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49ers sign Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 3:21pm

49ers - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Lloyd was out of football in 2013 and doesn't have a reputation for being a good locker room guy. The 49ers are looking for receiver depth behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

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Steve Smith sees himself as clear No. 2 receiver
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:39am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur.

The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore.

Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like.

“I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.

Ravens sign Steve Smith
Friday, March 14, 2014, 5:32pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens and WR Steve L Smith reached an agreement.

Fantasy Impact:

After finishing in the top 20 at his position in seven of of his eight seasons from 2005 to 2012, Smith was the #43 WR in 2013, losing a step due to his age (34). He should be able to help the Ravens, who are still trying to replace Anquan Boldin. His arrival puts a dent in the upside of Marlon Brown, who posted 49-524-7 as a rookie. From a fantasy standpoint, Smith is likely a WR4/WR5 heading into the 2014 season.

49ers sign Anquan Boldin to two-year deal
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:11pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the 49ers MVP in his first season with the club, will be back for a second year with the organization.

Boldin announced via Twitter that he is officially back with the team. The deal is a two-year extension, a source told CSNBayArea.com, and is worth $12 million, according to multiple reports.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a smart move for the 49ers. Early in the season, Boldin carried the passing game at times but he actually increased his production upon Michael Crabtree’s return. 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. Boldin finished #15 in both standard and PPR formats. Removing Week 1 (his huge game against the Packers), he was #19 and #20 in standard and PPR, respectively. The signing is probably bad news for Vernon Davis, whose targets dropped from 6.1 per game pre-Crabtree to 4.9 T/G after Crabtree's return.

49ers, Anquan Boldin working on multi-year extension
Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:02am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The 49ers acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens and paid him a $6 million salary. Now, the sides are negotiating a multi-year extension that could prevent Boldin from being available when free agents can begin negotiating with other teams on March 8.

Fantasy Impact:

Boldin actually increased his production upon Michael Crabtree’s return. He averaged 4.7-66-.45 without Crabtree and 5.7-83-.43 with Crabtree in the lineup. The 49ers are likely to re-sign him, but he’ll probably be a solid fantasy WR3 wherever he lands.

Friday, December 27, 2013, 4:25pm

Bill Williamson, ESPN - [Full Article]

49ers placed WR Mario Manningham on injured reserve, ending his season.

Fantasy Impact:

Other than Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, Quinton Patton saw the most snaps at receiver against the Falcons in Week 16.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree active, starting
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 2:42pm

49ers Inactives
Jonathan Baldwin WR
Tarell Brown CB
Cornellius Carradine DE
Garrett Celek TE
Quinton Dial DE
Mike Iupati G
Quinton Patton WR

Fantasy Impact:

Michael Crabtree is active and will start opposite Anquan Boldin. He is not expected to be on a snap count.

Crabtree, Manningham inching closer to return
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 11:45pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

49ers WRs Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree both practiced Wednesday, signaling that reinforcements for what has been a lackluster 49ers wide-receiving corps so far this season are not far away.

Manningham, who is coming back from two torn knee ligaments suffered Dec. 23, is farther along than Crabtree and is likely to play in some capacity Sunday against the Panthers. He was not listed on Wednesday's injury report and practiced in full. "The knee I had surgery on is better than the other one," he said after practice. "So I'm not thinking about that when I'm out there."

Crabtree tore his right Achilles' tendon on May 21. He wore a blue, non-contact jersey in practice and acknowledged he was easing his way back into his first practice. He didn't run routes at full speed and was noticeably cautious about leaping - and landing - for high passes.

The 49ers cleared Crabtree for practice on Tuesday, which triggered a 21-day window for bringing him from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the 53-man roster.

Fantasy Impact:

Manningham may be back this week, but we're not too optimistic about his upside as the #3 receiving option (after Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis) in a run-heavy offense. As for Crabtree, he's expected back in Week 13 (vs. the Rams), but he could return sooner. He has the Seahawks and the Buccaneers in Weeks 14-15 before a date with the Falcons in Week 16.

