Description: Free agent running back Frank Gore is expected to sign with the Eagles when the new NFL year officially begins on Tuesday according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Schefter reports the deal will be for three years and includes $7.5 million guaranteed. The Eagles have an obvious hole with trading LeSean McCoy this past week, but Gore is 32 years old, so there is some risk with this signing. At least Gore has shown very little signs of wear-and-tear in his career.
Description: Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne will try his hand at American football, signing a deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
Insight: Twice named the best player in the National Rugby League, he'll have a tough road to gain any fantasy value with Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde at the top of the 49ers depth chart. He is 6-foot-2 and 226 lbs and ran a 4.53 40 at his Pro Day.
Description: 49ers free agent tunning back Frank Gore apparently isn't on the same page as management when it comes to signing a contract, according to his own Instagram page.
Insight: "I know the fans love me, but I need to know if the management does," said Gore, who has rushed for more than 1,100 yards the past foru seasons. If the rift continues, Gore's backup Carlos Hyde could be a keeper.
Description: The 49ers offense could see major changes in 2015 according to the Sacramento Bee.
Insight: San Francisco is expected to return to the read-option. Colin Kaepernick had a career-high 639 rushing yards last season, but most of that came when Kaepernick was running for his life. This is good news for Kaepernick's fantasy value as he pretty much proved he can't be a conventional pocket passer. He threw for 3,369 yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and took 52 sacks.
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis could be cut this offseason, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: After posting just 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns, Davis does not warrant the $5 million he is owed next season. At 31-years-old, his best days are clearly behind him, but he still could help another team out.
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will work out with Kurt Warner in Phoenix this offseason according to The Sacramento Bee.
Insight: This is a smart move for Kaepernick, who is coming off his worse season as a pro. He threw for a career-high 3,369 yards but his touchdowns went down to 19 and his interceptions went up to 10. His yards per attempt also plummeted down to 7.0 and his sacks skyrocketed to 52. Kaepernick was also awful in the second half of games in 2014 as his passer rating was nearly 30 points lower in the third and fourth quarter of games. This should definitely help Kaepernick improve although the possibility of losing Michael Crabtree this offseason would be a setback.
Description: Remember when 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was one of the best fantasy tight ends in the league?
Insight: You should, it was just last season when he posted a 52-850-13 line. In 2014 he couldn't even catch the flu and finished with 26 receptions for 245 yards and just two touchdowns (both on opening day).
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore is expected to play on Saturday against the Chargers according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Insight: Gore practiced limitedly due to a concussion this week, but doctors have cleared him to play. Backup running back Carlos Hyde is out, so Gore might actually play a lot. He should be started in most situations.
Description: 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde told CSN Bay Area that he recieved good news on his MRI but is still not expected to play on Saturday.
Insight: Not only did Hyde say he is not expected to play, he flat out stated he would need a miracle to suit up. The timing couldn't have been worse as Frank Gore is doubtful because of his concussion. Alfonso Smith or Phillip Tanner could be the starting running back on Saturday versus the Chargers.
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis didn't catch a pass Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: How can a player with his talent level be playing so poorly all season? Davis remains the biggest bust among tight ends in 2014 and shouldn't be started. Since a two-touchdown opening game, Davis hasn't cracked the five-point mark.
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn't get his, or the team's offense going ... again.
Insight: Kaepernick threw for just 141 yards and ran for 46 yards. He still hasn't run for a touchdown all season and his team produced just seven points against the Seahawks. Not surprising results and fantasy owners shouldn't have started him.
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught four of nine targets for just 54 yards.
Insight: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a mystery to fantasy owners. He's not throwing the ball well and his No. 1 receiver's numbers over the last two weeks are an indication of how bad this team has fallen. Boldin has seven catches for 72 yards over the last two contests.
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore had another dull day, rushing for 63 yards on 12 carries.
Insight: Gore's average was nice at 5.3 ypc, but he didn't see enough work or get into the end zone. Gore hasn't cracked the 100-yard mark since Week 5 and his fantasy value has taken a significant hit in the second half of the season.
