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Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Date of Birth:  10/23/1995
Age:  26
Height  6'1"
Weight:   186
College:  Washington
Drafted:  2018 | Round 2 | Pick 44
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Dante Pettis | Bears WR


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Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis has been claimed by the Giants.

It's no surprise that the former second-round pick was claimed, and New York was one of the first teams with a shot to get him. The top three wideouts for the Giants are locked in for the rest of the year (Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate), but they'll hope Pettis can develop into a difference-maker with a chance of scenery.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

The 49ers waived Dante Pettis.

Pettis was known to be on the trade block, so it's not a huge surprise that San Francisco is simply deciding to release him after the trade deadline passed. The former second-round pick had a very good finish to his rookie year in 2018, but he's been unable to find a role in Kyle Shanahan's offense since then. He's an intriguing guy to keep an eye on as he hits waivers.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13.

Pettis reportedly tweaked his knee in practice on Wednesday. While the injury isn't thought to be a long-term thing, the second-year receiver will not play this Sunday against the Ravens. Pettis hasn't been a huge part of San Francisco's offense this season, working in more of a rotational complementary role.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (back) is officially active for Week 11.

Pettis is dealing with a back issue, but he’s still active for the 49ers versus the Cardinals. However, the second-year receiver is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups after Kyle Shanahan was critical of his play earlier this week.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (back) is officially questionable for Week 11.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan basically called Pettis out for his play earlier this week, and the second-year receiver is not a highly recommended fantasy option this Sunday against the Cardinals even if he is active. That said, perhaps a fire will be lit under the Washington product. Pettis' status will be known an hour and a half before Sunday's 4:05 PM ET kickoff.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Jimmy Garoppolo says Dante Pettis is "something else."

The Niners franchise quarterback spoke to Sporting News and was asked about Pettis being a potential No. 1 receiver, and he talked about how Pettis' style is different from most receivers with his "very long and gangly" body type. Garoppolo said it might not look like Pettis has the explosiveness and power to get out of breaks when running his routes, but he does. Jimmy G ended by saying that he's thrilled about Pettis' ability because it makes his job easier "for someone to win one-on-one opportunities like that. He's a tremendous talent and keeps working, grinding to make big things happen." Garoppolo was then asked about second-round pick Deebo Samuel coming in as a rookie, he wasn't quite as effusive in his praise but said the rookie receiver will have a "great opportunity" in training camp. Right now, it looks like Pettis remains the early favorite to be San Francisco's top receiver after a big December last season while averaging 17.3 yards per reception.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis is done for the year with a sprained MCL, according to Adam Schefter.

This should be seen as good news for the rookie, as the injury looked like it could have possibly been more serious. Pettis ends his first campaign with 27 receptions for 467 yards and five touchdowns, but he really emerged late in the year, going for lines of 4/77/1, 5/129/2, 4/49/1, and 5/83 before leaving Sunday's game early. The 2018 second-round pick could open next season as the team's No. 1 receiver, but San Francisco will undoubtedly add more talent to the room. Pettis should have a full offseason once his knee heals up.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis leaves game with apparent knee injury.

Pettis just had his knee twisted awkwardly, and he appeared to be in a lot of pain or discomfort. He's currently being helped off the field by trainers, so the rookie receiver's day appears to be done. Pettis had three receptions for 21 yards before leaving. Hopefully the injury isn't too serious, but his Week 17 status looks to be in serious doubt, too.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis caught five passes for 83 yards in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.

Pettis brought in all five of his targets as he led the team in receiving. The rookie has now gone for lines of 4/77/1, 5/129/2, 3/49/1, and 5/83 over the past four games, so he is fast-tracking towards low-end WR2 status. Plus, his dynasty stock is pointing up in Kyle Shanahan's offense. We'll see if Pettis can keep it going against Chicago next Sunday.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (foot) is officially active for Week 15.

There wasn’t much doubt about the rookie receiver’s status, and he’s officially out there to face the Seahawks. Pettis lit up Seattle for a 5/129/2 line a couple weeks ago, so he obviously has upside in fantasy lineups; however, the Seahawks are likely to be more focused on stopping the rookie this time around.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis scores in Niners' win.

Pettis caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos, with the score coming on a fade where Pettis had a great move at the line of scrimmage to get pretty much wide-open in the end zone. The rookie receiver now has four touchdowns in the last three games, and he'll look to keep it going next week against a Seahawks team he just put up a 5/129/2 line against in Week 13. If he's still available in your league, Pettis is worth a look as a potential plug-and-play option for the second week of the fantasy playoffs, though we'd think the Seahawks are going to be more ready to stop him this time around.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis explodes for 5/129/2 line in Week 13 loss.

Pettis was able to find the end zone from 17 yards away in the third quarter, and then he scored a 75-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter as the bright spot in a 43-16 defeat. San Francisco's second-round rookie had been quiet since the opener, but over the past two weeks, he has combined for nine receptions, 206 yards, and three touchdowns. Look for Pettis to stay hot in Week 14, but it won't be easy against the surging Denver defense.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis scores in Niners' loss.

