News: Patton is inactive for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Patton continues to practice during the week and was not listed on the injury report for this game, but is still is not ready to take the field. He's stuck at fourth in the pecking order at wide receiver.
News: Staley (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Reports early in the week indicated Staley would not play, but he will be out there for this crucial divisional matchup.
News: Brown (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: The Seahawks have struggled to move the ball through the air at times this season, but losing Brown will make the 49ers a bit more susceptible against the pass. Tramaine Brock will start in Brown's place.
News: McDonald (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: With Vernon Davis healthy, McDonald, who has not had more than one catch in any game this season, won't have many opportunities to make a fantasy impact.
News: Manningham (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Since making his season debut in Week 10, Manningham has not topped 45 receiving yards in any game. Given the matchup against Seattle's elite pass defense, you would need to be in pretty rough shape at wide receiver to consider deploying Manningham this week.
News: Baldwin (calf) is inactive for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Baldwin probably would not have been active anyway, but the calf injury certainly did not help his cause. He has not caught a pass since Week 6.
News: Gore (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: The Seahawks' stout run defense has not given up a rushing touchdown to an opposing running back since Week 7. Gore, who is averaging just 40.3 yards per game over the last three weeks, will have his work cut out for him.
News: Smith (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Smith has been inconsistent this season, as far as fantasy statistics go, but he will be available Sunday if you need him.
News: McDonald (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: After missing two games with the injury, McDonald returned last week and recorded a sack in the 49ers' win over St. Louis. He'll be ready to go again Sunday.
News: Celek (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Impact: Even when active, he is an afterthought on offense, managing just one reception for 30 yards this season.
News: Manningham saw four targets but did not register a catch during Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
Impact: Manningham was shut out for the second week in a row and saw half the targets fellow wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin saw in this one. He's there more for the threat of another wideout as opposed to actually being another wideout, so his fantasy upside is fairly minimal. With Crabtree, Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis all ahead of him in the targets pecking order, he's probably not going to see more than three or four looks a game.
Bruce Miller - #49 - Running back - 6'2" - 248lbs
News: Miller carried the ball three times for six yards and turned five targets into three catches for 21 yards against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Impact: Offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes to keep Miller's role a little more active so not only did he get his routine passes, but a few carries as well. One of those carries actually came down at the goal line, so he just might be due for his first touchdown of the year before the season is over. Fantasy-wise though, his upside is pretty minimal.
News: Hunter carried the ball four times for 16 yards during the 49ers' 19-17 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Impact: Another quiet week for Hunter as Frank Gore again dominated the carries throughout the game. However, given the fact that Gore has been hindered by an ankle issue over the last few weeks and came up limping after this one, the 49ers may start thinking about giving Hunter some more work to keep Gore fresh.
News: Davis saw three targets and caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers' 19-17 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Impact: The talent of the Seattle defense aside, we expected fewer targets to come Davis' way with the return of both Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. But we also expected the targets he did receive to, at least, have some added quality to them such as his eight-yard touchdown catch. This was his fourth-straight game with a touchdown catch and he's got a good chance to make it five next week against the Buccaneers.
News: Crabtree saw eight targets and caught four passes for 40 yards against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Impact: Crabtree continues to look good in this comeback from a torn Achilles tendon. As expected, his role increased this week as he and Anquan Boldin shared the team lead in targets and he showed why the 49ers were so eager to get him back on the field with a fantastic, acrobatic catch in the fourth quarter during the game-winning drive. His role will continue to grow and he'll likely make for a solid fantasy play next week against Tampa Bay.
News: Boldin saw eight targets and caught six passes for 93 yards during the 49ers' 19-17 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Impact: The Seahawks secondary played a tough game that forced the 49ers to use more of a short passing attack than taking any real chances downfield. While he failed to find the end zone for the second week in a row, it was his third-straight week with a minimum of 90 receiving yards. Look for him to maintain and even improve on this performance next week against the Buccaneers.
News: Gore carried the ball 17 times for 110 yards against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Impact: Picking up yardage was slow-going for Gore through most of the game, but blew his numbers up for his fantasy owners with a 51-yard run late in the fourth quarter to give him his first 100-yard game since Week 6. Gore seemed to twist his ankle at the end of his big run and came up limping, but opted to stay in for the duration of the game. He'll likely sit out practice for the early part of the week to give his ankle time to rest, but he should be fine for Week 15 against the Buccaneers.
News: Kaepernick completed 15-of-29 passes for 175 yards with one touchdown and one interception during the 49ers 19-17 win over the Seahawks on Sunday. He also carried the ball nine times for 31 yards.
Impact: Kaepernick played an average game overall, but obviously credit the Seahawks defense for keeping the 49ers new-found passing attack under wraps. His finest play of the day actually came on a run in the fourth quarter when he kept the ball on a third and seven and converted a big first down that kept the final scoring drive alive. The fantasy stats may not be there this week, but the game was a big confidence booster for Kaepernick who should fare much better next week against Tampa Bay.
News: Davis is in the midst of a three-game touchdown streak and has turned his 17 targets in that span into 12 catches for 190 yards.