Description: Add to 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree's woes, a rib injury.
Insight: Crabtree's production wasn't very good heading into the game and he came out of this one with another bad performance (three receptions for 10 yards) and sore ribs after taking a hit from Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner.
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught three of five targets for just 18 yards.
Insight: He had given fantasy owners double-digit points in three of the past four games, but like his quarterback Colin Kaepernick, he couldn't do anything against the Seahawks defense. Chalk it up as a rare bad performance and move on.
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught five of seven targets for 58 yards against the Redskins.
Insight: Crabtree's production just isn't up to preseason expectations and likely won't improve now that he taken a backseat to Anquan Boldin. he has just one double-digit fantasy point output in the last five games.
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin had five catches for 53 yards versus the Giants.
Insight: Boldin caught all but one of his targets. Boldin is the most reliable fantasy option in the San Francisco receiving core, but Michael Crabtree has the biggest upside, hence Crabtree's 48-yard touchdown.
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree came out and said he was unhappy with his playing time and usage this week.
Insight: What took him so long? Fantasy owners have been complaining about his production since around Week 3. I'll blame it on the improvement in the quality of the receivers around him as the team has added Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson since his 85-catch, 1,105-yard, nine-TD season of 2012.
Description: The 49ers signed running back Alfonso Smith.
Insight: San Francisco has been playing with just two running backs on their roster. Smith is there as insurance. Barring multiple injuries to Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde, Smith should not see the field and therefore has no fantasy value.
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore had 14 carries for 49 yards against the Rams.
Insight: San Francisco seems to have lost its identity on offense. Kaepernick dropped back over 40 times and against the potent Rams pass rush, St. Louis sacked the 49ers eight times. Gore hasn't rushed for 100 yards since Week 5.
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught five for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Johnson has now scored in three of the past four games and he's caught five balls in each of the past two contests. He's becoming more comfortable in this offense, though with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd and Vernon Davis he's got to share with a lot of other guys and his upside is limited.
Description: San Francisco wideout Anquan Boldin caught seven of 10 targets for 50 yards, butdropped a sure touchdown.
Insight: When the 49ers need a big first-down catch they almost always look to wide receiver Anquan Boldin and he usually comes through, but with four quality receivers on this team, none is likely to break out and become an every game fantasy option.
Description: San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde hasn't scored since Week 3 and as Frank Gore has gotten more work, the rookie's numbers have suffered.
Insight: Kendall Hunter was the handcuff for Frank Gore, but tore his right knee ACL leaving Hyde. Hyde scored twice in the first two weeks, but his production has slipped since and fantasy should keep him on the bench.
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree saw eight targets, but caught just three for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Crabtree owners have been losing their trust in him, but he looked healthy tonight. It's just the 49ers have more targets than ever to throw to and Crabtree doesn't dominate Colin Kaepernick's view anymore.
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers came back to beat the Rams 31-17.
Insight: Kaepernick wasn't doing much to please fantasy owners until less than a minute to go in the first half when he hit Brandon Lloyd on an 80-yard bomb. The second half was all Kaepernick and the 343 passing yards was his second-best total of his career.
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis is out for the rest of Monday night's game against the Rams due to a toe injury.
Insight: ESPN announcer Mike Tirico announced the injury right before a commercial in the third quarter. He did not reveal any more details than the injury and the fact Willis would not return. Check back for more updates.
Description: San Francisco offensive coordinator told CSN Bay Area the team is purposefully limiting running back Frank Gore's carries this season.
Insight: Gore has 77 rushes this season, which is the second-fewest through five games of any season in his career. Gore has been used more in the last two games, getting 24 carries against Philadelphia in Week 4 and 18 attempts versus the Chiefs in Week 5. The 49ers won both those games after starting the year 1-2. It might be hard to turn away from the running game the rest of the season because that is how San Francisco wants to win. Perhaps Carlos Hyde will be more involved going forward, but count on Gore to get his share.
