49ers Fantasy News

49ers RB Carlos Hyde shedding weight

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:56pm

Matt Barrows, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers GM Trent Baalke says RB Carlos Hyde is down into the mid 220-pound range, his lowest weight since early in college, and looking "extremely good."

Fantasy Impact:

Hyde is expected to take over as the team's primary ball-carrier, with Reggie Bush assuming the passing down role. Given Bush's presence and Hyde's 4.0 YPC during in his rookie season, Hyde is probably being overdrafted as he's been going in the middle of the 3rd round of early PPR drafts. Expect 250 or so carries and a limited role in the passing game.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis says that QB Colin Kaepernick 'looks like a totally different guy'

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:52pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The makeover of Colin Kaepernick was so noticeable, tight end Vernon Davis wondered if his eyes were deceiving him.

“When I saw him yesterday, I didn’t even know that was Colin,” Davis said Friday after the final day of the first week of the 49ers’ offseason program. “Seriously, he was working on his drop-back. ‘Who was that?’ You guys are in for a treat. He looks like a totally different guy.”

Kaepernick spent 10 weeks at the beginning of the offseason in Arizona working on his mechanics with private quarterback coach Dennis Gile. He also spent about one day a week on the mental aspect of the game with two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner.

“I feel like there’s been quite a bit of change,” Kaepernick said. “Obviously, it’s noticeable. Vernon said something to me right away when we started throwing. But I just want to do everything I can to make sure I’m getting better and doing my part to help this team win.”

Neither Kaepernick nor Davis spoke specifically about the mechanical changes, but Kaepernick said everything he did was aimed at becoming a better quarterback to enable the 49ers to win more games.

Fantasy Impact:

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower will only help his overall value.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:43pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

By all accounts, 49ers Kendall Hunter is on pace for a fast comeback. He is already going full bore at the team's offseason program.

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter can be seen making hard cuts at the 0:43 mark in a video in the above story. He will be in the mix, but Carlos Hyde is expected to see most of the early-down work with Reggie Bush playing his customary passing-down role.

Chargers Beat: Keenan Allen could see time in slot

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 10:50am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams feels WR Keenan Allen will benefit from the loss of Eddie Royal and see more time out of the slot.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams feels Allen has short-area quickness and will be able to move around more to create miss-matches. The Chargers also signed Stevie Johnson who can play the slot, but Williams thinks Allen benefit the most. Allen started off his sophomore season slowly after being a second-tier fantasy WR last summer, but did show signs of his successful 2013 rookie year later in the 2014 season.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 8:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After working with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Kurt Warner came away impressed with his arm. Now, he wants to make sure he doesn’t use his legs too much.

During an interview with Rich Gannon on SiriusXM, Warner said he thought Kaepernick would be better served staying in the pocket, rather than allowing his incredible athleticism to become a crutch.

“He can’t do all the running,” Warner said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Now he’s got to become more of a pass-first guy and complement with his athleticism. And he’s never been asked to do that before. And so that’s the process that we kind of went through in the couple of months I was working with him."

Fantasy Impact:

Warner spent 10 sessions working with Kaepernick in Arizona this offseason, according to the story, and said he hoped the work helped keep Kaepernick focused on moving the ball downfield. Last year, Kaepernick averaged just 7.0 yards per pass attempt, and the 49ers went out and bought Torrey Smith in free agency in an attempt to stretch the field.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:22am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

It’s evident that the Ravens do have a lot of confidence in the development of young receivers like Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler.

The Ravens still will likely draft a wide receiver pretty early and they still are monitoring the markets of veteran free agents like Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree. But by now, it’s pretty clear that they want to give every opportunity for their own young receivers to step into bigger roles.

Fantasy Impact:

With the departure of Torrey Smith to San Francisco, and Steve L. Smith another year older, a few of the young WRs mentioned above look like they will get a chance at more snaps in 2015. Still, the Ravens remain a run-first team, so in terms of fantasy value, a lot remains to be seen concerning these guys heading into fantasy draft season.

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 1:44pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

For the fourth time since free agency opened last month, the Bengals have re-signed a player who had left and gone away. On Thursday it was Josh Johnson, quarterback Andy Dalton’s backup from 2013, after he signed a one-year deal that figures to be for near the minimum.

The Bengals were thought to be interested in re-signing 2014 backup Jason Campbell, but there was talk he has been considering retirement and the Bengals moved back to Johnson, a seven-year veteran turning 29 next month.

Fantasy Impact:

All signs have been pointing to A.J. McCarron still getting dibs on the backup spot that has been manned by three different players under Dalton.

