Vance McDonald - TEPosted 9/25/16 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.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 9/19/16 9:20am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde believes a lack of patience contributed heavily to a 14-carry, 34-yard performance in a loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. Hyde also lost the fumble early, which led to Carolina's first touchdown. ?What I saw was me not performing well. I come off a good week and then I perform that way, (it?s) just unacceptable. I have to get better. I have to do better. I have to not put the ball on the ground. I?ll get better. I have to,? Hyde said.
Huddle Up: It's hard for owners to get down on Hyde considering the quality of defense he was facing in the Panthers. Shaun Draughn wasn't any better either, finishing with 21 yards on nine carries. Hyde could be in for another long day next weekend as the 49ers visit the Seattle Seahawks. Hyde should be considered a low-ceiling RB2 for that matchup.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 9/18/16 10:22pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith posted three receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. He was targeted 10 times.
Huddle Up: Smith started out slowly in the opener, but he looked pretty sharp in this one. He remains a solid WR4 in all fantasy formats.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 9/18/16 10:21pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde carried 14 times for 34 yards in the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers, and he added three receptions for 18 yards.
Huddle Up: Hyde didn't do much to endear himself to fantasy owners, but he faced a difficult run defense and his team abandoned the run after falling behind by a sizable margin. Unfortunately for fantasy owners Hyde faces another quality run defense in Seattle in Week 3. He remains a low-end RB2 for that matchup.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 9/18/16 10:21pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert completed 17 of his 36 pass attempts for 243 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. He also rushed three times for 10 yards and a score.
Huddle Up: Gabbert isn't a must-start fantasy option just yet, but he has posted reasonable numbers. When bye weeks starts you might want to consider Gabbert as a stopgap option, especially if the matchup is favorable.
Jeremy Kerley - WRPosted 9/17/16 7:16pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley played 54 of 81 offensive snaps and led the team with 11 targets in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Slot receivers have enjoyed a lot of success in Chip Kelly's offenses, and Kerley enjoyed a solid game despite joining the team late in the preseason. He is a must-add in PPR formats and could emerge as a WR3.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 9/12/16 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.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 9/12/16 10:35pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith posted two receptions for just 13 yards in the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Smith is expected to be the No. 1 receiver in San Francisco, but Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton flashed while Smith next very little. He should still be retained as a WR4 in most fantasy formats, but he needs to get started next week.
Quinton Patton - WRPosted 9/12/16 10:34pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton posted 60 yards on five grabs in the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Patton was a big part of the offense, not only posting a decent yardage total but spring some of his teammates with solid blocking. That's the kind of thing that will continue to earn him plentiful playing time. As far as fantasy is concerned he is best used as a WR4 in leagues of 12 or more teams.
Jeremy Kerley - WRPosted 9/12/16 10:34pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley hauled in seven receptions for a team-best 61 yards in the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Kerley is still learning Chip Kelly's offense after arriving late in training camp from the New York Jets. If he can learn quickly and continue to jell with Blaine Gabbert, he might be worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Shaun Draughn - RBPosted 9/12/16 10:33pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn carried seven times for 18 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He also had a pair of receptions for 18 yards.
Huddle Up: Draughn is no threat to the job of Carlos Hyde, but Hyde hasn't been the most durable tailback in the world, either. If Hyde goes down Draughn is going to be a hot property off the waiver wire in most fantasy leagues.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 9/12/16 10:33pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde rushed 23 times for 88 yards with two touchdowns in the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Hyde shined on Monday Night Football last year against Minnesota, too, as there is something about the lights he seems to like. As long as he can stay healthy he could be a strong WR2 in all fantasy leagues.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 9/12/16 9:06pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert completed 22 of his 35 pass attempts for 170 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams. He also ran nine times for 43 yards before giving way to backup QB Colin Kaepernick late in the fourth quarter of a blowout win.
Huddle Up: Gabbert didn't look great, and he is a low-end QB2 in most fantasy leagues for a reason. But his running numbers were a bit of an eye opener and he could be useful down the road if he continues to jell with his receivers.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 9/8/16 1:10pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (concussion) participated fully in practice Thursday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: Looks like it's all systems go for Hyde in Week 1. He faces a tough test against the Los Angeles Rams, though. The Rams only surrendered six rushing touchdowns to running backs last season with one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Hyde is a low-end RB2 play, but expectations should be lowered.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 9/8/16 3:38pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (concussion) is not on the injury report for the team's season opener Monday, September 12.
Huddle Up: Despite sustaining a concussion at the end of August, this should ensure there are no concerns over his availability in Week 1, saving his fantasy owners from a potential headache to begin the season. Considering his anticipated heavy volume in a Chip Kelly offense, Hyde is worth starting in all formats, and has the potential to end up in the upper echelon this season for fantasy running backs.
