Jerick McKinnon, RB San Francisco 49ers

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49ers RB Jerick McKinnon out until Week 1

Friday, August 17, 2018, 12:28pm

Brian Murphy - [Full Article]

49ers general manager John Lynch said that Jerick McKinnon will be out until Week 1 against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon suffered a calf injury last weekend, and while it is not considered to be serious, the 49ers are taking no chances with their free-agent acquisition at running back. McKinnon is likely fine, but will be setting career-highs in touches this season. This may not be the last time we see him pop up on the injury report.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

McKinnon just might have found the best possible situation of this year's free agent running backs by agreeing to terms with the San Francisco 49ers. And not just because the new deal makes him the fourth-highest paid running back in the NFL (south of only LeVeon Bell, Devonta Freeman, and LeSean McCoy). McKinnon, who ran for 570 yards and caught 51 passes for 421 yards in Minnesota last season, is now likely to be the starter in San Francisco ahead of Matt Breida and Joe Williams. Whatever the case, McKinnon's deal is massive for a player who spent his four seasons with the Vikings as a rotational player. Better still, HC Kyle Shanahan's history of coaxing production from running backs bodes well for a do-it-all threat like McKinnon.

Fantasy Downside

The presence of Matt Breida and Joe Williams might be of some concern given that McKinnon has yet to prove he's capable of handling a workhorse role.

2018 Bottom Line

As NFL.com pointed out, Shanahan has helped running backs like Steve Slaton and Alfred Morris find success on the NFL scene. In addition, as ESPN.com noted, during his two years in Atlanta and last year in San Francisco, Shanahan RBs have finished in the top eight in receptions and in the top five in receiving yards all three years. Shanahan's track record coupled with McKinnon's big payday should ensure the kind of opportunities fantasy owners—especially those in PPR leagues—are looking for in a running back.

2018 Strength of Schedule - SF
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
1
@MIN
29
DET
7
@KC
22
@LAC
4
ARI
21
@GB
32
LAR
4
@ARI
9
OAK
23
NYG
BYE18
@TB
12
@SEA
6
DEN
12
SEA
14
CHI
32
@LAR

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1NO35001.673320310.673.76.711/6516.9%
2@PIT316005.3339053.002.55.523/6634.8%
3TB25002.502-102-0.500.42.414/7418.9%
4DET20010.000002--2.0-2.010/5617.9%
5@CHI1695105.94651068.5020.626.647/7067.1%
6GB1669114.31530166.0019.924.944/7757.1%
7BAL1447003.36310033.335.78.735/6653.0%
8@CLE1450103.5767201012.0018.224.254/8563.5%
9BYE--------------
10@WAS1032003.20215027.504.76.731/6150.8%
11LAR1448003.43512072.406.011.045/7857.7%
12@DET1323001.771310331.005.46.433/7345.2%
13@ATL924002.67528155.6011.216.235/6653.0%
14@CAR746006.5729034.505.57.542/7456.8%
15CIN924002.6771140816.2913.820.835/6752.2%
16@GB742006.0019029.005.16.125/6538.5%
17CHI1244003.670001-4.44.444/7558.7%
Per game9.4435.630.190.133.773.1926.310.134.258.257.8211.0133.00/69.8846.39%
Totals151570323.77514212688.25125.1176.1528/111846.39%