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree insists his foot is not the issue according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Fantasy owners would rather his foot be the issue because the alternative would be the 49ers are just not using him. Crabtree only played on 42-of-71 snaps on Sunday, so that is a bit unusual. He played in nearly 87 percent of his team's snaps in Weeks 2 and 3. Crabtree will be active for Monday's game against the Rams, but owners are losing their trust in him.
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore was again the featured player in the 49ers offense and he rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries.
Insight: Gore rushed 24 times for 119 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass last weekend. The 49ers have gone back to basics, running the ball and playing good defense, and that means Gore will be a solid fantasy option.
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis missed a third straight practice friday and now should be considered very questionable if not doubtful for Sunday against Kansas City.
Insight: Davis left Sunday's game against the Eagles with back spasms after he took a hit from inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier would share playing time id Davis is inactive.
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 218 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the 49ers edged the Eagles.
Insight: Kaepernick also rushed for 58 yards, but San Francisco got back to basics - which means running the ball more than passing it. Expect that to continue as that's been their formula for success.
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Eagles according to CSNBayArea.com.
Insight: Davis was limited in practice again Friday, so he is officially listed as questionable. Coach Jim Harbaugh is hopeful Davis can play, but owners must have a backup plan, which will be difficult because the 49ers start at 4:25 PM EST.
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson came up big Sunday against the Cardinals catching all nine targets for 103 yards.
Insight: With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson got his chance only because the 49ers didn't have starter Vernon Davis or backup tight end Vance McDonald available for the game. The team went three receivers and Johnson was a stud. He only stays that way, if Davis and McDonald are inactive next weekend.
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick didn't turn the ball over as he did against the Bears in Week 2, but still couldn't lead his team to a win.
Insight: Kaepernick threw for 245 yards and a score and rushed for 54 yards, so didn't kill fantasy owners. He was missing a big weapon in Vernon Davis, but Stevie Johnson played well as the 49ers played a lot of three-wide offense.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) has been downgraded to doubtful, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Insight: With Vance McDonald (knee) also nursing an injury, third-year undrafted free agent Derek Carrier is in line to start at tight end. Carrier had three catches for 41 yards in relieft of the injured pair against the Bears.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) missed another practice Friday and its getting unlikely that he'll be ready to go at kickoff.
Insight: With Vance McDonald (knee) also nursing an injury, third-year undrafted free agent Derek Carrier is in line to start at tight end. Carrier had three catches for 41 yards in relieft of the injured pair against the Bears.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) was walking around in the locker room without crutches, but he was still "hobbling around." according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Insight: It looks like he will miss his second straight practice. At least Davis did not need his crutches, but it still does not look promising that he will play in Week 3 against the Cardinals. With Vance McDonald (knee) also nursing an injury, third-year undrafted free agent Derek Carrier is in line to start at tight end.
Description: As expected, wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the third receiver on the 49ers roster and has seen just six targets in two games.
Insight: With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) simply won't have fantasy value without an injury to get him more playing time.
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin leads the team in targets with 15, catching 10 of them, for 133 yards over the first two games.
Insight: Boldin was sensational last season, hauling in a team-high 85 catches for 1,179 yards, but he isn't likely going to get close to those numbers in 2014 with a healthy Michael Crabtree as the No. 1 receiver. He'd be a great handcuff for Crabtree, should the injury-prone wideout go down.
Description: We are still awaiting results of the MRI for San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was seen leaving the locker room on crutches.
Insight: Davis was expected to get an MRI Monday. The 49ers could be down to third-string TE Derek Carrier for Week 3 as backup Vance McDonald is dealing with a knee injury.
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree finished the game with the Bears as the 49ers' top receiver in both targets and yards.
Insight: Crabtree caught 7-of-9 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. He's always been a Colin Kaepernick favorite. His problem is staying healthy. If Vernon Davis (ankle) is sidelined for any length of time, Crabtree's numbers would likely rise.
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick was not good in the 49ers home loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday night, throwing for 248 yards and a score, but was picked off three times.
