Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk

26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
San Francisco 49ers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
He may never be the centerpiece of an offense that also features WR Deebo Samuel, TE George Kittle and RB Christian McCaffrey, but it was Aiyuk who led the Niners in catches (78), targets (114) and receiving yards (1,015) last year, clearing 1,000 yards for the first time in three seasons since he was drafted 25th overall in 2020. He's pretty much facing the same drawbacks this year, and possibly with even more target competition if McCaffrey and Samuel stay relatively healthy (they made 24 combined appearances for the Niners last season). On the other hand, Aiyuk also has all the same positives working in his favor, namely his own talent, a good offensive line and coach Kyle Shanahan. Another step forward isn't out of the question if someone emerges between Trey Lance, Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold to give the Niners legitimately solid QB play that isn't just scheme-based and YAC-dependent. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $12.53 million contract with the 49ers in June of 2020. 49ers exercised $14.12 million team option for 2024 in April of 2023.
Trade request denied by agent
WRSan Francisco 49ers
April 14, 2024
Aiyuk's agent, Ryan Williams of Athletes First, denied reports on social media Sunday that the wide receiver has requested a trade from the 49ers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Aiyuk's contract status has been a matter of intense speculation throughout the offseason, with San Francisco GM John Lynch saying in late February that the organization is seeking a long-term contract extension with the wideout and then denying reports that the 49ers were engaged in trade discussions regarding Aiyuk about a month later. While some chatter surfaced Sunday suggesting that Aiyuk had officially requested a trade out of San Francisco, his agent swiftly shot down the sources of that information on social media, so the status of the receiver's contract talks with the organization that drafted him in 2020 remains uncertain. An extension isn't a necessity for Aiyuk to suit up for the 49ers next season -- he could play out the 2024 campaign with the club on his fifth-year option and then hit free agency next offseason.
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How do Brandon Aiyuk's 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
89.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.87
 
% Team Air Yards
37.9%
 
% Team Targets
22.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
13.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
71.4%
 
Drop Rate
2.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.9
 
% Targeted On Route
26.0%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
3.32
 
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88872%
73960%
41033%
21618%
17915%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Brandon Aiyuk's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
200 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.50 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
128 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
33.50 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Not on trade block
WRSan Francisco 49ers
March 25, 2024
Aiyuk is not a player the 49ers intend to trade, and they have had no trade discussions involving him, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The wide receiver is headed into the final season of his rookie contract, and while general manager John Lynch indicated Monday that the team has been in contact with Aiyuk about an extension, a new deal doesn't seem imminent. Even so, the Niners seem willing to keep him for 2024 and let him leave in free agency, rather than dealing him now and weakening a roster that still has Super Bowl aspirations after falling just short against Kansas City in February.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Aiyuk was criticized by his coach, dissected by the media, nearly benched for Trent Sherfield and ultimately outshined by Deebo Samuel. And yet, when all was said and done for 2021, the second-year wideout had a decent season, albeit one that fell shy of expectations for a first- round pick coming off a rookie campaign with 825 total yards and seven TDs in 12 games. Last year, Aiyuk got 12 fewer targets in five more games, and only six carries. Samuel, meanwhile, enjoyed a full-on breakout, though the nature of his production changed throughout the year (a lot of targets early, then more work on the ground in December). The shift in Samuel's use contributed to Aiyuk's improvement — or maybe it was the other way around. Whatever the case, Aiyuk played at least 88 percent of snaps in each game from Week 8 on, averaging 4.3 catches for 66.4 yards on 6.2 targets (10.7 YPT), with four TDs in 11 games. Aiyuk now enters Year 3 secure in his starting role, though he might be Option C when Samuel and TE George Kittle are healthy. That's not the worst gig, but target volume could be lacking if the Niners commit to dual-threat QB Trey Lance.
Last year’s 25th overall pick, Aiyuk delivered during his rookie season. Despite missing four games — two on the COVID list, one with a hamstring injury, one with an ankle sprain — he led the 49ers with 60 catches and scored seven times, including twice on the ground. At one point, he had six straight games of at least 73 receiving yards. At 6-0, 200, Aiyuk has average size and ran a similarly average 4.50 40, but he’s stout, strong, hard to bring down and unusually quick. Aiyuk’s per-play numbers (12.5 YPC, 7.8 YPT) were pedestrian, but he was playing with backup quarterbacks for much of the year. Aiyuk should again have a big role in 2021, and the team figures to have better quarterback play with Jimmy Garoppolo — and eventually No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance — rather than Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard. But with a healthy Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, it’s hard to see any of the three among the league leaders in targets, especially in Kyle Shanahan’s run-first system.
Aiyuk figures to see work on punt and kick returns, given his quickness, explosiveness and vision in the open field. The question is how many looks he'll see as a wideout. At 6-1, 206, he has decent size but only average long speed (4.50 40), though his vertical leap (40 inches) and broad jump (128 inches) were near the top of his class. Aiyuk is excellent after the catch, able to make defenders miss, and he finishes off plays like a running back. His fate will likely depend on his work before the catch, however - getting off the line of scrimmage and running strong routes. Luckily, he landed in an almost ideal setting - the Niners let Emmanuel Sanders go this offseason, leaving only Deebo Samuel ahead of Aiyuk on the receiver depth chart. Kendrick Bourne is still around in the slot, but Aiyuk could enter his rookie season as the team's top outside receiver if Samuel doesn't recover from June foot surgery in time for Week 1.
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Team denies trade rumors
WRSan Francisco 49ers
March 25, 2024
GM John Lynch said Monday that the 49ers have not engaged in trade discussions regarding Aiyuk and that both sides continue to have active talks about a contract extension, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Team seeking extension
WRSan Francisco 49ers
February 27, 2024
49ers general manager John Lynch said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team wants to sign Aiyuk to a long-term contract extension, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Gains 49 yards in SB loss
WRSan Francisco 49ers
February 11, 2024
Aiyuk had three receptions (on six targets) for 49 yards in a 25-22 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII.
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Channels ladybug luck for TD
WRSan Francisco 49ers
January 28, 2024
Aiyuk had three receptions (on eight targets) for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 playoff win over the Lions.
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Quiet despite Deebo exit
WRSan Francisco 49ers
January 20, 2024
Aiyuk secured three of six targets for 32 yards in the 49ers' 24-21 divisional-round win over the Packers on Saturday night.
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