Bruce Ellington - WRPosted 8/30/16 1:02pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 30. He is out for the season.
Huddle Up: This is a significant blow for the 49ers' already subpar offense. Torrey Smith's status as San Francisco's No. 1 receiver solidifies, while Quinton Patton likely becomes the No. 2 receiver and gets a good bump in fantasy value. Even still, Patton should only be looked at in later rounds and should be thought of as no more than a WR4 in deeper leagues.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/29/16 5:01pm ET
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said he expects QB Colin Kaepernick to be on the roster when the regular season starts but that it is not his decision.
Huddle Up: It appears that Kaepernick is losing the battle for the starting quarterback job to Blaine Gabbert, but head coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick is still an option. He probably would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job and can be avoided if he is a backup.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/28/16 8:53pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick faces a 'very big uphill battle' to make the 53-man roster, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.
Huddle Up: If Kaepernick is cut, Blaine Gabbert would have a little more job security. Chip Kelly has worked miracles before with quarterbacks, but Gabbert remains a speculative QB2.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 8/27/16 5:19am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (concussion) suffered a concussion during the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Hyde will have to pass his concussion tests before he is cleared to play again, so owners will need to monitor the situation. Hyde should receive most of the playing time at the position this season and should be a decent No. 2 running back in most leagues.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/27/16 5:38am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick went 2-for-6 for 14 yards in the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26. He also rushed for 18 yards on four carries. Kaepernick said he believes he still has a chance to win the starting quarterback job.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick appears to be behind Blaine Gabbert for the starting quarterback position but still has a chance since head coach Chip Kelly has not named a starter yet. He would have more fantasy value than Gabbert but likely would only be a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues if he wins the job.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 8/26/16 1:19pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) could start the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26, since QB Blaine Gabbert started the first two preseason games.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick and Gabbert continue to compete for the starting job but this will be Kaepernick's first time on the field this offseason. Kaepernick would be the more valuable option for fantasy owners, but neither quarterback should be a No. 1 quarterback for owners.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 8/26/16 4:53pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert likely will be the starting quarterback for the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: It appears that Gabbert is the leading candidate for the starting job and would have to struggle to lose the job. Gabbert had some success as a starter last season but would only be a low-end No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Bruce Ellington - WRPosted 8/26/16 9:40pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) limped to the locker room against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26, with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Ellington was in line to open the year as the starting slot receiver, but a serious injury could change that. If healthy, he could be a decent WR5 in PPR formats.
Mike Davis - RBPosted 8/22/16 11:11am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn is the No. 2 running back, according to head coach Chip Kelly. RBs DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis are competing for the No. 3 position.
Huddle Up: Draughn made a good impression last year, primarily in the passing game. He makes for a nice complement to Carlos Hyde and could see more work than expected if the 49ers are consistently behind in games. Draughn is a solid handcuff for those who draft Hyde should be taken as a late-round flier at the latest.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/22/16 12:42pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) participated in a full warmup practice Monday, Aug. 22. It was his first such participation since Aug. 10.
Huddle Up: Maybe now Kaep can ramp up San Fran's quarterback competition. Blaine Gabbert has been decent in the first two preseason games, but he hasn't really flashed. Kaepernick still has a chance to prove he deserves to start, but neither Gabbert nor Kaepernick are starting caliber QBs in traditional leagues.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/21/16 7:40am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) displayed improved velocity on his passes during pregame warmups Saturday, Aug. 20, and remains on target to resume practicing this week, according to head coach Chip Kelly. The team remains hopeful that he will play in the next preseason game versus the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick is engaged in a battle this preseason for San Francisco's starting quarterback job with Blaine Gabbert. Although Kaepernick has a higher ceiling, neither player should be viewed as anything more than a QB2 in traditional fantasy leagues.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 8/21/16 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.
Bruce Ellington - WRPosted 8/19/16 6:26pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (ankle) hasn't practiced much this week and is questionable to play against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: If he can stay healthy, Ellington has a chance to thrive as the slot receiver in Chip Kelly's offense. He could be a late-round steal, especially in PPR formats.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/16/16 7:37pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 16, as he continues to deal with his dead arm. Kaepernick has not thrown a pass in six days.
Huddle Up: A sure sign that Kaepernick is expected back later than sooner is that the Niners signed free-agent QB Christian Ponder on Tuesday. In the meantime, it's looking more and more like Blaine Gabbert will win the Niners' starting gig by default.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) isn't expected to be out of action much longer and could play in the second preseason game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 20, head coach Chip Kelly said.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick is facing an uphill battle to win the starting job from Blaine Gabbert. The eventual starter should benefit from Kelly's system and finish as a midrange QB2.
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