The 49ers have placed WR Bruce Ellington on IR with the hamstring injury he suffered in the 3rd preseason game. Ellington built sleeper buzz all offseason as San Francisco's projected slot receiver. Now he'll miss his entire 3rd NFL season after a pair of disappointing campaigns to open his career. The 49ers' WR corps, meanwhile, gets even weaker. Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton are expected to start on the outside. Newly-acquired Jeremy Kerley might be the favorite for slot duties. The biggest winner, though, might be TE Vance McDonald. He and Smith are the only 49ers pass-catchers worth drafting.

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The Patriots have signed WR Bruce Ellington to a 1-year deal. The 27-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career and is averaging just 9.7 yards per catch. He did haul in 23 balls over a 4-game stretch in Detroit late last season -- but he averaged 5.7 yards per catch before hurting his hamstring. There's opportunity in New England as the current depth chart stands, but Ellington remains a long shot for 2019 fantasy value.

Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) returned to limited practices this week but is out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. That again leaves Andy Jones and T.J. Jones as Detroit’s #2 and #3 WRs. Neither is a fantasy option.

Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bills. His absence leaves T.J. Jones and Andy Jones behind Kenny Golladay on the depth chart. Detroit’s offense is a mess.

Lions WR Bruce Ellington was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury. He caught all 4 of his targets but for just 17 yards before exiting. We'll look for an update on the severity of his injury.

The Lions have signed WR Bruce Ellington. Houston's 2014 4th-round pick has had trouble staying healthy and has just 56 catches across 5 NFL seasons. He'll compete for slot snaps in Detroit but is a long shot for fantasy relevance.

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