Vance McDonald | TE | San Francisco 49ers
Posted: 12/14/2016 11:08am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of a broken shoulder blade.
Huddle Up: McDonald finished the season with 391 yards and four touchdowns and should have a solid role in the offense in 2017. Owners should consider McDonald a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues or a solid No. 2 tight end in most standard leagues.
Posted: 12/11/2016 3:18pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) left the Week 14 game against the New York Jets due to a shoulder injury and he was unable to return.
Huddle Up: McDonald was going to be a strong streaming option this week for fantasy owners, but now that's all out the window. He did not record a catch and he was not targeted in his brief game action.
Posted: 12/9/2016 7:14pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald signed a five-year, $35 million extension through the 2021 season Friday, Dec. 9, and general manager Trent Baalke said McDonald has 'only scratched the surface' of his potential.
Huddle Up: McDonald is enjoying his best season, and he could sneak into TE1 territory in Week 14 with a friendly matchup with the Jets on tap.
Posted: 12/4/2016 1:29pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald caught two passes for nine yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 13.
Huddle Up: McDonald played well in the previous four games but was quiet against the Bears. He should still see a decent amount of targets no matter the quarterback and can be a starting option against favorable matchups.
Posted: 11/27/2016 2:18pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald caught a team-high 60 receiving yards on four receptions in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: McDonald has reemerged as a fringe fantasy play in recent weeks, but gamers have to be in a rough spot to start him with only one more week of byes ahead.
Posted: 11/20/2016 10:18pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald posted three receptions for a team-high 46 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 game against the New England Patriots. He was targeted six times.
Huddle Up: McDonald has had much more success with Colin Kaepernick under center than Blaine Gabbert, posting 10 receptions for 180 yards with two touchdowns over the past three games. He has been targeted six times in each outing. He has re-emerged as a decent streaming option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Posted: 11/6/2016 10:11pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald finished with three catches for 84 yards in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints. The highlight of the game was a 65-yard touchdown. McDonald was targeted six times.
Huddle Up: McDonald's yardage total was the highest of the season, and the visit to the end zone was his first since Week 2. He remains more of a bye-week replacement in most fantasy leagues.
Posted: 10/21/2016 5:41pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Huddle Up: McDonald posted only 25 yards in his last game and was targeted only two times during the game. It is not known how he will be used with Colin Kaepernick as the starter, so owners may want to look for other options to use.
Posted: 10/19/2016 4:29pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: McDonald was able to play in the last game but was held to 25 yards during that game. He will continue to see a decent number of targets in the passing game and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.
Posted: 10/16/2016 1:58pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald caught two passes for 25 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6.
Huddle Up: It is not known how McDonald will be used with Colin Kaepernick as the starter but will continue to be the starting tight end. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.
Posted: 10/13/2016 5:20pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: McDonald has barely been involved in the offense over the last few games, and he shouldn't be starting in any format.
Posted: 10/5/2016 3:03pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check the inactive list to see if McDonald will be able to play. He has become an important part of the team's passing game and would receive a decent amount of targets if he plays. McDonald could be a low-end No. 1 tight end if he plays.
Posted: 10/4/2016 2:24pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was limited during practice Tuesday, Oct. 4. The 49ers only had a walk-through practice Tuesday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: McDonald missed Week 4 and checks out as a risky fantasy option until he proves his health on the field. Additionally, he's a boom-or-bust contributor who has converted two of his seven targets for touchdowns. Garrett Celek played 74 percent of offensive snaps in Week 4 and projects to continue having a large role in the offense if McDonald is out this season. Celek is nothing more than a low-end TE2, though.
Posted: 10/3/2016 5:50pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 3. The 49ers did not practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: McDonald was not able to play in Week 4, so his status for this week is uncertain. He has posted decent numbers so far this season, but owners may want to consider other options until he has recovered from his injury.
Posted: 10/2/2016 12:44pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 4 game.
Huddle Up: Garrett Celek likely will start at tight end for the 49ers in Week 4, but owners should be able to find better options to use.
Posted: 9/30/2016 4:55pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was limited during the team's walkthrough Friday, Sept. 30, and is listed as questionable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: McDonald appears to have a good chance to play in Week 4, but owners will need to check the inactive list. McDonald has posted decent stats this season and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.
Posted: 9/29/2016 12:23pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) is participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 29.
Huddle Up: It is not known if McDonald will be able to play in Week 4, so owners will need to see if he will be able to practice again Friday, Sept. 30. McDonald has scored a touchdown in two of his three games this season and is averaging 18.6 yards per reception. He could be a low-end No. 1 tight end if he is able to play.
Posted: 9/28/2016 5:07pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check on McDonald's status later in the week to see if he has a chance to play in Week 4. Garrett Celek may start if McDonald is ruled out, but he is not a strong fantasy option.
Posted: 9/28/2016 11:31am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald's (hip) status for Week 4 is uncertain because of a hip injury he suffered in Week 3. Head coach Chip Kelly said McDonald is not dealing with a long-term injury, but his status will not be known until later in the week.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if McDonald will have to miss time because of the injury. McDonald has been off to a solid start this season, but owners should have other options ready in case he is ruled out.
Posted: 9/25/2016 3:35pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) suffered a hip injury in the Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks and was unable to return, the team said Sunday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: McDonald should be reserved in all fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams until he can officially return and prove his health in a full game without any setbacks.
Posted: 9/12/2016 10:36pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald posted a pair of receptions with 14 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: McDonald was nearly invisible until a second half scoring play. The tight ends weren't very involved in the San Francisco offense in Week 1. If McDonald doesn't do a little better next week you should be able to find better options off the waiver wire.
Posted: 8/21/2016 9:01pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald has caught five passes for 92 yards from QB Blaine Gabbert through two preseason games.
Huddle Up: He continues to show chemistry with Gabbert, and McDonald could end up being San Francisco's best weapon in the passing game this year. He is a sneaky TE1 producer who comes at a bottom-barrel price.
Posted: 8/15/2016 9:08am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald finished with two receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown in the team's preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Garrett Celek started, but it was McDonald who resumed the connection he started to show with Blaine Gabbert late last season. Head coach Chip Kelly's offense is often able to create huge gaps down the middle of the field with his east-west run action, and McDonald has enough athleticism to take advantage of it in the way Zach Ertz did. The 26-year-old Rice product is a sleeper candidate for TE1 value on an offense lacking proven playmakers.
Posted: 6/8/2016 11:09am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald is a player garnering plenty of attention during minicamp, as QB Blaine Gabbert and tight ends coach Jeff Nixon each heaped praise on the tight end. 'He's such a great athlete. He's smart. He does a great job in the run and pass game. He's a guy that we have to utilize. He's a mismatch nightmare on linebackers,' Gabbert said. Nixon said the team is looking for McDonald to pick up where he left off last season and be a big-play tight end in the pass game.
Huddle Up: Chip Kelly offenses love to exploit size matchups and often times that means using the tight end. McDonald flashed late last season with Gabbert at quarterback, and the combination of Kelly's scheme and Gabbert under center bodes extremely well for McDonald's fantasy upside this year.