Impact: Davis has been another beneficiary of the 49ers' recently improved passing game. Though he may start to see a slight decline in targets with the return of Michael Crabtree, he should still provide a high-quality output for the targets he does receive. The more up-tempo offense should still provide him with ample opportunities to maintain this recent scoring stretch he is on, so continue to view him as a top tight end despite the tough match-up with Seattle this week.
News: After having endured five-straight games with no touchdowns or more than 75 receiving yards in any week, Boldin has racked up 248 receiving yards and three touchdowns over his last three games.
Impact: The double-teams that Boldin had been facing each week have finally stopped with the return of both Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree. With either one of those receivers on the field, along with tight end Vernon Davis, drawing coverage of their own, defenses have not been able to stifle Boldin as they had in the past. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has certainly taken notice as Boldin has averaged 9.7 targets per game in this three-game span and saw a team-high 14 last week. He's got a tough match-up with Seattle this week, but a much-improved 49ers passing game seems primed to surprise the Seahawks this week.
News: Crabtree is not listed on the 49ers injury report and is expected to start again this Sunday when the 49ers face the Seahawks, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Crabtree says that he's still a little sore from last week's game, his first of the season, and might be a little too amped up for this week's game that pits him against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL. The wide receiver played 42 snaps last week and hopes to be on the field a lot more. He'll be looking to expose some of the deficiencies in the Seahawks' secondary created by the suspensions of Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, something Drew Brees and the Saints were unable to do. The temptation to start Crabtree right now is probably overwhelming, but given that it's the fantasy playoffs, you may need to hold him out based on the match-up and the uncertain number of targets he'll see as he works himself back into game shape.
News: Kaepernick has thrown for 510 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions over his last two games.
Impact: After struggling throughout most of the season, Kaepernick has vastly improved his passing over his last two games. Credit the return of Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree for the resurgence as a full corps of receivers has finally opened up the passing game. Though many were quick to criticize Kaepernick, the fact that Anquan Boldin spent much of the year being double-teamed and not having a quality No. 2 receiver seriously limited the quarterback's ability to get the necessary job done. Since their return he has proven to be exactly the type of passer we saw last season. The match-up with the Seahawks and their first-ranked pass defense may look tough, but Kaepernick has the ability to expose the holes created in their secondary by the NFL suspensions of Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner.
Marcus Lattimore - #38 - Running back - 5'11" - 232lbs
News: Lattimore (knee) said his confidence received a major boost from how he felt on the field and what he saw of himself on film, CSNBayArea.com reports. "If I had to play, I would play," Lattimore said on Friday. "Without question, if they needed me, I could play."
Impact: Lattimore's intensity will be a much appreciated characteristic by coach Jim Harbaugh down the road, but for now, it's still all about rehabbing that knee. After three weeks of practice, Lattimore now has to keep his rehab off the field as he is no longer allowed to practice with the team, according to the conditions of players on season-ending IR. With Frank Gore headed to the wrong side of 30 next year, Lattimore should definitely be someone to watch so keep him on your radar.
News: Staley (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Staley was declared out earlier this week, but the 49ers are insisting he's merely questionable. San Francisco listed him as a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday.
News: Brown (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Brown practiced in a limited capacity each day this week, so there seems to be a good chance for him to play against Seattle. The 49ers are lucky they won't have to face Percy Harvin (hip), but Brown's presence would still be helpful.
News: McDonald (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: McDonald would be a fantasy consideration if Vernon Davis were to miss time, but Davis appears healthy for the time being. McDonald made limited practice appearances Thursday and Friday.
News: Manningham (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Manningham was a limited practice participant all week, so there's no obvious reason why he shouldn't play Sunday. He's not a good on-paper fantasy consideration as the team's fourth pass-catching option against the Seattle defense, though.
News: Baldwin (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Baldwin will likely be a healthy scratch for San Francisco even if he's available Sunday.
News: Gore (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Gore had a rough game against Seattle earlier this year, totaling just 16 yards on nine carries and catching a 14-yard pass. He'll probably be significantly better Sunday, since he's at home this time, but hopefully you're not leaning on him as more than an RB2.
News: Smith (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Smith followed up his seven-tackle, two-sack game against Washington two weeks ago with just one tackle against St. Louis on Sunday. He'll likely continue to be a hit-or-miss DL2 consideration, though he did have nine tackles against Seattle earlier this year.
News: McDonald (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: McDonald appears to be just about past his ankle issue. He had a sack against the Rams on Sunday.
News: Celek (hamstring) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impact: Celek's return will solidify some parts of San Francisco's special teams and add some blocking options, but it generally doesn't mean much.
News: McDonald, who was limited in Wednesday's practice, was upgraded to full participation Thursday, the 49ers' official site reports.
Impact: McDonald missed two games in November but returned to the field for Sunday's win over the Rams. After getting in a full practice Thursday, he's on track to suit up against the Seahawks on Sunday. With 27 tackles (20 solo) and 2.5 sacks in 10 appearances, McDonald is providing his typical IDP production.
News: Smith (shoulder) returned to practice as a full participant Thursday, the 49ers' official site reports.
Impact: Smith has consistently missed the week's first practice for the last month but has yet to sit out a game this season. His lingering shoulder injury doesn't seem to be much of an issue, as he has 18 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble over the last four games.
