Anthony Dixon Fantasy News

Brandon Jacobs suspended by 49ers
Monday, December 10, 2012, 5:51pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers have had enough of Brandon Jacobs' griping. The team has suspended the unhappy running back for the rest of the regular season, citing conduct detrimental to the team.

According to a person who spoke to Jacobs after he was told of his suspension, the former New York Giant is saying he'll only play for one other team – the Giants. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity, cautioned Jacobs could always change his mind. But for now, he's only interested in a return to the team that drafted him in 2005 and kept him around for seven seasons.

Fantasy Impact:

Jaocbs will miss the rest of the season and likely won't get released after saying the only team he'll play for is the Giants. LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon served as the backups to Frank Gore on Sunday. Dixon only got two carries but did get a TD while the explosive James saw eight carries for 30 yards. James also added a 15-yard reception.


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Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 8:28pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

At his Monday press conference, 49er coach Jim Harbaugh was asked if there’s a game day role for LaMichael James working with quarterback Colin Kaepernick on read-option plays.

“Yeah, there’s a possibility of that,” Harbaugh said.

It wasn’t part of the plan against the Rams, Harbaugh added. “But that doesn’t mean it won’t be, going forward,” he said.

Fantasy Impact:

49ers GM Trent Baalke also gave a plug to James and said he'd get opportunities. The team doesn't really have backup to Frank Gore with Kendall Hunter out for the year. Brandon Jacobs has seen five carries over the last two weeks and has a total of seven yards. James is much more explosive than Anthony Dixon or Jacobs, so there's some potential there if James can take advantage.

Monday, December 3, 2012, 11:11am

San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

The 49ers dressed three running backs in Week 13 - Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs and Anthony Dixon - with Kendall Hunter out with a season-ending injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Jacobs served as the backup, running just four times for six yards while Gore ran 23 times for 58 yards and a TD. Dixon didn't get any carries. Second-round pick LaMichael James was inactive and has yet to make his NFL debut.

Kendall Hunter out for the season
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 1:06pm

The Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

What seemed like an ankle injury to 49er RB Kendall Hunter in the third quarter Sunday turned out to be an Achilles tear, according to a source with knowledge of the injury.

Although the 49ers have yet to make a roster move, that type of injury is certain to end Hunter's season. He had been the 49ers' second-leading runner behind Frank Gore, and perhaps more to the point, offered a nice change of pace to Gore's straight-ahead style.

Fantasy Impact:

Frank Gore owners don't have a locked-in handcuff right now. LaMichael James hasn't dressed for a game and Brandon Jacobs returned last week and had just one carry. Those two would likely split the workload if Gore were to miss time and Anthony Dixon could also be in the mix.

Injury Report for MNF: Bears @ 49ers
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 11:49pm


QB Jay Cutler (concussion), DE Shea McClellin (concussion), DT Matt Toeaina (calf)

WR Alshon Jeffery (hand), DT Henry Melton (back)


QB Alex Smith (concussion)

CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), RB Anthony Dixon (hamstring), S Dashon Goldson (ribs), LB Tavares Gooden (elbow, quadricep), C Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), RB Frank Gore (ribs, wrist), G Mike Iupati (quadricep), WR Mario Manningham (shoulder), DT Will Tukuafu (wrist), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

Jason Campbell will start for the Bears in a tough matchup with the 49ers. Alshon Jeffery is expected to return at WR for the Bears. He was working as WR2 opposite Brandon Marshall before the hand injury. For the 49ers, Alex Smith will undergo final tests on Sunday, but is expected to start at QB.

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Monday, August 6, 2012, 9:46am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers running back as a whole has good competition, according to beat writer Matt Maiocco.

Through seven practices, Brandon Jacobs looks to be in good shape for, not only a roster spot, but a significant backup role. Anthony Dixon has not gotten much action at fullback, which is not a surprise. That's not his style. He has been keeping his pad level down when he's running, and that's a good sign. But it'll be difficult for him to make this team after being a seldom-used No. 3 back last season.

Fantasy Impact:

It's no secret Frank Gore's workload will be decreased this season and it seems like Jacobs is in line to pick up that work. Jacobs is pretty far down our list at 86 and may not get drafted other than by Gore owners as a handcuff. He likely won't have a ton of fantasy value if Gore is healthy.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 9:40pm

The Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

It's clear that 49ers RB Frank Gore won't have the workload he's had since becoming the featured running back in 2006. What's unclear is how those non-Gore carries will be divided this season.

