49ers Fantasy News

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN's Rich Cimini offered the following on the Jets-Ryan Fitzpatrick situation:

If a trade happens between Denver and San Francisco for QB Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick would lose a potential suitor, perhaps the last one -- other than the Jets, of course.

Ideally, the Jets would like to resolve the contract stalemate by April 18, the start of the offseason program. Unless another team emerges from the weeds, Fitzpatrick's only options are to take the Jets' low-ball offer (about $7 million) or not play.

I don't think Fitzpatrick's pride would allow him to cave quickly; he could try to slow-play the Jets. They could try to pressure him by flirting with Brian Hoyer or Josh McCown, but they'd better be careful. If New York ends up with one of them and loses Fitzpatrick, it's a loss for the Jets, even if they save a few million bucks. They need him, he needs them. Get it done.

Joe Flacco's rehab going well

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:49pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The last time we saw Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback was limping off the field after tearing his ACL in Week 11 against the Rams.

The Ravens went on to finish 5-11, their first sub-.500 record since they made Flacco their starter as a rookie back in 2008, and Flacco got started on a rehab process that he hopes will have him ready to start training camp on time.

Saturday, he offered an update on his progress after taking a few leisurely jump shots at teammate Torrey Smith’s charity basketball game, according to the Ravens’ website:

“I can’t complain,” Flacco said. “I’m getting better and better each week. “To be honest with you, I believe [I’m on track for training camp], but it’s not like I’ve been told a timeline or anything like that. I can’t really say one way or another.

“I can tell each week that by the end of the week I’m feeling sore and I’m hurting, and by the next Monday I’m feeling better than I did last Monday.”

Colin Kaepernick, Broncos meet

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:04pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Broncos continue to explore a potential trade for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who met with general manger John Elway at Elway's Denver home on Thursday, an NFL source confirmed.

The meeting was held on the day Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary for next season became guaranteed, which eliminated the possibility that the 49ers would release him; he carries a $15.9 million cap hit for next season with about $19.3 million in dead money. But the team has given Kaepernick's agents permission to seek a trade, meaning other teams are allowed to speak with him directly.

Fantasy Impact:

Right now the Broncos have just Mark Sanchez as a possible starting QB candidate. We're a long way from Week 1, and with a very good defense to build around, one would think the Broncos would look to upgrade over Sanchez, who can be a serviceable backup.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde looks ready for OTAs

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:43pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

Carlos Hyde seems to have recovered from foot surgery.

Hyde’s Miami, Fla.-based trainer recently posted a reel of Hyde and 49ers teammate Bruce Ellington going through drills and both players look ready for the team’s offseason program, which begins April 4.

The clip shows Hyde, who had surgery in December to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, weaving through cones, hopping over hurdles and looking perhaps a little slimmer than the 235 pounds at which he was listed last year.

Fantasy Impact:

Hyde was the #14 RB (PPR) through the first six weeks before missing the rest of the season with a foot injury. Chip Kelly's teams in Philadelphia had an average ranking of 7.3 in total rush attempts, so Hyde should get plenty of work as the team's lead back. The team re-signed Shaun Draughn after he showed solid productivity down the stretch, but Hyde is the better talent and should serve as the team's RB1.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:28pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Journeyman Thad Lewis is joining the 49ers’ ever-curious quarterback corps, agreeing to a one-year contract, the NFL Network reported.

Still in that quarterback unit, for now, is Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers’ deposed starter who’s requested a trade through his agents last month. Blaine Gabbert is the presumed incumbent starter, while their other quarterback is Dylan Thompson, an undrafted rookie last year who got called up from the practice squad Nov. 21, upon Kaepernick getting placed on injured reserve.

Lewis, 28, has been with six teams and played sparingly since entering the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams. He’s 2-4 all-time as a starter, including a 2-3 mark in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. He’s also been with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.

Fantasy Impact:

Lewis spent time with the Eagles last year as well when Chip Kelly was the coach.

49ers re-sign Shaun Draughn

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers bringing back their late-season standout, reaching agreement with RB Shaun Draughn on a 1-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Draughn will likely back up Carlos Hyde in 2016.

49ers hire Jim O'Neil to run the defense

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 8:29pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has agreed to take over in the same role on Chip Kelly's staff with the 49ers, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

O'Neil, 37, takes over the position that Eric Mangini held on Jim Tomsula's staff last season. The 49ers ranked 29th in the NFL in yards allowed last season and 18th in the league in points allowed at 24.2 points per game.

