• Vance McDonald - TE
    Posted 8/16/17 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.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 8/8/17 9:54am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde reportedly came into training camp in the best shape of his life, has been a 'beast' in practice and is a player generating a ton of optimism in training camp as someone they view as the 'bell-cow of their offense,' according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    Huddle Up: While this report seems very hyperbolic in nature, the 49ers brass - specifically general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan - have also expressed how much Hyde has changed their minds as well. Hyde's durability concerns are well-documented, but if he turns out to be a fit for Shanahan's outside-zone running scheme and is given the bulk of the carries, he certainly has high-end RB2 upside.

  • Joe Williams - RB
    Posted 8/4/17 6:46pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams has been playing better of late, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. 'So I thought he's put two good practices in a row,' Shanahan said Friday. Aug. 4. 'It takes time with some of these guys.'

    Huddle Up: Williams will likely open the year as the backup to Carlos Hyde, but with questions about how well Hyde fits Shanahan's system, Williams is worth grabbing as a RB5.

  • Joe Williams - RB
    Posted 8/2/17 9:22am ET

    San Francisco 49ers rookie RB Joe Williams has gotten off to a slow start in his first training camp, presumably because he is still getting familiarity with head coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive system. He also has to do a better job with ball security, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

    Huddle Up: Williams was a fourth-round pick this spring who was seen as a serious challenger for the starting job, primarily because it was well-documented he was handpicked by Shanahan and highly regarded running backs coach Bobby Turner. It sounds as if he is going through a typical rookie struggles, but his slow start has allowed Carlos Hyde and Tim Hightower to get a better grasp on the first two spots on the depth chart, making Williams little more than a late-round fantasy investment at this point.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 8/2/17 9:09am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde had a good first week of practices and looks to be adapting better and better to new head coach Kyle Shanahan's running scheme, putting him in a good position to begin the season as the team's starting running back.

    Huddle Up: Hyde has done well to get back in the good graces of the 49ers' brass like general manager John Lynch and Shanahan, who appeared ready to move on from him earlier this summer. While durability remains an issue for Hyde, perhaps the fact he is reportedly in tip-top shape will help him in that regard. Nevertheless, he is a hard-to-trust RB2 in fantasy.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 7/30/17 6:24pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has taken his performance to 'another level' during training camp and 'has given himself a chance to have a good season,' head coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday, July 30.

    Huddle Up: It sounds like Hyde is winning over Shanahan, and he could deliver RB2 production as the lead back. There has been plenty of talk this offseason about Hyde's potential demise, but he could end up being a bargain if the speculation causes him to slide into the middle rounds.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 7/27/17 1:01pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde reported to training camp at 228 pounds. He said he's in the best shape of his career and that he's the lightest he's been since high school. New general manager John Lynch has taken notice, too, saying Hyde looks tremendous and that he has dedicated himself to football.

    Huddle Up: There has been a lot of hype this offseason surrounding rookie RB Joe Williams. Hyde has been somewhat forgotten amidst the entry of the new regime, giving him some nice fantasy value as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2. That being said, Williams is a recommended handcuff in the middle to later rounds for those who draft Hyde.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 7/24/17 9:39pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde could be a surprise cut before the start of the regular season, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

    Huddle Up: While this would be a questionable move considering Hyde's talents, it's not too far-fetched with a new head coach and general manager in town, especially since the latter pairing made it a priority to draft rookie running back Joe Williams. They also brought in Tim Hightower, so cutting Hyde is definitely a possibility. Owners need to wait and see how this plays out in training camp.

  • Jeremy Kerley - WR
    Posted 7/22/17 7:53pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is more than just a deep threat, according to WR Jeremy Kerley. 'Working with him for the last two or three months, he's an all-around receiver and he knows what he's doing,' Kerley said.

    Huddle Up: Goodwin figures to open the year as the No. 2 receiver in San Francisco. His big-play speed and the promise of ample playing time make him worth a flier as a WR5.

  • Marquise Goodwin - WR
    Posted 7/21/17 6:26pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is expected to be the No. 2 receiver this season, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

    Huddle Up: Goodwin has speed to burn, and a starting role should give him plenty of chances to make big plays. Consistency will be an issue, but he is worth a look as a WR5.

