George Kittle - TEPosted 7/15/18 8:14pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle should have 'no shortage of opportunities' in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, and Wagoner believes Kittle will benefit from having QB Jimmy Garoppolo throwing him the ball for the entire season.
Huddle Up: Kittle was a surprise contributor as a rookie last year, finishing with 515 receiving yards. He managed 194 yards in the final three games, teasing what he and Garoppolo might be capable of. He's a low-end TE1 with upside.
George Kittle - TEPosted 6/26/18 2:57am ET
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle took steps to add more muscle mass during the offseason in hopes that it will prevent some of the injuries that bothered him throughout last season. He's also been practicing catching the ball away from his body during informal throwing sessions with QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard.
Huddle Up: There's no doubt Kittle has the potential to be one of the top breakout candidates at the tight end position in 2018. In his rookie campaign a year ago, he put up some respectable numbers and was more productive once Garoppolo took over under center, as Kittle registered 15 catches for 224 yards in the final five games. Now that he's fully healthy, he could build on last season.
Pierre Garcon - WRPosted 6/21/18 7:06pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon has been building chemistry with QB Jimmy Garoppolo, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. 'It's been a good process for them to get here, spend some time together,' Shanahan said.
Huddle Up: With Garoppolo leading the offense, Garcon should be a dependable WR3 this year, and he could sneak in WR2 territory in PPR formats.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 6/13/18 8:12pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (back) is not practicing because of a sore back, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Huddle Up: Goodwin should be fine for the start of training camp and will have a solid role in the passing game after leading the team in receiving yards in 2017. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in all leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 6/8/18 7:51pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw touchdowns on all four of his pass attempts from inside the 9-yard in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, June 5.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo flashed his upside last year, and with an offseason to learn the offense and work with his receivers, he is a QB1 candidate as he enters 2018 as a full-time starter for the first time in his career.
Dante Pettis - WRPosted 6/7/18 7:09pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is currently learning all three receiver positions and is being taught more than a typical rookie, according to wide receivers coach Mike LaFleur.
Huddle Up: It sounds like the 49ers have some high expectations for Pettis. He is worth a flier in the final rounds of redraft leagues and is definitely worth owning in keeper formats.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 6/1/18 4:17pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, May 30, because of an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: McKinnon probably will be back on the field next week or during the mandatory minicamp. McKinnon is expected to have a big role for the 49ers this upcoming season and has a chance to be at least a No. 2 fantasy running back in all leagues.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 5/22/18 5:08pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught several passes out of the backfield from Jimmy Garoppolo and looked 'very comfortable,' according to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.
Huddle Up: Perhaps the most interesting nugget from Barrows was his prediction for McKinnon's catch total, which he set the over/under at 73 - the same number Devonta Freeman had in his breakout season (2015) under then-offensive coordinator (and current San Francisco head coach) Kyle Shanahan. It's an ambitious number, but it is also a realistic one for a player as gifted in the passing game as McKinnon. If he proves he can hold up to the workload, McKinnon could push for a top-five finish at running back in fantasy.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 4/23/18 11:13pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo started holding weekend throwing sessions with his teammates, in which wide receivers, running backs and tight ends are invited. He held the first one with the 49ers on Saturday, April 21, with WR Pierre Garcon among those who showed up. 'It kind of gets us away from the coaches and everything, allows me to talk to the receivers about specific things,' Garoppolo said. 'Talking through routes, concepts -- how they see it vs. how I see it -- it just gets us on the same page.'
Huddle Up: What is there not to love about Jimmy G? The former heir apparent to Tom Brady has just been absolutely tremendous in every regard since being acquired by the 49ers midway through last season and is shaping up to be one of the more prized QB1 options out there. Don't be afraid to reach for Garoppolo, as you have to figure with a full offseason alongside his new teammates under his belt, the sky is his limit.
Pierre Garcon - WRPosted 4/6/18 8:04pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (neck) is expected to 'come back healthy' next season, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Huddle Up: He was having a solid season prior to the injury, and with Jimmy Garoppolo now in the fold, Garcon should be a solid WR3.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 3/31/18 8:10pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon has been training at a facility owned by free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals).