Second-year player Kendall Hunter and second-round draft pick LaMichael James are assured spots on the team while Rock Cartwright could win one based on his special teams ability. Brandon Jacobs' and Anthony Dixon's spots, however, are fuzzier.

Jacobs appears reborn after a sometimes contentious career with the Giants, and he could be an asset if Gore, injured in each of his last five seasons, goes down again. But the acquisition of Jacobs and James also has seemed to spark something in Dixon, who to this point has not been able to marry his undeniable skills with focus and commitment.

Fantasy Impact:

The backup situation might be one to monitor if you end up having Gore on your team. We rank Gore just 20th on our RB list, which is borderline RB3 material. His ADP is still the fourth round but it seems to be a risky place to take him because of the decreased workload.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 1:28pm

Matt Maiocco, Twitter - [Full Article]

When 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco was asked if WR Kyle Williams and RB Anthony Dixon are in danger of being cut, he replied, "No question they both face stiff competition for roster spots."

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:49pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

49ers RB Frank Gore did not suffer a serious injury like he did in 2010 when he broke his hip. But his heavy workload at the beginning of the season left him with an array of nagging, smaller injuries by midseason that, according to a source with knowledge of Gore's condition, kept him from shouldering the same load he did at the beginning of the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore will be 29 years old heading into next season with youngsters Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon nipping at his heels for playing time.

Frank Gore may be limited
Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 4:48pm

San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

The 49ers proved they could win without running back Frank Gore in their 27-20 win over the Giants, but it doesn't appear they'll have to make the point again when they host the Cardinals on Sunday.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects Gore to be able to play this week after he didn't finish the win over New York because of a knee injury. Gore had six carries for zero yards and took part in just one play in the second half.

In Gore's absence, rookie Kendall Hunter (six carries, 40 yards) had a 17-yard touchdown run, and Anthony Dixon had 10 yards on two carries. Dixon had four carries for 10 yards in the season's first eight games.

"I would plan on (Gore) playing, but you just feel like right now that we've got a stable of backs," Harbaugh said. "We've got Frank Gore. We've got Kendall Hunter. We've got fresh legs in Anthony Dixon. This bodes really well for our football team."

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 3:59pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he "expects" running back Frank Gore to play tomorrow. Gore is listed as "questionable" for the 49ers Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles with a right ankle sprain.

Gore did not seem too confident this week that he'll be healthy enough for his usual workload. It's not even a given that Gore will be available. But, regardless, expect to see reserves Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon get plenty of playing time.

How Gore feels during warmups will determine if and how much he plays against the Eagles. Even if Gore is healthy, look for Hunter to get at least as much playing time. And Dixon will probably get a handful of attempts, too.

Fantasy Impact:

San Francisco's backfield looks very messy at the moment. If you have viable alternatives to Gore, it might be better to use them. At a minimum, Hunter has enough value to be worthy of flex consideration in some formats. If Gore doesn't play, Hunter's stock soars.

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 12:25pm

The Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

Frank Gore, who injured the ankle in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Bengals, was limited in practice, according to the team's injury report. Reporters are allowed to watch only the first 30 minutes of 49ers practices.

Gore handled all of the 49ers' runs in the first half Sunday. But in the second half, he split carries with rookie Kendall Hunter, who scored the game's only touchdown on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Even if Gore plays against the Eagles on Sunday, he's likely to share carries with Hunter and perhaps second-year player Anthony Dixon.

Fantasy Impact:

The 49ers have a terrific matchup with an Eagles rush defense that has been pretty brutal against opposing RBs, so Gore and/or Hunter have a shot to make some noise in Week 4. So far, the San Francisco running game has been a big disappointment.

Sunday, September 4, 2011, 12:24pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh also said rookie Kendall Hunter will open the season as the 49ers' backup running back behind starter Frank Gore.

Harbaugh said Hunter and Anthony Dixon will continue to engage in a competition for that No. 2 role throughout the season.

Fantasy Impact:

For those still drafting, Hunter will be worth targeting as a handcuff if you select Gore.

Sunday, August 28, 2011, 3:28pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Last night against Houston, San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Kendall Hunter had a strong evening with 40 yards on eight rushes to seemingly take the lead in the race to become San Francisco's number two runner.

Anthony Dixon did not run as decisively as the smaller Hunter. Dixon rushed for just 15 yards on eight carries.

Fantasy Impact:

With all of the turmoil surrounding Frank Gore, Hunter might be worth a late-round flyer if he indeed nails down the backup job.