Fantasy NFL
San Francisco 49ers Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Torrey Smith, WR3/10/2015 4:54:00 PM
Description: Wideout Torrey Smith has agreed to a five-year deal with the 49ers.
Insight: This was expected, and now gives San Francisco a deep threat. He will form a duo with Anquan Boldin yet again, as the two helped lead teh Ravens to the Super Bowl in 2013.
Frank Gore, RB3/8/2015 10:16:00 PM
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.
Jarryd Hayne, RB3/3/2015 9:21:00 AM
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.
Frank Gore, RB2/16/2015 1:46:00 PM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QB2/3/2015 2:57:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE1/9/2015 4:40:00 PM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QB1/6/2015 9:51:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TECold12/29/2014 10:40:00 AM
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).
Michael Crabtree, WRCold12/29/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught four passes for 41 yards.
Insight: It's the sad state of his game that it was his best performace in three weeks. He finished the season with 68 catches for 698 yards and four touchdowns.
Anquan Boldin, WR12/29/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught just two of nine targets, but one went for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Boldin reached 1,000 yards for the second straight season (83-1,062, 5) and was the most consistent 49ers receiver in 2014.
Frank Gore, RB12/29/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore rushed for 144 yards on 25 carries.
Insight: That's 302 yards over the past two weekends. Too bad the season just ended, Gore was just getting started. it was his first 100-yard effort since Week 5.
Colin Kaepernick, QB12/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick finally put together a solid game, bith running and passing.
Insight: Kaepernick was 15-of-26 for 204 yards, two rtouchdowns and zero interceptions and rushed for 63 yards on seven carries. it was his first multi-TD pass performace since Week 6.
Michael Crabtree, WR12/21/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree's disappointing season continued on Saturday night.
Insight: He had only one catch for five yards. With loft expectations coming into 2014, Crabtree has just 64 receptions for 657 yards and four touchdowns.
Anquan Boldin, WR12/21/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin had a team-high seven receptions for 61 yards in Week 16's loss to San Diego.
Insight: Boldin should reach 1,000 yards, as he has 81 catches for 981 yards and four scores on the season.
Frank Gore, RB12/21/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore turned back the clock on Saturday night.
Insight: He rushed 26 times for 158 yards and a score, showing he still has some juice left in those legs. Gore now has 962 yards and four scores overall.
Colin Kaepernick, QB12/21/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did some damage on the ground during Week 16's loss to the Chargers.
Insight: He had seven carries for 151 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run. Kaepernick also threw for 114 yards and another score to Bruce Ellington.
Eric Reid, S12/20/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: 49ers safety Eric Reid left Saturday's game with a head injury.
Insight: He is being tested for a concussion, and is questionable to return.
Frank Gore, RB12/20/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore (head) is officially active for Week 16.
Insight: Carlos Hyde is out, so Gore should see a ton of carries.
Frank Gore, RB12/20/2014 4:20:00 PM
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.
Carlos Hyde, RB12/19/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde (ankle/back) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Chargers.
Insight: If Frank Gore is unable to suit up, Alfonso Smith or Phillip Tanner would start for San Francisco.
Stevie Johnson, WR12/19/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson is inactive for Week 16.
Insight: Johnson has played well as a third or fourth receiver this season, but his fantasy value is minimal.
Carlos Hyde, RB12/17/2014 5:48:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TECold12/15/2014 10:08:00 AM
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.
Anquan Boldin, WRCold12/15/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught two of four targets for just 23 yards.
Insight: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a disaster to fantasy owners in the second half of the season and has taken down his receivers with him.
Colin Kaepernick, QBCold12/15/2014 10:04:00 AM
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.
Carlos Hyde, RB12/15/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde joined Frank Gore on the sidelines Sunday after injuring his back.
Insight: It will be a race to see which 49ers running back can return for Week 16. If neither returns the backfield work would likely go to Alfonso Smith.
Frank Gore, RB12/14/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore is being evaluated for a concussion. Update: Gore has been downgraded to out.
Insight: Gore produced 29 yards and a touchdown on 11 first-half carries, but appeared to injure himself while trying to make a block. Carlos Hyde should get all the carries in the second half.
Frank Gore, RB12/14/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore is being evaluated for a concussion.