Insight: Two second-half interceptions were particularly damaging. At least he rushed for 66 yards, but even there he coughed up the football for a fourth turnover. He and the 49ers travel to Arizona where he's going to have to be much better against a Cardinals team ranked 10th in yards allowed and fourth in turnovers.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was seen leaving the locker room on crutches, according to a csnbayarea.com report
Insight: Davis is expected to get an MRI Monday, so we should know more later today or Tuesday. He didn't do much in this one, with just three catches for 39 yards, but was big in the season opener with a pair of touchdown catches.
Description: 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore will be the No. 3 running back during the second half of the season according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Lattimore is supposed to return to practice in Week 7. He will not be pushed into the lineup right away, but if he continues to progress, Lattimore has a great shot to overtake rookie Bruce Ellington for the No. 3 back.
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree said he is "good to go" against the Cowboys on Sunday according to Cam Inman of Bay Area News.
Insight: Crabtree (calf) missed Wednesday's practice, but that appears to have been just precautionary. Crabtree is quarterback Colin Kaepernick's No. 1 target this season and is a solid WR1 in 12 team leagues this Sunday against Dallas' poor defense.
Description: San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree did not practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury and his status for Week 1 against Dallas is unknown according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: This is the second leg injury Crabtree has endured since the beginning of training camp, when he suffered a hamstring strain. Crabtree is poised to have a huge season after missing most of last year with an Achillies' tear. Hopefully he returns quickly, so owners can feel a little more at ease.
Description: San Francisco RB/KR LaMichael James (elbow) was back at practice last Friday well ahead of schedule.
Insight: The 49ers will use Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde with James as the change-of-pace back. Running back used to be the deepest part of the 49ers roster, but with injuries to Kendall Hunter, Marcus Lattimore and James its a bit thin back there at the moment.
Description: Niners linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Insight: He won't make his first appearance until Week 11. Smith is extremely talented but he won't ever reach his full potential until he conquers some of his off-the-field demons. The 49ers defense is already without Glenn Dorsey (torn biceps) and Navorro Bowman (knee) and fantasy owners should consider slightly downgrading their value.
Description: San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree returned to practice Wednesday, according to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crabtree missed roughly 10 days with hamstring soreness. The receiver is primed for a breakout after a torn Achilles ruined his 2013 season. He has low-end WR1 upside but is being selected in the fourth round of mock drafts.
Description: San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde could become a decent fantasy option and will certainly be the handcuff for Frank Gore after this weekend's injures to the 49ers backfield.
Insight: Kendall Hunter was the handcuff, but tore his right knee ACL over the weekend and LaMichael James will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a dislocated elbow. That leaves just Marcus Lattimore (knee) and Hyde as back ups. The team has stated they wanted to reduce Gore's workload this season.
Description: San Francisco RB/KR LaMichael James will miss at least a month with a dislocated left elbow, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Earlier this spring, it looked as if the 49ers would enter training camp with major depth at running back, but Kendall Hunter tore his ACL on Friday, Marcus Lattimore (knee, hamstring) still is unable to practice and James will miss the entire preseason. The team plans to reduce Frank Gore's workload and rookie Carlos Hyde is now in position to see most of the work as a backup.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis has reported to training camp, according to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Davis missed OTAs and minicamp because he wants a new contract, but San Francisco doesn't want to give him one and he really doesn't have any leverage. Davis had 52 receptions, 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in 15 games last season and comes with a fifth-round ADP.
Description: Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the third most talented receiver on the 49ers roster, but that doesn't mean he'll be the No. 3 wideout ... or even on the team.
Insight: With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) will have to prove he's worth the high salary he comands or the team could go for youth.
Description: According to ESPN's John Clayton, 49ers running back Frank Gore could see 50 fewer carries in 2014 than he did last year.
Insight: Earlier this month, ESPN NFC West blogger Bill Williamson projected Gore to get 220 carries, 56 fewer than the 276 he had last season. Gore no longer contributes in the passing game so he'll be no more than a low-end RB2 with just 220 carries.
Description: ESPN.com's 49ers blogger Bill Williamson projects Frank Gore will get 220 carries in 2014.
