The Staff Infection (ID# 206824)
  • 'All signs' point to Gabbert as 49ers starter
    According to the Sacramento Bee, "all signs" point to Blaine Gabbert getting the Week 1 start versus Los Angeles.

    Advice: It's going to be a tough road for Blaine Train, who starts off versus the Rams, at the Panthers, and at the Seahawks. The 49ers then host the Cowboys and Cardinals in Weeks 4-5. Gabbert has done nothing to win the starting quarterback job this preseason, but no superior alternatives have stepped forward. Gabbert starting could be good news for the fantasy value of safety valve TE Vance McDonald. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.39 (58th)
  • Carlos Hyde suffers concussion Friday night
    Carlos Hyde suffered a concussion in the first half of the 49ers' preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Hyde didn't get to play much with Colin Kaepernick because he left early with the brain injury. Hyde will now be placed into the NFL's concussion protocol. He has 15 days to receive clearance in time for Week 1 against the Rams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.36 (111th)
  • Chip: We haven't talked releasing Kaepernick
    Asked Friday night if the 49ers have considered releasing Colin Kaepernick, coach Chip Kelly replied, "There's never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick."

    Advice: Kaepernick was downright dreadful in Friday night's preseason game, looking entirely uncomfortable in new coach Chip Kelly's offense. If the 49ers aren't going to start Kaepernick, they have three options -- trade him, pay him $12 million not to play, or grant Kaepernick his release. If the 49ers opt to keep Kap around, that $12 million figure will be an awfully large bullet to bite. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Trevor Davis sees some first-team action
    Rookie WR Trevor Davis caught 1-of-4 targets for nine yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: The fifth-round pick out of Cal saw a handful of snaps with the first-team offense, but was behind Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Jared Abbrederis. Davis did play ahead of 2015 third-round pick Ty Montgomery. Davis' lowlight occurred when he dropped a pass for a would-be long gain delivered by Joe Callahan. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (476th)
  • Montgomery goes catch-less Friday night
    Ty Montgomery was held catch-less in the Packers' third preseason game.