Insight: Gore produced 29 yards and a touchdown on 11 first-half carries, but appeared to injure himself while trying to make a block.
Stevie Johnson, WR12/14/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson is inactive for Week 15.
Insight: Johnson has played well as a third or fourth receiver this season, but his fantasy value is minimal.
Vance McDonald, TE12/9/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: San Francisco backup tight end Vance McDonald (back) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Insight: Vernon Davis has been healthy, so McDonald hasn't seen much time lately. This shouldn't change any fantasy rosters.
Anquan Boldin, WRCold12/8/2014 10:49:00 AM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WR12/8/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (knee) was active for the game against Oakland and was the "featured" receiver.
Insight: Crabtree's production wasn't very good posting just 56 yards on nine receptions. This season is another "bust" for Crabtree with just 60 receptions for 633 yards and four touchdowns.
Colin Kaepernick, QBCold12/8/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn't get his, or the team's offense going ... again.
Insight: Simply ugly. Kaepernick threw for just 174 yards and was picked off twice and he only ran for 26 yards. He hasn't run for a touchdown all season.
Frank Gore, RBCold12/8/2014 10:42:00 AM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WRCold12/7/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (knee) is active for the game against Oakland.
Insight: Crabtree's production wasn't very good and he's well down on Colin Kaepernick's progresswion these days. He's probably not worth starting as the 49ers figure to runb the ball at Oakland.
Stevie Johnson, WR11/28/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson had 28 receiving yards in Week 13.
Insight: Johnson actually led the team in targets (6), but it didn't turn into many fantasy points.
Vernon Davis, TECold11/28/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis caught just two passes for 13 yards against a tough Seahawks defense.
Insight: Davis remains the biggest bust among tight ends in 2014 and shouldn't be started.
Michael Crabtree, WRCold11/28/2014 9:22:00 AM
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.
Anquan Boldin, WR11/28/2014 9:19:00 AM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QBCold11/28/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn't get his, or the team's offense going.
Insight: Simply ugly. Kaepernick threw for just 121 yards and was picked off twice and he only ran for 17 yards.
Frank Gore, RBCold11/28/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore (hip) couldn't get anything going against an improving Seahawks defense.
Insight: Gore totaled 36 yards from scrimmage and just 28 yards on the ground in 10 carries. That's two bad games in a row.
Frank Gore, RB11/25/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore is on the injured list with a knee issue added to a hip injury.
Insight: Gore is on a short work week with a Thursday night game against Seattle, but should be ready. Just in case, be prepared to use Carlos Hyde is Gore is inactive.
Michael Crabtree, WRCold11/24/2014 11:42:00 AM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QB11/24/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn't get his, or the team's, running game going, but threw for 256 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Kaepernick and Anquan Boldin (9-137-1) are becomes a solid combination.
Anquan Boldin, WRHot11/24/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin broke out with nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: In case you haven't been paying attention, Boldin, not Michael Crabtree or vernon davis is Colin Kaepernick's favorite target. He's now scored in three of the past four games.
Carlos Hyde, RB11/24/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde scored for the second time in three games.
Insight: Hyde still doesn't get enough carries to be a consistent contributor. Sunday against Washington he saw seven carries for 16 yards and a touchdown. He's only averaging 3.6 ypc this season.
Frank Gore, RB11/24/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore saw 13 rushes for 36 yards and wasn't involved in the passing game.
Insight: The Redskins defense did a good job on the 49ers run game, holding San Francisco to 29 carries and 66 yards.
Vernon Davis, TE11/16/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis caught just one pass for seven yards in Week 11.
Insight: Davis remains the biggest bust among tight ends. He is probably not healthy.
Vernon Davis, TECold11/16/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was targeted five times Sunday, catching three of them.
Insight: Davis posted his first multi-catch game since Week 9. That's not saying much and he's still not fantasy worthy after a three-catch, 21-yard afternoon.
Anquan Boldin, WR11/16/2014 6:56:00 PM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/16/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught three passes for 85 yards and scored against the Giants.
Insight: It was Crabtree's first touchdown since Week 6 against the Rams. He scored on a 48-yard catch. This will likely just further confuse fantasy owners with Michael Crabtree on their bench.
Colin Kaepernick, QB11/16/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for just 193 yards and a touchdown to beat the Giants, 16-10, on Sunday.