Huddle Up: San Francisco paid McKinnon a lot of money this offseason, and Kyle Shanahan has already said he thinks McKinnon can be an every-down back. The arrow is pointing up, and he looks like a RB2 candidate, especially in PPR formats.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 3/27/18 9:53am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon continued to receive praise from head coach Kyle Shanahan, who suggested McKinnon can play well on every down after receiving a four-year, $30 million contract earlier this month in free agency. 'We think he's a great third-down back. We also think he's good on first and second down, too,' Shanahan said.
Huddle Up: While some in the fantasy community have jumped on McKinnon's bandwagon with both feet, others are wondering how a third-down back in Minnesota could all the sudden become a three-down workhorse. Matt Breida will obviously see his fair share of work in relief, but San Francisco did not hand the former Minnesota Viking the fourth-richest contract for a running back to work in a split committee. McKinnon's arrow is pointing straight up for fantasy, and he figures to be worthy second-round pick this summer.
Matt Breida - RBPosted 3/17/18 3:21pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida is still expected to have a meaningful role even after the team signed RB Jerick McKinnon to be their lead back. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Saturday, March 17, that he envisions the combination of McKinnon and Breida to be similar to Atlanta Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, a group that combined for 1,600 rushing yards and 85 receptions in 2016.
Huddle Up: Breida will be the primary backup to McKinnon, but Joe Williams, Jeremy McNichols and Raheem Mostert are also in the mix and fighting for touches, too. Breida will be a good late-round handcuff to McKinnon, particularly in PPR formats.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 3/15/18 8:35pm ET
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said 'there's so many things' he likes about RB Jerick McKinnon, adding that he got 'lost' while immersing himself in watching his game film. 'This guy is violent, doesn't turn anything down,' Shanahan said. 'What is a huge bonus on him is when you talk about the pass game. When it comes to separating and beating linebackers and safeties in man-to-man coverage, I definitely think he?s an issue for teams.'
Huddle Up: Shanahan is sold on McKinnon, which bodes well for his fantasy outlook in 2018. Fantasy circles have long envisioned a breakout from the former Vikings tailback, and while that hasn't exactly materialized yet, it could be this change of scenery for it to finally come to fruition. With Carlos Hyde gone, McKinnon might be in position to claim the starting gig, though Matt Breida impressed last year and also figures to see a lot of work.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 3/14/18 5:13am ET
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent RB Carlos Hyde agreed to a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, March 14. The deal is worth more than $15 million with $6 million in the first year.
Huddle Up: Hyde made it through his first 16-game season of his career last year and had 940 rushing yards, eight scores and a 59-350-0 receiving line. He'll be worth at least an RB3 pickup.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 3/8/18 11:13am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin agreed to a three-year, $20.3 million contract extension Thursday, March 8, according to a source. The deal includes $10 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Goodwin really came on to the fantasy scene last year following Pierre Garcon's neck injury and the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo. As one of the fastest receivers in the NFL, Goodwin complemented Garoppolo's arm strength well on his way to a career-high 962 yards. Garcon will make a healthy return this season and the 49ers could add another pass-catcher, but Goodwin is a viable WR3 in standard leagues, especially if he can increase his 2017 touchdown total (2).
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 3/1/18 9:12am ET
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent RB Carlos Hyde and the 49ers have had ongoing discussions regarding a new contract, according to general manager John Lynch. Lynch said a deal is not imminent, however.
