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San Francisco's defense manhandled New York's offense on the way to a 30-12 win in Week 3.

Fantasy Impact: The defense held the Giants to just 150 total yards, with only 29 coming on the ground. San Francisco opponents have managed only 159 total rushing yards through three games. The 49ers' defense remains one of the best in fantasy football, and managers should be wary of starting any RB against them.

Category: Game Recaps

Ronnie Bell's first catch in the NFL was also a touchdown. He snagged both of his targets for 24 yards in San Francisco's 30-12 win in Week 3.

Fantasy Impact: The TD came in the second quarter on a nine-yard pass from QB Brock Purdy. Chances are high that his targets were a direct result of Brandon Aiyuk's absence, and he can continue to be ignored in fantasy except for the deepest of deep leagues unless Aiyuk is absent again.

Category: Game Recaps

Jauan Jennings reeled in an impressive 24-yard catch in the first quarter, but he would only be targeted one other time during San Francisco's Week 3 win over New York.

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old failed to capitalize on Brandon Aiyuk's absence. Jennings has caught four of seven targets for 82 yards through three games. At this point, he is only rosterable in extremely deep leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

George Kittle was instrumental in the San Francisco 49ers' resounding 30-12 victory over the New York Giants in Week 3. The 29-year-old tight end was a reliable receiver, hauling in seven of his nine targets for a solid 90-yard performance.

Fantasy Impact: Although he didn't find the end zone, his consistent yardage contributions undoubtedly helped fantasy managers in PPR formats. After two lackluster games to start the year, Kittle managers finally received a taste of what they were looking for when they drafted him in the top 5 TEs. Looking ahead, Kittle's volume of targets suggests he'll continue to be a key part of the 49ers' offensive strategy. Next week's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals should provide another opportunity for him to rack up points, and it's only a matter of time before he starts finding paydirt.

Category: Game Recaps

Elijah Mitchell totaled 42 yards off 11 carries and added three receptions for a meager two yards in San Francisco's Week 3 win over New York.

Fantasy Impact: Mitchell's performance was steady, but not spectacular, mirroring his season-to-date stats. In the tumultuous RB landscape in 2023, he provides some value in deeper leagues and remains an important handcuff to CMC. The 49ers face the Cardinals in Week 4 but as long as CMC remains healthy, Mitchell has very little to offer fantasy managers in regular leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Deebo Samuel hauled in six receptions on 12 targets for 129 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' win over the Giants in Week 3.

Fantasy Impact: Samuel's big-play ability was on full display, with gains of 14, 30, 40, and 19 yards and a 27-yard touchdown catch to cap off his day. Next week's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals should see him return WR1 fantasy value again. If he can continue to capitalize on his high volume of targets, expect the 27-year-old to remain a top-tier fantasy asset.

Category: Game Recaps

Brock Purdy went 25-for-37 with 310 yards and two touchdowns in San Francisco's Week 3 win over New York.

Fantasy Impact: According to NextGen Stats, the Giants blitzed Purdy 33 times in 39 dropbacks (84.6%), and the 23-year-old QB responded with the fastest throw time of his career at 2.34 seconds and two touchdown passes. While advanced metrics continue to state that Purdy is a below-average QB, he still benefits from having Top 5 players at all three prominent skill positions. Fantasy managers in 2-QB leagues can easily deploy him in next week's matchup against the Cardinals, but unless desperate, those in 1-QB leagues will probably have better options available.

Category: Game Recaps

Christian McCaffrey racked up 85 rushing yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown, and added 34 receiving yards on five receptions in the 49ers' Week 3 win over the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: This season, the 27-year-old has compiled 353 rushing yards, three touchdowns on 60 carries, and 70 receiving yards on 11 receptions. His dual-threat ability continues to reward fantasy managers who took him in Round 1 of drafts. Looking ahead to Week 4, McCaffrey and the Niners host the Cardinals in a game that should offer plenty of opportunities for him to continue his dominance. He remains a set-and-forget running back.