Insight: That would be a decrease of 56 carries from last season. If he receives just 220 carries, Gore would have to increase his ypc from 4.1 to 4.6 to rush for 1,000 yards for the eighth time in the last nine years. San Francisco drafted Carlos Hyde in the second round this year and has stashed Marcus Lattimore since last year while he recovered from a serious knee injury. Because Gore no longer contributes in the passing game -- he had 51 catches per season from 2006-2010 but 61 catches total in Jim Harbaugh's three years as 49ers coach -- he would have a difficult time returning RB2 value with 220 carries.
Description: ESPN's Bill Williamson says that San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde "is likely to get a chance at playing time right away."
Insight: Hyde reportedly has shined as a runner and receiver so far in practice. However, he's unlikely to carry fantasy value as a rookie unless Frank Gore gets hurt. After dealing with injuries early in his career, Gore has proven to be ultra reliable the last three years, though he is now 31 years old and rushed for a career-low 4.1 yards per carry last season. The team also has Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore, who is attempting to come back from the devastating knee injury he suffered in 2012, in the backfield.
Description: 49ers cornerback Eric Wright has announced his retirement from the NFL. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Wright is only 28 so this news is a little surprising. He's never been to a Pro Bowl but Wright has been a productive player throughout his career, logging 15 interceptions and 367 tackles over seven seasons.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis did not show up for the team's mandatory minicamp despite earlier reports that he would. He also sat out OTAs last month because of his contract dispute. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The two-time Pro Bowler won't hit free agency until 2016 but after seeing Colin Kaepernick's new deal, he feels he deserves a raise. Only time will tell if the 49ers feel the same way.
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick won't be charged in connection with a suspicious incident that took place in Miami earlier this offseason.
Insight: Investigators were unable to find evidence of any wrongdoing on Kaepernick's part. It appears life can go on as usual for Kaepernick, who just signed a six-year extension to become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
Description: The Niners and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have agreed to a six-year, $126 million extension with $61 million of that guaranteed. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Accuracy was a bit of an issue for Kaepernick last season (58.4 completion percentage) but he still finished the year with 21 touchdowns and over 3,000 passing yards. He's always been a good runner, averaging six yards per carry on 157 career rushes. With Kaepernick under center, San Francisco should once again be one of the top teams in the NFC.
Description: Niners tight end Vernon Davis won't be attending OTAs as he seeks a new contract. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: We've seen this before and rarely does it end well. The two-time Pro Bowler is set to earn $4.7 million in 2014. By sitting out OTAs, Davis will forfeit a $200,000 workout bonus. He caught 58 passes for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
Description: Niners linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest to weapon charges and a DUI.
Insight: A suspension is on the way. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, he could be banned half the season. Smith is extremely talented but he won't ever reach his full potential until he conquers some of his off-the-field demons.
Description: The Bills were able to trade wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the 49ers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next year's draft. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The writing was on the wall for Johnson after the team drafted Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick on Thursday night. With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree both ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) doesn't figure to be an appealing fantasy option in 2014.
Description: Running back Carlos Hyde went 57th overall to the 49ers in the 2014 draft.
Insight: Hyde went third among running backs after Bishop Sankey (54th to Tennessee) and Jeremy Hill (55th to Cincinnati), but he may be the best back in the draft. He'll join a crowded backfield in San Francisco behind Frank Gore and Marcus Lattimore, who missed all of 2013 after suffering a catastrophic knee injury in college.
Description: San Francisco running back Marcus Lattimore concedes that he still lacks the first-step burst and explosiveness through the hole that he had prior to tearing the ACL, MCL and PCL in his left knee in 2012. SOURCE: mercurynews.com
Insight: Lattimore had 2,677 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns in three years at South Carolina but suffered the catastrophic knee injury in October 2012. The 49ers took a chance on him with a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Lattimore is expected to compete for a job as Frank Gore's backup this season.
Description: Not only are the 49ers keeping Aldon Smith, they've decided to pick up his option for 2015.
Insight: Obviously the team is confident he'll be able to put his off-field issues behind him. Smith watched his sack total fall from 19.5 in 2012 to just 8.5 last season but that's partly because he missed five games while attending rehab for alcohol abuse.