Kendall Hunter Fantasy News

A look at possible Seattle RB options

Monday, December 14, 2015, 11:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The broken ankle, along with ligament damage, will sideline Thomas Rawls for the remainder of the season, coach Pete Carroll said. On Sunday, the Seahawks went with DuJuan Harris (18 carries, 42 yards) and Fred Jackson (seven carries, 15 yards). But now they'll have to consider adding a running back to the mix as they try to make a run in the NFC.

The story listed several options including: Bryce Brown, Kendall Hunter, Isaiah Pead, Cyrus Gray, Christine Michael and Harris.

Fantasy Impact:

The hope is Marshawn Lynch is back for the playoffs but there's no set timetable and they won't rush him back, the story added. The team worked out Hunter, Gray and Pead at various times this season and of course Michael is a former Seahawk (the story considers him a longshot). Brown has been on the off the roster this year. He has skills but fumbling issues. The story pointed out the team liked Harris above all of these guys since he was still on the roster. And, the author guessed the Seahawks will sign either one of the players listed above or someone off another team's practice squad and go with a running-back-by-committee approach for the next couple of weeks. Considering how Russell Wilson is playing and the fact the next two opponents (Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams) are a combined 8-18, the Seahawks should be able to hold on to a wild card spot even if their run game takes a hit. It appears to be good news for the Seattle passing game.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 8:45pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Some notes from 49ers camp on Tuesday:

WR Torrey Smith led the 49ers wide receivers in warmups at Tuesday’s practice, even though he’s battling a knee contusion.

Smith apparently suffered the injury while making a 5-yard catch in Saturday’s exhibition loss at Denver. He showed no hindrance at practice, nor while seen walking around in the locker room.

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Kendall Hunter looked to be favoring his reconstructed right knee while working on a side field with a trainer at the start of practice. Hunter had seven carries for 15 yards Saturday in his first game action since the 2013 season finale.

Kendall Hunter sees lots of first team reps

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 8:40pm - [Full Article]

In the Mile-High City, the San Francisco 49ers offense mostly kept the ball on the ground on Wednesday.

And while Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Mike Davis and Jarryd Hayne all got their reps, the featured runner for the first day of the team’s joint practices with the Denver Broncos was none other than Kendall Hunter.

It appears as if Hunter, who missed 2014 with an ACL injury, has little-to-no lingering effects from the lost season.

Fantasy Impact:

The fifth-year running back began team periods with the first unit and went on to receive a hefty amount of touches. He recorded several lengthy carries, cutting up the field with ease. He also caught a couple passes out of the backfield and deployed some nifty moves to get past the first wave of defenders. Denver's front seven includes the likes of Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan. Hunter ranks below Hyde and Bush on our RB list.

49ers Beat: Team will replace Frank Gore 'with more than one person'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2:48pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The 49ers look to replace the franchise’s all-time leading rusher (Gore) with more than one person. Carlos Hyde is best-suited to be the back on base downs and short-yardage situations. Reggie Bush, a free-agent pickup, and Kendall Hunter can play base downs behind Hyde, but they might be better-suited as third-down backs.

Fantasy Impact:

Hyde is expected to take over as the team's primary ball-carrier, with Bush assuming the passing down role. Given Bush's presence and Hyde's 4.0 YPC during in his rookie season, Hyde's upside may be somewhat limited. Expect 250 or so carries and a limited role in the passing game. That may be his ceiling with Bush (along with Kendall Hunter and rookie Mike Davis) eating away at his snaps.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 12:55pm - [Full Article]

Kendall Hunter’s season was over before it started in 2014. The San Francisco 49ers running back tore his ACL on the first day of the training camp, halting the ball-carrier's growth as a fixture in the offense.

That excitement is beginning to crescendo again, however, with San Francisco's 2015 training camp just weeks away. Hunter had a fantastic offseason program, highlighted by the three-day veteran’s minicamp where he showcased his quick feet and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Each day Hunter made a play or two that had the sidelines buzzing.

“He’s coming along great,” Jim Tomsula said following the minicamp. “I think we all have strong feelings for Kendall… but we definitely have a rep count on him. You’ve got to keep him corralled, but he’s moving around really quick.”

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter said mental reps have helped him transition nicely into the 49ers new-look, up-tempo offense under Tomsula and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, according to the story. Hunter will be a featured piece in that offensive scheme as one of the ball carriers in the team’s running back by committee. He’ll likely split carries primarily with second-year back Carlos Hyde and veteran free-agent Reggie Bush, the story said. But Hunter ranks just 83rd on our list of RBs, as we think Hyde gets a bulk of the work with Bush a big part of pass-catching. Hyde ranks 19th on our list and presents a much better value at this point.

49ers Beat: Reggie Bush could log 'the majority of the snaps' in backfield

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:34pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Carlos Hyde missed a lot of the offseason program with a relatively minor leg issue.

That left Reggie Bush to take the first running rep during drills and he reportedly looked strong. Hyde still projects as the early-down starter come Week 1, but his workload will be nibbled into by Bush, rookie Mike Davis and a healthy Kendall Hunter. And if the 49ers end up trailing a lot this season as they very well could, Bush will be logging the majority of snaps as the passing back.