Insight: Kaepernick has been better the last couple weeks, but in his attempt to take care of the ball, the 49ers haven't had as many big plays. The quarterback also had 24 yards on eight rushes.
Frank Gore, RB11/16/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore (hip) is active for Week 11 against the Giants.
Insight: The Giants run defense was shedded by Seattle last weekend and Gore and the 49ers could be in for a big game.
Frank Gore, RB11/16/2014 6:47:00 AM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore had a decent fantasy day against the Giants.
Insight: Gore rushed 19 times for 95 yards for an even 5.0 yards per carry. He also caught two passes for 19 more yards. Gore, however, did not find the end zone and lost a fumble.
Frank Gore, RB11/14/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore (hip) is listed as probable for Week 11 against the Giants.
Insight: Chalk him up as an RB2 for Sunday.
Michael Crabtree, WRCold11/11/2014 4:22:00 PM
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.
Alfonso Smith, RB11/11/2014 11:09:00 AM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE11/9/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was non-existent in Week 10.
Insight: He had only one catch for eight yards, and has declined to the point where Davis is now a TE2.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/9/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree had 62 receiving yards Sunday against the Saints.
Insight: He caught only three balls on eight targets, and really has not developed the way many fantasy owners thought that he would.
Anquan Boldin, WR11/9/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught a team-high six passes in Week 10.
Insight: Boldin also led the team with 95 receiving yards, and scored a touchdown as well. He is more of a WR3.
Frank Gore, RB11/9/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore rushed for 81 yards in Sunday's victory versus New Orleans.
Insight: He did so on 23 carries, and scored a touchdown as well. Carlos Hyde also scored a touchdown, and owners need to know that both backs will get snaps throughout the rest of the season.
Colin Kaepernick, QB11/9/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not have a great day Sunday against the Saints.
Insight: He was 14-of-32 for 210 yards and one touchdown. Kaepernick did have four carries for 24 yards, and should still be considered a borderline QB1.
Patrick Willis, LB11/9/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) is inactive for Week 10.
Insight: Willis is one of the best linebackers in the league and this is a big blow. The 49ers are also missing Dan Skuta leaving them weak at linebacker, usually their greastest strength.
Aldon Smith, LB11/9/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith has not had his suspension reduced because he failed to complete his counseling, according to Ed Werder.
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.
Vernon Davis, TE11/2/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had just three targets in Week 9.
Insight: Davis caught two of them for 19 yards. He has been a huge fantasy disappointment this season although it seems likely that his back is still bothering him.
Stevie Johnson, WR11/2/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson had 41 receiving yards in Week 9.
Insight: Johnson eclipsed Michael Crabtree by a yard in the receiving game. Crabtree had more targets and catches, but Johnson had more yards.
Anquan Boldin, WR11/2/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown versus the Rams.
Insight: Boldin remains Colin Kaepernick's favorite target. He was second to Michael Crabtree in targets, but reeled in more of the balls thrown his way.
Frank Gore, RBCold11/2/2014 7:37:00 PM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QB11/2/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for 237 yards and a touchdown against the Rams in Week 9.
Insight: Kaepernick, however, took eight sacks which plagued the San Francisco offense all day. Kaepernick also had 14 yards on five carries.
Patrick Willis, LB11/2/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) is inactive for Week 9.
Insight: Willis is one of the best linebackers in the league and this is a big blow.
Patrick Willis, LB10/31/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Rams.
Insight: If he is active, Willis should not be on a snap count.
Daniel Kilgore, G10/21/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: San Francisco starter center Daniel Kilgore broke his leg Sunday night and is done for the season.
Insight: The 49ers are likely to replace him with a rookie - Marcus Martin. At least they have two weeks to figure out what to do.
Stevie Johnson, WR10/20/2014 10:29:00 AM
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.
Anquan Boldin, WR10/20/2014 10:27:00 AM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QB10/20/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and one touchdown as the 49ers were demolished by the Broncos.
Insight: Kaepernick had a sure touchdown dropped by Anquan Boldin, but he did about as good as he could, considering the Denver pass rush overwhelmed the 49ers offensive line.
Frank Gore, RBCold10/20/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore turned in another very quiet game - just 20 yards rushing.
Insight: Again falling behind early didn't help, but the 49ers offensive line could do nothing with the Denver defense.
