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Jerick McKinnon RB - SF

Experience: 5 YRS  
Height: 5'9"  
Weight: 209 
Bye: 11

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49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed from the Combine on Wednesday that Jerick McKinnon remains his lead back. Matt Breida impressed with 5.3 yards per carry and 9.7 yards per catch last year, despite battling injuries. But the 'Niners paid McKinnon $18 million guaranteed last offseason and owe him another $3.7 million this year. Shanahan said that McKinnon's recovery from last September's torn ACL is "on track." He remains mostly unproven as a lead back, but his athleticism and an improving San Francisco offense give him intriguing upside. McKinnon's ADP is sitting in the early 5th round as the 24th RB off the board in February FFPC drafts.

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The 49ers' fears have been realized. RB Jerick McKinnon suffered an ACL tear in Saturday's practice and will miss the season. That leaves his expected touches available for Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. The team this week released RBs Joe Williams and Jeremy McNichols. We'd bet on San Francisco adding to the backfield, but Breida and Morris carry much more value in fantasy football drafts over the coming week.

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ESPN reports that 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon suffered a knee injury on the final play of Saturday's practice that the team fears may be serious. We'll be watching for further updates, but hold off on drafting McKinnon at all for now. Matt Breida and Alfred Morris, meanwhile, gain intrigue in the middle to late rounds of current fantasy football drafts.

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49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (calf) was "moving well" in conditioning work off to the side of Tuesday's practice, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner. McKinnon has yet to return to practice since going down on August 12, but it sounds like he's on pace to be ready for Week 1. He's a risk/reward pick at his current mid-3rd-round ADP.

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49ers GM John Lynch said Friday that RB Jerick McKinnon (calf) will be "out of action" until Week 1. That presumably means he won't play in the final 3 preseason games or practice until September. It's more confirmation than breaking news -- and it's a smart tactic for the 'Niners to take. But it's still a less-than-ideal situation for a guy who remains completely unproven as a lead back. McKinnon retains PPR RB1 upside but has become a risky pick that we're not considering until Round 3 of fantasy drafts.

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Injury Predictor

McKinnon hits 2018 having lost just 1 game to injury through 4 pro seasons. That came in 2016, when he aggravated a late-October ankle sprain and sat out Week 8. McKinnon suffered no publicized injuries across 4 years at Georgia Southern that saw him running mostly as an option QB. This will be his first full-season crack at starter-level work in the pros. McKinnon topped out at 159 rushing attempts and 43 receptions in 2016 with the Vikings.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
1.75 4.6% 53.3%
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Date Injury Analysis
Sep 1, 2018 Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 McKinnon tore the ACL in his right knee in practice on September 1. He later said that he also tore "other stuff" in the knee.
Aug 12, 2018 Leg Calf Strain McKinnon went down in practice with a right calf strain.
Oct 23, 2016 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 McKinnon injured his ankle but returned. He later aggravated it and missed the rest of the game and Week 8.

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