Fantasy Impact:

Hyde is expected to take over as the team's primary ball-carrier, with Bush assuming the passing down role. Given Bush's presence and Hyde's 4.0 YPC during in his rookie season, Hyde's upside may be somewhat limited. Expect 240 or so carries and a limited role in the passing game. As for Bush, anytime he stays healthy, he's a factor in PPR formats. He has appeared in 14 or more games in five of his nine NFL seasons, and has finished in the top 14 in PPR leagues in four of those five seasons.

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.

Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

With Marcus Lattimore contemplating his playing future and 10-year veteran Frank Gore in a contract year, the San Francisco 49ers may have addressed their future at running back.

The team announced Monday afternoon the signing of Kendall Hunter to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season.

Hunter, a fourth-round pick of the Niners in 2011 out of Oklahoma State, tore the ACL in his right knee on the second day of training camp this summer. He has played in 43 games and has rushed for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns on 262 carries.

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:01am

ESPN - [Full Article]

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said his first impression of the game was that his team has some work to do.

Harbaugh was pleased with the way rookie running back Carlos Hyde ran. Hyde was authoritative and explosive as he had 39 yards on five carries.

Fantasy Impact:

The 49ers will need someone to step up and backup Frank Gore this season and perhaps so far Hyde is the early leader. Kendall Hunter is out for the year and LaMichael James will miss the preseason.

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:04pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The 49ers gave rookie tailback Carlos Hyde the start in Thursday’s exhibition at Baltimore, and on the game’s first series, he proved up to the task.

Hyde racked up 34 yards on three carries on his first professional drive, helping to set up a field goal as San Francisco took an early 3-0 lead.

Hyde’s gains were seven, 19 and eight yards, respectively. On the 19-yarder, a block from fullback Bruce Miller helped him get the corner off left end.

Fantasy Impact:

Hyde will likely serve as the primary backup to Frank Gore with Kendall Hunter out for the year. He's a good handcuff for Gore owners and for other owners who are looking for a winning ticket in the middle rounds.

Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:55pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The 49ers are going to try and sneak injured tailback Kendall Hunter through waivers and onto injured reserve. San Francisco waived Hunter with an “injured” designation on Monday, per the NFL’s transactions.

Hunter suffered an ACL tear in late July — an injury that likely ends his 2014 season. Also, he’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. In short, any team adding Hunter via waivers might not have him for a single snap this year and could lose him next offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

By waiving the 25-year-old Hunter, the 49ers can conceivably use his roster spot to add another player as the preseason begins. However, they also risk a team snapping up Hunter, a solid reserve tailback when healthy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:38am - [Full Article]

The 49ers addressed their injury-riddled running back corps Monday by agreeing to terms with former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith, according to a league source.

Smith joins a unit hit hard by injuries since training camp practices began Thursday. Kendall Hunter, the incumbent No. 2 back behind Frank Gore, sustained a season-ending knee injury Friday, then LaMichael James dislocated an elbow Sunday that could sideline him for a month.

Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:09am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

This year is shaping up as 49ers RB Frank Gore's biggest battle since he played for the Hurricanes.

He's 31, ancient in running back years, and is surrounded by younger players, including two of the most highly regarded runners in the last two drafts, Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde. Lattimore's challenge of Gore may be delayed. When the 49ers' first practice of training camp began Thursday, he was on the physically-unable-to-perform list as he continues to come back from his 2012 knee injury.

If the 49ers are eying a running-back-by-committee approach this season, they're not letting on.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore already lost two of his potential backups, though. Kendall Hunter is done for the year and LaMichael James is going to miss all of the preseason. That leaves Hyde as his main competition at the moment in camp until Lattimore returns, so it looks like Gore could emerge as a guy to again get significant work, perhaps especially early on in the season. Gore's age and previous workload are a little scary and because of that we have him ranked 23rd among our backs with an ADP of the 7th round. He looks to be a good depth option for your team, and if you can land him as an RB3, you should be in pretty good shape with your fantasy backfield.

49ers RB LaMichael James injures left arm

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 7:28pm - [Full Article]

49ers running back LaMichael James was carted off the field with an apparent left-arm injury early in Sunday's practice.

It's believed James got hurt in a pass-blocking drill. Coach Jim Harbaugh hovered over James on the ground before a trainer whisked him off to the locker room. James appeared to be supporting his left wrist with his right hand.

Fantasy Impact:

James had just become a top contender for the No. 2 running back role behind Frank Gore Friday, once Kendall Hunter sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament and was lost for the season. Next up on the depth chart are Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore. With Gore getting up in age, the 9ers RB2 can be fantasy worthy.

49ers RB Kendall Hunter tore ACL in right knee

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:44pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Running back Kendall Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday at practice, the team confirmed Saturday morning.

Hunter has served as the top understudy to Frank Gore since breaking into the league in 2011, aside from missing the final two months of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles.

Candidates to fill the 49ers’ No. 2 tailback job are LaMichael James, Carlos Hyde, Jewell Hampton and Marcus Lattimore, who’s on the non-football-injury list but has been doing conditioning drills on a side field in camp.

Fantasy Impact:

This opens the door for Carlos Hyde to back up Frank Gore. Marcus Lattimore is also in the mix.

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