Shark Bites

49ers GM John Lynch suggested that the team isn't sure RB Carlos Hyde is a good fit for new HC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. “You have these thoughts as to ‘Do these skills translate to what we do?’” Lynch said. That came in a response to a report from insider Tony Pauline that the 'Niners are "ready to give up" on Hyde. That seems much too strong -- Lynch added that he's "really high" on Hyde and thinks he can be a "highly productive player." San Francisco only added journeyman Tim Hightower in free agency. We'll see what they do in the draft. Our money is still on Hyde operating as the 49ers' lead back -- at least in 2017, the final year of his current deal.

The 49ers on Saturday agreed to terms with RB Tim Hightower. The veteran joins Mike Davis, Raheem Mostert and DuJuan Harris -- who re-signed earlier this week -- behind starter Carlos Hyde. If you're looking for a Hyde handcuff, Hightower looks like the current best bet. He carried 229 times and caught 34 passes as New Orleans' #2 back over the past 2 seasons. We'll see what the new coaching staff thinks of Davis and whether the Niners add another RB in the NFL Draft.

The 49ers have inked WR Aldrick Robinson. He follows HC Kyle Shanahan from Atlanta to San Francisco. Robinson set a career high in catches under Shanny last year, although the 20 grabs still left him off the fantasy radar. There's opportunity for him to earn a larger role in a much weaker 49ers WR group, but we wouldn't bet on him emerging as a reliable fantasy asset.

The 49ers have signed QB Matt Barkley. He saw his most extensive action as a pro with the Bears this past year, appearing in 7 games and making 6 starts. Barkley turned in a trio of 300-yard games and totaled 8 TDs. But he also tossed a whopping 14 INTs. He now sports the worst career INT rate (6.77%) among 71 active QBs who have attempted 250+ passes. Barkley joins Brian Hoyer in San Francisco to form 1 of the least inspiring QB rooms in the league. The 'Niners still figure to add a QB at some point during this spring's draft.

The 49ers have signed K Robbie Gould. He replaces Phil Dawson in this year's kicker carousel. Gould connected on all 10 of his FGs in 10 games for the Giants last year and owns a solid 85.9% career conversion rate. He's unlikely to be a viable fantasy option, though, in what figures to be a subpar 49ers offense.

The 49ers have inked WR Pierre Garcon to a 5-year deal. HC Kyle Shanahan reportedly pushed hard for this one. The duo worked together for 2 years in Washington, the 2nd of which produced a huge 113-1,346-5 line for Garcon. The 30-year-old has remained productive and is coming off his 2nd career 1,000-yard campaign this past year. He looks like the clear #1 target in San Francisco's passing game. We'll see who's chucking him the rock, but volume alone will give Garcon a chance for at least WR3 production.

The 49ers and WR Marquise Goodwin have agreed to a deal, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Goodwin goes just 5'9, 179 pounds and totaled only 49 catches in 4 seasons with the Bills. He boasts sub-4.3 speed, though, and has averaged 15.9 yards per catch. He'll team up with HC Kyle Shanahan, who made the small-but-speedy Taylor Gabriel a fantasy factor in Atlanta over the 2nd half of last season. We wouldn't bet on Goodwin being a significant fantasy asset, but he'll be worth monitoring this summer.

The 49ers have agreed to a 2-year deal with QB Brian Hoyer, a source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hoyer played reasonably well for Chicago last year, completing 67% of his passes with 6 TDs and 0 INTs in 6 appearances. He's also familiar with HC Kyle Shanahan's offense, having played in it in Cleveland back in 2013. Of course, the 31-year-old isn't San Francisco's long-term answer. This signing makes the 49ers a strong bet to draft a QB this spring. If it's a 1st-rounder, Hoyer might quickly fall to #2 on the depth chart.

