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Neither 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey nor HC Kyle Shanahan sounded concerned about the calf injury that knocked McCaffrey from Sunday's win over the Commanders. “I’m not sure what happened,” McCaffrey said. “It was pretty minor. I was having a hard time pushing off. And just for precautionary reasons, it’d be better to just rest it." Shanahan said, "We think he’ll be all right. He was moving around all right on the sideline. We’re hoping it’s not too bad, but we’ll know more tomorrow.” McCaffrey won't play in Sunday's meaningless regular-season finale and will then get a first-round playoff bye. It sounds like he'll be ready when the 49ers return for the Divisional Round. We'll keep you updated on McCaffrey's status.

49ers RB Christian McCaffrey is officially questionable to return to Sunday's game vs. the Commanders due to a calf. He's remained on the sidelines trying to get loose. We'll look for more info on his status. RB Elijah Mitchell has replaced McCaffrey as San Francisco's lead back.

Packers LB De'Vondre Campbell (neck) is doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Vikings. He hasn't practiced at all the past two weeks and posted on social media last week that he wouldn't play hurt anymore. We'll see if he can get over the hurt by Week 18. Isaiah McDuffie gets another start in Campbell's place this week.

49ers QB Brock Purdy (left shoulder) was a full-go in Wednesday's practice. He was reportedly cleared to return to Monday night's game and will be ready for this weekend's game vs. the Commanders' 32nd-ranked QB defense.

49ers QB Brock Purdy suffered a stinger in the fourth quarter of Monday night's game vs. the Ravens. He's been cleared to return, according to ESPN's Lisa Salters, but Purdy has remained on the sidelines with San Francisco trailing by 14. We'll look for more info on Purdy's status, but it sounds like we should expect him to be available for Week 17's game vs. the Commanders.

The Packers have ruled LB De'Vondre Campbell (neck) out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That pushes Isaiah McDuffie into the starting lineup for what will be his eighth start. McDuffie tallied at least 5 solos in each of those seven previous starts and averaged 9.1 total tackles. He'll be an option for tackle-friendly IDP lineups. McDuffie sits in LB3 territory of our Week 16 rankings. Quay Walker spent the whole practice week limited but carries no injury designation into the game. He should be fine to use. Green Bay also ruled out S Darnell Savage (shoulder).

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals. Jordan Mason will again serve as San Francisco’s No. 2 RB – and Christian McCaffrey will continue to dominate backfield work.

The 49ers could be without LB Dre Greenlaw for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He's questionable with hip and ankle injuries after managing just one limited practice Friday. DC Steve Wilks said Thursday that he expected Greenlaw to play, according to The Athletic's Matt Barrows. CB Charvarius Ward (groin) is also questionable after following the same practice schedule. We'll watch for more on both players over the weekend. The 49ers have ruled out DT Javon Hargrave and DL Arik Armstead.

Per Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Vikings will be making a change at the QB position in Week 15. Joshua Dobbs is being sent to the bench after four starts and will be replaced by backup Nick Mullens. This news doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering Dobbs' recent struggles and the fact that he was yanked in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest vs. the Raiders. From a fantasy perspective, Mullens doesn't bring the same rushing ability to the table as Dobbs did and shouldn't be considered a lineup option outside of deep 2QB/superflex leagues. Check out where he appears in our current QB rankings.

Niners LB Dre Greenlaw is considered "day-to-day" as he deals with hip and ankle injuries, according to Niners Nation. Greenlaw temporarily left Sunday's win over the Seahawks but played 95% of snaps. He seems like a good bet to be ready for Week 15. DL Arik Armstead "might miss one more game," HC Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday. DT Javon Hargrave (hamstring) and CB Charvarius Ward (groin) have a "chance" to play. Both left Sunday's game early and did not return. We'll check their statuses through the practice week.

Vikings QB Joshua Dobbs was benched early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Raiders. He completed just 10 of 23 passes for 63 scoreless yards -- definitely a benchable offense. QB Nick Mullens is in for Dobbs. We'll see how he fares and who Minnesota rolls with going forward.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Seahawks. Jordan Mason will serve as the No. 2 RB, but RB Christian McCaffrey will dominate work – at least as long as this game is still in the balance.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Seahawks. He's not on the fantasy radar, but his absence can't hurt RB Christian McCaffrey's already massive volume projection.

