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.
Mike Davis - RBPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Mike Davis had five carries a game-high 72 yards in a 24-13 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason Sunday Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Davis is worth watching as the preseason continues. If he can establish himself as Carlos Hyde's primary backup, Davis would be worth a late-round selection.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 8/15/16 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.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde mixed in the good with the bad in the team's preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Aug. 14, ripping off a tackle-breaking 22-yard gallop up the middle in the first quarter before committing a fumble that led to a Texans' defensive touchdown a few plays later.
Huddle Up: Hyde surprisingly saw two targets on the 49ers' opening drive, but Blaine Gabbert missed him badly on both. The third-year back figures to be Chip Kelly's bell cow for as long as he can handle it in 2016, although it should be noted the Ohio State product hasn't made it through a full season dating back to his college days. Hyde has RB1 upside if he can play all 16 games this season.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has been the "landslide favorite for weeks" in his battle with QB Colin Kaepernick, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
Huddle Up: Caplan notes head coach Chip Kelly "is trying to be fair" to Kaepernick by allowing the quarterback competition to go on this long, but Kaepernick likely missed too much time in the offseason to make it a fair fight. Expect Gabbert to be running the show in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams and make for a sneaky QB2 option for an offense that figures to be playing from behind a lot in 2016.
Bruce Ellington - WRPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington has proven to be the 49ers' best option as a slot receiver through the first two weeks of training camp, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Huddle Up: Injuries have conspired to hold Ellington to 19 catches over his first two seasons as a pro, but a breakout season for a player with his quickness in a Chip Kelly offense should come as a shock to no one. His current 13th-round ADP in PPR formats should be considered highway robbery and should be considered even more of a steal in leagues that reward return yardage, as he is projected to run back kicks and punts, as well. Ellington has WR3 upside at a WR5 price.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 8/13/16 2:41pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert appears likely to start the team's preseason opener against the Sunday, Aug. 14, although head coach Chip Kelly hasn't made an official announcement. QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) did not practice Friday, Aug. 12, and his status for Sunday's game is uncertain.
Huddle Up: Reports suggest that Gabbert is the clear leader to open the year as the 49ers starting quarterback and with Kaepernick dealing with a sore shoulder, this isn't a surprise. Kaepernick will get his shot in the preseason too but expect Gabbert to be under center Sunday when the 49ers take on the Texans.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/12/16 4:22pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Aug. 12, because of a sore shoulder. He was expected to share first-team snaps with QB Blaine Gabbert during the first preseason game Sunday, Aug. 14, but the injury may change things.
Huddle Up: Those banking on Kaepernick fantasy comeback season first need the QB to at least overtake Gabbert, and right now he's lagging behind. Let's see if he can fight through the issues and make up some ground here in the next week or so.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/12/16 10:59pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) said he is not too concerned about his sore throwing shoulder and expects to be available for the preseason opener against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Blaine Gabbert is reportedly the clear favorite to open the season as the 49ers starting quarterback, so Kaepernick can't afford to miss preseason games. Kaepernick should be considered questionable for Sunday's game. Either way, it appears to be Gabbert's job to lose at this point.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 8/11/16 1:10pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he views the upcoming season as a 'make or break' year. Hyde pointed to how effective the new system can be, noting how current 49ers and then Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly helped Eagles RB LeSean McCoy lead the NFL in rushing in 2013. Hyde also believes the up-tempo approach makes defenders tired and allows for big plays.
Huddle Up: Hyde is right about the make-or-break nature of this season, and he offers tremendous upside for fantasy owners to harness. Make him a focal point of your lineup in the third round of PPR drafts.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 8/10/16 4:23pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick will share snaps with the first-team offense during preseason games until the team is ready to name a starting quarterback, according to head coach Chip Kelly.
Huddle Up: As expected the duel will continue through the first few preseason games, but the onus in on Kaepernick to show more with Gabbert said to be in the lead according to most reports.
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 8/9/16 9:29pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert is considered an enormous favorite to start over QB Colin Kaepernick in the regular season opener, in the opinion of beat writer Tim Kawakami.
Huddle Up: It's not looking good for those banking on a Kaepernick fantasy rebound, but even if it is Gabbert, he's not likely going to be of much fantasy use in standard leagues, either.