  • Joe Williams - RB
    Posted 7/21/17 7:44pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams has 'put himself into a position to compete for a significant role' heading into training camp, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

    Huddle Up: Williams was handpicked by head coach Kyle Shanahan, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him pass Carlos Hyde on the depth chart or at least split carries. Williams could be a steal as a second-round pick in rookie drafts, and he has enough upside to grab as a RB4 in redraft leagues.

  • Tim Hightower - RB
    Posted 7/11/17 12:32pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde will need to earn his starting job over rookie RB Joe Williams, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. Maiocco envisions a committee approach with RB Tim Hightower also being involved.

    Huddle Up: Williams does have some upside heading into his first year, but Hyde will start as long as he is in good health. Committees obviously hurt fantasy value, but Hyde remains a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 candidate.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB
    Posted 7/11/17 12:24pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Brian Hoyer is heading what is dubbed 'Camp Hoyer' prior to the start of training camp. At least 10 quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs attended workouts Monday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 11.

    Huddle Up: Leadership shouldn't be a surprise from the veteran quarterback. It's a good sign that he and the offensive players are coming together, though, especially under a new regime. Unfortunately, Hoyer's leadership doesn't translate to fantasy football success. He's a bye-week replacement at best.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 6/30/17 9:15pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde averaged 2.5 yards per carry last season on runs designed to go outside the tackles, and Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat believes Hyde is a bad fit for an offense run by head coach Kyle Shanahan, who calls more runs outside the tackles than any other coach in the league.

    Huddle Up: Whether Hyde can be productive in Shanahan's offense remains to be seen, but he should have the first crack at leading the backfield and can be drafted as a RB2.

  • George Kittle - TE
    Posted 6/17/17 8:15am ET

    San Francisco 49ers fifth-round TE George Kittle was the team's most prolific target during the recent minicamp and drew praise from QB Brian Hoyer for his football awareness and intelligence. 'He has a really good football awareness, is what I would call it. A feel for where to break, how to break, read zones. I've been surprised and, obviously, it's a good thing for us to have a guy who has that football awareness and some feel of the game to it,' Hoyer said.

    Huddle Up: The more Kittle continues to stand out, the more likely Vance McDonald will not be on the roster come the start of the regular season. The rookie is being prepped to take on a hybrid tight end/H-back role and an above-average blocker as well as a receiver, so he figures to get a lot of snaps right away. However, that role isn't likely to translate to significant value right away in the 49ers' offense, so he can be left undrafted in fantasy.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB
    Posted 5/29/17 2:44pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Brian Hoyer is confident heading into his second stint with head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan was the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator in 2014 when Hoyer quarterbacked the Browns. Hoyer said his familiarity with Shanahan's offense makes it easier for him to call plays, adding that it comes naturally to him now.

    Huddle Up: Shanahan's offenses are usually exciting, but there's not a lot to be enticed with regarding San Francisco's offense, including Hoyer. The fact that he is the starter should not persuade people to draft him as a starting fantasy quarterback. At best, he is a bye-week replacement in good matchups.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 5/17/17 10:46am ET

    San Francisco 49ers fourth-round pick RB Joe Williams has a 'legitimate chance' to 'immediately unseat' RB Carlos Hyde as the team's top running back this season, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

    Huddle Up: Head coach Kyle Shanahan convinced general manager John Lynch to draft Williams, even after Lynch initially left him off the draft board. Hyde also has been incredibly injury-prone and is in the final year of his rookie contract and the team's new brass isn't tied to him in any way, so they aren't going to start Hyde over 'their guy' unless he is clearly the better option. Williams will almost certainly make some starts in 2017 and should be considered a steal in rookie drafts if he lasts very far into the second round.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB
    Posted 4/28/17 9:33pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Brian Hoyer is No. 1 on the depth chart, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, followed by QB Matt Barkley and QB C.J. Beathard. 'We are bringing C.J. here to develop,' Shanahan said.

    Huddle Up: At best, Hoyer is a low-end QB2 as long as he is the starter in San Francisco. Beathard projects as a career backup.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 4/14/17 7:10pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde can be a 'highly productive player,' according to general manager John Lynch, and Lynch said he hopes Hyde approaches the season like a player that has something to prove.