Patrick Willis, LB10/17/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) has been declared out for Week 7 against Denver.
Insight: With the 49ers already missing Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith at linebacker, this is a huge loss for the team. Rookie Chris Borland will make his first career start.
Vernon Davis, TE10/17/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (back) is listed as probable entering Week 7 against Denver.
Insight: He didn't have any setbacks this week in practice, as he was able to be a full participant throughout. He will be a TE1 for Sunday night's matchup.
Jimmie Ward, DB10/17/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: 49ers safety Jimme Ward is expected to miss the Week 7 game against Denver.
Insight: Anytime you are short-handed in the secondary while facing Peyton Manning its not a good thing. The 49ers are hoping Trumaine Brock will be ready to go.
Carlos Hyde, RBCold10/15/2014 7:55:00 AM
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.
Patrick Willis, LB10/14/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Doctors have diagnosed 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis with a sprained toe, and he is "unlikely" to play in Week 7 according to Profootballtalk.
Insight: Willis is seeking a second opinion. He would be a huge loss in Week 7 against the Broncos with the 49ers already missing Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith at linebacker.
Patrick Willis, LB10/14/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis will have an MRI done Tuesday on his foot/toe.
Insight: Willis left the stadium Monday in a walking boot. The 49ers are already pretty thin at linebacker missing Aldon Smith and Navarro Bowman.
Vernon Davis, TECold10/14/2014 12:23:00 AM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was active for Monday night against the Rams, but looked like a guy who had missed a lot of practice time.
Insight: Davis saw six targets and grabbed three for 30 yards, but dropped at least two others.
Michael Crabtree, WR10/14/2014 12:20:00 AM
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.
Frank Gore, RB10/14/2014 12:16:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore turned in a very quiet game - just 38 yards rushing.
Insight: Falling behind by 14 points didn't help, but he still saw 16 touches and did nothing with them to end his 100-yard game streak at two.
Anquan Boldin, WR10/14/2014 12:16:00 AM
Description: When the 49ers need a big first-down catch they almost always look to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Insight: Monday night was no different and he caught seven of nine targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. It was his best night of the season as it was for his quarterback.
Colin Kaepernick, QBHot10/14/2014 12:13:00 AM
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.
Patrick Willis, LB10/13/2014 10:28:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE10/13/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is active for Monday night against the Rams.
Insight: Davis is worth starting in most fantasy formats. We expect the 49ers to continue its heavy dose of Frank Gore, but perhaps Davis catches a touchdown.
Vernon Davis, TE10/13/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is questionable for Monday night's game with St. Louis after being limited in practice all week.
Insight: Davis left Sunday's game against the Eagles with back spasms after he took a hit from inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans and didn't play in Week 5. He'll be a true game-time decision.
Frank Gore, RBHot10/11/2014 3:55:00 PM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WRCold10/9/2014 5:53:00 PM
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.
Stevie Johnson, WR10/6/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught one ball, but it was for a touchdown.
Insight: When Vernon Davis is sidelined, it seems that Johnson always does something good. Davis was inactive this Sunday and Johnson caught a 9-yard touchdown pass.
Michael Crabtree, WRCold10/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was targeted just four times and caught one ball for 16 yards.
Insight: Crabtree seemed healthy enough, he just wasn't featured in the 49ers offense. Anquan Boldin and Brandon Lloyd saw more targets.
Frank Gore, RBHot10/6/2014 10:23:00 AM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE10/5/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis missed a third straight practice so it shouldn't be a surprise that he's inactive for Week 5 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 will share playing time.
Vernon Davis, TE10/3/2014 3:37:00 PM
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.
Tramaine Brock, CB10/2/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: San Francisco cornerback Tramaine Brock injured toe will keep him out of the Week 5 matchup with Kansas City.
Insight: Brock's spot should be taken over by Perrish Cox.
Vernon Davis, TE9/29/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke told the Bay Area News Group that the extent of Vernon Davis' back injury is "not fully known."
Insight: Davis left Sunday's game against the Eagles with back spasms after he took a hit from inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Davis will likely be limited in practice this week.
Colin Kaepernick, QB9/29/2014 10:55:00 AM
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.
Stevie Johnson, WR9/29/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson came up big Sunday against the Eagles with a great touchdown grab in the front corner of the end zone.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is that with Vernon Davis back Johnson was on the field for just 13 of 83 plays.