The Vikings will continue starting QB Josh Dobbs this week against the Raiders, NFL Network reports. It's not a surprising revelation, and that's how we already had our Week 14 rankings set. Of course it'd be nice if Minnesota could go with a steadier QB than the journeyman who threw 4 INTs against the Bears his last time out. But the other options are Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall. Dobbs gets a fine matchup with the Raiders and will carry fantasy upside. The risk, however, is that he enters the game on a short leash. A turnover or two could motivate HC Kevin O'Connell to pull an in-game switch. We've factored some of that risk into Dobbs' projection for Week 14. But you'll need to make a personal call on his situation before setting your fantasy lineup with or without him. It can only help the whole offense to (likely) get WR Justin Jefferson back.

Vikings OC Wes Phillips said Tuesday that HC Kevin O'Connell will announce the starting QB Wednesday. Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says, "Based on everything I've heard this week, I expect the Vikings to start Josh Dobbs against the Raiders." That's how we have it projected in the Week 14 QB rankings, but we'll obviously be watching for any change. Dobbs has showed plenty of fantasy upside and will get a fine matchup if he stays in the lineup. There figures to be some risk he gets pulled, though, if he struggles anywhere near how he did against the Bears before the bye.

If you're disappointed in the fantasy output from 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw in Week 13, there's a good explanation. He got ejected midway through the third quarter after an altercation with a security guard on the Eagles' sideline. It doesn't seem as though Greenlaw's likely to face further discipline for the incident. So go back to considering him a potential weekly starter for Week 14 and beyond.

Niners QB Brock Purdy threw for 314 yards and 4 TDs in Sunday's lopsided win at Philadelphia. He hit Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, and Deebo Samuel (twice) for scores. It marked the fourth time in the past five games that Purdy threw for at least 296 yards (third game over 300) and the third game among the past four with at least 3 TD passes. Sunday's game marked a rebound from his QB25 fantasy finish in Week 12 against the Seahawks. Purdy gets a rematch with Seattle in Week 14, but we're not downgrading him. Two of the past four QBs to face the Seahawks have thrown 3 TD passes and finished among the top 3 fantasy QBs for the week. After that comes even better matchups with the Cardinals and Commanders in weeks 15 and 17, sandwiching a tough Week 16 spot vs. Baltimore.

Packers LB De'Vondre Campbell (neck) is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs. S Rudy Ford (biceps, groin) and S Darnell Savage (calf) are also active. It'll be Savage's first game since Week 7. CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) is inactive for the fourth straight game.

Vikings HC Kevin O'Connell said after Monday night's loss to the Bears that he'll consider making a QB change over the bye week. QB Josh Dobbs was horrible in the loss, throwing for just 185 yards with one TD and four INTs. "We're going to take a look, you know really evaluate the inventory of plays now we have of Josh," O'Connell said. "As much as the turnovers absolutely cripple you, offensively, I still thought Josh battled, no flinch, and just kept playing and competing to try to help us win. I really credit him doing that, it's hard to do on a night where you've turned the football over." Dobbs, of course, played well in his first three games with Minnesota, completing 66% of his passes with four TDs and one INT. Considering that -- and the fact that the Vikings' other QB options are Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall -- we're expecting Dobbs to at least start Week 14's meeting with the Raiders. But we'll keep you updated on O'Connell's decision.

Niners WR Deebo Samuel racked up a team-high 9 targets that converted into a 7-79 receiving line Thursday night against the Seahawks. Samuel’s lack of involvement since returning from his multi-week shoulder injury had been a concern (8 combined targets across weeks 10 and 11). Samuel now has four healthy games of 7+ targets, but also four in which he drew 4 targets or fewer. We'd certainly bet on him going higher than 4 targets per game the rest of the way. But Samuel will face weekly volume challenges. The 49ers rank last in the league at 28.1 pass attempts per game and continue to sport WR Brandon Aiyuk, TE George Kittle, and RB Christian McCaffrey. Samuel's remaining schedule ranks second-easiest for WRs per our adjusted fantasy points allowed, which obviously helps. Next week’s matchup vs. the Eagles looks particularly good. The Philly defense ranks fifth in passing yards allowed per game (248.1), and opposing QBs have posted the eighth-best passer rating (96.4) against them this season. The Eagles also play the run much tougher than the pass, which has motivated opponents to pass at the league's second-highest rate over expected. Samuel should sit comfortably inside our top 24 WRs across formats for that matchup. And he's likely to hover in that WR2 range the rest of the way.

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