    Huddle Up: Injuries keep derailing Hyde, but he is a solid RB2 when healthy.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 4/12/17 7:41am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) may have the front office ready to give up on him due to repeated injuries, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Hyde has plenty of tools, but he just can't keep them sharp enough to stay on the field. He's an RB2 if he works his way back into the good graces.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 4/10/17 9:56pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) said that he is back to running again. However, he added: 'I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I'm making improvement.' He'll have a 'run test' Tuesday, April 11.

    Huddle Up: When he's healthy, Hyde has displayed dynamic RB1 potential and is in one of the few situations around the NFL where he's the clear lead back. Unfortunately, health has been the 25-year-old's biggest issue, as he's missed 12 games over the past two years. Owners should monitor Hyde's health going into the new season because if he's at 100 percent, he'll be worth investing in on draft day.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB
    Posted 3/16/17 8:14pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Brian Hoyer said he won't be content being a backup quarterback, and he believes he will have a leg up in a quarterback competition because he is familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan's system.

    Huddle Up: At this point, Hoyer has to be considered the frontrunner to start for the 49ers next year, but he shouldn't be viewed as more than a low-end QB2.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB
    Posted 3/12/17 5:55pm ET

    The San Francisco 49ers are likely looking at positions other than quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after signing QB Brian Hoyer and QB Matt Barkley, according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.

    Huddle Up: If the 49ers do pass on one of the top quarterback prospects, it will likely mean Hoyer opens the year as the starter, but he would only be a low-end QB2 candidate.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB
    Posted 3/11/17 8:20am ET

    The San Francisco 49ers will continue to look for quarterbacks this offseason despite signing Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley in free agency, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, who added he doesn't know whether the team will address the position in the free agency or the draft.

    Huddle Up: This news hardly qualifies as a surprise, as neither Hoyer nor Barkley were signed to be the long-term answer. It does reduce the need for the 49ers to use the second pick of the draft next month to take a quarterback, although it certainly doesn't take them out of the market. Given the lack of a blue-chip passer in the draft, however, it appears the most likely scenario at the moment involves starting Hoyer in 2017 and hoping Kirk Cousins will sign with San Francisco next offseason.

  • Torrey Smith - WR
    Posted 3/7/17 9:40am ET

    Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith was released Tuesday, March 7.

    Huddle Up: Smith was a bust in San Fran, and he's pretty one-dimensional. That dimension, however, could make for a nice slot receiver on a good team. He still has fantasy clout on the back end of receiving corps.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/3/17 6:12am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract Friday, March 3, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: He averaged 187 passing yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game last season along with 39 rushing yards. He only threw four picks last season, which was a vast improvement. He is shell of the dynamic dual threat that took his team to the Super Bowl four years ago. He's a meager QB2 in fantasy.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/1/17 6:08am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's new agents, Jeff Nalley and Sean Kiernan, have informed all 32 teams that Kaepernick will be opting out of his contract.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick's fantasy hourglass is getting pretty thin. He could be a midrange QB2 at best right now.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 2/20/17 10:01am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde scored six times as a rusher in September and October, but he failed to find the end zone on the ground after that, settling instead for three receiving touchdowns over that time. In addition, five of Hyde's rushing scores came against NFC West division rivals.

    Huddle Up: Four of his rushing TDs came in games decided by 15 points or more, so there is a flukish component to his final line. Hyde ran for 394 yards on 63 carries in December alone after rushing for 449 yards on 109 attempts in September and October combined. There's no question Hyde thrived in Chip Kelly's up-tempo, shotgun-heavy offense, but he should maintain similar fantasy value as the likely unquestioned workhorse in new head coach Kyle Shanahan's running back-friendly offense.

  • Torrey Smith - WR
    Posted 2/17/17 7:58pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith said he is excited for head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense because he 'tailors it to people's strengths.'

    Huddle Up: Big plays were absent from San Francisco's offense last year, and Smith had arguably the worst season of his career. He looks like a WR5 heading into 2017.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 2/16/17 8:38pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is a 'work in progress,' according to former running backs coach Tom Rathman. 'He's moving in the right direction,' Rathman said. 'He still has some growing to do as a football player to get to the level of player that everybody wants to be.'

    Huddle Up: Hyde's career has been slowed by injuries, but he scored nine times and nearly rushed for 1,000 yards in 13 games last season. As the clear lead back in San Francisco, Hyde will be a volume-based, low-end RB1 in 2017.

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