Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 6/23/19 10:33pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is expected to receive clearance near the start of training camp, as he makes his way back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Huddle Up: The Niners have depth at the position with Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, so McKinnon won't be rushed back until he is 100 percent. It also wouldn't be surprising to see him as a healthy inactive early in the season as a precaution, as long as Coleman and Breida are healthy themselves. As such, McKinnon is a risky fantasy proposition heading into 2019.
Matt Breida - RBPosted 6/23/19 10:56pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida will be in a crowded backfield heading into 2019 as long as everyone is healthy.
Huddle Up: Breida will be in a fierce battle in training camp and the preseason with Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Raheem Mostert and Jeffery Wilson. Coleman is considered the frontrunner at this point, so Breida might be battling McKinnon to be up during the regular season if everyone is healthy, as Mostert is considered a lock due to his prowess on special teams.
Raheem Mostert - RBPosted 6/23/19 10:53pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert is expected to be one of three running backs active during the regular season since he is the team's best special-teams player.
Huddle Up: Mostert has shown in the past that he can be effective running the ball, but that's unlikely to be his role in 2019 with the likes of Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida creating a logjam in the backfield. He has minimal fantasy appeal as long as everyone is healthy and ready to play.
Jeffery Wilson - RBPosted 6/23/19 10:39pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jeffery Wilson faces an uphill climb for a roster spot with RBs Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Jerick McKinnon and Raheem Mostert in the crowded backfield.
Huddle Up: Wilson posted 266 rushing yards in six games with two starts in 2018, and he also added 98 yards on 12 receptions. If everyone is healthy and the 49ers can't find a way to keep him, Wilson won't take long to find another job. He is a risky fantasy option heading into 2019 due to his murky outlook.
Dante Pettis - WRPosted 6/16/19 5:37pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis has impressed QB Jimmy Garoppolo and head Kyle Shanahan with his new physique and attention to detail. 'Dante's body is maturing,' Garoppolo said. 'He's coming out of breaks with power, he has speed.' 'He worked while he was away,' Shanahan said. 'He tried to get bigger. He worked more at his routes and he came here with the idea of 'Hey, I'm not just coming here to get better back in shape, I'm coming here to get better.''
Huddle Up: While it remains to be seen who will emerge as the top receiver in the San Francisco passing attack, Pettis is certainly a solid bet. He is set to open the year as a starter, and he flashed some upside at the end of last season. Consider him a WR4 with the upside to be a regular fantasy starter.
George Kittle - TEPosted 6/12/19 1:42pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 12, because of hip tightness.
Huddle Up: Kittle will be fine for training camp and will continue to be a focal point in the passing game for the 49ers. He should be one of the first tight ends selected in all fantasy drafts.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 6/12/19 2:15pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) hopefully will be a full participant when training camp begins, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Huddle Up: McKinnon will be competing with Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert for playing time during training camp, so fantasy owners will need to monitor the situation. He will have fantasy value in all leagues if he has a solid offensive role.
Dante Pettis - WRPosted 6/6/19 6:41pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis said he has been trying to add muscle to his frame and is up to 197 pounds. 'Just trying to gain a little more weight, get a little stronger,' Pettis said.
Huddle Up: Pettis flashed some upside as a rookie, but he also battled a few injuries. The pecking order for targets in San Francisco's receiving corps is up in the air, but Pettis could emerge as the top target after tight end George Kittle. He is worth a look as a WR4.
Deebo Samuel - WRPosted 6/4/19 11:36pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel needs to drop some weight in order to function more effectively out of the slot, according to WR coach Wes Welker.
Huddle Up: Samuel is expected to play a significant role as a rookie, and it appears the team wants to move him around the formations as well. While rookie WRs tend to struggle making the transition, Samuel is one to consider targeting in the later rounds given the lack of proven WRs in San Francisco.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 5/25/19 2:44pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is not participating in offseason workouts but is expected to be available for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: McKinnon will be competing with several other running back for playing time this upcoming season. Fantasy players will need to keep an eye on him during camp to see what role he will receive. He should have fantasy value in 2019 but may not be a weekly starting option.
Deebo Samuel - WRPosted 5/25/19 6:32pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel showed 'nice chemistry' with QB Jimmy Garoppolo, in the opinion of Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.
Huddle Up: It's a good first step as Samuel tries to establish himself as a reliable weapon in the San Francisco passing attack. He has a shot at a significant role as a rookie and is a great player to target in the later rounds of drafts.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 5/22/19 10:47am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) won't be fully cleared for full-team drills until training camp, in part, because the team doesn't want to risk having defenders around his legs. Garoppolo has done work in 7-on-7 drills.
