San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
NFC West | 6-10-0
Rank: 21st
Avg Yds
Rank: 12th
Avg PYds
Rank: 11th
Avg RYds
Rank: 14th
Posted 7/27/2021 6:59 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will take the starter's reps in practice and won't face an 'open competition' for the job from Trey Lance, according to comments made by head coach Kyle Shanahan on Tuesday, July 27.
Huddle Up: These things are always subject to change, but Lance still hasn't signed his rookie deal yet. Thus, it will be hard for him to compete for the job in the first place. Based on recent history, this situation will likely work itself out naturally as Garoppolo has struggled to stay healthy. For what it's worth, Shanahan reiterated how sharp Garoppolo was throughout the spring, nor is he concerned about installing running plays for Lance during camp drills. Consider Garoppolo a dicey QB2 to begin the season and Lance a stash candidate with QB1 upside when he takes over as the starter.
Posted 7/10/2021 5:00 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert ranked ninth among running backs with an average of 5.6 yards per touch in 2020.
Huddle Up: Mostert averaged 9.8 yards per rush and 9.8 per reception but the problem was he only played eight games, totaling 120 touches as he got caught up in the Niners' wave of injuries. Mostert still projects as the team's lead back despite the additions of free agent Wayne Gallman and third-round pick Trey Sermon, but staying healthier is going to be vital. Value him as a RB3.
Posted 7/02/2021 4:44 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo ranks last among 32 qualified quarterbacks with a Big Time Throw percentage of 2.6 percent over the last two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: This is one of the reasons the Niners traded up to nab Trey Lance in the draft and why Jimmy G -- while he may be the team's starter for at least half of the season -- is outside of QB2 territory even in two-quarterback leagues.
Posted 6/27/2021 2:26 am GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Trey Sermon 'looks poised to make an impact as a rookie' after making a strong first impression, especially as a receiver out of the backfield, during OTAs and minicamp, according to Nick Wagoner of
Huddle Up: The San Francisco backfield is crowded heading into 2021, but Sermon has the highest upside among the group. He has flex potential in redraft leagues as a rookie, and his long-term potential makes him a strong option in dynasty formats.
Posted 6/15/2021 5:26 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance will be given 'every opportunity' to rise up the team's depth chart in training camp and perhaps challenge Jimmy Garoppolo for the starting job, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners should expect Garoppolo to start the opener, but all bets are off after that - especially considering his injury history. Regardless of if Garoppolo stays healthy and holds down the job through October, the 49ers should be expected to work Lance in on occasion as a change-up. If and when Lance is named the starter, he will boast low-end QB1 upside.
Posted 6/14/2021 3:49 am GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Trey Sermon was given the lion's share of carries with the first team during organized team activities, and NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan believes he is 'ahead of the curve' as a result.
Huddle Up: It should be noted Sermon studied film on the 49ers after making the decision to transfer from Oklahoma to Ohio State because San Francisco's' outside zone scheme was similar to the Buckeyes'. Mostert figures to begin the season as the starter, but all bets are off after that. Working in Sermon's favor is the fact that the 49ers traded up to get him and will want to see if he's capable of being the lead guy in 2022. Consider him an RB3 with significant upside.
Posted 6/02/2021 9:31 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Trey Sermon worked as the first-team running back at organized team activities Wednesday, June 2.
Huddle Up: A third-round pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Sermon is in line to at least start the season as the Niners second-string running back with RB Jeff Wilson sidelined until midseason. Sermon will be worth a late-round selection as an RB4/5 and a handcuff to RB Raheem Mostert.
Posted 6/02/2021 9:26 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) is dealing with a minor knee injury and didn't run with the starters Wednesday, June 2.
Huddle Up: Mostert is slated to be the 49ers lead running back this season but an early issue is a red flag after he played just eight games last season. He should be still targeted as a top-end RB2 but he'll need to be handcuffed.
Posted 5/25/2021 11:22 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (knee) recently underwent surgery for a torn meniscus, according to sources Tuesday, May 25. He's expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months and miss the beginning of the 2021 NFL season.
