speed and is great with the ball in his hands. He gets in and out of his breaks well, making him a tough cover. He can be a top big-play threat.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Pettis can build on his finish to last year. We wouldn't expect huge numbers but he can get around 60 receptions for 900 yard and six or so touchdowns. This makes him reserve material for fantasy teams.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis comes into his second season in the league as the teams lead wide receiver, albeit tight end George Kittle is the lead receiving option for the team. Pettis becomes one of the veterans in the receivers room, with the team adding two receivers in the draft in Deebo Samuel and the versatile Jalen Hurd. Pettis was able to be fantasy relevant towards the end of the season, even with first choice quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo missing the vast majority of the season through injury. Pettis operates mainly in the slot, and that should continue this season. Last season Pettis attracted 16% of the targets in the games that he played in, and given his importance to the team, he should be able to attract a similar level of opportunity, if not slightly more than that this season. However, one thing that has plagued the 49ers offense since Garoppolo came into town is the team's inability to score touchdowns, especially through the air. That could be due in part to Garoppolo not knowing the full playbook when he first arrived, and last season the team had to patch together quarterback performances from their second and third string options, which could limit the upside of Pettis this fantasy season.
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San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is a 'student of the game' and 'can line up anywhere,' according to NFL Network's Michael Silver. As such, Silver expects Pettis to be a key contributor in 2019.
Fantasy Spin: It's not exactly the biggest pronouncement by Silver, although some have speculated the addition of Deebo Samuel was going to hurt Pettis' production sooner than later. That might happen down the line, but Pettis' smooth route-running, explosiveness and trustworthiness down the stretch last year likely bought him plenty of time to assert himself as the No. 1 receiver in town. He should be a fine WR3 option in fantasy.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis enters 2019 with considerable hype after a strong finish to last season. Although he missed a handful of games, Pettis tallied 27 grabs, 467 yards and five touchdowns in limited action. He did most of his damage between Weeks 12-15, nabbing 17 passes for 338 yards and four scores. As the teams most polished route runner, Pettis should be a focal point of the passing attack behind tight end George Kittle. With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) returning and currently RotoBallers 34th-ranked receiver, Pettis possesses WR2 upside at a reasonable price tag.
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis has impressed QB Jimmy Garoppolo and head Kyle Shanahan with his new physique and attention to detail. 'Dante's body is maturing,' Garoppolo said. 'He's coming out of breaks with power, he has speed.' 'He worked while he was away,' Shanahan said. 'He tried to get bigger. He worked more at his routes and he came here with the idea of 'Hey, I'm not just coming here to get better back in shape, I'm coming here to get better.''
Fantasy Spin: While it remains to be seen who will emerge as the top receiver in the San Francisco passing attack, Pettis is certainly a solid bet. He is set to open the year as a starter, and he flashed some upside at the end of last season. Consider him a WR4 with the upside to be a regular fantasy starter.
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis said he has been trying to add muscle to his frame and is up to 197 pounds. 'Just trying to gain a little more weight, get a little stronger,' Pettis said.
Fantasy Spin: Pettis flashed some upside as a rookie, but he also battled a few injuries. The pecking order for targets in San Francisco's receiving corps is up in the air, but Pettis could emerge as the top target after tight end George Kittle. He is worth a look as a WR4.
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel is projected to start opposite WR Dante Pettis, according to NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco, who says the team will slide incumbent starting WR Marquise Goodwin into a smaller role to maximize his speed.
Fantasy Spin: Rookie receivers typically get overblown, but if Samuel starts in an offense designed by Kyle Shanahan and triggered by Jimmy Garoppolo you'd have to give him some late-round flier consideration.
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis should be one of the starting receivers for the 49ers next season, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Fantasy Spin: Pettis had a solid rookie season with 467 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. The team does not have a go-to receiver on the roster, so Pettis has a chance to see a lot of targets in 2019. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis came on strong at the end of 2018 and ended his rookie season with 467 receiving yards and five touchdowns, setting the stage for an important offseason and high expectations in 2019. 'We loved the way he closed this season. There's some maturation that I think is naturally going to come in terms of putting some girth on and some strength. I think this offseason is very important for him,' general manager John Lynch told the team's website.
Fantasy Spin: Many thoughts Pettis was overdrafted in the second round last spring as a slightly above-average college receiver with great return skills, but he emerged as the team's top threat at wideout by season's end and performed at a WR3 level in fantasy after the team's Week 11 bye. If he is featured next season in the same way he was toward the end of 2018. It's not out of the question he could push for 60 or 70 catches.
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis (knee) caught 24 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns from Week 10 to Week 16.
Fantasy Spin: Pettis flashed his potential down the stretch, and he could be poised to break out in 2019 if both he and Jimmy Garoppolo are healthy.