Frank Gore, RB9/29/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore complained about lack of opportunities last weekend and the "squeaky wheel got the grease."
Insight: Gore rushed 24 times for 119 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass. That's more like it.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/28/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree left the field in the second quarter with a foot injury, but has returned.
Insight: Crabtree's left foot has caused him trouble over the years. It's probably the reason the team picked up Stevie Johnson in the offseason.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/28/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has left the field in the second quarter with a foot injury.
Insight: Crabtree's left foot has caused him trouble over the years. he has just one catch for two yards. His return is questionable.
Vernon Davis, TE9/28/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) is officially active for the Week 4 game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Davis was limited in practice this week, but has a very good matchup against a mediocre Eagles defense.
Vernon Davis, TE9/26/2014 8:22:00 PM
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.
Stevie Johnson, WRHot9/22/2014 10:32:00 AM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree continued to be quarterback Colin Kaepernick's favorite target, catching 10 of 11 throws for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals.
Insight: Crabtree has been targeted 20 times over two games and scored in each. He's a solid WR2 and if Vernon Davis is still sidelined next weekend can be a WR1.
Frank Gore, RBCold9/22/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore was AWOL Sunday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Rookie Carlos Hyde rushed for a touchdown and Gore ran for just 10 yards on a season low six carries. The only guy who gained any yards on the ground was Colin Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick, QB9/22/2014 10:24:00 AM
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.
Derek Carrier, TEHot9/21/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: San Francisco third string TE Derek Carrier is in line for fantasy value in Week 3 with starter Vernon Davis and backup Vance McDonald inactive.
Insight: Carrier caught three balls for 41 yards Sunday night against the Bears and will see all the work against Arizona.
Vance McDonald, TE9/21/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: San Francisco backup tight end Vance McDonald (knee) joins starter Vernon Davis on the sidelines.
Insight: It leaves just Derek Carrier at the position for the 49ers.
Vernon Davis, TE9/21/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) has officially been declared out today against Arizona.
Insight: UDFA Derek Carrier gets the start, and could be an option for a daily fantasy play. However, look for Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin to see a ton of targets.
Vernon Davis, TE9/21/2014 9:00:00 AM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE9/19/2014 3:34:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE9/18/2014 4:40:00 PM
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.
Stevie Johnson, WRCold9/16/2014 12:25:00 PM
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.
Anquan Boldin, WR9/16/2014 12:22:00 PM
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.
Derek Carrier, TE9/16/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: San Francisco TE Derek Carrier could be in line for fantasy value in Week 3 if injured starter Vernon Davis and his backup Vance McDonald aren't ready to go Sunday.
Insight: Carrier caught three balls for 41 yards Sunday night against the Bears and may see more work against Arizona than the 19 plays he was in on against Chicago.
Vernon Davis, TE9/16/2014 12:15:00 PM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/16/2014 12:11:00 PM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QB9/16/2014 10:24:00 AM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE9/15/2014 2:51:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE9/14/2014 11:39:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and will not return.
Insight: Davis 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.
Marcus Lattimore, RB9/13/2014 5:10:00 PM
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.
Bruce Ellington, WR9/12/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: With the 49ers down to just two running backs, wide receiver Bruce Ellington is a candidate for emergency back if needed, according to an SFGate report by Eric Branch.
Insight: Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde should get all the work, but Ellington did practice with the RBs Wednesday ... just in case.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/12/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (calf) has practiced all week and should be ready to improve on a weak first weekend.
Insight: He caught just two balls for 25 yards, but the 49ers owned a big lead and didn't throw much. Facing the Bears, and being healthier, should allow him a muich better performance.
Tramaine Brock, CB9/7/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: San Francisco cornerback Tramaine Brock injured a toe in the first half and his return is questionable.
Insight: Brock joined fellow starter Chris Culliver (head, neck) on the sidelines leaving the 49ers thin in the secondary. it remains to be seen if Tony Romo can take advantage of the situation.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/7/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (calf) is active for Week 1 against the Cowboys.
Insight: How long he will play or how effective he is will be another story. Owners are certainly pleased he will play and against a weak Dallas defense, we all hope he is not limited in any way.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/4/2014 4:23:00 PM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WR9/4/2014 11:11:00 AM
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.