Huddle Up: RB Raheem Mostert is the projected Week 1 start for San Francisco but the fantasy stocks of Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell also rise in deeper leagues. Both will be worth drafting as handcuffs for Mostert and also in hopes they get a share of the passing-game work.
Posted 5/01/2021 10:06 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance is meeting with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello to exchange some playbook material Saturday, May 1.
Huddle Up: It's not a great development for QB Jimmy Garoppolo's chances of opening the season as the starter under center. This will be one of the more exciting QB competitions for the rest of the offseason and into the preseason. Garoppolo should be considered the slight favorite to start in Week 1 at this point.
Posted 5/01/2021 2:58 am GMT
Ohio State RB Trey Sermon was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 88th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Sermon emerged as a workhorse for Ohio State last season, and while he will likely be part of a committee to some degree, his powerful style could make him a frontrunner for carries near the goal line.
Posted 4/30/2021 6:38 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance faces a steep NFL learning curve following a college career that featured 17 starts at an FCS program, but he said Thursday, April 29, that he's not overly concerned. 'I'm not really worried about it right away,' Lance said. 'I'm just focused on getting there, learning as much as I possibly can, getting to know Jimmy (Garoppolo) and the guys in the room and learning and getting to know him and becoming close with him and just learning as much as I can and at that point, obviously competing.'
Huddle Up: Jimmy G. likely will be around with the list of possible trade destinations dwindling in recent days, and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see the veteran QB open the year as the Niners' starter and perhaps start most of the first half of the season while the rookie soaks things in. But after costing three first-round picks and being selected third overall, Lance is going to play as soon as possible, and he'll bring instant QB2 upside to the field.
Posted 4/29/2021 11:14 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is not expected to be acquired by the New England Patriots during the 2021 NFL Draft or in the near future in part because the Patriots do not have the salary cap space to add Garoppolo's contract.
Huddle Up: The 49ers have stated that Garoppolo will be their starter next season, but there is no guarantee that he will be with the team at the start of the season. Cam Newton probably is the leading candidate for the starting job with the Patriots but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 4/29/2021 4:29 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to the subject of multiple trade inquiries Thursday, April 29, but as of Thursday morning, the chances of Garoppolo being traded were 'remote,' according to a source.
Huddle Up: While Jimmy G hasn't been the most healthy or effective QB, he does have experience going for him, and that would be valuable early in the season with the Niners breaking in a rookie. Particularly if he's a raw rookie coming from the FCS level (Trey Lance).
Posted 4/27/2021 5:40 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's future with the 49ers is reportedly now seen as 'bleak,' and San Francisco is expected to make a 'major effort' to trade him before or during the 2021 NFL Draft, according to 105.7 The Fan's Jason La Canfora.
Huddle Up: The expectation has been that Garoppolo would be moved following next season after the 49ers make a decision on their future quarterback at No. 3 overall on Thursday. It would be a bit premature for the 49ers to simply move on from Garoppolo and roll with an inexperienced rookie - presumptive No. 3 favorites Trey Lance and Mac Jones each made a mere 17 career starts in college - in head coach Kyle Shanahan's sophisticated offensive scheme. Expect Garoppolo to stick with San Fran for a bit longer.
Posted 4/26/2021 4:36 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo could become 'more available than he has been' and possibly be acquired for less than a first-round pick, in the opinion of NBC's Peter King.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo will be a backup in fantasy no matter where he plays. The position has that much depth right now.
Posted 4/21/2021 8:28 pm GMT
Free-agent RB Wayne Gallman (Giants) signed an undisclosed contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, April 21.
Huddle Up: It's a smart depth move considering how many injury issues San Francisco had at running back last season. Gallman will likely enter the season as the third back on the depth chart behind Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, but nothing is really ever set in stone when it comes to a backfield in a Kyle Shanahan offense. Mostert is pushing 30 and struggled to stay healthy last year, while Wilson's late emergence probably wasn't enough to convince the team it was set at the position in the event Mostert goes down again.
Posted 4/02/2021 7:19 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has received some trade interest this offseason, but the 49ers have indicated that they would want a first-round pick in return for Garoppolo.
