Bourne caught five of six targets for 59 yards and touchdown in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams. The 49ers' receiving corp was decimated by injuries, opening the door for Bourne to serve as the team's top wideout. The 23-year-old didn't disappoint, capping his solid day off with a leaping touchdown catch over Sam Shields on a lob from Nick Mullens. Bourne doesn't possess game-changing speed, but he has displayed solid hands to complement his decent frame (6-foot-1, 203). With 42 catches, 487 yards and four touchdowns while serving primarily as a backup this year, the 2017 undrafted free agent has put himself in a strong position to serve a similar role next season even when the 49ers' starters heal up.
Bourne may be the 49ers' de facto No. 1 wide receiver Sunday against the Rams with Marquise Goodwin (calf) and Dante Pettis (knee) sidelined, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bourne has handled at least 74 percent of the offensive snaps in six of the last eight games, a span in which he compiled 27 catches (on 41 targets) for 308 yards and one touchdown. With Goodwin and Pettis out of the picture, Bourne's primary competition for the attention of Nick Mullens will be tight end George Kittle. Also helping Bourne's cause is a Rams defense that has given up 9.1 YPT and 18 TDs to wideouts this season.
Bourne had four catches (five targets) for 73 yards in Sunday's 14-9 loss to Chicago. Starting wideout Dante Pettis (knee) left the game in the first half, opening the door for Bourne to post his highest yardage total this season. Pettis is already expected to miss Week 17's matchup with the Rams, and if Marquise Goodwin (Achilles) also misses the contest, then Bourne would rocket up to first on the receiving depth chart and receive a healthy boost in fantasy value.
Bourne caught two passes (four targets) for 16 yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over Seattle. Bourne finished second in wide receiver targets behind Dante Pettis for the second straight game, even with Marquise Goodwin (calf) suiting up. The 49ers clearly want to give their young receivers an opportunity in a lost season, but the 23-year-old's production is too sporadic to be trusted in standard leagues, especially with Chicago's dominant pass defense coming to town Sunday.
Bourne caught two passes (four targets) for 22 yards in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Broncos. Bourne remained involved in the offensive gameplan despite Marquise Goodwin's (personal) return. The 23-year-old actually received two more targets than than Goodwin, but that may have been an anomaly rather than a change in the receiving depth chart. Still, the fact that Bourne remained in three-receiver sets over fellow youngsters Richie James and Trent Taylor shows the confidence the 49ers have in the 2017 undrafted free agent. If Pierre Garcon (knee) remains sidelined for Sunday's contest against the Seahawks, then Bourne should see a similar workload and could creep onto the radar of deep-league owners hurting for an active receiver.
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