News: Gore (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.
Impact: After a limited showing Wednesday, Gore bumped up to full reps Thursday, providing the confidence owners require heading into high stakes matchups, including some playoff tilts, in Week 14. However, he's faltered of late, with no more than 56 total yards in any of the last three games. Considering the staunch Seahawks defense confronting him Sunday, he may find difficulty providing desirable output.
News: Brown (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Brown's cracked ribs have kept him out of commission for two games, but an appearance at practice is an encouraging sign that he'll be available Sunday versus the Seahawks. His potential snap count is unknown, but his 30 tackles (27 solo), nine passes defended, and one fumble recovery may soon be available in IDP leagues.
News: McDonald (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: After a two-game absence, McDonald notched a sack in his return to action Sunday against the Rams. For purposes of IDP formats, though, he isn't a viable option due to just 27 tackles (20 solo) and 2.5 sacks in 10 appearances this season.
News: Smith (shoulder) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Smith has missed the first practice of the week for the last month, and before Week 13's one-tackle effort, his preceding three outings were rather productive, with 17 stops (12 solo), two sacks, and one forced fumble on the ledger. His status for Sunday's game against the Seahawks could clear up by the weekend.
News: Manningham (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Manningham has been up-and-down during the four contests in which he's been active this season, and in his last tilt Sunday, Manningham wasn't targeted once in what was Michael Crabtree's season debut. If he suits up Sunday against the Seahawks, he'll be the fourth option at best in the 49ers' passing game.
News: Gore (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Gore has fallen into a consistent workload of 14-to-18 touches during the 49ers' last four games, posting 203 rushing yards, 39 receiving yards, and one touchdown. His 3.6 YPC during that stretch isn't far off his season mark of 4.0, but a return to normalcy may not come to pass against a Seahawks defense that held him to 16 yards on nine carries during their first meeting of the year.
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Baldwin is not expected to suit up for another game this season, barring an injury to one of the Niners' other receivers, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Since being acquired from the Chiefs in a swap of disappointing first-round picks earlier this season, Baldwin has done very little, even when the Niners had him on the active roster. With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham (knee) back in the fold, Baldwin is currently the odd man out.
News: Celek (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Celek is taking a seat for a third game in a row, but an intact receiving corps with Sunday's season debut of Michael Crabtree will keep Celek irrelevant in fantasy, even when healthy.
News: Brown (ribs) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: A serious rib concern will keep Brown sidelined for a second consecutive game, affording Tramaine Brock another start at cornerback, opposite Carlos Rogers.
News: Manningham did not see a single target come his way during the 49ers' win over the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: With the return of Michael Crabtree, Manningham, as expected, dropped down the depth chart immediately. He won't always be ignored like this, but with Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis garnering most of the looks, it will be difficult for Manningham to produce with any remote consistency.
Phil Dawson - #9 - Kicker - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Dawson was 3-for-3 in field goal attempts and converted both of his extra-points as the 49ers beat the Rams 23-13 on Sunday.
Impact: Dawson converted kicks from 24, 34, and 43-yards out without a hitch. He continues to provide the 49ers with a level of stability they longed for last season. He is now 19-for-22 on field goals for the season and has converted a total of 34 extra-points.
LaMichael James - #23 - Running back - 5'9" - 195lbs
News: James returned one kickoff for 24 yards and two punts for a total of five yards against the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: It was a pretty quiet day for James, who spent his entire time on special teams once again. He did fumble the ball once, but quickly recovered it, so no harm was done. He'll probably continue in this role for the duration of the season, so his fantasy value is going to be limited just to leagues that count return yards.
Carlos Rogers - #22 - Cornerback - 6'0" - 192lbs
News: Rogers recorded one tackle and had one interception during the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Rogers had a solid game, spending much of his time defending Tavon Austin, and intercepted Kellen Clemens late in the fourth quarter. He now has 30 tackles (25 solo) and two interceptions on the season.
Patrick Willis - #52 - Linebacker - 6'1" - 240lbs
News: Willis was credited with three tackles (two solo) and a sack during the 49ers' win over the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Willis had himself another solid game, picking up one of the three sacks the team registered in this game. He is second on the team now with 69 tackles (53 solo) and has two sacks on the year.
News: Bowman registered 11 tackles (10 solo) and one sack during the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Bowman showed up on the injury report earlier in the week with apparent knee and shoulder soreness, but you never would have known that by watching him fly all over the field on Sunday. He may have only three sacks on the season, but in IDP leagues that award points for tackles, he's an absolute beast. Bowman has 111 tackles (90 solo) on the season and continues to be one of the top middle linebackers in the game.
Bruce Miller - #49 - Running back - 6'2" - 248lbs
News: Miller saw four targets and caught two passes for 20 yards against the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Miller saw his usual workload and put together a pretty typical day for himself. Perhaps one day he'll break one of those passes for a longer run into the end zone, but considering how predictable that play is becoming, the defense would really have to botch the coverage for that to happen.
