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Posted: 11/13/2018 5:04pm ET
Huddle Up: Shanahan noted during his media availability session Tuesday that he envisioned seeing the two backs in the backfield this season prior to McKinnon's ACL tear. The expectation now, as it was this summer pre-injury, is that McKinnon will serve as the Devonta Freeman to Breida's Tevin Coleman if the former doesn't encounter any setbacks in his recovery. Both backs figure to be RB2 candidates for fantasy purposes in 2019.
Posted: 10/26/2018 6:43pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon still won't be on the field until next season, but his recovery appears to be going as planned so far. Keep him stashed away in dynasty formats.
Posted: 9/14/2018 9:47am ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon was informed the tear was "clean," which is the best news he could have received given the fact he suffered a season-ending injury. Because the tear was clean and no other ligaments were damaged, he should be ready to participate in offseason activities and certainly be cleared for training camp if he does not encounter a setback.
Posted: 9/3/2018 10:55am ET
Huddle Up: The 49ers will move forward with Alfred Morris as the early-down back and Matt Breida as the complementary back, although picking the best fantasy option in this backfield could be a bit of a chore in the early going. Morris should lead the team in carries and rushing touchdowns, but Breida could easily outperform him with fewer touches because he is more explosive and better in the passing game. Both backs figure to dabble with low-end RB2/high-end RB3 value this season.
Posted: 9/1/2018 4:06pm ET
Huddle Up: Alfred Morris and Matt Breida are immediate commodities off the waiver wire if available. Morris at least should be available in the majority of leagues. He's the preferred option in standard formats, while Breida possesses more PPR upside.
Posted: 8/17/2018 8:06am ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon is a useful dual-threat RB, but he has never been the go-to guy for long. He's a low-end RB2 but a bargain if he falls to the RB3 territory due to the injury.
Posted: 8/12/2018 5:33pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon likely will miss at least one preseason game but should be on track for the start of the regular season. He should be considered a No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Posted: 8/12/2018 3:41pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon probably will miss some time, but it appears like he should be ready for the regular season. He received a lucrative contract this offseason and should be the team's main running back in 2018. He can be considered a No. 2 running back in all leagues since he should be involved in the running and passing game.
Posted: 8/9/2018 9:13am ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon isn't really a bell-cow type anyway, although he will receive most of the touches out of San Francisco's backfield. Breida is seemingly underrated and worth a look in later rounds, if not only as a McKinnon handcuff. The latter remains a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 in PPR scoring.
Posted: 7/31/2018 6:08pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon's supporters contend he's an incredible athlete who was somewhat misused and underutilized with Minnesota Vikings. His critics point to an ability to a low career yards-per-carry average and an inability to secure feature-back duties in Minnesota despite being granted several opportunities to do so. If owners merely set their expectations around what Christian McCaffrey did in 2017 plus about 50 to 75 carries, they should have a good idea of what McKinnon could do this season.
Posted: 6/1/2018 4:17pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon probably will be back on the field next week or during the mandatory minicamp. McKinnon is expected to have a big role for the 49ers this upcoming season and has a chance to be at least a No. 2 fantasy running back in all leagues.
Posted: 5/22/2018 5:08pm ET
Huddle Up: Perhaps the most interesting nugget from Barrows was his prediction for McKinnon's catch total, which he set the over/under at 73 - the same number Devonta Freeman had in his breakout season (2015) under then-offensive coordinator (and current San Francisco head coach) Kyle Shanahan. It's an ambitious number, but it is also a realistic one for a player as gifted in the passing game as McKinnon. If he proves he can hold up to the workload, McKinnon could push for a top-five finish at running back in fantasy.
Posted: 3/31/2018 8:10pm ET
Huddle Up: San Francisco paid McKinnon a lot of money this offseason, and Kyle Shanahan has already said he thinks McKinnon can be an every-down back. The arrow is pointing up, and he looks like a RB2 candidate, especially in PPR formats.
Posted: 3/27/2018 9:53am ET
Huddle Up: While some in the fantasy community have jumped on McKinnon's bandwagon with both feet, others are wondering how a third-down back in Minnesota could all the sudden become a three-down workhorse. Matt Breida will obviously see his fair share of work in relief, but San Francisco did not hand the former Minnesota Viking the fourth-richest contract for a running back to work in a split committee. McKinnon's arrow is pointing straight up for fantasy, and he figures to be worthy second-round pick this summer.
Posted: 3/15/2018 8:35pm ET
Huddle Up: Shanahan is sold on McKinnon, which bodes well for his fantasy outlook in 2018. Fantasy circles have long envisioned a breakout from the former Vikings tailback, and while that hasn't exactly materialized yet, it could be this change of scenery for it to finally come to fruition. With Carlos Hyde gone, McKinnon might be in position to claim the starting gig, though Matt Breida impressed last year and also figures to see a lot of work.
