LaMichael James Fantasy News
Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:09am
This year is shaping up as 49ers RB Frank Gore's biggest battle since he played for the Hurricanes.
He's 31, ancient in running back years, and is surrounded by younger players, including two of the most highly regarded runners in the last two drafts, Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde. Lattimore's challenge of Gore may be delayed. When the 49ers' first practice of training camp began Thursday, he was on the physically-unable-to-perform list as he continues to come back from his 2012 knee injury.
If the 49ers are eying a running-back-by-committee approach this season, they're not letting on.
Gore already lost two of his potential backups, though. Kendall Hunter is done for the year and LaMichael James is going to miss all of the preseason. That leaves Hyde as his main competition at the moment in camp until Lattimore returns, so it looks like Gore could emerge as a guy to again get significant work, perhaps especially early on in the season. Gore's age and previous workload are a little scary and because of that we have him ranked 23rd among our backs with an ADP of the 7th round. He looks to be a good depth option for your team, and if you can land him as an RB3, you should be in pretty good shape with your fantasy backfield.
49ers running back LaMichael James was carted off the field with an apparent left-arm injury early in Sunday's practice. It's believed James got hurt in a pass-blocking drill. Coach Jim Harbaugh hovered over James on the ground before a trainer whisked him off to the locker room. James appeared to be supporting his left wrist with his right hand.
James had just become a top contender for the No. 2 running back role behind Frank Gore Friday, once Kendall Hunter sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament and was lost for the season. Next up on the depth chart are Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore. With Gore getting up in age, the 9ers RB2 can be fantasy worthy.
Running back Kendall Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday at practice, the team confirmed Saturday morning. Hunter has served as the top understudy to Frank Gore since breaking into the league in 2011, aside from missing the final two months of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles. Candidates to fill the 49ers’ No. 2 tailback job are LaMichael James, Carlos Hyde, Jewell Hampton and Marcus Lattimore, who’s on the non-football-injury list but has been doing conditioning drills on a side field in camp.
This opens the door for Carlos Hyde to back up Frank Gore. Marcus Lattimore is also in the mix.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:23pm
49ers beat write Cam Inman previews the team's RB corps: This is Frank Gore's 10th camp but his first with so many viable candidates to share the load. Marcus Lattimore's comeback attempt is of utmost interest, and aside from running, can he pass protect? Kendall Hunter remains the No. 2 back, though he's coming off a career-low 358 rushing yards and is in a contract year. Carlos Hyde could be a rookie gem with his deft hands and power legs. If that quartet proves strong, LaMichael James finally might get traded.
The 31-year-old Frank Gore has defied reduced preseason expectations in recent years, finishing in the top 13 in three straight seasons. Including the playoffs, he posted just 8.5 fantasy points per game after the 49ers’ Week 9 bye in 2013, so the writing is on the wall. The team has a capable backup in Kendall Hunter and also drafted the talented Carlos Hyde in the second round. Along with the return of redshirt rookie Marcus Lattimore, Gore’s touches are very much under pressure in 2014. One thing to note here -- Inman believes that Hunter is still the RB2 in San Francisco.
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 2:49pm
49ers Inactives McLeod Bethel-Thompson QB Cornellius Carradine DE Quinton Dial DE Joe Looney G Kassim Osgood WR Quinton Patton WR Eric Wright DB
Mario Manningham returns for the 49ers today. LaMichael James and Aldon Smith are also active.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:21am
49ers HC Jim Harbaugh said he wants RB LaMichael James back in "the mix" second half of the season. James played in two of 8 games first half.
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2:44pm
49ers Inactives Nnamdi Asomugha CB McLeod Bethel-Thompson QB Jermaine Cunningham LB LaMichael James RB Joe Looney G Marlon Moore WR Quinton Patton WR
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 3:17pm
49ers Inactives Nnamdi Asomugha CB McLeod Bethel-Thompson QB Jermaine Cunningham LB Chris Harper WR LaMichael James RB Joe Looney G Quinton Patton WR
49ers Inactives B.J. Daniels QB Chris Harper WR Marlon Moore WR Nnamdi Asomugha DB Owen Marecic RB Patrick Willis LB Joe Looney OL
Vernon Davis, LaMichael James and Jonathan Baldwin are all active for the 49ers. Vernon Davis is not 100% with a hamstring, but will be out there in a divisional matchup. He is our #7 TE, and comes with some risk.
49ers Inactives Jon Baldwin WR B.J. Daniels QB Vernon Davis TE Chris Harper WR LaMichael James RB Joe Looney G Nathan Stupar LB
With Davis out, rookie Vance McDonald will get extra work. He's a long-shot fantasy option.
Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:36pm
49ers RB LaMichael James (knee, questionable) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice and is questionable for Week 3. James may not get any snaps given his place on the depth chart behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:53pm
49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) did not practice Wednesday. He returned to practice on Thursday, but may not get any snaps on Sunday.
Friday, September 13, 2013, 6:45pm
49ers RB LaMichael James (knee, questionable) missed practice again Thursday and is questionable for Week 2.
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:38pm
49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 3:11pm
49ers Inactives Jon Baldwin WR B.J. Daniels QB Chris Harper WR LaMichael James RB Joe Looney G Nathan Stupar LB Will Tukuafu FB
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