San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers

NFC West

Eric Reid injured his knee in Week 2 in a loss to Seattle in which he was able to record seven tackles, five of which were solo. Reid made several attempts to play through the injury before ultimately being ruled out.

Fantasy Impact: Reid has been diagnosed with a PCL injury that won't require surgery but he has already been ruled out for Week 3 against Los Angeles. Reid is a very important part of this defense and is the leader of a very young secondary that is the weak link. With Reid out expect Jaquiski Tartt to start along side Jimmie Ward.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Arik Armstead racked up four tackles including one and a half for loss and added one sack in Sunday's Week 2 loss to Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Armstead is quickly becoming a leader for the defensive line in San Francisco that has first round draft picks all over it. The 49ers defense is surprisingly good this season, no doubt in thanks to the front seven. Armstead has been slowed by injury in his first two seasons and he has shown what he is capable of when healthy. He has entered the high-end DL2 conversation and if he can stay healthy he may sneak into the back-end of the DL1s.

Category: Game Recaps


Solomon Thomas finished with four solo tackles, including one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas got the the starting nod, the first of his career, against Seattle and had an overall solid performance. The 49ers would like to see more of a pass rush from him but Thomas is still getting used to NFL speed after missing all of the offseason workouts because of an outdated rule. His first meaningful snap came in the second week of the preseason so he is still knocking off the rust a little bit. Thomas shouldn't be rostered but should be on watch lists, as he has the potential to get eight to 10 sacks with his ability to move all over in this defense.

Category: Game Recaps


Ray-Ray Armstrong got the start in place of the injured Reuben Foster (ankle) and finished yesterday's loss against Seattle with eight tackles including four solo.

Fantasy Impact: Armstrong will be a starter for as long as Foster is out, which could be over a month. As long as he is a starter Armstrong will have value in this surprising defense. The offense has struggled which has led to the defense playing more snaps than they should. In real football that is bad, but for fantasy it is good because it leads to more opportunity and points. Armstrong shouldn't be considered a weekly starter, but if he is still filling in for Foster once bye weeks hit he will be a sneaky flier with double-digit tackle upside.

Category: Game Recaps


Navorro Bowman racked up ten tackles including seven solo and one tackle for loss in yesterday's loss to Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Bowman led the 49ers in tackles and was the heart of the defense just like he was prior to his season ending injury last year. Bowman was the victim of a lot of off-season rumors to include being traded or even cut. The 49ers quickly dismissed the rumors, but it appears that Bowman may be playing with a chip on his shoulder. His ceiling will only go up once Reuben Foster returns from injury when defenses won't be able to just scheme against him. Bowman is still an LB1 and as long as he can stay healthy he will be in store for a big year.

Category: Game Recaps


Robbie Gould connected on 3-of-3 field goal attempts and accounted for all of his team's scoring during San Francisco's 12-9 loss to Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Gould is 4-for-4 on the year, but plays on a team that has been devoid of many scoring opportunities. Hopefully Kyle Shannahan can breath some life into the 49ers' offense and give Gould more chances to provide fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Marquise Goodwin had 26 yards on three catches in San Francisco's Week 3 loss to Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Goodwin is the number-two receiver on a team which is not going to gather much offense this season. If you are not in a best ball format, it is best to find better options, of which there are plenty.

Category: Game Recaps


Pierre Garcon caught three passes for 26 yards on five targets in the 49ers' Week 2 game against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: While only managing three catches Sunday, Garcon is still the number-one receiver in San Fransisco. With the running game being a strength for the team, even as the number-one Garcon is at best a WR3 play going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


The San Francisco 49ers impressed in Sunday's loss by holding Seattle to 12 points and to 312 total yards. They also sacked Russell Wilson three times.

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers defense kept them in the game by playing lights out, and it wasn't until late in the fourth quarter that they allowed a touchdown. Seattle ran almost double the plays that San Francisco did, 79-48. Defense isn't the problem for the 49ers. The problem is the offense can't move the ball, leaving them on the field for too long and keeping them from being a fantasy option most weeks. But they could be an intriguing play this week at home against the turnover-prone Los Angeles Rams.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Breida had four carries for 35 yards and caught on of his two targets for an additional three yards in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Breida is the clear number-two back behind Carlos Hyde, but he was the only other running back to receive a touch against Seattle. Breida did show some ability by averaging almost nine yards a carry. If Hyde were to go down, Breida will fill right in as the workhorse back and immediately enter the RB2 conversation. But, until Hyde goes down he will be nothing more than a handcuff on the end of your bench.

