Lance has top-five upside due to his athleticism and the weapons the 49ers have put around him. If he makes a leap as a passer this offseason as well, top five might be selling him short. Lance has as much rushing upside as any quarterback in the league, as evidenced by his 24 carries in his only two starts in 2022. He should be drafted as a borderline starter in the double-digit rounds of one-quarterback redraft leagues and he's already a borderline top-12 Dynasty quarterback as well. If Lance is your starter in a one-quarterback league, your backup QB does become more important because of questions about his floor.
Lance is in line to handle all the first-team reps with the 49ers during OTAs while Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) remains sidelined, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "We're excited for that opportunity that he has [in the spring]," 49ers general manager John Lynch said Monday. Though both Garoppolo and head coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged in the early weeks of the offseason that he would likely be donning a different uniform in 2022, the veteran signal-caller's ongoing recovery from right shoulder surgery, along with an active trade market that resulted in several other experienced quarterbacks being moved, prevented the 49ers from finding a trade partner. The San Francisco brass has since talked down the possibility of Garoppolo being traded or released, but at the very least, Lance looks like he'll be given every opportunity to compete for the starting job throughout the spring and early portion of the summer. With Garoppolo still in rehab mode, Lance will get the keys to the offense during OTAs and during minicamp, and with an impressive showing in those workouts, he could head into training camp in the driver's seat for the starting job even if Garoppolo is fully healthy and still on the roster by then.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan would't commit to Lance being the team's starting quarterback in 2022 when asked about the matter Tuesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.. While Shanahan's unwillingness to appoint Lance to the starting role may seem worrisome to those in redraft or dynasty leagues who have invested in the 2021 first-round pick, at the same time, the coach also expressed confidence in the second-year signal-caller's ability to handle the starting job if called upon in 2022. In all likelihood, Shanahan's comments are a means of drumming up trade value for Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder), who still remains in San Francisco while the market for starting quarterbacks around the league has mostly settled at this point in the offseason. Garoppolo already noted earlier in the offseason that he didn't expect to remain in San Francisco in 2022, and it wouldn't make much sense from a cap-management standpoint for San Francisco to keep the veteran and his massive $27 million cap hit around past the June 1 deadline to cut him with minimal financial repercussions. The possibility exists that the 49ers could ask Garoppolo to restructure his deal at a more palatable salary, but even in that scenario, the 30-year-old wouldn't be guaranteed to retain the starting gig. Even in the unlikely event that Garoppolo is still on the San Francisco roster by the summer, the smart money would still be on Lance getting the keys to Shanahan's offense in 2022.
Lance will return to a backup role Sunday at the Rams with Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) active for the contest, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports. The 49ers are turning back to Garoppolo after he showed enough in practice this week to be able to play through his sprained right thumb. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported earlier Sunday that Garoppolo also would start and not yield many, if any, reps to Lance, indicating coach Kyle Shanahan will be relying on the veteran quarterback to deliver a much-needed victory. As a result, Lance seems to be in line for clipboard duty Sunday, as he was from Weeks 7-16.
Lance completed 16 of 23 pass attempts for 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception Sunday, adding 31 yards on eight carries in a 23-7 win over Houston. Lance made his second start of the season in place of Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb), turning in a solid fantasy performance in the process. The end results may look good for the third-overall pick from this year's draft, but we didn't see the quarterback settle in until the second half. Lance had some bouts of inaccuracy -- one of the criticisms of the raw prospect -- most notably a forced throw into double coverage that resulted in his lone interception. Head coach Kyle Shanahan called a conservative game plan to protect his rookie for the majority of the contest, but when he finally opened up the playbook, we saw some of the big-play ability that excites fantasy managers. Garoppolo's status for Week 18 against the Rams is uncertain and may be another late-week decision, but Shanahan stated that Lance will be the backup if the usual starter is healthy enough to play, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic.
Lance will start for an inactive Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) in Sunday's contest against the Texans, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports. Garoppolo entered the weekend as doubtful to play through the sprained and fractured thumb that he sustained Week 16 at Tennessee. His absence paves the way for Lance to earn his second career start and make his sixth appearance overall. In the previous five, he was spotty as a passer, completing 25 of 48 passes for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. But he made up for it with his legs, turning 30 carries into 137 yards and one more score. Lance will have a chance to produce versus Houston's 19th-ranked pass defense (239.7 yards per game).
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||Los Angeles Rams||3||15.76|
|7||10/23||Kansas City Chiefs||31||22.70|
|8||10/30||@Los Angeles Rams||3||15.76|
|10||11/13||Los Angeles Chargers||18||19.18|
|12||11/27||New Orleans Saints||5||16.35|
|14||12/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||20.21|
|17||01/01||@Las Vegas Raiders||22||19.78|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||57.7||603||5||2||168||1||74|