Fantasy Impact:

O'Neil served as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland for the last two seasons. In 2014, his unit finished 9th in scoring and 23rd in yards allowed. Last season, the Browns defense finished 29th and 27th, respectively. Given Kelly's penchant for up tempo offense, his defense is usually one to target in fantasy matchups.

Report: 49ers fire DC Eric Mangini

Friday, January 22, 2016, 11:47pm

Alex Marvez, Twitter - [Full Article]

Source tells NFL on FOX that the 49ers have fired defensive coordinator Eric Mangini.

Fantasy Impact:

The 49ers were 29th in yards allowed and 18th in points allowed in 2015.

49ers hiring Curtis Modkins as offensive coordinator

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:50pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers are hiring former Lions RB coach Curtis Modkins as their offensive coordinator, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Modkins previously served as OC under Chan Gailey for the 2010-12 Bills. Chip Kelly is going to call the plays in San Francisco.

49ers HC Chip Kelly likes both quarterbacks

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:17pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Chip Kelly wouldn’t reveal Wednesday whether he favors Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert as the 49ers quarterback.

But Kelly, during his introductory press conference as coach, inserted Gabbert’s name a couple times when answering the handful of questions he received about Kaepernick.

“Obviously Kap is an extremely talented football player and you need a good quarterback to win,” Kelly said. “But I was also impressed from the film I watched in terms of how Blaine played this year. Both of those players made this an attractive situation.”

Kelly said he’s spoken and crossed paths with both quarterbacks, and that league rules prevent him from talking any football schematics until the offseason program begins April 4.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelly's quarterbacks tend to be productive, and although Kaepernick is a better fit for some of the read-option aspects of Kelly's offense, Gabbert had his moments towards the end of the year.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde had foot surgery late in the season, 'good to go' for OTAs

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:13pm

Matt Maiocco, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers GM Trent Baalke said Carlos Hyde had foot surgery late in the season and should be good to go for the start of the 49ers offseason program.

Fantasy Impact:

Hyde was #10 RB through the first six weeks before injuring his foot. If he can get healthy, he should be productive in Chip Kelly's offense.

Chip Kelly named head coach of the 49ers

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 3:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chip Kelly to be the 10th head coach in franchise history, 11 days after firing Jim Tomsula following a 5-11, one-and-done season.

Kelly, 52, interviewed with the 49ers last week. He was fired in this third season as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles with one week to go in the season and the Eagles languishing at 6-9.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelly reportedly will not have control over personnel decisions. His arrival is good news for the entire offense, especially Colin Kaepernick who may get another chance to start. In three seasons, Kelly's offenses finished 4th, 3rd and 13th in points scored.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has already had three offseason surgeries

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 1:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Not only did San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick undergo surgery on his injured right thumb Wednesday in Vail, Colorado, according to reports, he also had a procedure done on his left knee, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The 49ers would not confirm the procedures.

Kaepernick was in Colorado for a check-up on his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Fantasy Impact:

Kaepernick is signed through 2020, but his 2016 salary doesn't become fully guaranteed until April 1 of this year.

New 49ers coach will determine Colin Kaepernick's future

Monday, January 4, 2016, 11:20am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The next 49ers coach will likely determine the identity of the No. 7 overall draft pick, as well as Colin Kaepernick’s future with the franchise.

Ever since Kaepernick was benched and later underwent season-ending surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in late-November, it was difficult to come up with any scenario in which he would return to the 49ers next season.

Now, there’s a scenario.

The 49ers are expected to hire an offensive-minded head coach to replace Jim Tomsula, whom CEO Jed York officially fired Sunday night after the team defeated the St. Louis Rams in overtime to finish the season with a 5-11 record.

Fantasy Impact:

Chip Kelly has expressed interest in the job, and he could possibly be a coach who helps to keep Kaepernick in San Francisco.

Jim Tomsula out as 49ers head coach

Monday, January 4, 2016, 8:32am

49ers.com - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that Jim Tomsula has been relieved of his head coaching duties.

“Jimmy has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years,” said CEO Jed York. “We all know he is a man of high character, and his contributions on the field and in our community have always been greatly appreciated. This entire organization is proud and grateful to have worked so closely alongside Jimmy. We all wish him and his family great success in the future.”

Fantasy Impact:

Chip Kelly and Mike Shanahan have already expressed interest in the job according to reports. Colin Kaepernick would seem like a good fit for Kelly's offense, however under Tomsula, it sure appeared like the two were parting ways.

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