Tomsula: Reggie Bush is 'a runner...not a gadget guy'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:49pm

Marc Sessler, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers HC Jim Tomsula: Reggie Bush can be an every down back. 'He's a runner, he's not a gadget guy.'

Fantasy Impact:

Bush is expected to fill a third-down role since it looks like Carlos Hyde is ready to carry most of the rushing load, though Tomsula's comments indicate that Bush's presence should be a concern for Hyde owners who were excited about the young back's opportunity with Frank Gore gone. The 49ers don't typically use their running backs in the passing game, though longtime OC Greg Roman is gone and new OC Geep Chryst may have a different plan in mind.

Colts view Frank Gore as an 'every-down' running back

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 8:06pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The 49ers were willing to go only so far to re-sign running back Frank Gore.

But Gore’s new coach, Chuck Pagano, sees a player who can help take the Indianapolis Colts a long way.

“Put the tape on him, and you still see the production,” Pagano said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

“He’s a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs. He’s a great protector in pass-pro. He catches the ball out of the backfield. We all know what he can do as a runner on early downs.

The Colts still view Gore as an every-down back.

“I don’t think we would’ve gone after him and made the investment and made the decision to bring him in if we didn’t feel that way,” Pagano said. “Based on what we saw on tape, there’s video evidence that he’s more than capable of still being that guy.

“Some guys are like that. Carry 1 through 20, they’re OK. And 20 to 30, they keep getting better as you wear defenses down. And I think Frank is that type of runner.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gore is turning 32 this summer, but should be able to shore up the Colts' running game. Dan Herron and Vick Ballard are in the mix, but Gore is better than advertised in the passing game. Gore averaged 51.0 receptions from 2006-2010, but as soon as Greg Roman took over as offensive coordinator in 2011, his targets dropped precipitously. He averaged just 28.3 targets over the past four seasons, while the Colts' running backs accounted for 113 targets last season, so look for Gore's value to jump in PPR formats. Due to his age, Gore typically goes later than he should in fantasy drafts, but he hasn't missed a game in three seasons and should be reinvigorated by a change of scenery.

Dolphins moving on from TE Charles Clay

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:39am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Dolphins are NOT matching 5-year, $38 million offer sheet that Buffalo gave TE Charles Clay, per sources. Bills have a new TE.

Fantasy Impact:

He'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially when the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay. In Miami, Jordan Cameron gets a boost as the Dolphins' primary tight end. Clay was #10 in targets per game (6.0) last season. Cameron could be even more involved than Clay.

TE Charles Clay signed an offer sheet with the Bills

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:32pm

Vic Carucci, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bills have given an offer sheet that Charles Clay has signed. The Dolphins have 5 days to match.

Fantasy Impact:

The deal is reportedly worth $38 million over five years with $20 million guaranteed. Clay's targets would be affected if he stayed in Miami after the Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron. If he ends up with the Bills, he'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially if the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay.

Chargers sign WR Stevie Johnson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12:42pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former 49ers and Bills WR Stevie Johnson is signing with the Chargers. It's a three-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2010 to 2012, Johnson was one of the most consistent receivers in football, posting at least 76 catches, 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in three straight seasons. In PPR formats, he was the #10, #16 and #18 receiver in that span. The Chargers lost Eddie Royal, so Johnson will presumably replace Royal in the slot, though he had his best years playing outside. (The Bills moved him into the slot in 2013 and his production dropped.) He doesn't have Malcom Floyd's speed, so it will be interesting to see how OC Frank Reich decides to use the 28-year-old Johnson in the offense.

49ers sign RB Reggie Bush

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2:46pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Reggie Bush and 49ers reached agreement, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Bush is expected to fill a third down role since it looks like Carlos Hyde is ready to carry the rushing load. The 49ers don't typically use their running backs in the passing game, though longtime OC Greg Roman is gone and new OC Geep Chryst may have a different plan in mind.

Bills sign WR Percy Harvin to a one-year deal

Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:56pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills reached agreement on one-year deal with WR Percy Harvin, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin will have a chance to rehab his image if he can behave and produce in Buffalo. He'll play third fiddle to LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins in the Bills' offense, so he'll have WR3/WR4 value provided new OC Greg Roman figures out how to use him. Roman's track record of underutilizing talent (like Vernon Davis) isn't very encouraging.

Colts waive RB Trent Richardson

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:08pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Colts have waived running back Trent Richardson after two disappointing seasons following a trade that brought the former top-five draft pick from Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact:

The Colts will move forward with Frank Gore, Dan Herron and Vick Ballard, unless they decide to add another RB in the draft or via free agency.