Shaun Draughn is expected to compete for the No. 2 running back job behind Carlos Hyde this year for the 49ers. Draughn started six games for the 49ers last year and finished with 76 carries for 263 yards and one touchdown and 25 catches for 175 yards. He could play on passing downs in tandem with Hyde, and Draughn could be a sneaky option in deep PPR leagues. We don't recommend drafting Draughn in most formats, but if he does end up No. 2 on the depth chart then is worth monitoring in case something happens to Hyde during the year.
Draughn has signed a one-year deal to remain with the 49ers, ESPN.com reports. Draughn, who missed the final two games of the 2015 season with a knee injury, is thus slated to remain part of the 49ers' backfield in 2016, serving as a complement/depth option behind presumed top back Carlos Hyde.
Draughn (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the 49ers' official site reports. Draughn filled in admirably following the losses of Carlos Hyde (foot) and Reggie Bush (knee) for the season, racking up 76 carries for 263 yards, 25 catches (on 32 targets) for 175 yards, and one rushing touchdown over the course of six games between Weeks 9 and 15. However, Draughn sustained a season-ending MCL sprain at the end of the run and will miss the final two contests of the season. With Draughn out of the picture, DuJuan Harris and Jarryd Hayne are expected to man the backfield in Sunday's season finale versus the Rams.
Draughn (knee) won't take part in practice Wednesday. Draughn hasn't practiced since suffering a sprained knee in Week 15 versus the Bengals, but two opportunities await before week's end to make his presence felt. If he's ultimately ruled out or doesn't play Sunday against the Rams, the 49ers will likely employ a running back tandem of DuJuan Harris and Jarryd Hayne, as they did this past Sunday in Detroit.
Draughn (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions. Draughn was unable to practice this week after injuring his knee last Sunday, and the setback will ultimately prevent him from taking the field against the Lions. It's not clear who will be the 49ers' top running back in Draughn's absence, particularly since the player who saw the most snaps at the position last week -- Travaris Cadet -- was released this week, but Kendall Gaskins is likely the favorite for the job.
Draughn won't participate in Thursday's practice, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports. For the second day in a row, Draughn will be absent from all drills, leaving Kendall Gaskins, DuJuan Harris, and Bruce Miller as the only healthy running backs in San Francisco. While the training staff tends to Draughn's knee throughout the week, Friday's injury report could inform whether or not he's trending toward an appearance Sunday at Detroit.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|7||10/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|9||11/06||New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|11||11/20||New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|14||12/11||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|16||12/24||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|3 Year Avg||31||98||0||9||59||0||14|