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|Most believed that it would be Garrett Celek who got a big uptick in fantasy production when Vernon Davis was traded away from San Francisco this past season, but much to the surprise of many fantasy owners, it was actually Vance McDonald who seemed to get substantially more usage in the passing game. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been vocal this off season regarding McDonald, noting that the offense needs to utilize his speed and athleticism to create matchup problems for defenses. Gabbert himself predicted a breakout year for McDonald which doesnít necessarily mean high-end fantasy value, but could translate if heís given the opportunity to play the role that Zach Ertz (75-853-2) played in Philadelphia this past season. McDonald is the tight end to own on this team, but understand that the likelihood that he replicates the kind of numbers that Ertz did, in his first year in the Kelly system, is unlikely.
| 49ers put WR Bruce Ellington on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 30, 4:00 pm
|Bruce Ellingtonís hamstring tear has sent him onto injured reserve, foiling what was set up as a breakthrough season for the 49ersí third-year wide receiver. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington carved out a starting role this preseason and was gaining momentum in the fantasy community before last week's injury. Jeremy Kerley has been added for depth but the 49ers have one of the weakest group of receivers in the league. Torrey Smith and TE Vance McDonald are the only fantasy considerations among the group.