Player News - 49ers

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Colin Kaepernick will void his contract after the season to become a free agent.

Rapoport added voiding the deal would not "rule out a return" to the 49ers next season. Kaepernick is set to make $14.5 million in base salary if he sticks around in San Francisco next season, and even after a strong finish, it is unlikely he would get much more than the $7.5 million per year Robert Griffin III landed from the Browns on the open market. Perhaps he is so ready to get away from the 49ers he will take his chances, but this is more likely a negotiating ploy.
Dec 4 - 8:28 AM

49ers placed LB Shayne Skov (knee) on injured reserve.

A 2015 UDFA, Skov appeared in nine games on special teams. The 49ers promoted S Marcus Ball to replace him on the active roster.
Dec 3 - 3:40 PM

San Francisco cornerbacks have yet to intercept a pass in 2016.

The 49ers are tied for 19th among NFL defenses with seven interceptions this season, but all seven have come from safeties and linebackers. While San Francisco's horrific run defense has shown signs of life in recent weeks, their secondary has been exposed, allowing 299.7 passing yards per game in the last three weeks. Even in a matchup against Chicago backup QB Matt Barkley, the 49ers D/ST is a gamble as a streaming option in fantasy leagues this week.
Dec 3 - 1:39 PM

Ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said he tried to convince Chip Kelly to return to the program when he (correctly) thought his job was in danger late in the season.

"When you start thinking of your assistants and all the support staff and all those people," Helfrich said, "if he were to come back here, some of those people would be saved." Kelly obviously declined, and he reiterated Wednesday he plans to remain the coach of the 49ers. Still, rumors of a Eugene return will not die down until Oregon fills the job.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 10:20 AM

49ers WR Quinton Patton (concussion) is questionable for Week 13 against the Bears.

Patton returned to practice on Thursday but has not officially passed the concussion protocol. There's a high likelihood of him playing this week, but he won't be a fantasy option if he does.
Dec 2 - 3:07 PM

49ers WR Quinton Patton (concussion) returned to practice on Thursday.

He's still in the league's protocol but should be cleared in time for Sunday's game against Chicago. Patton hasn't scored a touchdown all season and won't be a realistic fantasy consideration for Week 13.
Dec 1 - 2:25 PM

Vance McDonald caught 4-of-8 targets for 60 yards in the 49ers' Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

McDonald led the 49ers in targets and yards, but also lost three targets to Garrett Celek, who lost a fumble. McDonald is an important playmaker for Chip Kelly's offense, but it isn't translating to more than low-end TE2 value in fantasy leagues.
Nov 27 - 6:37 PM

Jeremy Kerley caught 2-of-4 targets for 24 yards in the 49ers' Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

It was an improvement on Kerley's 0-of-6 Week 11. Kerley hasn't been a factor since the 49ers benched checkdown king Blaine Gabbert. That's unlikely to change down the stretch.
Nov 27 - 6:31 PM

Torrey Smith caught 3-of-7 targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

Amazingly, Smith's third score of the year — and ninth as a 49er — was a one-yard strike from Colin Kaepernick. So much for being a deep threat. Even with Kap's play taking off in recent weeks, Smith has remained almost a complete non-factor. He'll be in the WR60-70 range for Week 13.
Nov 27 - 6:29 PM

Carlos Hyde rushed 13 times for 65 yards in the 49ers' Week 12 loss to the Dolphins, adding five receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown.

With the 49ers doing an excellent job of executing the read option, Hyde averaged a season-high 5.0 yards per carry. The receiving score was his first of the year. Looking rejuvenated the past two weeks, Hyde will be a solid RB2 against the Bears' decimated defense in Week 13.
Nov 27 - 6:27 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed 29-of-46 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the 49ers' 31-24, Week 12 loss to the Dolphins, adding 10 carries for 113 additional yards.

The 49ers trailed all afternoon, but this wasn't really a garbage time situation. It was Kap keeping his team in a winnable game on the road. The game nearly went to overtime, but Kap got stopped at the two-yard line as time expired. Kap and the Niners really burned the Dolphins with the read option. The 113 rushing yards were the fourth most of Kap's career (including the playoffs), and give him 373 on the year. Kap has been toeing the line between "fantasy good" and actually good. At the very least, he's been a monumental improvement on Blaine Gabbert. He'll be set up for another nice day in Week 13 against the Bears.
Nov 27 - 5:05 PM

49ers WR Quinton Patton is week to week with a concussion.

Patton was knocked out in the second half of Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Patton had one catch for 12 yards before going down.
Nov 27 - 3:09 PM

49ers ILB Nick Bellore was forced from San Francisco's Week 12 game against the Dolphins with a knee injury, and will not return.

Bellore has been an every-down player for the 49ers' abysmal defense.
Nov 27 - 2:56 PM

Torrey Smith (shoulder) is active for Week 12 against the Dolphins.

Smith figures to make zero impact, as usual. Colin Kaepernick doesn't look his theoretical No. 1 receiver's way. Inactive for the 49ers are DL Quinton Dial, OLB Aaron Lynch, RB Mike Davis, DB Marcus Cromartie, TE Je'Ron Hamm, QB Christian Ponder and OL John Theus.
Nov 27 - 11:35 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Torrey Smith (shoulder) will play Week 12 against the Dolphins.

Smith will test out the shoulder in pre-game warmups, but he is expected to suit up. None of this matters from a fantasy perspective, of course. While he will have the odd big game, Smith is way too inconsistent to trust in any format.
Nov 27 - 8:32 AM


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