To the surprise of no one, the 49ers on Monday officially named Kyle Shanahan their new HC. Shanahan, of course, remained Atlanta's OC until their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, but his move had been rumored for the past few weeks. It also seems like a natural ascension for the son of longtime NFL HC Mike Shanahan who served as OC under Gary Kubiak back in Houston before filling the same role under his father in Washington and then with Cleveland and the Falcons. Kyle Shanahan's 2016 Atlanta offense led the league in scoring by 4.4 points per game and yards per play (6.7) while also tying for the league's fewest turnovers. The Falcons ranked 7th in yards but just 21st in scoring in 2015. Overall, 6 of the 9 offenses Shanahan has coordinated finished 9th or higher in total pass attempts. Just 2 finished higher than 12th in rushing attempts. We'll see how his Niners offense shapes up. The surest thing looks like RB Carlos Hyde. The starting QB might not even be on the roster yet. Colin Kaepernick's likely to get cut, as he faces a $19.3 million cap number, including a $14.5 million salary that becomes guaranteed if he's on the roster April 1. Blaine Gabbert's headed for unrestricted free agency.

The 49ers have fired HC Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke. Kelly went 2-14 in his lone season in San Francisco, with both of those wins coming against the Rams. He was working with 1 of the worst rosters in the league but certainly didn't elevate the talent. Kelly has now been fired in 2 straight years and might need to head back to the college game. The 'Niners, meanwhile, will now look for their 4th coach in as many years.

The 49ers are expected to fire HC Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke this week, ESPN reports. That would mean just a 1-season trial for Kelly after Philly fired him near the end of the 2015 season, but it's not a surprise given the way this year has gone in San Francisco. It would also mark the team's 2nd straight 1-year stint at HC, after Jim Tomsula succeeded HC Jim Harbaugh. We wouldn't bet on this situation affecting Niners players in fantasy at all this week, especially in a game where Seattle should overmatch them fairly easily.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde tore his MCL in Sunday's game against the Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hyde will obviously miss the season finale and could be sidelined for 10-12 weeks. It might cost him part of the offseason program, but he should be ready in plenty of time for training camp. Hyde was impressive on a crappy 49ers offense this year, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, catching a career-high 27 passes and scoring 9 TDs. Durability continues to be a problem, though. Hyde has missed 14 games across his first 3 NFL seasons. He'll be a risk/reward early-round pick in 2017 fantasy football drafts. Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis will handle backfield duties in Week 17. None will be a recommended fantasy starter against the Seahawks.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde suffered a knee injury in Saturday's win over the Rams. "I'm praying it's not serious," he said afterward. "Hopefully I can come back and play next week." We'll look for an update on Hyde tomorrow.

The Niners on Monday placed LB Nick Bellore on IR after he suffered an elbow injury in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. The team added LB Carl Bradford off waivers from Green Bay. Gerald Hodges and Michael Wilhoite figure to man the ILB spots against the Rams this Sunday, assuming Hodges doesn't violate any more team rules in the meantime.

The Niners benched LB Gerald Hodges for Sunday's loss to the Falcons because of an unspecified violation of team rules. Michael Wilhoite started in Hodges' place next to Nick Bellore and collected a modest 6 tackles (5 solo). We'll see about Hodges' status for Week 16 at L.A.

Niners CB Jimmie Ward left Sunday's game early with a shoulder injury and did not return. We'll check on his status for Week 16 heading into a Saturday afternoon meeting with the Rams.

49ers TE Vance McDonald has been placed on IR with the shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Jets. He finishes the season with 24 catches for 391 yards and 4 TDs in 11 appearances. He flashed playmaking ability, averaging 16.3 yards per catch and leading the moribund Niners in receiving scores. San Francisco obviously sees him as a big part of the offense going forward, inking him to a 5-year extension last week. There's some dynasty appeal here, but McDonald needs to get better QB play going forward.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde torched a strong Jets run D to the tune of 17 carries for 193 yards — plus 1 catch, 7 yards and 1 score. The rushing yardage marks a career high for the young RB. Hyde scored on the 49ers’ opening drive, as Colin Kaepernick hit him in the flat for the catch-and-run TD. Hyde did lose 7 carries to Shaun Draughn — plus a short-range rushing score — but Hyde’s fantasy upside is clear. He belongs in lineups for a Week 15 meeting at Atlanta.

49ers TE Vance McDonald suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Jets and will not return. That comes a day after the team announced a 5-year, $35 million extension for McDonald. We'll look for an update on the injury tomorrow.

Washington WR Pierre Garcon drew a team-high 6 targets in Sunday's win over the Eagles, catching 5 of them for 59 yards and a TD. Garcon has proved to be the best bet for consistent volume, especially with TE Jordan Reed limited or out. He'll remain a solid PPR play the rest of the way in fantasy football lineups.


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