Huddle Up: Jimmy G will be a midrange option at the position in fantasy with maybe a little upside.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 5/16/19 9:34am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida said Wednesday, May 15, the team could feature a three-man running back rotation also involving Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. 'They've talked to us about it,' Breida said. 'They've said, 'Hey, we're going to use all you guys.' All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don't want to give away any secrets, but we're all going to be used in the offense.' It's still too early/unclear how snaps will be divided.
Huddle Up: There are ample fantasy points to be found with Kyle Shanahan running backs, but the current three-pronged outlook doesn't bode well for fantasy GMs at the moment. Hopefully you'll have ample time before your drafts to see if the picture takes on some clarity.
Deebo Samuel - WRPosted 5/16/19 6:17pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel should provide 'instant production' in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, according to John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle.
Huddle Up: Samuel can be dangerous after the catch, and he has a path to plenty of playing time in a San Francisco receiving corps that is lacking proven weapons. He's worth grabbing in the later rounds of redraft leagues.
George Kittle - TEPosted 5/9/19 11:42am ET
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle saw 24.4 percent of his targeted passes when he was lined up in the slot in 2018, and he finished in a tie for fourth among tight ends in yards per route run from there, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: While it speaks to his ability to win from in-line as well as detached from the formation, it's fair to wonder if he will be as productive in 2019 with Dante Pettis as well as second-round pick Deebo Samuel also capable of manning the slot. Of course, Kittle could simply score more than the five touchdowns he did in 2018 to replace the targets he could lose. While there is reason to believe Kittle could fail to replicate his breakout campaign this year, he should still be one of the top three tight ends off the board this summer.
Jalen Hurd - WRPosted 4/30/19 4:08pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Jalen Hurd is the most versatile player he's ever drafted, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Hurd was chosen in the third round and could play all over the field, including running back, wide receiver and tight end. Hurd played at 250 pounds when Tennessee asked him to line up in short-yardage rushing situations, and he shed 20 pounds to play wide receiver for Baylor. Hurd weighed 226 pounds at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, but general manager John Lynch said Hurd will be allowed to play at the weight he feels most comfortable before the coaching staff determines his ultimate positional role. 'He can do about everything,' Shanahan said. 'I think if he would have stayed a running back, I think he would have gotten drafted as an NFL running back. Today he got drafted as an NFL receiver, kind of. I believe if he tried to play tight end he would have gotten drafted as an NFL tight end. That's a pretty unique thing to have. I don't remember being able to say that about any player I've studied before. So, it's neat to be able to do that and he can help us out in a lot of different ways.'
Huddle Up: Good for the Niners, not necessarily for fantasy ... players of this nature tend to be difficult to play, and then there's often the headache about how league software hosts allow gamers to deploy multipositional guys. At any rate, Hurd has a legit opportunity to find enough playing time to at least enter the fantasy conversation as the summer wears on. Stay tuned....
Deebo Samuel - WRPosted 4/26/19 4:31pm ET
South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 36th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Samuel has a chance to earn a solid role in the passing game as a rookie. Owners should monitor his progress during training camp because he could be a late-round option in deeper leagues.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 4/26/19 11:38pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel is projected to start opposite WR Dante Pettis, according to NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco, who says the team will slide incumbent starting WR Marquise Goodwin into a smaller role to maximize his speed.
Huddle Up: Rookie receivers typically get overblown, but if Samuel starts in an offense designed by Kyle Shanahan and triggered by Jimmy Garoppolo you'd have to give him some late-round flier consideration.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 4/17/19 3:54pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) said he likely will wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo is expected to be ready for training camp as long as he does not suffer any setbacks in his recovery. He has played well in the past and could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in some deeper leagues.
George Kittle - TEPosted 4/17/19 6:32pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle said Wednesday, April 17 that he suffered 'fractured cartilage' early in the Week 9 game in 2018 against the Oakland Raiders, meaning 793 of his 1,377 yards came while injured.
Huddle Up: Imagine what Kittle could do if he were 100 percent healthy and with his regular starting quarterback under center? He'll have tremendous expectations heading into 2019, and he is a must-start fantasy option, but it wouldn't be surprising to actually see him level off a bit, or even take a slight step back. He'll still be a fantasy stud, however.
Robbie Gould - PKPosted 4/15/19 10:03pm ET
San Francisco 49ers PK Robbie Gould was absent from the team's facility Monday, April 15, the first day of the offseason program. He has yet to sign a one-year franchise tender that would pay him $4.97 million for the 2019 season. Gould is unhappy about the team's decision to apply the franchise tag and isn't interested in signing a long-term deal with the team before the July 15 deadline to do so.
