49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed after Sunday's loss to the Redskins that QB C.J. Beathard will remain the team's starter going forward. The 3rd-round rookie sparked the offense in Washington, completing 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He also added a 14-yard run. Beathard can't be trusted in fantasy lineups of any type at this point but could certainly prove to be a long-term upgrade over QB Brian Hoyer. It's also worth noting that Beathard was college teammates with TE George Kittle. The duo hooked up of 3 of 7 attempts for 41 yards on Sunday.
Niners LB Reuben Foster (high ankle sprain) and S Eric Reid (knee sprain) are questionable for Sunday's game at Washington. Foster told the team website that he hopes to play in the game, while the team site reports Reid "should" return this week. Each is an option for IDP lineups if active. Reid's return makes Jaquiski Tartt tough to trust.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) has been a full-go at practice this week. He’ll be ready to serve in a change-of-pace role behind Latavius Murray against the Bears on Monday night. We’ll see exactly how much work that means. Consider McKinnon just a PPR flier for now.
Niners S Jaquiski Tartt is active for today's game against the Cardinals after clearing the league concussion protocol. He's a nice upside play for IDP lineups this week.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander is expected to miss the team's Week 5 game -- in addition to this weekend's -- because of a hamstring injury. He suffered the injury back in Week 2 after dealing with a hamstring injury back in the preseason as well. The Bucs, of course, have no bye the rest of the way because of their rescheduled opener vs. Miami.
The 49ers have labeled S Jaquiski Tartt questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals because of his concussion. According to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, Tartt cleared the league protocol Friday, which would seem to be the last step toward Tartt playing Sunday. Bet on him being there, but we'll update Tartt's status Sunday afternoon.
The Buccaneers have ruled MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Rookie LB Kendell Beckwith slid over from the strong side to fill in when Alexander left last week's game and figures to garner extra playing time with Alexander down in Week 3.
49ers S Jaquiski Tartt left late in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Rams. He took a shot to the back of his head from a teammate's foot. The Niners deemed him questionable to return with a "head injury," which almost always means a concussion check. Tartt -- who entered the week with a neck issue -- had been filling in for injured S Eric Reid (knee).
49ers safeties Jaquiski Tartt (neck) and Jimmie Ward (hamstring) are both active for tonight's game against the Rams. Both were reportedly expected to start but entered the day officially questionable. If you're looking to use 1 in your IDP lineup, opt for Tartt. The injury situations obviously add risk to both, though.
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.
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.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander left Sunday's game against the Bears in the 1st half with a hamstring injury and is doubtful to return. He dealt with hamstring trouble in the preseason, so this is a worrisome development. We'll keep an eye on the situation.
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.
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.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander will miss Saturday's 3rd preseason game with a hamstring injury that kept him out for nearly the whole practice week. HC Dirk Koetter told the Tampa Tribune this week, however, that Alexander's hamstring "will be fine." So we're not moving him from his perch near the top of our 2017 IDP rankings.
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.
Falcons RB Tevin Coleman has put on 10-15 pounds this offseason, according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco. Prisco classifies it as "good weight." We don't have any concrete data, but it sure seems like RBs who add weight tend to struggle. It's especially concerning for a RB like Coleman who relies on speed and explosion. We're not moving him in the RB rankings, but he already felt overvalued at his 5th-round ADP.
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