Jerome Simpson - WRPosted 8/5/16 8:46am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Jerome Simpson is 'flourishing' in head coach Chip Kelly's system and is a 'guy to keep an eye on' going forward, Kelly said Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: Simpson has always had the speed to make big plays, but multiple suspensions have derailed his career. If he can grab the No. 2 receiver job, he is worth a flier in the later rounds.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/5/16 8:46am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has shown more of a willingness to run with the ball on zone read plays so far this offseason. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said those runs have not been by design. "Our offense takes what the defense gives us," Modkins said. Kaepernick and QB Blaine Gabbert are in the midst of a position battle for the starting quarterback job.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick has more fantasy value than Gabbert because of his running ability, but neither are consistent options. Whoever wins the gig should be drafted as a fantasy backup.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 8/4/16 8:54am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton is projected by beat writer Grant Cohn to start opposite WR Torrey Smith in Week 1. Cohn projects Patton to start all 16 games while hauling in 45 receptions.
Huddle Up: If this prediction holds true, Patton would be worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams as a WR4/5. He fits the offense well and has deep sleeper potential.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 8/3/16 8:30am ET
San Francisco 49ers QBs Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert have taken an equal amount of reps in practice with the first-team offense so far in training camp. Both have been sharper working with would-be starters than the second team. Head coach Chip Kelly noted the preseason games will be critical.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick and Gabbert are battling hard for the starting job, but the winner will be a low-end QB2, at best, in most fantasy leagues. The only time the San Francisco starter should be active in fantasy is out of desperation or in formats which require two starting signal callers. DFS owners may consider either passer for matchup plays.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 8/1/16 9:11am ET
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) is visiting the Buffalo Bills Monday, Aug. 1, and he's expected to sign with the team if he passes a physical.
Huddle Up: At 31, Bush's skill set will likely be used almost exclusively in the passing game. He should serve as depth at the position on with RB Karlos Williams suspended four games. Bush is, at best, a late-round flier or handcuff for LeSean McCoy owners.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 7/26/16 10:45pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) has received medical clearance to participate fully in training camp, according to a source. Kaepernick had a torn left labrum repaired this offseason in addition to surgery on his right thumb and left knee.
Huddle Up: That means we'll have two healthy combatants for what figures to be one of the more intriguing and tightly contested QB battles of August. Let the duel begin ...
Blaine Gabbert - QBPosted 7/21/16 12:43pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick head into training camp battling for the starting job under center. Many in the organization feel Gabbert is a better fit in head coach Chip Kelly's offense, and he has a good grasp of the offseason.
Huddle Up: It's a battle that's more intriguing to NFL Nation in general than the fantasy realm, and neither is viewed as much as a QB2 given the uncertainty and the myriad offensive question marks with the San Fran offense. Even though Gabbert is the slight favorite to win the job, Kaepernick has more upside simply because he's done it before.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 6/24/16 10:07pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he is excited about head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system and believes it will allow him to showcase all his abilities.
Huddle Up: Kelly's Eagles ranked in the league's top 14 in rushing yards and the top 11 in attempts in all three of his seasons in Philly, so Hyde -- if he shows he's past his 2015 foot injury -- should have ample opportunity to shine as the team's unquestioned bellcow back.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 6/23/16 11:33pm ET
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) has received calls from two teams, but he hasn't made a decision on where he'll play in 2016.
Huddle Up: Hard to believe Bush already has logged an NFL decade, and he's relatively fresh having logged only 84 carries over 16 games since the start of the 2014 season. On the flip side, he has plenty of free-agent RB company at the moment.
Jerome Simpson - WRPosted 6/21/16 2:13pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WRs Jerome Simpson, Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton are in the mix for the starting job opposite WR Torrey Smith. WR Dres Anderson isn't expected to be consistent enough to shoulder the load, but he is also in the battle. WR DeAndrew White has plenty of size, but he is considered closer to the roster bubble than he is to being a regular contributor.
Huddle Up: While Smith is underrated as the team's clear No. 1 target, it's at least a three-way quaqmire right now involving Simpson, Ellington and Patton for the No. 2 gig.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 6/10/16 11:24am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick doesn't anticipate any issues between him and the organization this season, even after requesting a trade earlier in the year. 'I'm here, I'm a 49er, I'm excited for this offseason, the work that I can put in this summer to get ready for training camp and to come in and compete,' Kaepernick said. Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee), who had multiple offseason surgeries, also expects to be healthier and bulkier when training camp rolls around.
Huddle Up: The S.F. QB derby between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert looks to be a dead heat right now, and the former's health will go a long way in determining the opening-week starter.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 6/10/16 3:56pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is excited that he'll be a focal point in the passing attack in 2016. 'I think it's something that's overlooked, but this year we may get to see it,' Hyde said. 'I like playing receiver. It's another opportunity to get out in space and get the ball in your hands.'
Huddle Up: If he can stay healthy, Hyde could be a true three-down workhorse in Chip Kelly's offense, and his current No. 11 ranking among RBs from the Huddle reflects that.
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