49ers Fantasy News

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quad) returns to practice

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 4:03pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice. He has been dealing with a quad injury, and the club wanted him back to get more snaps with Peyton Manning. As did Manning. Sanders hasn't caught a pass in the preseason. His snaps were limited against the Seahawks and he sat out the 49ers game.

The likelihood Sanders will start Saturday increased with Thursday's workout. A Friday evaluation will be the determining factor.

"I didn't have any problem with that so I am extremely happy about that. It's looking good right now," Sanders said. "(Manning) has been talking to me about (playing this week) because the starters usually don't play in the fourth preseason game. This is important. We don't want to go into the regular season with me not having caught a pass from him in the game. So this game is extremely pivotal."

Fantasy Impact:
Sanders was the #35 WR in 2013, when he saw WR2 targets (112) for the Steelers. Eric Decker (138) and Wes Welker (111) saw a combined 249 targets as Denver's WR2 and WR3. With Decker gone, Welker (and TE Julius Thomas) could see a bit more work, but Sanders should be stepping into a big role. As OC Adam Gase said, Sanders is a good fit for his system and is versatile to play both inside and outside. He is very quick and is adept at making people miss, so he should thrive in Denver’s screen game.

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49ers RB Marcus Lattimore 'still rehabbing'

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 2:54pm

49ers - [Full Article]

49ers second-year running back Marcus Lattimore is still rehabbing and has not been activated to practice.

OC Greg Roman said Lattimore is improving each day.

"He’s looking good," the coordinator said. "Our training staff are the people to ask on that if you want to get specifics... They’re putting him through a lot of change of direction stuff, hard-type cutting. He’s looking good."

Fantasy Impact:
Carlos Hyde should be safe as Frank Gore's primary backup. Lattimore has not progressed as quickly as the fantasy community had anticipated.

Stevie Johnson: 'Bulk' of 49ers passing game will be with Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:48pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

There’s little doubt where Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin rank among the 49ers’ wide receivers.

“I’m pretty sure everybody already knows the bulk of it will be with Crab and Boldin, so we’re just fitting in right after that,” 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson said on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:
Boldin continues to be a good value in the 10th round. He finished #15 in 2013, and actually posted better numbers with Michael Crabtree in the lineup. Boldin averaged 4.7-66-.45 without Crabtree and 5.7-83-.43 with Crabtree, so the potential is there for another top 20 season, though we're expecting him to be more of a WR3-type in the 49ers run-heavy attack.

Colin Kaepernick: last year's foot injury a 'non-factor'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:55pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines Tuesday morning when he told the Sacramento Bee the severity of his 2013 foot injury.

Kaepernick suffered a significant foot injury in a Week 2 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Last season, however, the 49ers signal-caller joked with reporters that it was a hangnail.

Now we know it was really a serious injury. Kaepernick told The Bee that he'd suffered a chipped bone on his forefoot and ruptured the capsule in the ball of his foot when he tried to run away from a Seahawks defender along the visiting sideline.

Fantasy Impact:
Even with the injury, Kaepernick rushed for 524 rushing yards last season, his first full year as San Francisco's starter. It was also the second-most single-season rushing yards by a 49ers quarterback behind Steve Young's 537 rushing yards in '92. It probably could have been more if he was healthy. He never had surgery and said the injury is not an issue, and it was corrected with rest.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:26pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Phil Dawson converted 49 of his 50 pregame kicks, even a pair of 58-yard field goals going from each direction. That's about as accurate as San Francisco's veteran place kicker has been in recent years.

So it was a bit startling to watch as he sailed his only two chances during Sunday's 34-0 loss to Denver wide right — first from 55 yards then again from 44.

Dawson planned to return to Levi's Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to get back to work figuring out a new field and its quirks. The grass, like with any new sod, is still getting its roots established and has come up in places. Not that Dawson is complaining about the elements. He can walk some 100 yards from the practice fields to the stadium to practice.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 11:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's a learning curve and then there is the twisting, turning, work-fast riddle that is the Denver Broncos' offensive playbook. And that is what Broncos rookie receiver Cody Latimer must navigate to go from draft pick with piles of potential to draft pick with a productive place in a fast-paced touchdown factory.

"Our code words have code words, our signals have signals," said Broncos wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert. "To be able to put that together, to know what's the real deal. Is it an audible? Is it a dummy call? It takes a while to get all that running smoothly. ... And that's the major hurdle for any young guy in our offense, just to know all there is to know as fast as we need you to know it.''

And then Tolbert added with a smile: "but I'd venture to say he's picking it up fairly well ... for a rookie."

A rookie that is looking more and more like he can be, despite the Broncos' obvious firepower and depth on offense, a contributor when the Broncos close in on the end zone. Sunday, in the Broncos' 34-0 preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers, Latimer caught his first scoring pass in a game for the Broncos.

He showed his top-tier speed up the right sideline and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler tossed a 33-yard scoring pass that he dove to catch.

Fantasy Impact:
The starting jobs in the Broncos' three-wide receiver look are largely spoken for with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders set to get the bulk of the plays. But when the May draft rolled around, the Broncos were still on the hunt for a little more size at the position, and when the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Latimer was still on the board when their second-round pick rolled around they grabbed him. He could end up as a WR4 on the team, but that still doesn't mean he'll have a lot of fantasy value. But as we saw last year when one of the top three went down, and Andre Caldwell stepped in, Caldwell contributed. With an offense like Denver, Latimer is definitely someone to keep an eye on at the position once the season starts.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) back at practice

Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:49pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

WR Michael Crabtree was back snagging Colin Kaepernick’s passes Friday, showing no signs of a hamstring injury that sidelined him most of the 49ers training camp.