    Advice: He was targeted once. Per PFF, Montgomery played only 3-of-26 snaps with Aaron Rodgers, signifying Montgomery is low on the wideout depth chart. Based on playing time, Montgomery looks to be behind Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Trevor Davis in addition to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (339th)
  • Abbrederis goes 2-25-1 in preseason game
    Packers WR Jared Abbrederis caught 3-of-3 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: Abbrederis played behind Davante Adams, but Adams dropped a deep ball from Joe Callahan while Abbrederis made the most of his opportunities. The drawback with Abbrederis is that he is more of an inside-the-numbers receiver while Adams is theoretically a perimeter presence. The Packers' offense will be more limited if Abbrederis is the No. 3 receiver. It may still be the best option, however, because Abbrederis is more reliable and efficient. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (375th)
  • James Starks gets 8 touches Friday night
    James Starks rushed seven times for 22 yards and caught his lone target for a two-yard gain in the Packers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Eddie Lacy opened the game as the Packers' feature back, but Starks entered after Lacy left and wound up seeing nearly as many plays with Aaron Rodgers. Beat writers expect Lacy and Starks to open the season in an RBBC, with Lacy emerging as the bellcow as winter sets in. Either way, Starks is an undervalued asset who should be owned in all fantasy leagues. He can provide standalone scoring and would be an every-week starter if Fat Eddie went down. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.98 (272nd)
  • Torrey Smith: 1 target in 3 preseason games
    Torrey Smith was not targeted in the 49ers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Smith is a part of the 49ers' starting offense, but you wouldn't know it if you based your takes solely on preseason games. He's seen exactly one target through three exhibition affairs, and has a goose egg to show for it. Smith revealed this week that his 2015 effort sagged because he felt like Colin Kaepernick "wasn't looking for him." Blaine Gabbert isn't looking at Smith, either. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.47 (139th)
  • Vance McDonald draws 4 targets Friday night
    49ers TE Vance McDonald caught 1-of-4 targets for two yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: McDonald has quieted down since catching a 43-yard touchdown in the preseason opener, but he got the start Friday night and continued to be targeted heavily. If Blaine Gabbert keeps the starting job for a meaningful amount of time, McDonald could emerge as a sleeper to lead San Francisco in 2016 receiving. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.47 (261st)
  • Quinton Patton 'rushes' for 3-yard touchdown
    49ers WR Quinton Patton "rushed" for a three-yard touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: He was targeted once in the passing game, but it fell incomplete. Patton's touchdown came on a swing pass following a 27-yard run by Carlos Hyde. The score was recorded as a rushing play because Blaine Gabbert's pass was complete behind the line. Patton has been more involved than both Bruce Ellington and Torrey Smith this preseason. That, of course, isn't saying much. Ellington keeps getting hurt and Smith has drawn one measly preseason target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.50 (229th)
  • Mike Davis solid, not spectacular
    49ers RB Mike Davis managed 13 yards on four carries and caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: Davis didn't do anything wrong, but he's quieted down since a monster preseason opener. Davis did well to hold onto the ball Friday night after losing two fumbles in San Francisco's second exhibition game. Davis remains the favorite for the 49ers' No. 3 back job behind Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.96 (433rd)
  • Richard Rodgers runs behind Jared Cook
    Packers TE Richard Rodgers caught his lone target for a gain of eight yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: Rodgers shed a bunch of weight this spring in hopes of improving his quickness, but he's still not remotely the athlete Jared Cook is. Rodgers is also well behind Cook on the depth chart based on Friday's preseason usage, playing just 2-of-26 snaps with the Aaron Rodgers group while Cook logged 19-of-26. Rodgers lacks re-draft appeal and should be an afterthought in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.26 (337th)
  • Davante Adams remains inefficient
    Davante Adams secured 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in the Packers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Adams' most notable play was a play he didn't make, letting a well-placed bomb from Joe Callahan bounce off his hands. Adams apparently teases in practice, but he doesn't show much in the actual games. He still worked as the Packers' starter opposite Randall Cobb with Jordy Nelson (knees) resting in this game. Adams is ahead of Jared Abbrederis, at least for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.06 (215th)
  • Cobb goes 3-30-1 against 49ers
    Randall Cobb caught 3-of-3 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Cobb looked like the player the Packers needed him to be last season -- but he wasn't -- knifing through the 49ers' defense before catching a quick screen from Aaron Rodgers and powering in for a short TD. Cobb tortured 49ers CB Chris Davis in the slot. Still only 26 years old, Cobb is headed for a bounce-back campaign. Recall he was a top-six fantasy receiver as recently as 2014. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.85 (88th)
  • Jared Cook dominates snaps with A. Rodgers
    Jared Cook caught 4-of-5 targets for 54 yards in the Packers' third preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Cook was a terrifying weapon for the 49ers' defense, shredding them down the seam between the twenties. Most importantly, Cook dominated first-team snaps, seeing 19-of-26 reps compared to just two for Richard Rodgers with the Aaron Rodgers group. Cook has always possessed a tantalizing size-speed combination, and has long been an inconsistent producer with technical flaws. He's late-round flyer material in hopes the light flipping on with Rodgers is real. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.56 (225th)
  • Carlos Hyde's preseason: 15-85-1 rushing
    Carlos Hyde rushed four times for 30 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

    Advice: If the Niners put Hyde on ice for the preseason finale, he'll finish August with 85 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (5.67 YPC). Hyde ripped off a 27-yard run on Friday night, setting up Quinton Patton's three-yard TD. Hyde managed three yards on his other four runs. Hyde is locked in as San Francisco's bellcow back. We'll be interested to see whether the 49ers' ineptitude cuts into Hyde's fantasy production. He's got plenty of ability in his own right. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.36 (111th)
  • Kaepernick flubs big preseason opportunity
    Colin Kaepernick completed 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Playing behind Blaine Gabbert, Kaepernick failed to assert himself as a legit contender for the Week 1 starting job. While he made a few innocuous plays with his legs, Kaepernick looked uncomfortable in the pocket and failed to generate a single first down. Kaepernick remains likely to make starts at some point this year, but Gabbert will be the starter on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Daniel Lasco suffers head injury Friday night
    Saints rookie RB Daniel Lasco suffered an apparent head injury Friday night against the Steelers.

