Marcus Lattimore - RBPosted 10/22/14 3:54pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) will be cleared to practice from the Non-Football Injury list following the team's Week 8 bye. The team plans to activate him to their 53-man roster for the first time in his career. Lattimore has been working his way back from a gruesome right knee injury while in college in October of 2012. He is now weighing 220 pounds after reporting to training camp at 225 pounds, and he thinks he has added quickness.
Huddle Up: Get ready to add another RB to the mix in San Fran, further trimming Fran Gore's touches and fantasy value.
Aldon Smith - LBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was given a nine-game suspension for multiple violations of league policies before the season began. According to multiple sources, there's a chance the suspension could be lifted a game or two early.
Huddle Up: The league has tweaked a few rules this season, reducing a few suspensions along the way, so an early return for Smith is hardly out of the question. The Niners could use some good news on the defensive front, as they've been gutted by injury this season and just got sliced and diced by Peyton Manning.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/17/14 8:11pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Davis has been practicing all week and is a TE1 this week against the Broncos, despite being a fantasy disappointment so far this season.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 10/14/14 1:20am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick hit a career-long 80-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Lloyd with 14 seconds remaining in the first half of the Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams. Kaepernick threw 2 more TD passes in the second half and finished 22-of-36 for 343 yards and the 3 TDs. He ran for 37 yards on 3 carries and didn't commit a turnover.
Huddle Up: It was easily Kaepernick's best fantasy game of the season and the first in which he's topped 250 passing yards since Week 17 of last season. It also comes just in time for those fantasy GMs wondering whether to pull the plug on the QB as a fantasy starter.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 10/14/14 10:38am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) returned to the sidelines with a walking boot on his left foot after leaving the team's Week 6 game with a toe injury.
Huddle Up: Another blow to the San Francisco linebacking corps. It remains to be seen how much time Willis might miss, if any, with the toe injury.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 10/14/14 8:24pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is unlikely to play against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Oct. 19, according to a source. Willis sprained his toe Monday, Oct. 13, against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: Just another blow for the already short-handed Niners defense, but they've weathered the storm so far, ranking as the ninth best fantasy D and sixth-best overall D, in terms of total yards allowed. Third-round pick Chris Borland will likely get the starting call if Willis can't go Sunday night in the Mile High City.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/13/14 8:11pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) is active for the Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams Monday, Oct. 13, and he will start.
Huddle Up: Davis, who missed 2 of the last 4 games and has caught only 5 passes for 47 yards since Week 1, will be back for the Niners, which is great news for Colin Kaepernick owners.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 10/13/14 11:13pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's Week 6 game after suffering a toe injury in the third quarter Monday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: More information as to the extent of the injury to the Niners' leading tackler will be available later, and it's another potential hurdle for a short-handed San Fran LB corps already playing without NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/9/14 10:29pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 9, but he's on pace to play in the team's Week 6 game Monday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: Davis has missed 2 of the Niners' past 3 games, but at least he was able to do something Thursday in the team's first practice of the week. If he's going to return to action Monday night, his practice workload should ramp up over the next few days.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 10/8/14 1:55pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore has started 49 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak for running backs.
Huddle Up: After a slow start, which included only 37 touches in his first 3 outings, Gore has reeled off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and has received 44 touches over his last 2 games. Look for the commitment to continue as the Niners have, perhaps not coincidentally, posted back-to-back wins.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 10/7/14 6:50pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) may return later than originally anticipated, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Bowman was expected to return Week 6, but Fangio said Bowman 'still has to be out two more games at least, and he'll be out several after that.' Fangio did add that Bowman is doing well in his rehabilitation. Bowman underwent reconstructive knee surgery earlier this year.
Huddle Up: The Niners can't wait for Bowman's return, but Michael Wilhoite has done a creditable job filling in (he's 4th on the team with 20 total tackles), and they've been far from a disaster ranking third against the run with 73.8 yards allowed per game.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/4/14 1:44pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) is not expected to play in Week 5 unless he shows dramatic improvement over the weekend.
Huddle Up: Vance McDonald is also questionable but expected to play against the Chiefs. He'll split snaps with Derek Carrier. Neither is a very appealing fantasy option.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/3/14 8:20pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) did not practice Friday, Oct. 3, and he is listed as questionable for the Week 5 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Davis will be a game-time decision and even if he plays it sounds like he'll be limited this week. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a tight end in Week 5.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/2/14 2:28pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. He said he is experiencing some back spasms, and is listed a 'day to day.'
