• 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.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 2/14/17 10:00pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is open to returning to the team in 2017, according to 'those close to him.' The 29-year-old is due to earn nearly $15 million in base salary, but he can also opt out of the deal and enter free agency, which begins on March 9. San Francisco also has the option of releasing him with little ramifications to their salary cap.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick ended up putting together a pretty nice season, finishing with 16 touchdowns versus only four interceptions, while recording a 90.7 QB rating -- his best since 2013. Furthermore, he averaged nearly 40 rushing yards per game. With a new coaching staff and general manager, San Francisco ultimately may decide to go in a different direction, but if Kaepernick still has a starting job next year, he could end up being a solid QB2 option.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 2/10/17 9:05am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is not expected to be a trade target again this offseason for the Denver Broncos.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick-to-Denver looked like it was going to happen last offseason, but the compensation can never get worked out, and the Broncos ended up sticking with Trevor Siemian and drafting Paxton Lynch. Denver has reaffirmed its commitment to developing both several times already this offseason, so it appears Kaepernick will have to look elsewhere for a potential starting gig if he opts out of his deal with San Francisco.

  • Shaun Draughn - RB
    Posted 12/31/16 3:14pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn is in line to get the start in Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks with Carlos Hyde ruled out due to a left MCL sprain.

    Huddle Up: The spot against Seattle isn't exactly a great one for Draughn, but this news does solidify him as the clear No. 2 option in San Francisco, in case last week's 16 touches following Hyde's injury didn't do that already. Draughn is a fine receiver out of the backfield and could be a sneaky flex play in DFS as well as Week 17 championship games as a result.

  • Shaun Draughn - RB
    Posted 12/30/16 6:07pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is not listed on the Week 17 injury report.

    Huddle Up: Draughn should see most of the snaps at running back, but with Seattle's solid defense looming, he is merely a flex play in Week 17.

  • Shaun Draughn - RB
    Posted 12/29/16 8:13pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 29.

    Huddle Up: Draughn should lead the San Francisco backfield in Week 17, but a tough matchup against Seattle makes him nothing more than a flex play.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/27/16 2:50pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 27.

    Huddle Up: Hyde was the one bright spot for the 49ers in a tumultuous 2016 season, totaling over 1,100 total yards and nine touchdowns through 13 games. If he can get back to full health before next season then he'll be a borderline RB1 fantasy draft pick.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/26/16 1:30pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) will not need surgery on his torn medial collateral ligament.

    Huddle Up: It's good long-term news for Hyde, but he won't be playing in Week 17 anyway. Shaun Draughn should be the primary running back for the 49ers next week. He's a sleeper starting option in PPR leagues only versus a better than average Seattle Seahawks rush defense.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/25/16 8:30am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) will undergo an MRI exam on his left knee Sunday, Dec. 25.

    Huddle Up: Hyde is holding out hope that he will be able to play in the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 1. The 25-year-old is just 12 yards shy of reaching 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. Shaun Draughn and DuJuan Harris would likely receive the bulk of the carries in Week 17 if Hyde is deactivated.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/25/16 3:03pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in Week 16 and will not be able to play in Week 17, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Hyde should be fine for next season and probably will be the starting running back again for the 49ers. He should be considered a No. 2 running back in 2017. Shaun Draughn probably will receive most of the carries in Week 17 but probably should only be considered a flex option in deeper leagues.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/24/16 3:53pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) left the Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams after he was tackled low on a reception. He fumbled and remained on the ground before being taken immediately to the locker room.

    Huddle Up: Hyde was hit low at the knees and it did not look good, but it's early. The source and severity of his injury is not yet known. When we know more we'll pass it along. Shaun Draughn will be the main beneficiary down the stretch if Hyde cannot return.

  • Shaun Draughn - RB
    Posted 12/24/16 6:41pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn rushed 10 times for 17 yards in Week 16 against the Los Angeles Rams with a long of three yards. He also added six receptions for 48 yards on seven targets.

    Huddle Up: Draughn had more opportunity, as Carlos Hyde went down with a knee injury. Draughn and DuJuan Harris might be called upon to handle the tailback chores in Week 17.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 12/24/16 6:04pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick completed 28 of his 38 pass attempts for 266 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He also ran six times for 15 yards and a score, and added a two-point conversion.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick has thrown for 10 touchdowns over his past six games, and outside of that disastrous snow game in Chicago in Week 13 he has been a borderline low-end QB1 or must-start QB2 down the stretch in most fantasy formats.

  • Jeremy Kerley - WR
    Posted 12/24/16 6:42pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley posted five receptions for 62 yards on nine targets in the Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

    Huddle Up: Kerley has five receptions in each of his past three games, emerging as a decent WR4 in deeper PPR formats.

  • Rod Streater - WR
    Posted 12/24/16 6:41pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Rod Streater posted six receptions for a team-high 63 yards and a score in the Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was targeted seven times.

    Huddle Up: The 28-year-old Streater has found the end zone in each of his past two games, developing a rapport with Colin Kaepernick. Despite the two scores in two weeks, he is only worth fantasy attention in the deepest of leagues heading into Week 17.

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