Huddle Up: Hyde will be of the bigger-name running backs on the free-agent market this year if he is not retained in the next couple weeks. If a deal is not imminent with two weeks left it sounds more likely than not that Hyde will be a free agent. He has RB1 upside, with more appeal in PPR scenarios, but drafting him as an RB2 is ideal.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 2/28/18 6:13pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde's agent will meet with the 49ers this week at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: The 49ers have not ruled out re-signing Hyde this offseason, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. He has rushed for at least 940 yards in each of the last two seasons and has 14 touchdowns during that span. There is a good chance that Hyde finds a starting job this offseason and can be a No. 2 running back in standard leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/16/18 6:09am ET
Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's deal will pay him $35 million in a signing bonus and roster bonus before the season. He can create $7.5 million in injury guarantees if he makes the AP All-NFL team in any year or he plays 50 percent of the snaps in the regular season, the 49ers make the NFC Championship game and he plays in 50 percent of the playoff snaps. Essentially, Garoppolo is signed for two years and $61 million and potentially three years and $86 million. The final two years could be a wash.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo looked great late last season, but he still needs weapons around him. He'll be a low-end QB1 with upside to move into the midrange area.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/8/18 10:38am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract Thursday, Feb. 8, according to a source. It is the largest contract in NFL history on a per-year basis.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo performed well enough in his relatively limited time with the 49ers last year to convince them that he is their franchise quarterback. Over the last six games of the 2017 season, Garoppolo was the QB6, averaging 308.4 yards per game. He can be drafted as a starting fantasy quarterback.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/4/18 7:17am ET
The San Francisco 49ers appear to be close to finalizing a long-term contract extension with QB Jimmy Garoppolo, according to multiple sources informed of the situation.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo went 5-0 after being given the starting quarterback job and completed 67.4% of his passes in six games overall, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He's worthy of consideration as a low-end QB1 option in next year's fantasy drafts.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 1/31/18 8:12pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde could be on his way out of town in free agency, in the opinion of Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Huddle Up: Though he fell just short of his first career 1,000-yard campaign, Hyde still posted quality numbers, amassing 938 yards on the ground on 240 carries, as well as adding career bests through the air with 59 receptions for 350 yards. The 49ers offense has a high ceiling with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, so perhaps it's possible that Hyde stays put. He'll likely be an RB2 option in fantasy no matter where he's playing next year.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 1/13/18 6:48pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be given the franchise tag if a long-term contract is not reached by March 6, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, but Maiocco is confident the two sides will agree to a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo showed intriguing potential after being given the starting gig, and there's a good chance he is drafted as a low-end QB1 in 2018.
Pierre Garcon - WRPosted 1/7/18 8:14am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (neck) should be ready for the start of the offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Garcon was playing very well in 2017 before he suffered his season-ending injury. He should enter next season as the team's No. 1 receiver and has a chance to post good numbers if Jimmy Garoppolo returns. Owners in most leagues can consider him a low-end No. 2 or a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 12/29/17 4:21pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (back) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 29, but is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Goodwin has been targeted 31 times over the last three games and has posted at least 99 yards in three of the last four games. He should continue to be the main target in the passing game and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver for fantasy owners.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 12/28/17 5:47pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (back) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Goodwin should be out there for Sunday's season finale versus the Rams, and considering Los Angeles will be benching many of its starters, he could end up being one of the better value plays on the board. Above all, he's quickly emerged as one of Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite targets, having drawn 31 targets in his last three games.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 12/27/17 4:48pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (back) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Goodwin is coming off a disappointing Week 16 performance but should have a better matchup this week. He appears to have a good connection with Jimmy Garoppolo and can be considered a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Garrett Celek - TEPosted 12/24/17 7:06am ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (knee, rib) is expected to play in Week 16's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Celek was listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited practice participant throughout the week. He has 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his last two games, making him worthy of consideration as a starting option in deeper seasonal leagues or as an inexpensive flier in daily fantasy games.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 12/24/17 8:09pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin posted three grabs for 37 yards on a team-high six targets in Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Goodwin and Jimmy Garoppolo have built a nice rapport together. While it didn't work out for big yardage in this one, the QB looked to him more than any other receiver on the team. This has the chance to be a prolific pass-catch combo in 2018 for fantasy owners.
George Kittle - TEPosted 12/24/17 8:08pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle finished with three receptions, 42 yards and a touchdown on three targets in Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Kittle connected with Jimmy Garoppolo for the first time on a touchdown after managing a scoring connection with Brian Hoyer earlier in the year. He is jelling nicely with his new QB lately, posting seven grabs for 94 yards and a TD over the past two outings.
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