Crabtree is unsure whether the coaches will have him play Sunday. But he claims he’s 100-percent healthy, not to mention 10 to 15 pounds lighter than he was upon last December’s comeback from an Achilles tear.

“I was fast enough to be on the field. But I wasn’t me,” said Crabtree, who had only one touchdown among his 34 catches over the final eight games, including playoffs. “You guys have been here long enough. This is going on my sixth year. You know when I’m at my best, you know when I ain’t looking right.”

Fantasy Impact:
Including three playoff games, Crabtree appeared in eight contests last season and averaged 4.3 catches for 61 yards and 0.13 TD. For a better indication of his potential for 2014, we should include the 10 games he played with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 (and in the 2013 playoffs). When those numbers are rolled in, Crabtree averaged 5.3 catches for 76 yards and 0.50 TD, which equates to 10.6 PPG, or strong WR2-type numbers.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quad) out again

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was a question mark going into last week’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, and he’s a question mark going into Sunday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sanders, who had sat out Monday’s practice before participating in Tuesday’s and Thursday’s work, was held out of Friday’s morning practice with a thigh injury.

Fantasy Impact:
Sanders was the #35 WR in 2013, when he saw WR2 targets (112) for the Steelers. Eric Decker (138) and Wes Welker (111) saw a combined 249 targets as Denver's WR2 and WR3. With Decker gone, Welker (and TE Julius Thomas) could see a bit more work, but Sanders should be stepping into a big role. As OC Adam Gase said, Sanders is a good fit for his system and is versatile to play both inside and outside. He is very quick and is adept at making people miss, so he should thrive in Denver’s screen game. Quad injuries usually aren't a big deal; we expect he'll get some rest and be ready to go later in camp.

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 12:08pm

Steve Corkran, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers WR Michael Crabtree returned to practice today.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick 'benefiting' from 'strong' passing game

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

At no point last season did the 49ers’ aerial attack look as strong as it has during this training camp. Actually, it’s stunning to see how much better this area is than it was last season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is surely benefiting. A few examples: As a rookie, Quinton Patton was the No. 3 receiver last year. This year, he’s improved, but he might be the sixth and final receiver on the 53-man roster. Jonathan Baldwin was a frontline receiver for a spell in 2013. This year, he was cut 10 days into training camp. The additions of veterans Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd and explosive fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington to go with holdover starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin make for a pretty special group. It has showed in camp.

Fantasy Impact:
In his last 18 games with Michael Crabtree in the lineup, Kaepernick has averaged 20.9 FP, which equate to #3 QB numbers. In 11 games without Crabtree, he averaged 16.1 FP. He averages 2.5 more pass attempts (i.e. the 49ers throw the ball more) and his YPA jumps from 7.4 to 8.4 with his top receiver in the lineup. The addition of Stevie Johnson should help as well. We like Kaepernick in the 8th to 10th round, depending on format.

Cardinals offense 'light years' ahead of last year

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona went 7-2 over the final nine games, and the offense, a complex system that HC Bruce Arians installed after being hired in January 2013, was finally understood and, as cliché as it sounds, began clicking on all cylinders.

It's just gotten better during this season's training camp.

Quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have said it. Arians has repeated it. The Cardinals are “light years” ahead of where they were last year at this time. It's obvious in the route running, which is crisper, and the formations, which aren't discussed by receivers pre-snap.

Fantasy Impact:
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers. He’s a very cheap option and ideal for a QBBC.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:22pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Tight end Dennis Pitta was among the new absentees for the Ravens at Sunday’s joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers at the Under Armour Performance Center.

Pitta did not appear to be injured Saturday, though he was involved in some particularly physical pass blocking plays with the 49ers defense.

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 8:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

49ers RB Carlos Hyde looked good again Saturday. It’s no surprise. The rookie running back has had a great camp and he had 39 yards on five carries in a starting role Thursday night.

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 5:16pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Only a scaled-down version of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's playbook was revealed Thursday night, but the Ravens' overhauled offense got positive reviews.

Based on the limited sample of 10 plays during the Ravens' opening drive against the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Joe Flacco is upbeat about the potential of the offense.
Flacco orchestrated an 80-yard drive that lasted nearly five minutes and was capped by running back Bernard Pierce's pounding 2-yard touchdown run behind blocks from right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Bill Wagner.

"We ran the ball really well and protected really well," Flacco said Saturday before a joint practice with the 49ers at the Ravens' training complex. "There is a lot to build on. I think we built a good foundation there. I think each week from here on out, we have to keep showing that improvement and building off what we did.”

Fantasy Impact:
During that drive, Flacco completed 4 of 5 passes for 52 yards. He had a long completion of 17 yards to versatile fullback Kyle Juszczyk and connected with tight end Dennis Pitta on a 14-yard screen. Flacco also had a 12-yard throw to wide receiver Jacoby Jones and a 9-yard pass to new wide receiver Steve Smith.

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00am

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Former Washington and Dallas wide receiver Lance Lewis is joining the 49ers’ injury-depleted unit, he posted Friday night on Twitter.

A corresponding roster move is unknown at this time.

Lewis’ addition makes sense in that Chuck Jacobs hyperextending his right knee late in Thursday night’s 23-3 exhibition loss to the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact:
The 49ers have practiced for a week without Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd because of what’s believed to be leg injuries.