Vance McDonald | TE | San Francisco 49ers
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.
Posted: 12/17/2015 10:38pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been cleared to return after a week's absence, and will look to re-gain the steam he had prior to his Week 13 injury.
Posted: 12/11/2015 9:45pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 11, and has been ruled out for the Week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Blake Bell will start at tight end for the 49ers this week. Even with Blaine Gabbert throwing more to the tight ends, Bell isn't a recommended fantasy play this week.
Posted: 12/5/2015 2:17pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald should receive more playing time against the Chicago Bears in Week 13 since TE Garrett Celek (ankle) has been ruled out.
Huddle Up: McDonald has seen his production increase greatly since Blaine Gabbert took over as the 49ers quarterback. McDonald is a strong streaming option this week against the Bears.
Posted: 11/30/2015 9:02am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald posted six grabs for 71 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals. He has posted his two best games of his three-year career in back-to-back games.
Huddle Up: McDonald's numbers should only improve with Garret Celek sidelined, as Blaine Gabbert has a definite comfort level throwing to his tight ends. He's a sneaky fantasy helper down the stretch.