News: Hunter carried the ball just three times for seven yards against the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Surprisingly, Hunter saw fewer carries than Fellow back-up Anthony Dixon. There doesn't seem to be much to it, beyond the one game, but it does seem odd considering Hunter is supposed to be the primary back-up and immediate handcuff, should anything happen to starter Frank Gore. Perhaps there is a minor injury that hasn't been reported or perhaps it's nothing but a coincidence.
Anthony Dixon - #24 - Running back - 6'1" - 233lbs
News: Dixon carried the ball eight times for 13 yards against the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Simply just a handful of carries here to provide some rest for Frank Gore. Nothing more, nothing less, and certainly nothing exciting for fantasy owners.
News: Davis saw five targets and hauled in four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: He may have had to use his high-hurdling skills to make it in, but Davis found the end zone for the third-straight week and grabbed his 10th touchdown of the year. It was also the 50th touchdown of his career and moved him into fourth on the 49ers all-time touchdown list. With the return of Michael Crabtree and the talent of Anquan Boldin, Davis is going to see plenty of mismatched coverage from slower linebackers over the middle of the field. Despite a tough-looking match-up with Seattle next week, Davis remains a must-start in all formats.
News: In his highly-anticipated return to the field, Crabtree saw four targets and caught two passes for 68 yards against the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Crabtree had a relatively quiet start to his day, as he caught just one eight-yard pass off three targets through the first half of the game. In the third quarter, however, the Colin Kaepernick to Crabtree connection reminded everyone of just how fruitful the tandem could be, when he made a simple 18-yard grab and turned it into a 60-yard gain down to the St. Louis 20-yard line. The two have an incredible on-field bond and will churn out much more productive games in the future, as Crabtree grows more comfortable with being back on the field. A matchup with Seattle might stall Crabtree's breakout, though.
News: Boldin saw a team-high 14 targets and caught nine passes for 98 yards against the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: While he failed to find the end zone for the first time in three games, Boldin still had himself a productive day. He's topped 90 receiving yards for two-straight weeks and now has a total of 248 yards and three touchdowns over his last three games. With the addition of Michael Crabtree, Boldin is going to find himself in many more favorable coverage schemes, and while Crabtree may begin to poach targets here and there, he is still going to see enough looks to remain a highly-productive receiving option for fantasy owners each week.
News: Gore carried the ball 15 times for 42 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for seven yards, and lost one fumble against the Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Gore found the end zone for the first time, since before the Week 9 bye, as he continues to see a slightly lessened workload here in the latter half of the season. He hasn't seen more than 16 carries since Week 8, nor has he rushed for more than 50 yards in any of his last three games. Defenses continue to key in on him with the belief that cutting off the run is the best way to beat San Francisco, but with the increased weaponry in the passing attack, things should start to open up in the running game a bit more again. The team still doesn't want to overwork him before the playoffs, but he should still see enough carries to remain a productive RB2 in most leagues.
News: Kaepernick completed 19-of-28 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown during the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams on Sunday. He also rushed for 21 yards on three carries.
Impact: While there were likely higher expectations for touchdown production through the air, now that he had his full arsenal of receivers at his disposal, Kaepernick still had himself a solid day on the field. The 275 yards were the most he's thrown for since Week 1, and he has now thrown for an average of 212.3 yards over his last three games and has six touchdowns to just one interception in that span. Fantasy owners who have been patient with him are reaping the benefits at just the right time of year and next week's match-up against a depleted Seattle secondary will probably be light-years different from when they met back in Week 2.
News: Staley was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will not play in the 49ers' Week 14 game against the Seahawks, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Staley has lined up this season at starting left tackle for the 49ers. The team may have to do some re-shuffling on the offensive line, while Staley is out of action, which could factor into the amount of protection Colin Kaepernick has in the pocket against a tough Seahawks' defense.
Sun. Dec 1, 2013 | STATS
News: 49ers left tackle Joe Staley has sustained a right knee injury early in the game against St. Louis and won't return.
Impact: Staley was hurt at the 11:13 mark of the first quarter when hit from the side as he lunged to make a block down field, and he landed awkwardly while grabbing his knee. Staley stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field on his own. Trainers and medical staff examined Staley on the bench then he headed to the locker room. The team says he's done for the day.
News: McDonald suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's game and is questionable to return, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: McDonald isn't much of a fantasy threat and his injury Sunday limits his stock even more.
News: Bowman (knee/shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: With 24 tackles in his last two games, Bowman is worthy of consideration in nearly all IDP formats, regardless of whether he is playing at slightly less than 100 percent.
News: Smith (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Smith regularly broke into the Washington backfield last week, recording two sacks and four quarterback hits, in just his third game back from his stint at an alcohol abuse treatment center. His shoulder is not expected to significantly hamper him Sunday.
News: McDonald (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: McDonald will return, after a two-game absence. He's more valuable to the 49ers than he is to fantasy players, but if you need a desperation play Sunday afternoon, he is available.
News: Brooks (stinger) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: The injury is a slight concern, but Brooks has been a pass-rushing beast over the last three weeks (five sacks) and will be safe to deploy Sunday, if you need him.
News: Smith (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: With 17 tackles and two sacks in his last three games, Smith is safe to deploy this week, if you need him.