    Advice: Lasco took a big helmet-to-helmet hit early in the fourth quarter. He laid motionless on the ground for several minutes before ultimately being helped off the field. The rookie is competing for a backup job. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (684th)
  • Fleener goes 1-4 against Steelers
    Coby Fleener caught 1-of-4 targets for four yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

    Advice: Fleener's final stat line looks poor, but he had a 31-yard grab in heavy traffic negated by a holding call at the line of scrimmage, and made another tough catch only to be clotheslined by a Steelers defender, causing a breakup. The Steeler should have been flagged on the play. Fleener was the Saints' clear-cut first-team tight end. Despite some negative camp reports, Fleener remains a candidate for top-five fantasy stats at the position. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.42 (110th)
  • Michael Thomas goes 1-23 against Steelers
    Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas caught his lone target for 23 yards in Friday night's third preseason game.

    Advice: Thomas mixed in with the ones when Drew Brees was on the field, surpassing Brandon Coleman on the depth chart and playing in red-zone situations. Thomas' 23-yard catch was delivered by Luke McCown. An exciting second-round rookie, Thomas hasn't yet earned a full-time role with New Orleans' first-team offense. Thomas belongs in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.76 (151st)
  • Gabbert gets quick hook after 2 drives
    Blaine Gabbert completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

    Advice: The Niners treated Gabbert like a locked-in starter, leaving him on the field for only two possessions. They also likely wanted to get a longer look at Colin Kaepernick, of course. Gabbert tossed a swing pass to Quinton Patton for a touchdown, but it was ruled a rushing score because the connection happened behind the line of scrimmage. Gabbert will likely start in Week 1 against the Rams, but he could enter the season on a short leash. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.39 (58th)
  • Corey Coleman quiet in preseason debut
    Corey Coleman caught 0-of-2 targets in the Browns' third preseason game.

    Advice: Coleman had a tunnel-screen catch-and-run called back on a penalty on Terrelle Pryor. The two were later seen having words. It was Coleman's first action of the preseason after missing the first two games with a hamstring strain. The silver lining is Coleman lined up opposite Pryor in two-wide sets and continued to play on the outside in three-wide. It's uncertain if he'll play in the preseason finale, but Coleman enters Week 1 as a boom-or-bust WR3. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.95 (77th)
  • Crowell posts 8-39 rushing line against Bucs
    Isaiah Crowell rushed eight times for 39 yards in the Browns' third preseason game.

    Advice: Crowell needed this one. Prior to Friday night, he had rushed eight times for 26 yards through two preseason games. Crowell ran as the clear-cut first-team running back on early downs and was able to bring his preseason yards-per-carry average up to a respectable 4.06 mark. Crowell will open the season as the guy on first and second downs and is decent value pick in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.74 (190th)
  • Spiller runs extensively with Saints 1st team
    C.J. Spiller rushed four times for 20 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for -1 yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

    Advice: The biggest takeaway is Spiller ran extensively with the first-team offense. He also got first-team run in the second week of preseason, making this a recurring theme. Spiller "started" and essentially rotated evenly with Mark Ingram when Drew Brees was in the game. Spiller seemingly came close to breaking a few big runs, but was caught by his shoelace once and dragged down in the open field on another. Spiller has burned fantasy owners plenty in the past, but he's worth a look in the late rounds of PPR leagues. He'd be easy to drop if he does nothing when the real games start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.13 (125th)
  • Hooma carted off
    Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui was carted off the field with a leg injury in Thursday night's preseason game.

    Advice: It looked severe enough that we're marking Hoomanawanui out indefinitely. (Love having to spell that name.) The player once known as "Illinois Mike" is the Saints' blocking tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.45 (408th)
  • 49ers starting Gabbert in 3rd preseason game
    Blaine Gabbert is expected to start the 49ers' third preseason game.

    Advice: As ESPN's Bob Holtzman notes, it's an "indication" Colin Kaepernick "will have to play really well" to win the 49ers' starting job. It won't be hard to play better than Gabbert, but Gabbert getting the start in the regular season dress rehearsal remains notable. Gabbert can probably still escape as the likely Week 1 starter if he plays competently and Kaepernick struggles at all. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.39 (58th)
  • Garrett Graham may lose roster spot
    Broncos TE Garrett Graham is in danger of losing his roster spot.

    Advice: A replacement-level talent, Graham's history with Gary Kubiak might not save him after missing almost all of camp with a shoulder injury. Virgil Green has stepped forward as the Broncos' primary receiving tight end, while John Phillips is a better blocker. 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman will also make the team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.46 (482nd)
  • Sean Payton labels WR Coleman as 'pedestrian'
    Coach Sean Payton described Brandon Coleman's training camp and preseason as "pedestrian."

