Vance McDonald | TE | San Francisco 49ers
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.
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.