Fantasy Football Player News
Vance McDonald | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted: 8/29/2017 4:22pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald was acquired because fellow TEs Jesse James and Xavier Grimble were 'not consistently varsity enough,' in the words of head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin did make it clear that McDonald will not be crowned the started right away and will need to compete for that job.
Huddle Up: Ben Roethlisberger likes his tight ends, but the Steelers now have a crowded group at tight end. McDonald is more promising, but this could turn into a committee of sorts.

Posted: 8/29/2017 9:24am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to sources.
Huddle Up: This move clears the way for rookie George Kittle to start. McDonald was rumored to be on the block about as soon as the team laid eyes on Kittle during offseason workout, but that talk seem to disappear during the preseason. Either way, Kittle is now clearly on the dynasty radar and could enjoy some back-end TE2 value down the road.

Posted: 8/16/2017 7:43pm et
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said the team is very happy with how TE Vance McDonald has performed during training camp.
Huddle Up: McDonald was made available in a trade at the draft but is still with the team and could be a starter when the season begins. He could be a late-round flier in fantasy leagues as a possible No. 2 tight end.

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.