    Advice: Coleman isn't believed to be "totally safe" in terms of making the 53-man roster. He dropped a pass in last week's preseason game and almost lost a fumble. Coleman boats great size (6'6/225) but has little else working in his favor. He's been tumbling down the depth chart since Michael Thomas arrived. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.26 (415th)
  • Fleener struggling with drops & communication
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder reports Coby Fleener "hasn't been reliable enough catching passes and isn't on the same page with Drew Brees."

    Advice: Holder says it has "seemed" to him like Josh Hill's passing-game involvement has grown recently. Holder also suggested it's possible the Saints were trying to send a message to Fleener when they "accidentally" listed him low on the depth chart last week. We're not panicking yet, but it's something to keep an eye on. Not being on the same page with Brees is the biggest concern. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.42 (110th)
  • Prosise works as Seahawks third-down back
    C.J. Prosise rushed four times for 23 yards in his preseason debut Thursday night.

    Advice: Although he didn't quite stuff the stat sheet, this was a big step forward for Prosise after an injury-plagued spring and beginning to camp. He worked as the Seahawks' first-team third-down back behind Christine Michael, and also mixed in on some second-and-long plays. Neither Michael nor Thomas Rawls is adept in the passing game, so Prosise could have a Week 1 role. Prosise should be owned in all Dynasty leagues and belongs on re-draft watch lists. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.34 (308th)
  • Kap believes he can still win starting job
    Colin Kaepernick said he believes he can still win the starting job.

    Advice: "Yeah, most definitely," Kaepernick said. "I’m going to go out and show everything I can these next two games and make sure I put my best foot forward to show this organization, this team, this coaching staff what I’m capable of." Kap's injury issues have given Blaine Gabbert a big head start, but he has not taken advantage of the opportunity through two preseason games. If Kaepernick shows well Friday, he could make things interesting. Kap has not played in an NFL game since November 8. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Corey Coleman full go for 3rd preseason game
    Corey Coleman (hamstring) said he's "full go" and will play in the Browns' third preseason game Friday.

    Advice: His latest hamstring issue is "officially over," per ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi. Coleman has been practicing for the past week, but did sit out the second preseason game. The third, classified as the regular-season dress rehearsal, is the most important. Coleman needs to keep his hammy healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.95 (77th)
  • Packers rookie WR Davis had 'uneventful' camp
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Pete Dougherty reports Packers fifth-round WR Trevor Davis had an "uneventful" training camp.

    Advice: Once the pads came on, Davis' play slipped. He has blazing speed (4.42 forty) at 6'1/188, but Davis seems destined for either the practice squad or the weekly gameday inactive list as the No. 6 receiver. Davis is a developmental prospect whose ceiling may be a deep threat and special teams ace. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (476th)
  • Jared Abbrederis to be Packers 'breakout' WR?
    ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky predicts third-year WR Jared Abbrederis will be Green Bay's "breakout" player this season.

    Advice: Abbrederis is listed as Randall Cobb's direct backup on the Packers' latest unofficial depth chart, suggesting he's no deeper than the No. 4 receiver. According to Demovsky, Abbrederis has enjoyed a "strong showing" at training camp and "continues to move up the depth chart." With Jeff Janis' abysmal camp and broken hand, Abbrederis is competing with Davante Adams for No. 3 duties. Abbrederis is a smooth route runner who can play both inside and outside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (375th)
  • Jared Cook has 'rapport' with Aaron Rodgers
    According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official website, Jared Cook has "developed a rapport" with Aaron Rodgers the past two weeks.

    Advice: Cook was activated from the PUP list two weeks ago from today, and in his first practice with the team, he and Rodgers hooked up for numerous touchdowns in team drills. Hodkiewicz also reports Cook has "caught everything" in practice. Cook has a good chance to set or come close to career-best marks in Green Bay, especially with touchdowns. His current career-high is five. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:53 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.56 (225th)
  • C.J. Prosise will play on Thursday
    Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise is expected to see time in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: The third-round rookie missed Seattle's first two exhibition games. Prosise had been ticketed for third-down duties, but has since been passed up by a resurgent Christine Michael. Prosise isn't on the re-draft radar for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.34 (308th)
  • Sean Payton: I would draft Michael Thomas
    Saints coach Sean Payton says he would draft Michael Thomas if he played fantasy football.

