Player News - 49ers

Date: Team: Pos:

49ers CB Jimmie Ward exited Week 3 against the Seahawks with a quad injury and will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Ward went down with a non-contact injury. Coach Chip Kelly says he thinks it's a muscle injury as opposed to a ligament issue in Ward's knee. Ward is the 49ers' base right corner and moves into the slot in sub-packages.
Sep 25 - 10:02 PM

49ers WR Quinton Patton caught 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss to Seattle.

He has descending yardage totals of 60, 25, and 8 through three games in a rudderless 49ers "passing game." Patton is entirely without fantasy value.
Sep 25 - 8:10 PM

Jeremy Kerley managed to secure 2-of-6 targets for 24 yards in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to Seattle.

Since his seven-catch, 61-yard opener, Kerley has failed to hit 30 receiving yards in back-to-back games. Kerley does have a consistent role in the 49ers' offense, but the passing game is entirely dysfunctional and Kerley isn't a very good player on his own. He's best viewed as a low-upside WR4/5 in PPR leagues.
Sep 25 - 8:04 PM

Garrett Celek caught 3-of-4 targets for 25 yards in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Seahawks.

Celek isn't normally a notable player, but he could become a streamer option as bye weeks set in depending on the health of Vance McDonald, who exited Sunday's contest with a hip injury and never returned. Celek is a replacement-level player, but he could end up logging a ton of snaps in Week 4 versus Dallas.
Sep 25 - 7:46 PM

Torrey Smith caught 3-of-4 targets for 35 yards in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Seahawks.

We saw him hop off the field late in the game, and don't believe he returned. Playing in an utterly dysfunctional passing game and now apparently hurt, Smith can be safely ignored in 12- and 14-team fantasy leagues.
Sep 25 - 7:42 PM

Shaun Draughn rushed five times for ten yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for two yards in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Seahawks.

He finished with six touches to Carlos Hyde's 22. The 49ers did not go with Draughn despite a massive 37-3 deficit, instead feeding Carlos Hyde garbage-time carries to "narrow" the deficit to 37-10, then 37-17. Draughn isn't going to become a factor in fantasy football barring an injury to Hyde.
Sep 25 - 7:25 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 14-of-25 passes for 119 yards and an interception in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to Seattle.

He added 22 yards on five scrambles. After the performance, Chip Kelly continued to insist that he never considered inserting Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers simply do not have a passing game with Gabbert under center, and they seem content to get their grills pushed in by opponents before piling up rushing stats late in blowout losses. In Week 4, Gabbert will be a low-end two-quarterback-league option against the Cowboys.
Sep 25 - 7:21 PM

Carlos Hyde rushed 21 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns and caught his lone target for two yards in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to Seattle.

Even though the 49ers were getting pasted 37-3, Chip Kelly elected to pad his team's rushing stats by continuing to run the ball against Seattle's prevent defense. Hyde's two touchdowns made the score 37-10, then 37-17, and his long gain of 34 also occurred in fourth-quarter garbage time. Fantasy owners will obviously take the stats, but all in all this was not a promising performance from the 49ers' running game. They do get a much more favorable matchup in Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Sep 25 - 7:15 PM

Vance McDonald is done for the day in Week 3 with a hip injury.

The extent is undisclosed, but it's a bad sign that McDonald was almost immediately ruled out. He finished with two catches for four yards on two targets. The 49ers' tight end depth chart is rounded out by Garrett Celek and Blake Bell.
Sep 25 - 5:52 PM

49ers declared QB Christian Ponder, T Anthony Davis, T John Theus, DL Taylor Hart, RB DuJuan Harris, S Marcus Cromartie, and DE Tony Jerod-Eddie inactive for Week 3 against the Seahawks.

There are no surprises on the 49ers' Week 3 inactives list.
Sep 25 - 2:36 PM

The San Francisco defense has forced six turnovers through two weeks of the 2016 season.

The 49ers saw two drastically different results in the opening weeks of the season, but their defense has been successful in taking the ball away from opponents. "We want our guys to play fearless," DC Jim O’Neil said. "We don’t want our guys to play scared." San Francisco will need to win the turnover battle in Week 3 to have a shot at a victory in Seattle, where the 49ers D/ST will not be a recommended fantasy option.
Sep 24 - 1:54 AM

49ers OL Anthony Davis (concussion) is out for Week 3 against the Seahawks.

Davis hasn't practiced the last two weeks and remains in the league's concussion protocol. He's week to week.
Sep 23 - 4:59 PM

49ers placed ILB Ray-Ray Armstrong on injured reserve with a pectoral injury, ending his season.

Armstrong surprisingly had a role this season, playing 69 snaps at inside linebacker through the first two games. Armstrong is still only 25, but will be nearing journeyman status next offseason.
Sep 20 - 1:09 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly said Monday that he is not yet considering a quarterback change.

He probably will eventually, but not quite yet. The 49ers are second to last in the NFL in both yards per play (4.4) and yards per pass attempt (5.8), ahead of only the Rams in those categories. That includes a 75-yard touchdown to Vance McDonald. "He's our starter. I've got a lot of confidence in Blaine," said Kelly. "We're not thinking or talking about not having Blaine in there. It's about everybody on offense playing better right now." Kelly's mind may change following a Week 3 trip to Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
Sep 19 - 4:14 PM

Carlos Hyde was unhappy with his performance Week 2.

Hyde managed just 34 yards on 14 carries against the Panthers. "I come off a good week and then I perform that way, (it’s) just unacceptable," Hyde said. "I have to get better. I have to do better. I have to not put the ball on the ground. I’ll get better. I have to." With a trip to Seattle next up on the schedule, it will not get any easier for Hyde this week.
Sep 19 - 11:26 AM


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