2016 Fantasy Football Projections: San Francisco 49ers

- Updated: Wednesday, August 31st

In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the San Francisco 49ers.


Blaine Gabbert309496352219.814.4563081.4244.88
Gabbert started the team's third preseason game and all signs point to him starting the season opener as well. Not only is Gabbert the likely starter, but it appears very possible that Colin Kaepernick does not end up on the final 53-man roster.
Colin Kaepernick29483411.91.48470.326.34
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer has recently said that Kaepernick "has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team. ... Id be shocked if hes on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks."
Jeff Driskel24402761.41.26300.219.64
Grant Cohn of the Santa Press Democrat had predicted earlier this offseason that three QBs -- Gabbert, Kaepernick and Driskel -- would "start at least three games." In the running to "win" the top overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, it's certainly possible that the Niners give Driskell a chance to start some games in December.

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Running Backs

Carlos Hyde25811226.5281900.8175
A stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. With Kelly as head coach, the Eagles are one of seven NFL teams with 1,400-plus rush attempts over the past three seasons. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a plenty of upside in 2016. That said, there are a couple of other concerns: (1) lack of offensive weapons to prevent opposing defenses from loading up the box and (2) a bottom-10 offensive line based on PFF's preseason rankings.
Shaun Draughn622601.252374176.6
During a four-game stretch near the end of the 2015 season, Draughn was a really productive PPR running back (RB16 or better in all four games). Unless Hyde misses time, however, Draughn won't get the same workload (18-plus touches in each of those games). On a positive note, Curtis Modkins -- the team's RBs coach and Detroit's RB coach last season -- compared Draughn to Theo Riddick, who had 80 receptions last season.
Bruce Miller000202120.624.8
Mike Davis301350.67490.122.6
DuJuan Harris8330.14340.17.9
Kelvin Taylor8300.121004.6

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Wide Receivers

Torrey Smith539124.9000120.6
Smith is coming off a career-worst season -- 33 catches, 663 yards and four touchdowns all set or tied career lows -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays. And as far as game flow is concerned, the 49ers are underdogs in every game from Weeks 1 to 16 (based on odds from sportsbook.ag) so there could be plenty of garbage-time production for Smith. If the preseason is a preview of what's to come for Smith (one target and no catches in three preseason games), however, it could be another disappointment for fantasy owners.
Quinton Patton354622.529062.1
DeAndre Smelter222752.200040.7
DeAndrew White101300.800017.8
Dres Anderson4560.40008
Bruce Ellington0000000
Set up for a potential breakout season, Ellington was unfortunately placed on season-ending IR.

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Tight Ends

Vance McDonald546375.496.1
Over his final six games, McDonald had 21 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns and he finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends over that span. Given the team's lack of offensive weapons, McDonald has the potential to pick up where he left off last season.
Garrett Celek272732.441.7
Blake Bell8920.612.8

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