Monday, November 4, 2013, 6:04pm

Pro Football Talk

The 49ers added some much-needed help in the passing game Monday, activating wide receiver Mario Manningham from the physically unable to perform list.

Manningham was productive for the 49ers last year, catching 42 passes before a Dec. 23 ACL tear. He started practicing three weeks ago, and should give them another reliable target outside.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, the 49ers are last in the league in passing, largely because QB Colin Kaepernick lacks reliable targets other than Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis. They are tops in running, but the addition of Manningham could help bring more balance to their attack. Fantasy-wise, Manningham would be more useful in deeper leagues but is worth an add if you're hurting at the position.

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:12am

San Jose Mercury News - [Full Article]

The 49ers waived wide receiver Marlon Moore on Wednesday in a move that clears a roster spot for the expected return of starting receiver Mario Manningham.

Manningham still is on the physically unable to perform list. The 49ers have until Wednesday to decide whether to activate Manningham to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

All indications are that Manningham will be activated and ready to play against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 10.

Fantasy Impact:

Manningham won't have much value even though he's likely to start once healthy. The 49ers are a run-first team and he'll be behind Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin for targets.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 11:18am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The uproar after Week 1 was how much the Baltimore Ravens missed wide receiver Anquan Boldin, and the Ravens certainly would benefit from his toughness and clutch plays. But the Ravens miss tight end Dennis Pitta much more than Boldin.

Pitta, who is on the injured reserve-designated for return list after injuring his hip in training camp, may have been the Ravens' leading receiver at this point. Now, the tight end position is one of the biggest weaknesses for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens have gotten little production out of Dallas Clark, Ed Dickson and Billy Bajema. The team is especially disappointed in Dickson. The Ravens' tight ends have scored no touchdowns and have produced no catches more than 20 yards. Pitta had seven touchdowns and eight receptions greater than 20 yards. Entering the season, the Ravens looked like they were in better position to handle the loss of Pitta more than the void left by the trade of Boldin. But undrafted wide receiver Marlon Brown, who has filled Boldin's spot in the starting lineup, leads the team with three touchdowns, the story points out.

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:54am

Matt Barrows on Twitter - [Full Article]

Hearing 49ers WR Mario Manningham is on track to return to practice after Week 6.

Fantasy Impact:

The 9ers could use a veteran presence opposite of Anquan Boldin, but it's likely Manningham doesn't have a ton of value outside of deeper leagues.

Monday, August 26, 2013, 7:14pm

San Francsico Chronicle - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Austin Collie isn’t in the 49ers’ plans. Collie has a nice NFL resume (his 173 career catches are the second-most on the team among WRs behind Anquan Boldin) but Jim Harbaugh indicated during training camp Collie wasn’t fully recovered from the ruptured patella tendon he sustained last year. On Sunday, Collie didn’t play until late in the third quarter and had an eight-yard catch in 14 snaps.

Fantasy Impact:

Wide receivers Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin likely aren’t going anywhere so Collie was buried down the depth chart pretty deep. He could find work later in the season.

Friday, August 16, 2013, 8:01pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams appear to be ahead of the 49ers' other wide receivers. Rookie Quinton Patton has been unable to catch passes during training camp due to an injury to the index finger on his left hand, but his spot on the roster is secure.

Fantasy Impact:

It took a while for the writer to mention Austin Collie. The 49ers' WR2 spot won't hold too much fantasy value, not with Boldin and Vernon Davis (fingers crossed) eating up most of the targets.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:36pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

Aside from Anquan Boldin, Austin Collie the only healthy(ish) receiver on the 49ers roster who has been a steady contributor at the position in the past. The early signs have been good.

Collie is picking up the offense quickly, made two big catches against Denver and seems focused and eager to resume his career. The risk, of course, is his propensity for injuries, especially concussions. Collie still hasn't gone full bore due to last year's knee injury.

Still, all signs are pointing in the right direction for him.

Fantasy Impact:

Collie is certainly trending up our charts. He's 66th at the moment but that would change if he were to win the WR2 job. Injuries are a concern but he was always a reliable target when he was able to stay on the field.