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According to the Sacramento Bee, "all signs" point to Blaine Gabbert getting the Week 1 start versus Los Angeles.

It's going to be a tough road for Blaine Train, who starts off versus the Rams, at the Panthers, and at the Seahawks. The 49ers then host the Cowboys and Cardinals in Weeks 4-5. Gabbert has done nothing to win the starting quarterback job this preseason, but no superior alternatives have stepped forward. Gabbert starting could be good news for the fantasy value of safety valve TE Vance McDonald.
Aug 27 - 2:46 AM

Carlos Hyde suffered a concussion in the first half of the 49ers' preseason game Friday night.

Hyde didn't get to play much with Colin Kaepernick because he left early with the brain injury. Hyde will now be placed into the NFL's concussion protocol. He has 15 days to receive clearance in time for Week 1 against the Rams.
Aug 27 - 1:54 AM

Asked Friday night if the 49ers have considered releasing Colin Kaepernick, coach Chip Kelly replied, "There's never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick."

Kaepernick was downright dreadful in Friday night's preseason game, looking entirely uncomfortable in new coach Chip Kelly's offense. If the 49ers aren't going to start Kaepernick, they have three options -- trade him, pay him $12 million not to play, or grant Kaepernick his release. If the 49ers opt to keep Kap around, that $12 million figure will be an awfully large bullet to bite.
Aug 27 - 1:42 AM

Rookie WR Trevor Davis caught 1-of-4 targets for nine yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

The fifth-round pick out of Cal saw a handful of snaps with the first-team offense, but was behind Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Jared Abbrederis. Davis did play ahead of 2015 third-round pick Ty Montgomery. Davis' lowlight occurred when he dropped a pass for a would-be long gain delivered by Joe Callahan.
Aug 27 - 1:35 AM

Ty Montgomery was held catch-less in the Packers' third preseason game.

He was targeted once. Per PFF, Montgomery played only 3-of-26 snaps with Aaron Rodgers, signifying Montgomery is low on the wideout depth chart. Based on playing time, Montgomery looks to be behind Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Trevor Davis in addition to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Aug 27 - 1:32 AM

Packers WR Jared Abbrederis caught 3-of-3 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.

Abbrederis played behind Davante Adams, but Adams dropped a deep ball from Joe Callahan while Abbrederis made the most of his opportunities. The drawback with Abbrederis is that he is more of an inside-the-numbers receiver while Adams is theoretically a perimeter presence. The Packers' offense will be more limited if Abbrederis is the No. 3 receiver. It may still be the best option, however, because Abbrederis is more reliable and efficient.
Aug 27 - 1:28 AM

James Starks rushed seven times for 22 yards and caught his lone target for a two-yard gain in the Packers' third preseason game.

Eddie Lacy opened the game as the Packers' feature back, but Starks entered after Lacy left and wound up seeing nearly as many plays with Aaron Rodgers. Beat writers expect Lacy and Starks to open the season in an RBBC, with Lacy emerging as the bellcow as winter sets in. Either way, Starks is an undervalued asset who should be owned in all fantasy leagues. He can provide standalone scoring and would be an every-week starter if Fat Eddie went down.
Aug 27 - 1:25 AM

Torrey Smith was not targeted in the 49ers' third preseason game.

Smith is a part of the 49ers' starting offense, but you wouldn't know it if you based your takes solely on preseason games. He's seen exactly one target through three exhibition affairs, and has a goose egg to show for it. Smith revealed this week that his 2015 effort sagged because he felt like Colin Kaepernick "wasn't looking for him." Blaine Gabbert isn't looking at Smith, either.
Aug 27 - 1:20 AM

49ers TE Vance McDonald caught 1-of-4 targets for two yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

McDonald has quieted down since catching a 43-yard touchdown in the preseason opener, but he got the start Friday night and continued to be targeted heavily. If Blaine Gabbert keeps the starting job for a meaningful amount of time, McDonald could emerge as a sleeper to lead San Francisco in 2016 receiving.
Aug 27 - 1:16 AM

49ers WR Quinton Patton "rushed" for a three-yard touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.

He was targeted once in the passing game, but it fell incomplete. Patton's touchdown came on a swing pass following a 27-yard run by Carlos Hyde. The score was recorded as a rushing play because Blaine Gabbert's pass was complete behind the line. Patton has been more involved than both Bruce Ellington and Torrey Smith this preseason. That, of course, isn't saying much. Ellington keeps getting hurt and Smith has drawn one measly preseason target.
Aug 27 - 1:14 AM

49ers RB Mike Davis managed 13 yards on four carries and caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

Davis didn't do anything wrong, but he's quieted down since a monster preseason opener. Davis did well to hold onto the ball Friday night after losing two fumbles in San Francisco's second exhibition game. Davis remains the favorite for the 49ers' No. 3 back job behind Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn.
Aug 27 - 1:06 AM

Packers TE Richard Rodgers caught his lone target for a gain of eight yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

Rodgers shed a bunch of weight this spring in hopes of improving his quickness, but he's still not remotely the athlete Jared Cook is. Rodgers is also well behind Cook on the depth chart based on Friday's preseason usage, playing just 2-of-26 snaps with the Aaron Rodgers group while Cook logged 19-of-26. Rodgers lacks re-draft appeal and should be an afterthought in Dynasty leagues.
Aug 27 - 1:02 AM

Davante Adams secured 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in the Packers' third preseason game.

Adams' most notable play was a play he didn't make, letting a well-placed bomb from Joe Callahan bounce off his hands. Adams apparently teases in practice, but he doesn't show much in the actual games. He still worked as the Packers' starter opposite Randall Cobb with Jordy Nelson (knees) resting in this game. Adams is ahead of Jared Abbrederis, at least for now.
Aug 27 - 12:58 AM

Randall Cobb caught 3-of-3 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' third preseason game.

Cobb looked like the player the Packers needed him to be last season -- but he wasn't -- knifing through the 49ers' defense before catching a quick screen from Aaron Rodgers and powering in for a short TD. Cobb tortured 49ers CB Chris Davis in the slot. Still only 26 years old, Cobb is headed for a bounce-back campaign. Recall he was a top-six fantasy receiver as recently as 2014.
Aug 27 - 12:55 AM

Jared Cook caught 4-of-5 targets for 54 yards in the Packers' third preseason game Friday night.

Cook was a terrifying weapon for the 49ers' defense, shredding them down the seam between the twenties. Most importantly, Cook dominated first-team snaps, seeing 19-of-26 reps compared to just two for Richard Rodgers with the Aaron Rodgers group. Cook has always possessed a tantalizing size-speed combination, and has long been an inconsistent producer with technical flaws. He's late-round flyer material in hopes the light flipping on with Rodgers is real.
Aug 27 - 12:48 AM



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