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The 49ers expect to start Jaquiski Tartt (neck) and Jimmie Ward (hamstring) at safety Thursday night against the Rams, according to Pro Football Talk. Both players were limited on the Tuesday and Wednesday injury reports and carry questionable tags into the contest. Tartt would play strong in place of Eric Reid, who's reportedly expected to miss a few games with his sprained PCL. Ward would man the free spot. We'll confirm their game statuses Thursday evening.

Lions S Tavon Wilson suffered a shoulder injury in Monday night's win over the Giants. He left late in the 2nd quarter and did not return. Miles Killebrew replaced Wilson and would likely start in his spot should Wilson miss the Week 3 home date with Atlanta.

49ers S Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is active and will make his season debut today against the Seahawks. He sat out the opener with the injury. Ward will carry upside at full strength, but it's too soon to trust him in IDP lineups -- especially in a negative matchup for DB scoring. His return casts doubt on Jaquiski Tartt's usability in IDP lineups as well.

Niners DB Jimmie Ward is out for today's game against the Panthers, as expected. He entered the weekend doubtful with a hamstring injury. Ward will make for a risky IDP option until he gets through a game healthy.

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3:09pm EDT 9/10/17

49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. The rookie shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups.

49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s opener against the Panthers. The rookie could emerge as a spot-start option later this season but shouldn’t be in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

49ers TE George Kittle aggravated the hamstring injury that bothered him throughout August, HC Kyle Shanahan said. Kittle was able to put in a limited practice on Wednesday, so he has a shot to play against the Panthers this weekend. He shouldn't be in your fantasy plans, though.

Niners S Jimmie Ward suffered a hamstring injury Thursday in the team's conditioning test and has been placed on the PUP, according to CSN Bay Area. HC Kyle Shanahan said they don't believe the injury is serious but that they want to "be smart" about when to return him to the field. The team is reportedly viewing Ward's injury as a "week to week" situation. Jaquiski Tartt will fill in while Ward is out.

49ers GM John Lynch talked up rookie TE George Kittle in a Tuesday radio appearance. "He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well," Lynch said. "I think George gives us something we don’t have in a playmaker down near the red zone, where you’ve got a one-on-one matchup ... We feel like George Kittle maybe gives us something where he is that guy, in a one-on-one situation you can flex him out, put him in the middle of the field and he can kind of impose his will and just out-athlete people. " Kittle has been buzzing since being selected in the 5th round of this spring's draft. He impressed onlookers in minicamp earlier this month, when he got run with the 1st-team offense. We're still skeptical of a rookie TE in what will very likely be a subpar offense, but Kittle's progress will be worth monitoring when training camp opens in about a month. At minimum, he's an intriguing dynasty stash.

49ers TE George Kittle worked exclusively with the starting offense during Tuesday's minicamp practice, according to insider Grant Cohn. "For long stretches, Kittle was [QB Brian] Hoyer’s go-to guy," Cohn added. San Francisco's new brass isn't high on TE Vance McDonald, and the rest of the TE group reads Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen and Blake Bell. Kittle didn't put up big numbers at Iowa but earned the top SPARQ score in this year's loaded TE class. He could certainly carve out a rookie-year role.

The 49ers snagged Iowa TE George Kittle in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6’4, 247-pounder surprised with a 97th percentile SPARQ score in the pre-draft process. He doesn’t play that athletically but did average 15.4 yards per catch across 4 college seasons. Kittle is also a more-than-willing blocker and comes from a pro-style offense. There’s some sleeper appeal here. Note that insider Michael Lombardi reported Friday that TE Vance McDonald is on the trade block.

The Bengals picked up Kansas State DE Jordan Willis in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Willis tallied 20 sacks and 31.5 total tackles for loss over the past 2 seasons and then crushed the Scouting Combine. Willis ranked 93rd percentile or better in the 3-cone drill, broad jump, vertical and 40-yard dash at 6'4 and 255 pounds. Willis might be blocked initially by Michael Johnson but should work into the rotation right away and might battle for Johnson's job before the end of his rookie year. Willis looks very intriguing for IDP dynasty rookie drafts.

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.

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.

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11:55pm EST 12/18/16

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.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) put in a full practice on Friday and isn’t listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He’ll play against the 49ers on Sunday and figures to serve as Atlanta’s #1 WR with Julio Jones out. The groin issue adds some risk, but Sanu is certainly in the WR3 discussion.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) practiced on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game against the 49ers. Sanu could find himself as the #1 WR if Julio Jones sits again.

WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) has been ruled out for this weekend’s game vs. the Rams. Between his absence and WR Julio Jones’ turf toe, WR Taylor Gabriel figures to play a big role on Sunday. He’s a viable WR3.

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