Huddle Up: Gould led the league in field-goal percentage (97.1) in 2018, and he ranks second in NFL history in accuracy percentage. He'll be a strong fantasy option again in 2019.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 4/5/19 11:11am ET
San Francisco 49ers RBs Tevin Coleman Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, Jeffery Wilson and Raheem Mostert will ultimately decide who plays and how much each one plays, according to comments made by head coach Kyle Shanahan on the Adam Schefter podcast recently. 'Everyone keeps asking me that like I'm in charge of that or something,' Shanahan said with a laugh. 'It's up to the players. They will define their roles. That's kind of what's unique about this.'
Huddle Up: The common assumption since Coleman signed in March was that he would probably handle more carries than anyone else in this backfield in 2019, but it could easily be argued Breida was more impressive in 2018 than Coleman was at any point during his time with Shanahan in Atlanta. It is shaping up to be an unpredictable backfield, although McKinnon's role as the pass-catching back - assuming he is recovered from his ACL injury - would seem to be the most secure.
Dante Pettis - WRPosted 4/1/19 7:00pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis should be one of the starting receivers for the 49ers next season, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Huddle Up: Pettis had a solid rookie season with 467 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. The team does not have a go-to receiver on the roster, so Pettis has a chance to see a lot of targets in 2019. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 3/31/19 11:51am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee), coming off an ACL tear, should be cleared for full participation at the start of training camp, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo first full season in San Fran only lasted three starts, but given Kyle Shanahan's system and the QB's promising 2017 finish, Garoppolo has definite QB1 potential and is worth a late mid-round draft gamble.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 3/25/19 9:04am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) will remain on the roster past April 1 and 'fits' into the team's plan for the 2019 season, according to general manager John Lynch.
Huddle Up: This should not come as a surprise despite McKinnon's ACL injury last summer given how much the team invested in him in free agency, as the goal was always to use him as a unique weapon in the passing game. That has not changed despite the emergence of Matt Breida and the addition of Tevin Coleman. McKinnon could still have some low-end RB2 appeal in PPR leagues, although owners may be frustrated with San Francisco's usage of its running backs from time to time in 2019.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 3/16/19 4:12pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman is expected to lead what could be a group of four active running backs on game days this season. Coleman and fellow RBs Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert would comprise the foursome.
Huddle Up: It's an admirable group, but this could be a nuisance for fantasy purposes. Coleman is the running back to own in San Francisco, but McKinnon and company really limit his ceiling. Both Coleman and McKinnon still possess PPR RB2 upside.
Pierre Garcon - WRPosted 3/7/19 2:16pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon had his 2019 option declined Thursday, March 7, and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Huddle Up: Garcon has dealt with injuries over the last several seasons but could still be a reliable receiver for a team. He probably will only be a late-round option in some fantasy leagues but is no longer a starting option.
Dante Pettis - WRPosted 2/28/19 2:01pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis came on strong at the end of 2018 and ended his rookie season with 467 receiving yards and five touchdowns, setting the stage for an important offseason and high expectations in 2019. 'We loved the way he closed this season. There's some maturation that I think is naturally going to come in terms of putting some girth on and some strength. I think this offseason is very important for him,' general manager John Lynch told the team's website.
Huddle Up: Many thoughts Pettis was overdrafted in the second round last spring as a slightly above-average college receiver with great return skills, but he emerged as the team's top threat at wideout by season's end and performed at a WR3 level in fantasy after the team's Week 11 bye. If he is featured next season in the same way he was toward the end of 2018. It's not out of the question he could push for 60 or 70 catches.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 2/27/19 11:46am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is on schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year and is expected to be the No. 1 running back for the 49ers this season, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Huddle Up: McKinnon is a playmaker and a PPR RB1 candidate at his best, but Matt Breida is an underrated fantasy football running back. He totaled over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 with McKinnon out. If McKinnon is hurt again or doesn't perform well enough, Breida will be chomping at the bit to take over.
Robbie Gould - PKPosted 2/18/19 1:04pm ET
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent PK Robbie Gould is expected to be franchise tagged this offseason if a long-term deal is not able to be reached. Franchise tags for kickers are expected to be worth $5 million.
Huddle Up: Gould was the most accurate kicker in football last year, connecting on 33 of his 34 field-goal attempts. Even at 36 years old, Gould demands No. 1 fantasy kicker consideration.
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