News: Crabtree will start in his season debut Sunday versus the Rams, Taylor Price of the 49ers' official site reports.
Impact: Crabtree is making his first appearance of the season, following an offseason Achilles tear, marking the first time in 2013 that the 49ers' receiving corps is intact. He'll be unhindered physically, but his snap count is expected to be capped in some sense, leaving owners with a difficult sit-or-start situation in Week 13.
News: Manningham (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Manningham's active status is countered by Michael Crabtree's season debut, which further hinders his modest fantasy presence. However, facing St. Louis' middle-of-the-road secondary could aid in Manningham putting up a productive outing.
News: Patton (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against St. Louis, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Patton was able to practice this week, but is still not quite ready for game action, and the incentive to rush him back is lessened by Michael Crabtree's return.
News: Gore (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Gore ran roughshod over St. Louis earlier this year (153 yards and a touchdown), but the Rams have gotten much stingier in the meantime, allowing just 80 yards rushing to the Bears last week and 18 yards to the Colts the week prior.
News: According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Crabtree will have no physical limitations Sunday, but may not play every snap.
Impact: There are semantics going on when it comes to Crabtree. Rapoport said Crabtree "won't be limited," but he almost certainly will be limited when it comes to playing time. The 49ers aren't going to push him to the breaking point in his first game back, and it's entirely possible that he sees only a handful of targets. If you are devoid of other options, Crabtree is available, but it might be better to take a wait-and-see approach, while he finds his footing after a serious injury.
News: Celek (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Fan's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Celek's presence would be helpful for San Francisco's special teams, but as the third tight end it doesn't matter much whether he suits up.
News: Manningham (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Fan's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Manningham will suit up Sunday, but his fantasy value takes a bit of a hit as a result of Michael Crabtree making his season debut.
News: Brown (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Fan's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco said Brown likely won't play, so perhaps Brown is closer to doubtful than probable.
News: Bowman (knee/shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Fan's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Bowman will be ready for his full workload Sunday, and as a result he's a viable LB1 consideration in any format. He has 24 tackles in his last two games.
News: Smith (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Fan's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Smith has been in practice all week, so he should be active against the Rams on Sunday. He looked like his old self against Washington on Sunday, sacking Robert Griffin twice.
News: McDonald (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Fan's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: McDonald has missed the last two games with the injury, which makes it appear as if he's dealing with a significant ankle sprain. Ankle sprains of that severity often go to the 3-to-4-week range, but McDonald will try to make it back Sunday.
News: Brooks (stinger) is questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Game's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Brooks has been limited in practice all week, so it generally seems like he's a good bet to play Sunday. Stingers can be obnoxious injuries, though, so the questionable tag seems legitimate in this case.
News: Gore (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Game's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Gore's ankle is a non-issue, and he's a good bounce back candidate against the Rams after totaling just 31 yards a week ago. He torched the Rams for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries earlier this year.
News: Smith (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Game's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Smith will be out there if you can use him as an IDP, and he's been fairly productive in the last three weeks, totaling 17 tackles and two sacks.
News: Patton (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, 957 The Game's John Dickinson reports.
Impact: Patton was limited in practice all week, so he might be able to return from his broken foot. He'd almost certainly see very little work if he does play, though, as Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree are safely ahead of him on the depth chart.
News: Crabtree (Achilles) is not on the injury report and will play against St. Louis on Sunday.
Impact: Crabtree is a risky fantasy consideration in his first game back from an Achilles' tendon tear from May, but he'll definitely suit up Sunday. The 49ers have plenty of reason to acclimate him as soon as possible, because Colin Kaepernick has struggled at many points this year while Crabtree was on the shelf.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | STATS
News: 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman says wide receiver Michael Crabtree is progressing well in practice and the team hopes he can play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Impact: Roman says that San Francisco's top wide receiver will be eased into action whenever he returns. The team has remained vague on when that return will happen.
News: Smith (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: The lingering shoulder injury has lessened Smith's involvement in practices in recent weeks, but it has yet to cost him any game action yet. He seems likely to take the field once again Sunday against the Rams as he looks to build on his best performance of the season, as he amassed a fumble recovery and seven total tackles including two sacks in the team's victory over the Redskins.
News: Patton (foot) remained limited in Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: It was the second consecutive day of limited practice for Patton, who has missed the past seven games with a fractured foot. The receiver is uncertain to be ready for Sunday's tilt with the Rams and would probably only see light work with Mario Manningham and possibly Michael Crabtree now back in the fold for the Niners.
News: Manningham (knee) saw limited work in practice Thursday, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: Manningham continues to practice on a light basis since returning from knee surgery three games ago. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt with the Rams, but the expectation is that he'll play.
News: Gore (ankle) was again limited in Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: While nursing the ankle injury over the past month, Gore's production has fallen off a cliff, as the running back has delivered yardage totals of 71, 82, 48 and 31 over his last four games. While the injury isn't expected to sideline him this week against the Rams, fantasy owners need to be aware that he'll probably only see about 15 carries as the team looks to lighten his workload down the stretch.
