Trey Lance completed an improbable rise to the NFL by landing with the 49ers at Pick #3 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Lance spent just 1 season as a starting QB in high school and then chose North Dakota State at the FCS level after being lightly recruited. He followed NFL backup Easton Stick there and balled out in his lone starting campaign. Lance completed 66.9% of his throws at 9.7 yards per attempt with 28 TDs and nary an INT. He led that Bison team to a 16-0 record and the FCS national title, adding 1,100 yards and 14 TDs on the ground. Lance boasts the size and willingness to be Josh Allen-like as a goal-line rusher. Also like Allen, he sports a big throwing arm. Lance started just 17 college games and might be asked to sit for a year before getting his starting shot in the pros. (Even Jimmy Kepouros, an NDSU WR, calls Lance “really raw.”) But the rushing ability alone gives Lance immediate fantasy upside whenever he does hit the field. This is a nice landing spot with a bright offensive mind in HC Kyle Shanahan and a nice group of pass-catchers in George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. We’ll see whether the Niners hang on to QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- and if he can hang on to the starting job for any or all of 2021. Bet on Lance hitting the field at some point this season.
The 49ers swung a massive trade for the #3 overall pick in next month's draft, sending the #12 pick, a 2021 3rd-rounder and 1st-rounders in 2022 and 2023 to the Dolphins. The 'Niners clearly have their eyes on a QB. ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the team doesn't have 1 specific rookie in mind but is "good with the options" that will be available. That'll be some combination of BYU's Zach Wilson, Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance. Schefter also reports that San Francisco "has no plans" to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- but his days as the starter are clearly numbered. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are reaffirming their commitment to QB Tua Tagovailoa with this trade.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk suffered a high-ankle sprain in Saturday's win over the Cardinals and will miss the finale vs. the Seahawks. It ends an impressive rookie campaign that saw Aiyuk average 6.6 catches, 83 yards and .6 TDs over his final 7 games. Kendrick Bourne and Richie James will close out the season as San Francisco's top 2 WRs.
Niners HC Kyle Shanahan announced Tuesday that WR Deebo Samuel will miss the rest of the season with his hamstring injury. That clears the way for Brandon Aiyuk to remain the #1 WR over the next 2 weeks, with Kendrick Bourne and Richie James as #2 and #3.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said Monday that WR Deebo Samuel will be out "a while" with his latest hamstring injury. With just 2 weeks left in most fantasy seasons, he can be dropped from rosters. WR Brandon Aiyuk is set up to dominate targets the rest of the way. In 4 games without Samuel and TE George Kittle (including last week when Samuel played 1 snap), Aiyuk has caught 24 of 41 targets.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan admitted after Sunday's loss to Washington that WR Deebo Samuel's hamstring injury "didn't look good." ESPN's Nick Wagoner tweeted that there's a "real chance" Samuel misses the rest of the season -- although that seems more like speculation than a report. We should get an update on Samuel's status tomorrow. WR Brandon Aiyuk dominated targets in his absence vs. Washington, turning 16 targets into 10 catches for 119 yards.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk has been activated from the COVID list. That puts him in line to return for Monday night's game against the Bills. San Francisco has had Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel together for only 4 games this season. Samuel has out-targeted Aiyuk 22 to 21 in those contests.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (COVID) is out for today’s game against the Rams. Deebo Samuel, Richie James and Kendrick Bourne should operate as San Francisco’s top 3 WRs.
As of Friday evening, 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk remains on the COVID list. HC Kyle Shananah said he hasn't heard any updates on Aiyuk's chances of getting cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Rams. San Francisco promoted WR Jordan Matthews from the practice squad, so the team is obviously preparing to be without Aiyuk. He should be on fantasy benches for now.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk has been placed back on the COVID list. San Francisco has a Week 11 bye, but we'll see if the rookie is cleared in time for next week's game vs. the Rams.
49ers WR Kendrick Bourne has returned 2 consecutive negative COVID tests, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams can re-join the team immediately. It's a tough break that all 4 guys were forced to miss Thursday night's loss to the Packers, but they'll be eligible to play Week 10.
The 49ers have added WR Brandon Aiyuk and LT Trent Williams to the COVID list. That means the offense will be missing both starters, in addition to Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and Kendrick Bourne (COVID). Those absences, of course, join RBs Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson, as well as QB Jimmy Garoppolo and TE George Kittle. Trent Taylor suddenly looks like the team's top receiver ... and he might need to play a few more positions by the time we get to Thursday night. The NFL reportedly still plans to play the game at the scheduled time, though.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will return for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, HC Kyle Shanahan said. Garoppolo is a significant upgrade for San Francisco's pass-catchers and is a high-upside QB2 in this matchup. The 'Niners are implied for 29.25 points -- 6th highest on the week.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll make his pro debut against the Jets on Sunday. It’s completely uncertain how big a role the rookie will play after missing about 3 weeks. But Aiyuk does bring intriguing upside in this plus matchup.
Niners WR Brandon Aiyuk was a full practice participant Thursday. The rookie appears to be trending toward playing Sunday against the iffy secondary of the Jets. He could face plenty of opportunity, with Deebo Samuel out and TE George Kittle questionable to play (knee).
The 49ers on Tuesday reached a deal with WR Mohamed Sanu. The former Falcon spent 2016 with Niners HC Kyle Shanahan as his OC in Atlanta. Sanu failed to make the Patriots' regular-season roster this year, though, just months after New England traded a 2nd-round pick to acquire him. That suggests we shouldn't expect a whole lot from the veteran wideout. His signing follows WR Deebo Samuel landing on IR. Shanahan has said, however, that he'll "be surprised" if rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk isn't ready to play in Week 2.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals. With WR Deebo Samuel also out, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor figure to operate as San Francisco’s top 2 WRs.
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