Category: Game Recaps

Jake Moody converted all three of his field goal attempts as well as all three of his extra point attempts, recording 12 points in the 49ers’ 30-12 Week 3 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Moody continues to benefit from playing behind the high-octane San Francisco offense, recording double-digit points for the third consecutive game to begin the season. The rookie kicker will have another fantasy-friendly matchup in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals.

49ers CB Ambry Thomas is officially inactive for a Thursday night matchup with the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas was listed as questionable with a knee injury he suffered in Week 2. The 49ers appear to have decided to let Thomas rest this week in the hopes he will be fully healed in Week 4.

Category: Transactions

49ers RB Tyrion Davis-Price is officially inactive for a Thursday night matchup with the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Davis-Price is a healthy inactive again and will not suit up in Week 3. Fantasy managers can comfortably move on from the running back.

Category: Transactions

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk is officially inactive for Thursday night against the Giants. (Source: Eric Branch on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Aiyuk is currently dealing with a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2. With a short turnaround, the 49ers will opt to sit Aiyuk against the Giants. Fantasy managers can expect Deebo Samuel, Juan Jennings, and George Kittle to see a bump in targets in Aiyuk’s absence.

Category: Transactions

Chris Conley has been elevated from San Francisco's practice squad for their matchup against the Giants on Thursday night. (Source: Nick Wagoner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers are going to be without starting WR Brandon Aiyuk on Thursday, so they're elevating Conley from their practice squad to account for that. He likely won't get a lot of run on the field, but he'll play a good depth role for the team behind Deebo Samuel and Jauan Jennings.

Category: Transactions

Nick Bosa is officially active for San Francisco's Week 1 matchup against Pittsburgh. (Source: San Francisco 49ers on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Check back shortly for the fantasy impact.

Category: Injury Updates

Jordan Mason (foot) was a limited participant during practice on Wednesday. (Source: Nick Wagoner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mason is competing with Tyrion Davis-Price for a depth role behind Christian McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell. However, Mason's injury could hold him out of Sunday's season opener, temporarily putting the competition to rest. Regardless of whether Mason suits up, he's not on the fantasy radar.

Category: Injury Updates

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, second-year WR Danny Gray will miss at least the first four games of the season on the San Francisco 49ers' injured reserve list. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gray is dealing with a shoulder injury that left his availability for the start of the season uncertain. As a rookie, Gray didn't see a lot of action, appearing in 13 games with a total of 106 snaps. When he returns to the field, he won't likely provide much more than WR depth with the ability to make an occasional splash play with his 4.33 speed.

Category: Injury Updates

Zane Gonzalez (calf) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. (Source: 49ers Website)

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez is dealing with a calf injury of some kind that will force him to go on the injured reserve list, ending his season. This presumably means that rookie Jake Moody has won the kicking job for the 49ers, but he's also dealing with an injury and his status for Week 1 is still up in the air.

Category: Injury Updates

Cameron Latu has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. (Source: 49ers Website)

Fantasy Impact: Latu will land on the team's injured reserve and will not be eligible to play at any point this season. Troy Fumagalli should be the team's backup tight end for their Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Category: Transactions

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former first-rounder Trey Lance is being traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a mid-round pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys are shipping off a 2024 fourth-round pick for Lance who is owed less than a million dollars in 2023. The Cowboys retain the right to his fifth-year option. As far as fantasy future goes, it's a perplexing move for Lance. He gets the opportunity to start fresh, but he will be working behind veteran QB Dak Prescott. For now, Lance is nothing more than a stash in superflex dynasty formats. Lance is entering his third year in the NFL and is a low-risk bet for Dallas, though his path is unclear.

Category: Transactions

QB Sam Darnold will start for the 49ers in their preseason finale. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Darnold has impressed the 49ers coaching staff throughout camp earning the backup role behind Brock Purdy. This is significant because it confirms the 2021 third-overall pick Trey Lance is not a part of the team's immediate plans. With that being said, the plan is for Lance to come in after Sam Darnold in the team's last preseason game.

Category: Rumors