Niners LB Kwon Alexander got kicked out in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after delivering a blow to the head of QB Jameis Winston, a former teammate. We'll see if the incident affects Alexander's availability for Week 2.
Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that QB Jimmy Garoppolo will not play in any preseason games, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. Garoppolo and LB Kwon Alexander will sit out the exhibitions as they work back from ACL tears that ended 2018 early for each player. This news isn't a big deal. Each player likely would have played less than a full game's worth of snaps anyway. But it would have been nice for fantasy owners to see Garoppolo in some game action before the regular season. Still, he's a solid draft value low in QB2 territory.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the 49ers have reached a 4-year, $54 million deal with LB Kwon Alexander. They can't finalize the contract until Wednesday afternoon. Alexander will join a LB corps that saw rookie Fred Warner play mostly on the inside last year. We'd bet on Alexander taking over the middle, though, and Warner playing the weak side. There's room for both to produce quality IDP numbers. Alexander is coming off a left ACL tear, but the new contract indicates little concern over his recovery. We'll certainly keep an eye on his progress through the spring and summer. We'll also see whether the Bucs stick with 2018 rookie Adarius Taylor at MLB or go in another direction.
An MRI has confirmed that Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That will end the LB's season after just 6 games. It marks the 3rd time in his 4 pro seasons that Alexander has played 12 games or fewer (the 1st of those because of a PED suspension). LB Adarius Taylor played a season-high 62% of the defensive snaps against Cleveland. That marked the 4th straight week in which his playing time increased. Taylor certainly looks like the biggest beneficiary of the Alexander injury. We'd like to wait and see just how much the strong-side starter plays against the Bengals in Week 8 before using him in IDP lineups.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander left late in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns after suffering a non-contact knee injury. He has been ruled out for the game. The situation looks potentially serious. We'll watch for updates after the game or tomorrow.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. But the Tampa Bay Times reports that he's finally ready to return for the 1st time since leaving the opener with a hamstring injury. Alexander put in full practices all week and should be good to go for IDP lineups. We've moved him up the the Week 7 IDP rankings. Lavonte David (ankle) is also officially questionable for the 2nd straight week but should play after seeing full duty in Week 6. Alexander's return will push Kendell Beckwith back to the strong side and likely cut his playing time down from the 100% level he's seen since Alexander went down.
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 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.
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.
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.
The league has denied the appeal of Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander for his PED suspension, according to the Tampa Tribune. That means the rookie will miss the final 4 games of the regular season and be eligible to play again this year only if the Bucs make the playoffs. That's a shame for Tampa and IDP owners, as Alexander had turned into a top-10 producer among fantasy LBs. HC Lovie Smith hasn't indicated whether Bruce Carter or Danny Lansanah will replace Alexander in the middle. We'd bet on Lansanah playing in passing sub packages (alongside Lavonte David) over Carter either way, though, making him the better fantasy pickup in deeper IDP leagues.
Update: Alexander actually dropped his appeal.
The league has yet to rule on Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander's appeal of a 4-game PED suspension. That means he'll play today against the Falcons. We've got him safely inside the top 10 of our Week 13 LB rankings.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander told the Tampa Tribune that he's appealing the 4-game PED suspension that the league will hand down today. But he also acknowledged responsibility for the violation, attributing it to an energy drink that he has consumed since high school. “It’s my fault,’’ Alexander said. “It’s very disappointing, and I’m just disappointed in myself because all [our coaches] keep saying, ‘If you’re going to drink something, ask somebody first.’ So I hold myself accountable.’’ We'll see where the appeal goes, but IDP owners should plan on not having the emerging rookie for the next month.
Per multiple reports, Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander will face a 4-game suspension for PED use after this week's game against the Eagles. The suspension is expected to be officially handed down Monday, which is why Alexander remained available for Week 11. It's an unfortunate development for a rookie who has stepped up as an IDP option in recent weeks. OLB Danny Lansanah could factor into the replacement plan. He played well in the middle last year and saw 3-down duty when then-starter Mason Foster got hurt.
Bucs rookie LB Kwon Alexander lined up at MLB with the 1st team in Monday's practice, in place of free-agent addition Bruce Carter. That came after HC Lovie Smith praised the rookie for his performance in the preseason opener vs. Minnesota. “We knew about the athletic ability, but the thing that’s impressed us from the day we got Kwon is his smarts,’’ DC Leslie Frazier told the Tampa Tribune. “He works so hard in the classroom and he’s able to bring it out to the field.’’ Don't be surprised if this sticks. Carter disappointed repeatedly as an OLB in Dallas, so we never believed in him as Tampa's answer in the middle. We'll see if Alexander can prove to be a 3-down player. Strong-side starter Danny Lansanah -- who played well in the middle, including coverage, when Mason Foster got hurt last year -- continues to look like a good bet for full-time duty. Both will be interesting to watch for your IDP league.
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