News: Brooks (stinger) was once again limited in Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: While he still remains questionable for Sunday's tilt with the Rams, Brooks' presence in the lineup would be a boon for the 49ers in their attempts to make life difficult for opposing quarterback Kellen Clemens. With a career-high 8.5 sacks on the season to go along with 49 total tackles, Brooks has provided stability to the 49ers' pass rush with Aldon Smith ducking in and out of the lineup.
News: Bowman (knee, shoulder) was upgraded to a limited participant in Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: Though Bowman's workload in practice this week has been limited, he's still expected to suit up Sunday vs. the Rams. With 100 total tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles on the season, Bowman has delivered as expected for the fantasy owners who drafted him in IDP leagues.
News: McDonald (ankle) missed Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: With McDonald failing to get back on the field Thursday, it looks like he could miss his third game in a row if his injury situation doesn't dramatically improve. McDonald hasn't necessarily been a standout in IDP formats with 1.5 sacks and 26 total tackles on the season, but he's still considered a valuable member of the 49ers' defensive line.
News: Celek (hamstring) missed Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: With Celek just a spectator Thursday, it looks as though he could be on track to miss his third game in a row. The tight end hasn't been very useful in the fantasy game when healthy this season, recording only one catch on the campaign in the few snaps he's seen behind Vernon Davis.
News: Brown (ribs) sat out Thursday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.
Impact: Brown was sidelined Monday with the injury and looks like he could be in danger of missing his second game in a row. The 28-year-old has 27 stops and one fumble recovery in 10 contests on the season.
News: Patton (foot) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Impact: The appearance marked Patton's first in drills since he fractured his foot in Week 4. There is no indication that he'll end up receiving active status Sunday against the Rams, but his activity level will nonetheless be monitored as the week rolls along.
News: Smith (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Impact: Following a five-game absence in order to deal with substance abuse concerns, Smith notched his first two sacks since Week 3 this past Monday in Washington, taking down Robert Griffin in the process. The shoulder injury will be monitored throughout the week, but any cloud over his status may diminish as the weekend approaches.
News: Brooks (stinger) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Impact: Brooks has been abusing opposing quarterbacks of late, racking up five sacks over the last three contests. On the season, his 49 tackles (41 solo) and 8.5 sacks have been helpful to IDP owners, but a stinger places his availability for Sunday's outing against the Rams in question.
News: Gore (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Impact: Gore posted a difficult-to-swallow 31 yards on 13 carries in Week 12, marking the third consecutive game that his YPC experienced a reduction. Perhaps his ankle became a bother during the game, but his progress through the injury will be one to monitor closely as the week carries on.
News: Crabtree (Achilles) practiced in full Wednesday, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Crabtree's activation from the PUP list Tuesday indicated that a return to action was near, but having no hindrances in the first set of drills this week leaves the impression that his season debut will happen Sunday against the Rams. Expect clarification on that front by the end of the week.
News: Smith (shoulder) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Smith's shoulder has limited him to sporadic practice appearances of late, but still expect him to come out and play at a high level on Sunday.
News: Bowman did not participate in Wednesday's practice, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bowman is apparently dealing with some knee and shoulder soreness, but barring the unexpected, should still suit up an be a quality IDP option against the Rams on Sunday.
News: Manningham (knee) did not practice on Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Manningham is likely easing back into a full practice schedule as part of his recovery from knee surgery. It wouldn't be surprising if he returns to practice in a limited basis later this week, and suits up for Sunday's matchup against the Rams.
Tue. Nov 26, 2013 | STATS
News: Just as the passing game has started to click for the San Francisco 49ers at last, here comes Michael Crabtree. The team's top wide receiver from 2012 is back on the active roster six months after Achilles tendon surgery and poised to make his season debut Sunday against St. Louis if all goes as hoped during practice this week.
Impact: Adding Crabtree to the mix would provide a big boost to a receiving corps that made significant strides in a 27-6 win at Washington on Monday night. Crabtree became Colin Kaepernick's top target last year and had career bests of 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson - #5 - Quarterback - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Bethel-Thompson was waived by the 49ers on Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bethel-Thompson was the roster casualty when Michael Crabtree (Achilles) was activated from the PUP list. The 25-year-old Bethel-Thompson seems destined to sign onto a practice squad.
Donte Whitner - #31 - Safety - 5'10" - 208lbs
News: Whitner was credited with five tackles (three solo) and had one interception during Monday's 27-6 win over the Redskins.
Impact: Whitner's interception came at the end of the first quarter with Washington about to enter 49ers territory for the first time in the game. The Redskins were looking for Pierre Garcon deep, but Whitner was there for the pick, which he returned for seven yards. In addition to the interception, his second of the season, Whitner was also credited for one tackle for a loss and one pass defended.
News: Smith was credited for three tackles (two solo) and two sacks against the Redskins on Monday.
Impact: True to his word, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio increased the number of snaps Smith played in this one and it obviously paid off as Smith, along with Ahmad Brooks, terrorized Robert Griffin all night. In addition to Smith's sacks, his first since Week 3, he registered two tackles for a loss and had four quarterback hits. With Smith back in the fold, the 49ers defense is going to be an incredibly valuable fantasy commodity once again.
News: Brooks was credited with seven tackles (six solo) and two sacks during the 49ers' win over the Redskins on Monday.