    Advice: Payton is often good for a colorful quote, but he's actually one of the league's least-reliable coaches when it comes to actions matching words. Thomas is certainly worthy of hype, but will be battling for targets in an offense crowded with talented pass catchers. He's closer to being a WR5 than WR3. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.76 (151st)
  • Payton: Coby Fleener still 'work in progress'
    Saints coach Sean Payton said Coby Fleener is still a "work in progress."

    Advice: "I'd say it's an ongoing progression," Payton said. "There's some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've got to be a little bit more detailed and that's something that I know he's got to work on." Despite Fourth-Team Gate last week, Fleener is still clearly the No. 1 tight end in New Orleans, but Payton wants him to both improve as a blocker and clean up some of his routes. Fleener agreed he has work to do, echoing his coach's sentiments by saying his understanding of the new offense is a "work in progress." While there appears to still be some rough edges, Fleener should shine with Drew Brees this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.42 (110th)
  • Kaepernick says his arm is 'back to normal'
    After returning to a full practice on Monday, Colin Kaepernick declared his previously "dead" arm "back to normal."

    Advice: The Sacramento Bee confirms Kaepernick is "on track" to get some playing time in this weekend's third exhibition game. Blaine Gabbert remains the favorite to start Week 1, but Kap could turn it into a competition if he turns it on late in the preseason. Gabbert has struggled in both practices and games. The 49ers' offense would have much more explosive potential with Kaepernick quarterbacking. It would be good news for Carlos Hyde and Torrey Smith. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Kaepernick (arm) resumes practicing Monday
    Colin Kaepernick (arm) took part in team drills on Monday.

    Advice: Kap is now on track for Friday's regular season dress rehearsal against the Packers. By nearly every account, Kap is not a legitimate contender in the 49ers' supposed quarterback competition. Kap has twice the physical skills of Blaine Gabbert, but his play has been in a steady downward spiral over the course of three coaching staffs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Kelly: Kaepernick's arm is 'fine'
    49ers coach Chip Kelly insisted Sunday that Colin Kaepernick (arm) is "fine."

    Advice: Players who are "fine" can typically practice, something Kaepernick didn't do at all last week. "I think Kap is fine," said Kelly. "I saw Kap. He’s fine." Kelly "think(s)" Kaepernick will be able to practice on Monday. "He’s going to start throwing tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes, see how he progresses." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • 49ers RB Davis backslides with 2 lost fumbles
    49ers RB Mike Davis gained 26 yards on five carries and caught 2-of-2 targets for one yard in Saturday night's preseason game, but lost a pair of fumbles.

    Advice: It was a big step back for Davis after he exploded for 89 total yards in the 49ers' preseason opener. Both of Davis' fumbles were forced by reserve Broncos ILB Zaire Anderson, the first on a screen pass and the second on a carry up the middle. As Davis and DuJuan Harris have both lost a pair of fumbles through two exhibition contests, Shaun Draughn remains the favorite for No. 2 duties in San Francisco's backfield. Draughn sat out Saturday night's preseason game with what's believed to be a minor back injury. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.96 (433rd)
  • Michael Thomas takes step back Sat. night
    Saints second-round pick Michael Thomas managed one catch for five yards on two targets in Saturday night's preseason game.

    Advice: After a big opener (4-67), Thomas took a step back in a prime opportunity with Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead resting. One of Thomas' two targets was intercepted, and he was seen being scolded by Sean Payton on the sideline afterwards. Thomas remains a promising prospect, but his ADP has begun to get awfully aggressive for a wideout who's yet to earn a significant first-team role. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.76 (151st)
  • Carlos Hyde works as 49ers every-down back
    Carlos Hyde rushed six times for 28 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' second preseason game Saturday night.

    Advice: Hyde was stuffed repeatedly to begin the game, but got some daylight when Denver removed its starting front seven after a few possessions and peeled off a 20-yard un-touched run. Hyde followed up with a four-yard touchdown against the Broncos' backups. Most importantly, Hyde has been utilized on all three downs through two preseason contests and is looking like a legit every-down back. Blaine Gabbert has targeted Hyde four times on checkdowns, although none of them have been complete. Expect a lot more playing time for Hyde in the 49ers' regular season dress rehearsal next week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.36 (111th)
  • Torrey Smith catch-less so far in August
    Torrey Smith has yet to catch a pass through two preseason games.