Posted: 3/14/2018 1:26pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon has developed solid hands out of the backfield and is a threat to run and catch. He'll be a solid RB2 in PPR fantasy formats in the upcoming season, as you can expect the 49ers to lean upon their new toy quite heavily.
Posted: 3/14/2018 5:57am ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon turned into a decent receiver in the backfield. He put together a 150-570-3 line on the ground and a 51-421-2 line through the air last season. He'll have some RB2 viability in PPR.
Posted: 3/13/2018 10:54am ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon typically played well for the Vikings when given the chance, but never seemed to win them over. Tampa Bay is one of the few spots where he would have a legitimate shot to earn the starting job or compete for a lead-back role at the very least, assuming the Bucs don't also use a high pick at running back in the draft. McKinnon would be in the flex discussion if Tampa Bay seals the deal.
Posted: 1/22/2018 11:16am ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon likely will not return to the Vikings if he wants to be a No. 1 running back for a team. He may have trouble finding a starting job but would receive interest from several teams looking for a change-of-pace back. McKinnon has a chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back in 2018 depending on his role.
Posted: 1/21/2018 6:50pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon might have played his final game in purple and white, as he heads into the offseason as an impending unrestricted free agent. His fantasy value in 2018 obviously hinges on whether he lands in a favorable situation or not.
Posted: 1/14/2018 5:51pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon was outgained by Murray for 67 total yards to 40, while Murray had 21 total touches to 11 for McKinnon. Look for a similar touch distribution in the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend. McKinnon is more of a RB3 or flex fantasy play in DFS for that one.
Posted: 12/29/2017 1:52pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon should continue to be involved in the running and passing game this week against the Chicago Bears. He can be a flex option for owners in point-per-reception leagues.
Posted: 12/28/2017 2:51pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon has been involved in the running and passing game this season and has received at least 10 touches in a majority of the games. He should be a fine flex option in point-per-reception leagues.
Posted: 12/27/2017 2:21pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon has been a PPR force this year, but his production is inconsistent. He's safer as a flex play in Week 17 as the Vikings attempt to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Posted: 12/23/2017 9:00pm ET
Huddle Up: With Minnesota in control of the game for most of the night, McKinnon didn't have a chance to make much of an impact in the passing game. He can still be considered a solid PPR flex option in the finale.
Posted: 12/21/2017 2:39pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon is coming off one of his best games of the season where he posted 114 receiving yards. He will continue to be involved in the running and passing game and can be at least a flex option in point-per-reception leagues.
Posted: 12/20/2017 2:16pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon's fantasy ceiling is stinted with Latavius Murray, but he does have more value in PPR formats. In a plus matchup versus the Green Bay Packers, McKinnon is, at worst, a PPR flex play.
Posted: 12/19/2017 2:23pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon amassed a surprising 114 receiving yards last week on seven catches. He almost certainly won't repeat that kind of performance, but he does deserve consideration as at least a PPR flex.
Posted: 12/17/2017 1:46pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon had one of his best games of the season against the Bengals and will continue to have a role in the running and passing game. He can be a solid flex option next week against the Green Bay Packers.
Posted: 12/15/2017 4:55pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon is sharing playing time with Latavius Murray but has been receiving limited touches recently. He could be a flex option in deeper point-per-reception leagues but is not a must-start option.
Posted: 12/14/2017 4:22pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon has been sharing playing time with Latavius Murray for the last several weeks but is still involved in the running and passing game. He should have a similar role against the Cincinnati Bengals and can be a flex option.
Posted: 12/13/2017 2:18pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon has taken a backseat to Latavius Murray in recent weeks, totaling 14 touches in Week 13 and just nine total touches in Week 14 while managing 107 total yards from scrimmage over the past two outings. He was able to find the end zone once, which is nice, but he is more of a RB4 in deeper fantasy leagues at the moment.
Posted: 12/10/2017 2:17pm ET
Huddle Up: The total yards from scrimmage wasn't very good, but that's to be expected against a sturdy rush defense like Carolina. He should find more running room at home against Cincinnati in Week 15, but he is more of a RB3 or flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams.
Posted: 12/3/2017 1:19pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon has been involved in the running and passing game for most of the games this season and should have a similar workload next week against the Carolina Panthers. He can be a flex option in most leagues.
Posted: 11/23/2017 4:46pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon will continue to share work with Latavius Murray moving forward but should be more involved in the passing game. He can be a flex option in point-per-reception leagues against favorable matchups.
Posted: 11/19/2017 3:41pm ET
Huddle Up: McKinnon basically saw an even split in carries with Latavius Murray, but the latter was far more efficient with 6.3 yards per rush and two touchdowns to McKinnon's 3.4 yards per tote and no scores. McKinnon remains more of a RB3 or flex option, especially in PPR formats, heading into Week 12 at Detroit on Thanksgiving.
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