The 49ers exercised Juszczyk's contract option for 2019, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. Juszczyk will receive $4.2 million for the 2019 season after catching 30 passes for 324 yards and one touchdown last season. The 27-year-old also rushed eight times for 30 yards, with most of his involvement in the run game coming as a blocker.
Juszczyk ran the ball twice for nine yards and caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams. Juszczyk did lose a fumble trying to extend the ball for a first down, but that blemish probably didn't affect anyone in fantasy unless they play in fullback leagues. All joking aside, the 27-year-old was actually pushing very deep-league value early in the year for his receiving contributions (17 receptions, 227 yards and a touchdown through first five games). That came to a screeching halt when the 49ers' opted to use Juice's blocking skills to help protect their young, inexperienced backups, as opposed to sending him out on receiving routes. Despite the offensive drought at the end of the season, Juszczyk will still finish ahead of all fullbacks for the second straight year with 30 receptions and 324 receiving yards.
Juszczyk brought in his lone target for three yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over Seattle. Juszczyk returned to a season-low one target after seeing six over his previous two contests. It has become apparent that head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn't view his fullback as an offensive option with Nick Mullens under center, preferring to use his blocking skills as opposed to deploying him as a weapon out of the backfield. Juszczyk would need a heavy target share to generate value at an unfavorable fantasy position, and that simply isn't the case in the team's current scheme.
Juszczyk caught all three of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 43-16 loss to the Seahawks. Juszczyk did not record a touch in last week's loss to Tampa Bay, so Sunday's showing was a step in the right direction. Still, the 27-year-old hasn't posted a noteworthy performance since accruing 87 yards back in Week 5, and his status as a fullback sours any potential as a PPR option for Sunday's matchup with the Broncos.
Juszczyk did not receive a touch in Sunday's 27-9 loss to Tampa Bay. Juszczyk was a regular part of the passing game earlier this season (23 catches for 265 yards and a touchdown), but he has seen his role diminish in the three games Nick Mullens has started at quarterback (just six touches over that span). With his new quarterback favoring other passing options, Juice's fantasy value has been drained completely.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|6||10/13||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|12||11/24||Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|14||12/08||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|16||12/22||Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|