Kendall Hunter Fantasy News

Marcus Lattimore: "I'm ready."
Monday, April 21, 2014, 10:54am

Go Gamecocks - [Full Article]

49ers RB Frank Gore is the starter, having logged more than 2,100 career carries and posting seven 1,000-yard seasons in his nine-year tenure. But Gore will be 31 years old when the season begins, and the 49ers want to limit his carries so he can last. Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore can be the guys who help save that wear and tear.

“Me and Kendall want to have a chance to do that,” Lattimore said. “Go out there and help that team. If we can go and take some pressure of Frank, we can also help (Colin Kaepernick) move around.”

As for the regular season, Lattimore won’t be tempted to approach fiery coach Jim Harbaugh for playing time during a game.

“If he wants to put me in, he’ll put me in,” Lattimore said, laughing. “If I prove it in practice, I don’t think there’s no excuse why I can’t play. I’m ready.”

Fantasy Impact:

Lattimore was considered the most talented RB in the Class of ’13 prior to the dislocated knee he suffered in October of 2012. He’ll be nearly two years removed from the injury at the start of the 2014 season and is expected to push Kendall Hunter (and perhaps a declining Frank Gore) for playing time.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:47am - [Full Article]

Gil Brandt of sees 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore getting a big role in the team's offense this season: "Lattimore missed the entire 2013 campaign while recovering from a serious knee injury that cut his final college season short -- something the Niners surely expected when they picked him in the fourth round last year. I think San Francisco is about to rewarded for its patience. Lattimore is a tough, one-cut runner with great instincts, exactly the type of power back the 49ers like to run with, in the mold of incumbent starter Frank Gore. I wouldn't be surprised to see Lattimore get some crunch-time carries this season and become the starter by 2015, when Gore is set to hit free agency. Lattimore -- who is a great person, by the way -- has plenty of promise; I think he's an even better running back than Eddie Lacy."

Fantasy Impact:

He was considered the most talented RB in the Class of ’13 prior to the dislocated knee he suffered in October of 2012. He’ll be nearly two years removed from the injury at the start of the 2014 season and is expected to push Kendall Hunter (and perhaps a declining Frank Gore) for playing time.

Marcus Lattimore is 'ready,' rehab is 'over'
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 12:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The 49ers expect Marcus Lattimore to be a contributor in 2014.

“Whatever role they want me to do, I’m ready,” Lattimore said Saturday in a phone interview from Columbus, Ohio, where he is working with EAS Sports Nutrition. "The rehab is over.”

Fantasy Impact:

Lattimore and teammate Kendall Hunter are a threat to eat into Frank Gore's touches. Gore was relatively unproductive down the stretch in 2013.

Marcus Lattimore feels close to 100 percent
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:17am

AP - [Full Article]

Marcus Lattimore feels close to 100 percent and is counting down the days until he can run free and easy for the San Francisco 49ers.

"The left knee, it feels like nothing ever happened," Lattimore told The Associated Press by phone. "The right knee, it feels great. Both feel balanced. I've got my speed and I rarely get any soreness" after workouts.

For Lattimore, that's major progress after facing questions following his injuries while at South Carolina. He was one of the Southeastern Conference's rushing leaders in 2011 when he tore ligaments in his right knee in a game at Mississippi State and missed the Gamecocks' final six games.

After surgery and a furious rehab regimen and saw him return to the practice field a month ahead of schedule, Lattimore was ready for his junior season. That ended in October against Tennessee when he got hit on his left knee, again needing surgery to repair ligament damage.

Fantasy Impact:

Along with Kendall Hunter, Lattimore is a threat to Frank Gore's workload. Gore is under contract for one more season, so don't be surprised if he holds off the youngsters for a bit longer.

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Friday, August 30, 2013, 6:32pm

Matt Barrows, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers RB LaMichael James has a sprained MCL.

Fantasy Impact:

He is expected to miss three weeks. Kendall Hunter is the clear cut handcuff for Frank Gore.

Saturday, August 24, 2013, 7:21pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Assuming Kendall Hunter has no issues in his return from his Achilles injury, LaMichael James will be the 49ers' third running back.

James' role as the No. 3 running back could be minimal. The most likely role would be when the 49ers spread things out as part of their read-option game.

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter is the right player to draft as Frank Gore's handcuff.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 7:34pm

49ers on Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers RB Kendall Hunter is expected to play on Sunday according to HC Jim Harbaugh.

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter will likely serve as Frank Gore's primary backup and is a smart handcuff for Gore owners.

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:56pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

No one has said when exactly Mario Manningham will return. However, he and Kendall Hunter both have been rehabilitating on a side field during practices. Hunter has been doing more -- cutting, pulling heavy chains, sprinting at full speed -- than Manningham, and Hunter still hasn't been cleared for practice. I realize their injuries are different - Hunter tore his Achilles' while Manningham had a torn ACL - and that could account for differences in their rehab routines. But it still seems as if Manningham has a few more steps to go before he can get back on the field.

As for stealing the No. 2 role ... Remember, Manningham never was the no. 2 receiver in New York. He came in on third downs, which was similar to his role with the 49ers last year. I'm not sure the 49ers see him (or Kyle Williams, for that matter) as an every-down type player. They are small guys, and their injuries last year only reinforce the concern that they can't withstand every-down pounding for 16 or more games. It's another reason to expect some sort of rotation at the position during the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter figures to be the primary backup to Frank Gore once he gets healthy. Manningham will be in the mix for snaps at WR2 when he makes his return. The team recently signed Austin Collie to compete for snaps as well.

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 9:25pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

49ers Running back Kendall Hunter (Achilles') was sprinting - like a blur - on a side field. His speed seems to be back. All that's left is to practice cutting and change of direction.

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:09pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams and running back Kendall Hunter, both of whom sustained season-ending injuries on the same play in late-November against the New Orleans Saints, were placed on the active physically-unable-to-perform list to open training camp on Saturday, the club announced.

In addition to Williams (knee) and Hunter (Achilles), the 49ers placed wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) and inside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) on the PUP list.

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter has a partially torn Achilles which will require some time to heal. Manningham could elbow his way into the WR2 if he can get healthy quickly.

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:33am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Kendall Hunter is running and cutting. And he is taking part in individual drills during 49ers organized team activities.

Hunter, a third-year running back, said there is no doubt in his mind he'll be ready to go when training camp opens in late July.

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter is expected to back up Frank Gore, but LaMichael James is also in the mix for touches.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:25pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Recently, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke explained that the 49ers' future at running back, ideally, does not include one player, such as Frank Gore, on the field for nearly every snap.

"I'm a big believer -- we are big believers -- in a three-headed approach," Baalke said. "In other words, having a group of backs that bring to the table something a little bit different than the other one so you can do a lot of different things. But also having those backs be able to do enough things the same so you don't become so predictable on game day."

Fantasy Impact:

In other words, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James will be involved in 2013. Don't expect a huge workload for Gore, though he's still the clear RB1 in San Francisco.

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.