LaMichael James, RB9/2/2014 10:52:00 AM
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.
Aldon Smith, LB8/29/2014 4:20:00 PM
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.
Michael Crabtree, WR8/13/2014 10:28:00 PM
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.
Kendall Hunter, RB8/8/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter was officially placed on injured reserve. is done for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Insight: Hunter was Frank Gore backup last season. With the team wanting to limit Gore's workload, rookie Carlos Hyde could have fantasy value.
Carlos Hyde, RB8/8/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde ran well in his first action, posting 39 yards on five carries.
Insight: Kendall Hunter was the handcuff for Frank Gore, but tore his right knee ACL leaving Hyde as the obvious backup choice. This first performance will solidify his position.
Glenn Dorsey, DE8/2/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: San Francisco NT Glenn Dorsey is out for the season due to a torn bicep, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Dorsey was injured at Friday's practice. The 49ers defense takes another hit. They might have to look past their current roster for additional help.
Michael Crabtree, WR8/1/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree could miss up to two weeks with a hamstring injury, according to Josina Anderson.
Insight: Crabtree should still be ready for the regular season and the missed time won't hurt much. He'll be the No. 1 receiver for the 49ers.
Carlos Hyde, RB7/28/2014 11:27:00 AM
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.
LaMichael James, RB7/27/2014 8:21:00 PM
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.
Kendall Hunter, RB7/27/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter is done for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Insight: The team is planning on reducing Frank Gore's carries this season and rookie Carlos Hyde stands to benefit the most from Hunter's injury.
Vernon Davis, TE7/23/2014 1:18:00 PM
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.
Stevie Johnson, WR7/22/2014 10:59:00 AM
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.
Frank Gore, RB7/17/2014 3:31:00 PM
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.
Frank Gore, RB7/7/2014 9:53:00 PM
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.
Carlos Hyde, RB6/23/2014 9:40:00 PM
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.
Eric Wright, CB6/18/2014 11:28:00 AM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE6/17/2014 2:34:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE6/15/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will participate in the team's mandatory minicamp next week. He sat out OTAs last month because of a contract dispute. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Davis probably still isn't thrilled with his contract but he also doesn't want to get fined. The two-time Pro Bowler won't hit free agency until 2016.
Colin Kaepernick, QB6/12/2014 8:55:00 PM
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.
Colin Kaepernick, QB6/4/2014 4:15:00 PM
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.
Vernon Davis, TE5/29/2014 8:17:00 PM
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.
Aldon Smith, LB5/22/2014 9:20:00 PM
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.
Stevie Johnson, WR5/11/2014 5:19:00 PM
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.
Carlos Hyde, RB5/9/2014 9:04:00 PM
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.
Marcus Lattimore, RB5/6/2014 5:59:00 PM
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.
Aldon Smith, LB5/2/2014 8:24:00 PM
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.
Aldon Smith, LB4/18/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous item, the 49ers are no longer planning to cut troubled linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Smith has had a laundry list of off-field distractions to deal with over the last two years but he's still one of the most talented pass rushers in football. Let's see if he can take advantage of the second chance the 49ers are giving him.
Aldon Smith, LB4/15/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Aldon Smith's latest run-in with the law could cost him his roster spot with the 49ers. SOURCE: Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News
Insight: It's been a rough offseason for the Niners with Colin Kaepernick being investigated for an incident in Miami and now Smith possibly facing charges for an alleged false bomb threat at LAX. This comes after Smith missed five games last season while going to rehab for alcohol abuse. For all his bad habits off the field, Smith has logged an impressive 42 sacks over his last three seasons.
Brandon Lloyd, WR4/15/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has been signed by the San Francisco 49ers, the team that originally drafted him in 2003.
Insight: Lloyd didn't play in the NFL last season, but caught 74 balls for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 with New England. He figures to be San Francisco's No. 4 target behind Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
Colin Kaepernick, QB4/10/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are being investigated by Miami police about a "suspicious indicent" involving a woman at a hotel earlier this month.
Insight: Miami Police Dept. public information officer Rene Pimentel initially told USA Today Sports that the investigation was for sexual assault but he amended his statement and says that the Special Victims Unit is investigating a "suspicious indicent." "There are no charges, definitely not. There is an investigation," Pimentel said.