Huddle Up: Davis sat out Week 3 with an ankle injury, and then departed the Week 4 contest after only 2 catches for 8 yards. Plan on going with another option this Sunday unless the prognosis gets markedly better over the next 2 days.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/2/14 8:28pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) did not practice again Thursday, Oct. 2.
Huddle Up: Friday will be more telling as to his Sunday status, but definitely start formulating a backup plan if the outlook doesn't improve.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/29/14 10:17am ET
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) had X-rays on his lower back, which were negative. He is suffering from back spasms and expects to play in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Davis has been all kinds of banged up this season, though the good news here is that he is expected to go next week. Still, you'll have to monitor his status leading up to game time to make sure he's active.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/26/14 6:53pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is listed as questionable for Week 4. He will be a game-time decision Sunday.
Huddle Up: There's certainly hope for Sunday as Davis has been able to at least get in some work in each of the last 3 days, but the Niners don't play until the afternoon so the hands of some fantasy owners might be forced before then.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/26/14 9:57pm ET
Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) said his ankle 'feels a lot better,' but he's not ready to say he'll be able to play in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Davis sat out in Week 3. TE Vance McDonald (knee) said he's 'absolutely' confident that he'll play against the Eagles.
Huddle Up: Davis is shaping up to be another game-time decision this week. McDonald would have a good matchup against Philadelphia but only has nine receptions in his 21 career games. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/23/14 7:27pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) said his ankle is doing much better and he is reportedly looking better with no sign of a limp.
Huddle Up: Davis missed the Niners' Week 3 debacle in the desert, but early signs are pointing toward a return Sunday vs. the Eagles. If so, Davis should be able to get in some practice reps this week.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/20/14 1:43pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) could be a game-time decision for Week 3. Davis said he was encouraged with how he felt after some light running and catching drills Friday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: The 49ers play Arizona in the late game Sunday, so fantasy owners will need to have another option ready if Davis can't play. Derek Carrier would get the start in his place with Vance McDonald unlikely to suit up against Arizona.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/18/14 11:01pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: Davis has been unable to give it a go in either of the team's practices this week, and is looking doubtful for Sunday unless he can turn things around in a hurry Friday.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/17/14 12:58am ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) has a deep bone bruise but no structural damage to his ankle, and the team is optimistic he will be able to play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Rare good injury news in a week filled with carnage. Davis will likely have to show something in practice this week, but plan on having him available Sunday for now.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/15/14 10:22am ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the second half of the Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears and did not return. He finished with three receptions and 39 yards.
Huddle Up: No word on the severity of the injury, but the Niners could have used him late in the game as they attempted to rally so it must be relatively significant. We'll await word from the Niners as Davis gets checked out.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 9/5/14 7:42pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 5, and is listed as questionable for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: Crabtree is fully expected to start against one of the worst defenses in the NFL on paper. He's locked in as a high-end WR2 this week.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 9/4/14 10:33pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was a limited participant in practice because of a calf injury Thursday, Sept. 4.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs counting on a healthy Crabtree after he missed most of last season recovering from an Achillies' tear are back to monitoring injury reports before the season even begins. See if Friday's prognosis is any brighter.
Alex Boone - OTPosted 8/31/14 5:44pm ET
San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone will end his holdout and return to the team within 24 hours after reworking a two-year deal Sunday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: A key cog for the 49ers' ground game is returning just in time for the games that count.
Aldon Smith - LBPosted 8/29/14 4:53pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was suspended for the first nine games of 2014 for violating the policy and program for substances of abuse and the personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: This is about what most had been expecting for the player who has totaled the second-most sacks in the league since 2011, although the Niners would've preferred the decision a little sooner. In any case, it looks like San Fran is going to have to make do without their leading 2013 sacker (Smith) and top 2013 tackles leader (NaVorro Bowman) for the first half of the season.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 8/28/14 7:05pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker while LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is out of the lineup.
Huddle Up: Wilhoite, undrafted out of Washburn University in 2011, got his start in the United Football League and started 2 games last season -- his third with the Niners. He's been impressive so far this preseason, leading the team with 19 total tackles and a sack.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 8/26/14 12:13am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson has a very good chance to make the 53-man roster, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: While Johnson has caught only 2 of his 5 targets for 11 yards in 3 games this preseason, he gives the Niners a veteran option behind starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. That said, if Boldin and Crabtree stay healthy, Johnson will have a minimum fantasy impact at best and won't be useful outside the deepest of leagues.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 8/25/14 10:23pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) and TE Garrett Celek (back) were placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: As fully expected, the Niners will have to do without their top 2013 tackler for at least 6 games -- and possibly more -- to open the new season.
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