    Advice: Blaine Gabbert has attempted 19 throws in August. He's targeted Smith on one of them, and it fell incomplete. We'll be watching next week's regular season dress rehearsal for any signs Gabbert has a rapport with Smith. At present, Smith is shaping up as a risky fantasy pick at his eighth- to ninth-round ADP. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.47 (139th)
  • Gabbert shows slight improvement Sat. night
    Blaine Gabbert completed 6-of-9 passes for 69 yards in the 49ers' second preseason game.

    Advice: It wasn't pretty, but it was an improvement on Gabbert's dreadful opener. As expected, Gabbert's completions have largely consisted of checkdowns and between-the-numbers throws. His favorite target has appeared to be Vance McDonald. Gabbert has targeted Carlos Hyde four times and completed none of them. Among 19 attempts in August, Gabbert has targeted Torrey Smith just once. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.39 (58th)
  • Kaepernick throwing well in pre-game warm up
    Colin Kaepernick (dead arm) reportedly threw well in a pre-game warm up Saturday night.

    Advice: The highlight was a 55-yard bomb to Bruce Ellington. Kaepernick will not play Saturday, but it looks like he is getting close to full health. He should return to practice this week and is expected to play in the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Colin Kaepernick could overtake Gabbert
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat considers Colin Kaepernick the frontrunner for the 49ers' starting quarterback job.

    Advice: This conflicts with multiple reports. Blaine Gabbert has worked with the first team since the start of training camp, but has struggled with accuracy issues. Per the Press Democrat's Grant Cohn, Kaepernick "could win the quarterback competition without even competing" if Gabbert doesn't improve on what he showed in the preseason opener. Kaepernick has missed most of the last two weeks with arm soreness, but is expected to play in the 49ers' third preseason game. We still anticipate Gabbert starting in Week 1. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • McCarthy: Adams is 'having very good camp'
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy said WR Davante Adams is "having a very good camp."

    Advice: Adams finished Thursday night's preseason game with two catches for 37 yards including a nifty 31-yard back-shoulder grab from Brett Hundley. "He’s healthy and he’s taken a step," said McCarthy. Reports on Adams have been all over the map. Despite the mixed reviews, Adams figures to open 2016 as the No. 3 wideout behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.06 (215th)
  • Coleman sitting out second preseason game
    Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) is sitting out Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: Coleman returned to practice Monday, but the Browns aren't going to force the issue with their prize first-rounder. Barring a setback, Coleman will be ready for next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.95 (77th)
  • 49ers targeting 3rd preseason game for Kap
    49ers coach Chip Kelly said the team expects Colin Kaepernick (dead arm) to play in the third preseason game.

    Advice: Kaepernick did do some light throwing this week, but he is not going to play on Saturday night. "They’re easing him back into throwing right now," Kelly said Thursday. "He’ll throw a little more today and see how he feels and continue to progress him and hopefully we can get him back full next week." It sounds like Kaepernick will be healthy for opening day, but he is well behind Blaine Gabbert for the starting job. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Davante Adams having an inconsistent camp
    According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, third-year WR Davante Adams "has had some good moments and some bad ones in camp."

    Advice: This would've been our guess based on beat writers' Twitter feeds; Adams seems to mix bad days with good days and follow up impressive plays with mistakes. "For every great play he's made, it seems he's had a drop," wrote the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein. Silverstein says Adams "has to make a statement" in the Packers' second preseason game. He'll be doing so with Brett Hundley. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.06 (215th)
  • Update: Kap (dead arm) doesn't practice Wed.
    Updating a previous item, Colin Kaepernick (dead arm) is not practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: Kaepernick fully dressed for Wednesday's joint practice with the Broncos, the team that tried to acquire him in the offseason, but he didn't do a whole lot besides stand around and look pretty. Kap unleashed a couple soft tosses in individual drills before quickly being done for the day. It's now been seven days since Kaepernick last threw. Don't expect him to play this week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.84 (353rd)
  • Fleener indeed works with starters Wednesday
    Coby Fleener lined up with the first-team offense at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Fantasy footballers were sent into a state of panic Tuesday afternoon when the Saints uploaded their latest depth chart and listed Fleener with the fourth-string offense. The issue was quickly fixed in about an hour, but the news nearly broke Twitter. There is no concern about Fleener's job security. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.42 (110th)
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