Pettis caught four passes (on seven targets) for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers. The score was on a nice slant route for 14 yards, as the rookie receiver showed his craftiness to get separation on the play. With Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon out, Pettis had the best game of his rookie year to this point. Pettis has dealt with injury this season, but he could be a difference-maker down the stretch as a second-round pick the Niners will want to get involved on offense.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis catches four passes in Week 10.

Pettis' seven targets were second most on the team for the Niners, but he gained just 12 yards on four receptions. It appeared Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan was telling Pettis he needs to get immediately up the field on the quick screen passes they threw to him, and the rookie receiver appeared to listen to his head coach intently, which is good to see from a young player especially in this day and age. Pettis is just a dynasty-league option for now.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis doesn't catch a pass in Week 8.

This was Pettis' first game in nearly a month after missing the last three games with a knee injury, so this isn't a big surprise. The second-round rookie receiver should become a bigger part of the game plan in the second half of the season, though.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (knee) is off the Week 8 injury report.

Pettis will make his return this week in his first action since Week 4. With Pierre Garcon doubtful, Pettis could have a nice opportunity for a solid number of targets against the Cardinals. Pettis is on the FLEX radar for deep leagues, but he offers downside in his first game back.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (knee) is out for Week 6.

The team has already decided to rule Pettis out for the second straight week, indicating he isn't very close to a return. Consider Pettis week-to-week for now. He doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters, but he could be an impact guy later in the season.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (knee) is out for Week 5.

Pettis suffered a knee injury on a punt return in yesterday's loss to the Chargers, and it's serious enough that he's already been ruled out for this Sunday against the Cardinals. This is a hit to San Francisco's receiving depth and return game, but the second-round rookie receiver was not currently a fantasy option in standard leagues.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (knee) has been declared out for the Niners.

Pettis didn't catch any passes before leaving. Hopefully this isn't an injury that keeps Pettis out much longer than today.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis (knee) is questionable to return against the Chargers.

Pettis was injured on a punt return, and it didn't look good, but at least he hasn't been ruled out immediately. We'll update you as more information becomes available on the rookie.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis catches 35-yard pass in Week 2 win.

It was his only reception of the game, which was disappointing for those who expected a big performance with Marquise Goodwin out. Still, Pettis should again be worth looking into as a streaming option in all leagues next week against the soft secondary of the Chiefs, especially because the game could turn into a shootout.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis scores in first NFL game.

Marquise Goodwin went out of the game with a quad injury, so the second-round rookie receiver was asked to step into a sizable role against a tough Vikings defense. Pettis caught two-of-five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown, with the touchdown coming on a nice catch in the back of the end zone on a dime from Jimmy Garoppolo. Pettis had a very good summer, and he'd be in FLEX consideration, particularly in deep leagues, if Goodwin remains out.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Dante Pettis has had a good start to training camp.

The second-round rookie from Washington is reportedly doing very well on offense this summer, and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said they traded up 15 spots in the draft to get him because "he had a skill set that fit us." Keiana Martin of 49ers.com writes that Pettis "has emerged as one of San Francisco's most productive receivers through the first week of training camp." The separation skills of Pettis is what most people are talking about, and that type of ability to get open gives him the potential to quickly climb the depth chart and get a lot of playing time as a rookie. Pettis is certainly going to have a big role on special teams after he set the NCAA record for punt returns during his college career, and he might also surprise with a big role on offense in 2018.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

Kyle Shanahan hints at Dante Pettis potentially having a big role this season.

Shanahan says the second-round rookie has "got the ability to help pus out in a number of different areas." The Niners head coach went on to basically say he's not the fastest, quickest, or biggest receiver, but that he's a good, balanced player that can be used "in a bunch of different spots." Shanahan says they're throwing a lot at Pettis, which shows they believe he can handle it and trust him. It was a bit of a surprise they took Pettis early in the second round of the draft, but the team clearly has plans to use him—potentially as a clear top-three guy along with Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. At the very least, Pettis, who is one of the best punt returners in college football history, will have a big role as a returner in 2018.

Dante Pettis | Bears WR

The 49ers have selected Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis with the No. 44 pick (second round) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

San Francisco gave up a third-round pick to Washington to get in position to draft Pettis, so they obviously targeted and really wanted him. During Washington's College Football Playoff seaosn in 2016, Pettis had 15 receiving touchdowns along with 822 receiving yards. While his production as a receiver dropped as as senior, he's still a versatile receiver that could immediately compete for a good amount of playing time catching passes from Jimmy Garoppolo. And he'll certainly be asked to produce as a returner, which could have been the main reason the Niners targeted him so high in the draft. Pettis' nine career punt return touchdowns in college are an NCAA record, and he averaged an absurd 20.4 yards per return as a senior. As a rookie, Pettis is just a late-round flier in deeper leagues as of right now.