Huddle Up: General manager John Lynch has said Garoppolo will be the starter in 2021, but the team likely will select a quarterback with the third overall pick in the 2021 draft. Garoppolo probably will start for a team next season and should be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 4/01/2021 12:14 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle's 2022 salary of $11.45 million became guaranteed Thursday, April 1.
Huddle Up: It was a lost year for Kittle in 2020, but he'll remain one of the top-three TE options in this year's drafts.
Posted 3/29/2021 7:46 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is still part of the team's plans even though they acquired the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, according to general manager John Lynch.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation because Garoppolo could be moved if the 49ers receive a solid trade offer. Garoppolo probably would be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback no matter where he plays.
Posted 3/28/2021 5:59 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is not a trade target for the New England Patriots at this point, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Patriots re-signed Cam Newton this offseason, and he appears to be the leading candidate to start at this point. He has some fantasy value because of his legs but would be only a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts. Garoppolo's status is uncertain after the 49ers acquired the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he would also be a No. 2 quarterback if he remains the starter.
Posted 3/26/2021 5:49 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will not be traded and still figures in the team's plans, according to sources, despite the 49ers trading up to acquire the third-overall pick in the 2021 draft Friday, March 26.
Huddle Up: Sure, Jimmy G, could definitely still remain as a 2021 placeholder if the Niners, say, were to draft a Trey Lance, a QB with a very limited number of college starts. But the likelihood of a Garoppolo trade grew exponentially with Friday's blockbuster move, and if the right deal is offered, look for the Niners to deal him away without much hesitation.
Posted 3/11/2021 3:33 am GMT
San Francisco WR Deebo Samuel's 'contact balance' makes him to tough bring down, according to OT Trent Williams, and CB Richard Sherman compared Samuel's ability to run through tackles to that of retired RB Marshawn Lynch.
Huddle Up: Samuel has been a monster after the catch since entering the league, and while he battled injuries in his sophomore season, he has proven to be a versatile playmaker when healthy. Consider him a WR3 with WR2 upside heading into 2021.
Posted 2/24/2021 8:13 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback for the 49ers next season as long as he is healthy, according to general manager John Lynch.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo was limited to six games this season because of injuries but has thrown 34 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Fantasy players can monitor the situation to see if anything changes, but Garoppolo can be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts for the 49ers.
Posted 2/20/2021 4:51 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert had the quickest top speed in the NFL last season with a carry he touched 23.09 mph, according to Next Gen Stats. He also had the second-fastest top speed at 22.73 on a different carry last season.
Huddle Up: He's under contract for one more year with the Niners, and he's about to turn 29. Don't mistake him as a young, blooming back. He had trouble staying healthy last year, but he has proven to be a quality RB2 in fantasy when healthy. The caveat is "when healthy."
Posted 2/17/2021 8:30 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel is averaging 9.8 yards after the catch since 2019, which is most among wide receivers in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Samuel struggled with injuries this season and was limited to seven games and 391 yards. He is a main option in the passing game when healthy and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues next season.
Posted 2/04/2021 2:06 am GMT
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle finished with 48 catches for 634 yards in eight games in 2020, and his 79.25 receiving yards per game ranked second among tight ends.
Huddle Up: Kittle still managed to finish in the top 10 in receiving yards at his position despite missing half the season and dealing with a quarterback carousel. He is a top-three fantasy option at the tight end position heading into the 2021 season.
Posted 2/04/2021 2:01 am GMT
San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk recorded at least 70 receiving yards in seven of his 12 games in 2020, and he topped 70 yards in six of his final seven games.
Huddle Up: Aiyuk was on a pace for 80 catches and just under 1,000 yards over 16 games, and his strong finish to the year is an encouraging sign. He will have WR3 upside entering his sophomore season.
Posted 1/26/2021 11:55 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. signed a one-year contract Tuesday, Jan. 26, but financial terms weren't disclosed. He was scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year.
Huddle Up: Wilson totaled 733 yards from scrimmage and 10 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in 12 games while making three starts in the 2020 season. He could be an RB2 or 3 option in 2021 fantasy drafts depending on how many others return to the 49ers' backfield.
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