Impact: Brooks was an all-out beast in this game and was in Robert Griffin's face for most of the night. He registered three tackles for a loss and deflected a pass as well. Through 11 games, he now has 49 tackles and a team-leading 8.5 sacks this season.
LaMichael James - #23 - Running back - 5'9" - 195lbs
News: James returned two kickoffs for 53 yards and returned five punts for a total of 72 yards during Monday night's win over the Redskins.
Impact: James has done very well for himself now that he has been handed the return duties. He had one punt return for 40 yards that helped set up the 49ers' third touchdown and a 32-yard return on a kickoff that helped maintain the 49ers' dominance in the battle for field position. Unfortunately, that is where James' fantasy value gets cut off. He is still not an active member of the backfield and until he receives carries with some sort of consistency, his value will be limited to just leagues that count return yards.
Phil Dawson - #9 - Kicker - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Dawson was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts and converted all three of his extra points during the 49ers' 27-6 win over the Redskins on Monday.
Impact: Dawson successfully made kicks from 29 and 49 yards out in this one and is now 16-for-19 on field goals this season. More importantly is that he has successfully made his last six kicks of more than 40 yards, a problem the 49ers had with David Akers last season. Dawson's consistency, even at home in the swirling winds of Candlestick Park, make him an excellent fantasy kicker.
News: McDonald had one catch on one target for 23 yards during Monday's win over the Redskins.
Impact: It was actually a pretty nice play that came in the third quarter and helped set up the Vernon Davis touchdown catch. McDonald is still learning the NFL ropes as he goes along, but he is taking some positive steps forward each week. He is doing a lot more blocking than anything else, but will occasionally see a pass or two thrown his way.
Anthony Dixon - #24 - Running back - 6'1" - 233lbs
News: Dixon carried the ball just three times for 13 yards during Monday night's win over the Redskins.
Impact: The 49ers were just trying to give Dixon a few carries to keep him active as the game was well in-hand when he stepped out onto the field. Occasionally he'll see a goal-line opportunity, but more often than not, he is limited to garbage-time play.
News: Hunter carried the ball eight times for 12 yards during the 49ers' 27-6 win over the Redskins on Monday.
Impact: Hunter has been used very little this season as Frank Gore continues to lead the charge out of the backfield. It hardly would have mattered in this game however, as the passing attack took center stage against a very weak Washington secondary. Should the 49ers continue to win and clinch a playoff berth relatively early, Hunter could see some starting work very late in the season, but for now, his fantasy value remains strictly as a handcuff to Gore.
News: Crabtree (Achilles) will be activated from the PUP list Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: The team's leading receiver from a year ago is expected to make his long-awaited return Sunday against the Rams, after missing the first 11 games with a torn Achilles. Crabtree returned to practice almost three weeks ago, but he may very well be on a snap count in his 2013 debut.
News: Manningham saw a team-high seven targets and had four catches for 45 yards against the Redskins on Monday.
Impact: Although this was Manningham's strongest statistical performance of his shortened season, his biggest contributions aren't going to come from his actual production, much to the chagrin of owners everywhere. He is both big enough and fast enough to command strong attention from defensive backs, and it will be that attention which frees up Anquan Boldin from double coverage and also keeps the safeties from coming in to blanket Vernon Davis. Manningham isn't exactly a decoy, but his presence certainly makes it easier for Colin Kaepernick to find his two primary targets in favorable situations. Expect Manningham to continue accruing points, while finding the end zone at some point, but he's also not likely to be the member of the 49ers' receiving corps to have the big, explosive night.
News: Davis saw a team-high seven targets, catching four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins on Monday.
Impact: It was another solid performance for Davis, though he did lose a fumble while trying to squeeze out a few extra yards after a third-quarter catch. Once again, though, he showed that he is a highly capable and versatile receiving target. He had a nice 40-yard grab to open the second quarter, and his touchdown came on a quick one-yard catch off of play action late in the third. Although the Redskins' defense is particularly soft, the fact that cornerbacks and safeties will have to pay attention continuously to both Anquan Boldin and Mario Manninghame will allow Davis to see a lot of mismatched coverage in the middle of the field. It looks like he could be an explosive option over the next few weeks.
News: Boldin saw six targets and caught five passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers beat the Redskins, 27-6, on Monday.
Impact: This is exactly the type of game the 49ers envisioned for Boldin once the passing attack gained a legitimate No. 2 receiver to play opposite him and draw coverage away throughout the night. With Mario Manningham and Vernon Davis warranting serious attention, Boldin found himself in a lot of one-on-one situations, making cornerback Josh Wilson and the Redskins pay for it on a regular basis. Over his last two games, Boldin has now seen 15 targets, which he's turned into 11 catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns. He next faces the Rams, who are coming off a strong performance against the Bears in Week 12, but they still allow an average of 249 yards through the air and have given up 17 passing touchdowns all year. With the added possibility that Michael Crabtree (Achilles) could return, the 49ers passing attack could get even more explosive than offensive coordinator Greg Roman could have hoped for.
News: Gore carried the ball 13 times for 31 yards and caught one pass for three yards against the Redskins on Monday.
