49ers Fantasy News

Harbaugh: Vernon Davis is like an olive jar... and he's 'ready to break out'

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:56pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh on TE Vernon Davis:

“I just feel like he’s ready to break out. I really do. You use the old olive jar analogy. The olives are packed in there real tight and you open up the lid and you can’t get any to come out. You can even dump it upside down and it doesn’t come out. But if you get that one to come out, then they just want to all come out and plop out. So, I think that’s the case and I think it’s going to happen soon. Hopefully this weekend. Get that one big one and then they start coming out.”

Fantasy Impact:

Harbaugh has been asked repeatedly this week about Davis's lack of production, so he may be focused on getting his talented tight end going (or at least cognizant that he hasn't been producing). The matchup with the Redskins is favorable. Owners in need of a dart throw could do worse than Davis, who is one of the most talented tight ends in the league.

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

49ers WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) ruled out for Week 12

Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:24pm

John Keim, Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins TE Jordan Reed is out per HC Jay Gruden.

Fantasy Impact:

Paul was pretty good earlier in the year in a starting role. The Redskins may have trouble running on the 49ers, so that could lead to pass-happy play-calling by HC Jay Gruden.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

49ers WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep) practiced fully Wednesday.

Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:44pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Gore, 31, is in the final year of a contract extension he signed in 2011 that pays him an average annual salary of $6.5 million. He is setting out to prove that he is capable of being a productive player for a bit longer.

“I feel great and I know it’s a contract year for me,” Gore said. “I still love the game and I feel great and I still want to play the game. I feel like I’m still playing at a high level and you know I’m just coming out here week to week.

"And if I won’t be back here, then I’ll show the other teams what I can do.

“But I want to be back here.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gore's status in San Francisco is at least up in the air. The team has Carlos Hyde waiting in the wings but did lose Marcus Lattimore, who retired because of injuries.

Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:49pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Given the Giants' rushing woes, perhaps we shouldn't have been shocked that running back Rashad Jennings stayed on the field for nearly every snap against the San Francisco 49ers. But with Jennings clearly still rusty after a six-week layoff, it was certainly surprising that his backup, rookie Andre Williams barely saw any action.

Instead, in hopes of playing a ball-control style of offense, the Giants upped the snap count for players like backup tight end Daniel Fells in the jumbo package to give Jennings and the offensive line an extra blocker.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams underwhelmed as the feature back in Jennings' absence, failing to crack 60 yards and never rushing for more than 3.5 yards per carry over his four games as the starter. The story went on to say there were moments against the Niners, especially in short-yardage situations, where Williams might have been used earlier in the season, but for whatever reason was left on the bench. It appears to be good news for Jennings owners who stuck with him through the layoff. In Week 12, the Giants host Dallas, followed by Jacksonville and Tennessee which are fairly favorable matchups. However, the Redskins and Rams are in store for playoff Weeks 15 and 16, and present much more difficult matchups.

Peyton Hillis (concussion) placed on IR

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:18pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Peyton Hillis is done for 2014.

The Giants announced Saturday that the veteran running back, who suffered a concussion in Week 10's loss to the Seahawks, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

This is the second straight year that Hillis has been sidelined by a concussion. He missed a game last December with the same issue, also suffered against the Seahawks. He finishes the season with 26 carries for 115 yards to go with 10 receptions for 87 yards. The Giants replaced Hillis on the roster by signing linebacker Justin Anderson off the practice squad.

Hillis, 28, primarily served as a third-down back for New York.

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Williams will be rejoined in the backfield this week by Rashad Jennings, who is expected to return to action on Sunday against the 49ers after missing five games with an MCL sprain, the story said. The 49ers don't present a great matchup for the running game however. Jennings is expected to get the bigger workload.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

49ers RB Frank Gore (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. No worries here. Gore is an attractive play against a Giants defense that just gave up 350 rushing yards to the Seahawks in Week 10.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Jennings is expected to return to a sizable role, though HC Tom Coughlin said that he doesn’t “intend for him to carry a full load.” Jennings averaged over 20 touches per game in five games, and we currently have him projected for about 16 touches. The matchup isn’t good against the 49ers, but Mark Ingram was able to run on San Francisco last week, so there is some optimism for Jennings.

