The San Francisco 49ers had a pair of decent fantasy options at the wide receiver position in Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. With Crabtree getting injured for a good portion of the regular season, they pretty much became a team to avoid in that vein, but after finally getting in and seeing some action in the preseason, a sleeper might be emerging: rookie Quinton Patton.
Patton injured his hand in training camp and couldn't partake in the first two preseason games, but he did remain in practice running his routes and everything -- he just couldn't catch a ball. So he was something of an unknown commodity. Against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 of the preseason, he led the 49ers with four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown, with a long of 19 yards.
Against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, he looked even better, catching two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, including a 43-yard catch-and-run. The best thing about Patton's two touchdowns: they came early in both games and they were thrown by starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Fantasy Impact: Patton has clearly caught on to San Francisco's playbook quicker than expected, and he's obviously a target that Colin Kaepernick likes. He's obviously not a player who should be your first option in fantasy football, but he fits the definition of "sleeper" pretty well. Might be worth a late look for fantasy owners.