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.
Dante Pettis - WRPosted 2/15/19 7:12pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis (knee) caught 24 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns from Week 10 to Week 16.
Huddle Up: Pettis flashed his potential down the stretch, and he could be poised to break out in 2019 if both he and Jimmy Garoppolo are healthy.
Pierre Garcon - WRPosted 2/14/19 6:01am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon will not have his option exercised for 2019.
Huddle Up: He'll be 33 in August and has played just eight games each of the last two seasons. His fantasy value is flatlining, but he could still be worth a WR5 grab in the right offense.
Robbie Gould - PKPosted 2/3/19 6:00am ET
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said that the team has been in contact with representatives for PK Robbie Gould regarding a contract for the 2019 season. However, multiple sources claim that no deal appears imminent.
Huddle Up: The 36-year-old Gould had an excellent year in 2018, going 33-for-34 on field-goal attempts and 27-for-29 on extra-point attempts. He should be viewed as a solid placekicking option in all fantasy formats heading into 2019.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/3/19 9:30am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is working to recover from the ACL tear that cut his 2018 season short, and his progress has impressed head coach Kyle Shanahan. 'He looks good, I'm not allowed to be working with him right now, but I was in the office a couple of days ago, I was stalking him while watching him out my window,' Shanahan said Friday, Feb. 1, during an interview with San Francisco radio station KNBR. 'He actually surprised me, he was running around, throwing, doing some stuff out of the pocket. I even had to call our trainer and ask 'should he be moving that much?' and he said he should be. It's cool to see.'
Huddle Up: By all continuing indications, Garoppolo's rehab progress appears to be ahead of schedule, and he'll be a solid QB1 sleeper candidate in drafts this summer.
Pierre Garcon - WRPosted 1/23/19 5:31pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon is expected to be released this offseason. He is scheduled to make $6 million in 2019.
Huddle Up: Garcon has been limited to only 16 games over the last two seasons because of injuries and has only 786 yards and one touchdown during that span. He may receive some interest if he is available this offseason but can be avoided in fantasy drafts.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 1/22/19 9:38am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) was throwing passes to RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) recently, 49ers general manager John Lynch said Tuesday, Jan. 22, in an interview.
Huddle Up: All appears to be going well in the recovery of Garoppolo, who was injured in Week 3. There are sure to be plenty of updates upcoming throughout the offseason, but expect Garoppolo to be ready for training camp.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 1/22/19 9:44am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) was recently seen catching passes from QB Jimmy Garoppolo, general manager John Lynch said Tuesday, Jan. 22, in an interview.
Huddle Up: A preseason knee injury shelved McKinnon for the season, but at least it happened earlier enough that McKinnon is expected to participate in training camp and be ready for the start of 2019 season. And that coupled with the Niners' strong productiveness with several different backs makes McKinnon an intriguing fantasy bounce-back candidate.
George Kittle - TEPosted 1/18/19 10:20am ET
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle set a single-season tight end record with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018 and was one of four tight ends to lead their teams in receiving yards. Kittle also paced all tight ends with six receptions of 40-plus yards.
Huddle Up: Kittle was one of the elite fantasy finds/breakouts of 2018 and should join Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz as one of the top three tight ends off the board in re-draft leagues this summer.
Dante Pettis - WRPosted 12/29/18 1:15pm ET
The San Francisco 49ers placed WR Dante Pettis (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 29, officially ending his season with 27 grabs, 467 yards and five touchdowns across 12 games.
Huddle Up: The rookie out of Washington showed some glimpses of brilliance and big-play ability, averaging 17.3 yards per grab. And he was doing it without starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who was injured early on. Pettis could be quite a fantasy sleeper heading into 2019 if he and his QB are each healthy.
Matt Breida - RBPosted 12/29/18 1:11pm ET
The San Francisco 49ers placed RB Matt Breida (ankle) on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 29, ending his season with 814 rushing yards and three touchdowns across 14 games.
Huddle Up: Breida was battling a nagging ankle injury and other assorted bumps and bruises throughout the season, but he did a pretty decent job at times stepping in for the injured Jerick McKinnon. His fantasy appeal in 2019 will be predicated on McKinnon's rehab and how the workload is distributed.
Matt Breida - RBPosted 12/28/18 4:11pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Jeffery Wilson should receive the start with Breida ruled out and has played well in his limited time this season. He can be considered a No. 2 running back or flex option in most leagues.
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