49ers Beat: Colin Kaepernick will use read-option in Week 11

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:08am

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Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on the team's inability to stop Russell Wilson in Week 10: What the Giants showed Sunday in Seattle was a complete inability to handle Seattle's basic zone-read run game. They bought the play fake every time, and the only time they stuck with the quarterback was when he did hand it off to Marshawn Lynch. If they'd gone into the game intentionally trying to make the wrong play on every zone-read play, they couldn't have done as good a job of it as they actually did. It was a fiasco.

49ers beat writer Paul Guitierrez on the team's use of the read-option this season: While there is no doubt that the read-option was a huge part of Colin Kaepernick's arrival on the national consciousness, it has been virtually nonexistent as a play call this season. Sure, Kaepernick is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and is on pace to rush for a career-high 530 yards, but his running game has been more threat than design, if that makes sense. It's all part of the Niners' desire to keep him healthy, obviously, and to make him more of a pocket passer. Still, given the way the Seahawks shredded the Giants' run defense, I would be shocked -- shocked! -- if the Niners shied away from pounding the rock with Frank Gore to set up the read-option for Kaepernick.

Fantasy Impact:

Russell Wilson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Giants, who showed a complete inability to play the read-option, so it would be a surprise if the 49ers didn't bring it back to get a win in New York. Kaepernick is rushing for a career high 33 yards per game (which is slighly above his career average), but against the Giants he could double that number if the team is willing to use the read-option.

Giants Beat: RB Rashad Jennings will 'resume his role' as 'bell cow'

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:53am

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Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on the return of RB Rashad Jennings: Jennings returned to practice Wednesday, and barring a setback they expect him to play Sunday and resume his role as the bell cow in their offense. They're 0-4 without him, averaging 83 rush yards per game as opposed to the 121 they were averaging with him. He's a three-down back who can pick up the blitz and catch the ball out of the backfield as well as pick up those "dirty" yards (as he calls them) on first and second downs.

Fantasy Impact:

Another beat writer predicted a 60/40 split in Week 11 and common sense dictates that Jennings won't return to 20-plus carries in his first game back. We're currently projecting around 16 touches in a game in which the Giants may have a tough time sticking with the run. The 49ers are #1 in RB aFPA, so it's a tough matchup, though the loss of Patrick Willis is a reason for optimism.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

49ers RB Frank Gore (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gore should be fine for a good matchup with the Giants, who are #28 in RB aFPA.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Jennings is expected to return to a sizable role, though HC Tom Coughlin said that he doesn’t “intend for him to carry a full load.” Jennings averaged over 20 touches per game in five games, and we currently have him projected for about 16 touches. The matchup isn’t good against the 49ers, but Mark Ingram was able to run on San Francisco last week, so there is some optimism for Jennings.

49ers Beat: WR Michael Crabtree 'bemoaning' his role in the offense

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3:01am

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers WR Michael Crabtree wasn't celebrating after Sunday's win but rather bemoaning a decreased role in the offense, describing his altered status as that of a "third-down receiver." Asked Wednesday to clarify if he's disgruntled, Crabtree said: "Call it how you see it, bro."

Crabtree, who is in the final year of his contract, acknowledged last Thursday his production this season "ain't where I want it to be."

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree is seeing 7.6 targets per game this season, which is more than he saw in his abbreviated 2013 season (6.6 T/G) and close to his 2012 numbers (7.9 T/G). His role hasn't changed all that much, but his reception percentage has dropped significantly, from 67.5% in 2012 to 58.8% this season. Drops have been a big problem for the 49er receivers, especially Crabtree. Looking ahead to his schedule down the stretch, he does have a couple of dates with the Seahawks, which doesn't bode well for his chances of turning his disappointing season around.