Impact: The Redskins focused on stopping Gore this week, and while they did a perfectly fine job containing him, the 49ers didn't exactly run him down their throats, as the secondary made passing a pretty easy task throughout the game. It was actually the first time this season that he saw fewer than 15 carries and the 49ers still won. The lighter load isn't helping owners at all, but it is saving Gore from additional wear and tear, which should, in turn, keep his legs fresh as the season wears on. The easy night should be a help for him as early as next week, as he'll be eager to run hard versus the Rams, who allow 111.4 rushing yards per game with 12 touchdowns against on the ground.
News: Speaking after Monday's win over the Redskins, coach Jim Harbaugh said that he anticipates Crabtree (Achilles) playing Sunday against the Rams.
Impact: Although this is far from an official declaration, it sounds as if Crabtree has a good chance to finally make his return. The 49ers have been badly hurting for another wide receiver to pair with Anquan Boldin, and Crabtree should be an upgrade over the team's current group, even if he isn't able to match his 2012 form. Crabtree's talent level warrants an add in most formats, but the 49ers still love to run the ball, and it won't be shocking if he's eased back into action.
News: Kaepernick completed 15-of-24 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns during the 49ers' 27-6 win over the Redskins on Monday. He also ran the ball nine times for 20 yards.
Impact: All it takes is a soft defense like Washington's and a struggling cornerback like Josh Wilson (toe) to get Kaepernick back on track. He hit his main targets for touchdowns -- Anquan Boldin for two and Vernon Davis for one -- and threw for over 200 yards for just the third time this season. It was also his first three-touchdown game since the season opener. He'll have to do more against some of the tougher defenses, if he ever wants to be categorized with the top quarterbacks in the game, but owners will take what they can get from him this late in the season, especially when he faces an underrated Rams defense next, followed by Seattle.
Mike Iupati - #77 - Guard - 6'5" - 331lbs
Mon. Nov 25, 2013 | STATS
News: With Adam Snyder starting for inactive left guard Mike Iupati, the 49ers are using a juggled offensive line for the first time since the 2011 season.
Impact: San Francisco used the same five starting offensive linemen for the previous 29 games. Iupati is out Monday night against the Redskins after spraining a ligament in his left knee a week ago. It's the only start he's missed since entering the NFL in 2010.
News: Smith (shoulder) is active for Monday's game against the Redskins, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Impact: With Ray McDonald (ankle) inactive, Smith's presence will be of particular importance to the 49ers. The stats may be down, but Smith is still an elite 3-4 defensive end.
News: McDonald (ankle) is inactive for Monday's game against the Redskins, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Impact: McDonald didn't practice during the week and will be out for the second game in a row. He's dealing with a high ankle sprain, so he won't necessarily be ready for a Week 13 matchup with the Rams. Though he's only a viable option in deeper IDP formats, McDonald is an important piece along the 49ers' defensive line. His absence should benefit Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin, as the Redskins try to cope with one of the better defensive units in the league.
News: Manningham (knee) is active for Monday's game against the Redskins, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Impact: Limited throughout the week of practice, Manningham will suit up against a weak Washington secondary. He'll likely serve as the 49ers' No. 2 wide receiver, though that role doesn't usually come with many targets. If you don't count Anquan Boldin, San Francisco's wide receivers have a combined 21 receptions on the season.
News: Celek (hamstring) is inactive for Monday's game against the Redskins, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Impact: Celek will sit for the second game in a row, after injuring his hamstring in a Week 10 loss to the Panthers. While his absence won't have much impact on the passing game, the 49ers would like to have him available for blocking purposes. He has yet to practice since suffering the injury.
News: The 49ers didn't activate Crabtree (Achilles') to their 53-man roster by Monday's deadline, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: As a result, Crabtree won't play Monday against the Redskins but could conceivably return to action this coming Sunday against the Rams, if all goes well.
News: Crabtree (Achilles) could return for Monday's game against the Redskins, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Crabtree hasn't been activated from the PUP list as of yet but has been able to get some work in over the last couple weeks, and it appears he has a chance to play Monday night. He's hardly a lock to play, but the 49ers' decision will be announced close to kickoff.
Mike Iupati - #77 - Guard - 6'5" - 331lbs
Wed. Nov 20, 2013 | STATS
News: A person with direct knowledge of Mike Iupati's injury says the San Francisco 49ers left guard sustained a sprained ligament in his left knee Sunday and it isn't considered to be season-ending.
Impact: An MRI this week revealed the sprained medial collateral ligament, and Iupati isn't expected to need surgery, the person said Wednesday, requesting anonymity because the 49ers didn't reveal specifics on what happened to Iupati. He was carted off in the third quarter of a 23-20 loss at New Orleans.
Wed. Nov 20, 2013 | STATS
News: Brooks has been fined $15,570 by the NFL for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. Brooks vehemently argued against the penalty, saying he didn't use his hands or helmet and called it a "bear hug." Brees labeled the hit a clothesline tackle.
Impact: That is the standard amount for such hits to the head and neck area. Brooks leveled Drew Brees, forcing a lost fumble. But the penalty kept the ball in the Saints' possession, and they soon kicked two field goals to win 23-20. The tackle left Brees with blood on his chin.