Christian McCaffrey reminded everyone what a fantasy force he is in Week 4. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) (Michael Owens via Getty Images)
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Christian McCaffrey exploded for a career-high four touchdowns and the second-most fantasy points in a game this season. He easily could’ve scored a fifth touchdown, but Kyle Shanahan kept giving goal-line runs to FB Kyle Juszczyk and Brock Purdy. McCaffrey had five catches for 10+ yards before the fourth quarter Sunday and more than doubled his season’s receiving yardage total.
McCaffrey also broke Jerry Rice’s franchise record for touchdowns in the most consecutive games (13). CMC is on pace to set the NFL record with 2,550 yards from scrimmage and score 20 touchdowns.
He’s the No. 1 fantasy player while healthy. It’s a quarterback award, but McCaffrey has become a darkhorse serious MVP candidate.
Purdy was also fantastic, posting one of the best completion percentages (95.2) in NFL history despite sporting the second-highest air-yard average in the league this week. Purdy has been the most efficient passer in the NFL this season. He added his second rushing score of the year for fantasy managers Sunday, although Purdy lost yet another TD pass that was just barely a lateral:
Brandon Aiyuk secured all six targets for the fourth-most receiving yards in Week 4, including the longest pass play of San Francisco’s season. Deebo Samuel somehow led SF WRs in snap rate but failed to see one target while playing through rib and knee injuries. A George Kittle eruption fantasy week is eventually coming, while Jordan Mason is the 49ers’ RB2 with Elijah Mitchell once again injured.
The 49ers have scored 30+ points in their first four games for the first time in franchise history and now get a matchup versus the Cowboys on Sunday night.
Arizona made a game out of it after failing to lead at halftime for the first time all season, which was impressive considering the 49ers were…