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.
The Niners have 3 guys competing to start at ILB next to NaVorro Bowman this offseason. DC Jim O'Neil told the San Francisco Chronicle that Gerald Hodges, Michael Wilhoite and Ray-Ray Armstrong will get equal time with the 1st unit in OTAs. Wilhoite started the 1st 12 games last season before getting hurt, and then Hodges stepped in for the final 4. Armstrong arrived in November after the Raiders waived him and played only on special teams. We'd bet on Wilhoite or Hodges winning the job, with any guy offering just marginal, spot-starter type IDP value.
49ers LB Michael Wilhoite (ankle) will miss his 2nd straight game Sunday against the Lions. Gerald Hodges has started for him the past 2 weeks and delivered 10 tackles (9 solo) against the Bengals in Week 15. But Detroit doesn't present a very good LB tackle matchup this time around.
The Vikings on Tuesday traded MLB Gerald Hodges to the 49ers. That likely turns him into a backup in San Francisco. More importantly, it finally clears the way for rookie MLB Eric Kendricks to start in the middle in Minnesota. The Vikings have seemed to be trending that way in recent weeks, and Kendricks began taking passing-down duty from Hodges back in the preseason. Kendricks tallied 9 solo tackles in the Week 3 win over San Diego and added 4 solos plus a sack at Denver last Sunday. He carries LB1 upside the rest of the way, and has already shot up or Rest of the Way IDP rankings.
The Vikings on Tuesday announced that LB Gerald Hodges will start in the middle Monday night against the Niners. Hodges enjoyed a nice preseason and has flashed good tackle potential in sparse previous starting chances. But Eric Kendricks replaced him in passing sub packages late in the preseason. That setup seems likely to continue, given Kendricks' skills in coverage. We'd still bet on the rookie taking over the starting gig before the end of the season. Hodges presents some tackle upside in the opener if you play in a particularly tackle-heavy format. But his likely 2-down role limits that scoring potential.
Vikings LB Eric Kendricks remained a backup in the 4th preseason game Saturday, so it's clear the team doesn't plan to open with him in the middle in base packages. LB Gerald Hodges played that role against the Cowboys. The rookie replaced him in the nickel package, however, before playing the full MLB role with the 2nd unit. Kendricks played well in both run defense and coverage in the game. It's disappointing that he won't start right away, but his role Saturday night provides some optimism that he could take over the job at some point this season. Kendricks still makes for a more interesting -- and higher-upside -- late stash in your IDP league than Hodges.
After missing the past 2 games with a knee injury, Vikings LB Anthony Barr will have surgery to address the issue. HC Mike Zimmer called the procedure "very minor" on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but he said the rookie won't play again this season. That should give Gerald Hodges a starting gig over the next 2 weeks, and he has delivered useful fantasy football numbers in limited starting opportunities this year. Barr finishes a terrific rookie season that sets him up as at least a perennial IDP starting candidate going forward -- with stud potential.
The Vikings on Friday ruled out LB Anthony Barr (knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and S Robert Blanton (knee/ankle) for Sunday's game at Detroit. That at least means that IDP owners won't need to decide whether to take a chance on any in their fantasy lineups. Barr's absence keeps Gerald Hodges in the lineup a week after he notched 9 tackles and 2 passes defensed -- including an INT he returned for a TD -- against the Jets. Hodges makes for a decent IDP option if you're searching. Andrew Sendejo will likely fill in for Blanton and has been a strong tackle producer in the past. He's certainly not a safe play in what would be his 1st start of the season, though, especially since we don't know exactly what his playing time would look like.
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