Category: Game Recaps


Carlos Hyde finished today's loss to Seattle with 124 yards on 15 carries and added three catches on six targets for 19 more yards.

Fantasy Impact: Hyde was the star of the 49ers offense against the division-rival Seahawks. Once again dominating the back field touches 18-5 over Matt Breida, Hyde is one of the few workhorse running backs left in the NFL. In a tough matchup against Seattle, the 49ers were still to able to get the ground game going which is good news for Hyde. He will be a high-end RB2 the rest of way.

Category: Game Recaps


George Kittle caught two passes for 13 yards in the loss to the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Kittle will have better games, but who knows when those will be. He's not worth an add at the moment. He and the 49ers will take on the Rams in Week 3.

Category: Game Recaps


Brian Hoyer threw for 99 yards and an interception in the loss to the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers just couldn't get anything going through the air, but were able to run against the Seahawks. The Niners have had two difficult matchups to start the season, so things will get better, but it's unclear by how much. Hoyer and the 49ers will take on the Rams at home on Thursday night.

Category: Game Recaps


Rashard Robinson had four tackles including two solo and one for a loss while also forcing and recovering a fumble in yesterday's loss to Carolina.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson had an overall solid performance and made an excellent strip and fumble recovery on rookie Christian McCaffrey. However, corner isn't a position normally targeted in IDP leagues unless you have to start one. If you do have to start one, Robinson figures to get a lot of volume and could be a spot play if you were in a pinch with injuries or a bye later on in the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jaquiski Tartt led the 49ers in tackles with seven solo tackles, one pass break up, and a spectacular one-handed interception at the goal line against the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: Tartt got the start due to injury, but again showed he is worthy of holding down the free safety position. He had some questionable plays, however, with a missed tackle that led to a touchdown and a senseless unnecessary roughness penalty. Tartt is worth keeping an eye on because Ward has struggled to get healthy and has missed a lot of time this off-season. He may be eased back into game action or passed over all together for Tartt if he continues to play well, but unless that happens he isn't worth rostering.

Category: Game Recaps


Reuben Foster started the game off strong with three solo tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass break up before exiting today's loss to Carolina late in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact: The injury to Foster initially looked serious as he was carted off the field, but he returned to the sidelines shortly after with a noticeable limp. Foster never returned to the game but it was a good sign that he was able to walk back out there. X-rays were negative and he said following the game he will return "very, very, very soon." Foster flashed signs of being potentially dominant before exiting with an injury, and if he can just stay healthy, he has the potential to be a low-end LB1.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


San Francisco 49ers beat writer Joe Fann is suggesting wide receiver Trent Taylor could open the 2017 season in an "every-down" role. (Source: Joe Fann on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor, whose impressed this offseason, is likely entering 2017 as the 49ers' WR3. Although Aldrick Robinson was slated ahead of him on the depth chart, he is primarily an outside receiver, which opens the door for Taylor in the slot in the wake of Jeremy Kerley's release last week. Taylor could be worth monitoring, especially in PPR scoring formats, as the season progresses.

Category: Rumors


The 49ers have released Logan Paulsen, making him a free agent. (Source: Brad Biggs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers released Logan and traded Vance, leaving them with a very young TE group. It'll be interesting to see if any of them become fantasy relevant.

Category: Transactions


The 49ers have cut 3rd-year WR DeAndre Smelter. (Source: 49ers Official Website)

Fantasy Impact: A deep sleeper due to his size/speed/college production, Smelter has had a hard time staying on the field after knee and hamstring injuries. The former 4th-round pick is droppable in all formats and his path back to fantasy relevance is highly improbable.

Category: Transactions


Blake Bell cut by 49ers

Sat, Sep 2nd 4:12pm EDT
By Brian Tesch

MIN

Per the Sacramento Bee, 3rd-year tight end Blake Bell has been released by the 49ers. (Source: The Sacramento Bee)

Fantasy Impact: A former 4th-round pick and quarterback conversion project, Bell has an interesting skill set for someone with his impressive size, but couldn't stay healthy and was beaten out by Garrett Celek and George Kittle. Bell is droppable in all formats, but the 49er tight end situation is one to monitor, with plenty of garbage time on the horizon, there will be a PPR sleeper among the group.

Category: Transactions