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 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.
San Francisco GM John Lynch said Friday that WR Kendrick Bourne has been cleared to travel with the team for Sunday's game in New Orleans. That precedes word of Bourne being activated from the COVID list -- after he returned to it Monday -- but suggests that is coming. Expect Bourne to be in the lineup against New Orleans. That doesn't make him anything more than a low-level PPR option, but it also likely pushes Week 9 star Richie James back to reserve status.
49ers WR Richie James (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. So it'll be James, Trent Taylor, Kevin White and River Cracraft at WR for San Francisco. Taylor is the best bet of the bunch but is just a low-upside WR3.
49ers WR Dante Pettis (groin) is not listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. WRs Trent Taylor (foot) and Jalen Hurd (back) are both out for this weekend’s opener against the Bucs. Marquise Goodwin is expected to serve as the #2 WR, with Kendrick Bourne, Deebo Samuel and Richie James filling spots 3 through 5.
Niners WR Trent Taylor tells NBC Sports Bay Area that he never felt fully healthy throughout 2018 following offseason back surgery. Taylor had the procedure before OTAs but said the situation kept him from going through a normal offseason and kept him short of 100% throughout the year. He says he's "back to normal" now, though, and looking forward to a proper offseason. Taylor could also benefit from the coaching staff adding Wes Welker, who spent the past 2 years as a Texans assistant. With Pierre Garcon gone and QB Jimmy Garoppolo returning, 49ers WRs make for interesting later shots to take in 2019 best-ball drafting. Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin figure to occupy the top 2 depth-chart spots. But Taylor, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James could compete for the #3 role and primary slot duty.
The 49ers have elected not to pick up the 2019 option on WR Pierre Garcon's contract. That's not a surprising move given Garcon's tumble over the past 2 seasons. He missed 8 games apiece in 2017 and 2018 and posted his 2 smallest catch totals (40 and 24) since his 2008 rookie campaign. The 32-year-old looks done as a fantasy factor -- and perhaps as an NFL player. His departure leaves opportunity for younger members of the Niners' WR corps: Dante Pettis, Richie James and Trent Taylor.
49ers WRs Marquise Goodwin (personal) and Pierre Garcon (knee) are out for this weekend’s game in Seattle.Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James will serve as San Francisco’s top 3 WRs.Pettis is the only fantasy consideration — and he’s just a WR4 flier.
49ers WR Pierre Garcon (knee) will miss Monday's contest against the Giants. He missed each practice during the week. With Garcon sidelined, San Francisco will primarily utilize Marquise Goodwin, Richie James, Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne at WR.
The 49ers finished their 2018 NFL Draft by taking Middle Tennessee State WR Richie James in the 7th round. James lost 8 games to injury in 2017 but posted big numbers and market shares over his 1st 2 seasons. James totaled 212 receptions over that span, surpassed 1,300 receiving yards each year and tallied 20 TD catches. He added 5 TDs and 554 yards rushing on 61 career carries. James' Combine numbers were solid but not flashy. In San Francisco, he has a chance to compete with 2017 draftee Trent Taylor in the slot.
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