Vance McDonald

#89 TE / San Francisco 49ers / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 267 lb Age: 26 College: Rice Bye 8

Fantasy Points by Week

  • PROJ
  • FANTASY PTS
Own
5%
Start
2%
TE Rank
NR

Player Outlook

Vance McDonald is expected to open the season as the No. 1 tight end for the 49ers, but he has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. He had his first chance at extended playing time in 2015 after Vernon Davis was traded to Denver, and he finished with 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald had six games with at least four targets last year and finished with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in three of those outings. He could end up as a bye-week or injury replacement for Fantasy owners, especially with San Francisco lacking talent at receiver. But don't plan on drafting him in most formats.

Player News
  • McDonald -- who started seven games last season -- is a likely candidate to be one of the 49ers' two starting tight ends this year, according to the Mercury News. McDonald recorded 281 yards and three touchdowns in the seven games he started after Vernon Davis was traded last season. That was done on a 31st ranked San Francisco offense in 2015. With a new Chip Kelly offense that utilizes a lot of two tight end sets, McDonald should be in line to see an expanded role in 2016.

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  • McDonald caught three passes for 37 yards in Sunday's season finale against the Rams. McDonald wasn't on the fantasy radar heading into the season, but he was given an opportunity in the second half of the season, accruing 262 yards and three touchdowns during a six-game stretch through weeks 12-17. He is clearly the most talented pass-catching tight end on the 49ers' current roster, but we will have to see if the team decides to add to the group in free agency or the draft this offseason before declaring McDonald a fantasy factor next year.

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  • 49ers' Vance McDonald: Bounces back in loss
    By RotoWire Staff

    McDonald led the 49ers in targets (seven), catches (five), and yards (61) while securing his third touchdown of the season against Detroit on Sunday. McDonald bounced back rather nicely after arguably the worst game of his career last week against the Bengals. He hasn't necessarily been a very consistent option, but he is proving to be Blaine Gabbert's go-to guy. McDonald could be a sneaky play - especially in daily formats - against a Rams defense that is surrendering the 22nd-most points to tight ends this season.

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  • 49ers' Vance McDonald: Atrocious in loss
    By RotoWire Staff

    McDonald (concussion) had an atrocious game against the Bengals on Sunday, only catching one pass (four targets) for 10 yards in the loss. While the stat line left much to be desired, where McDonald truly failed was in an area that didn't show up in the stat sheet. He had two easy catches (that would have converted first downs) simply bounce off his hands and result in two easy picks for the defense. The big drops could have been why Blaine Gabbert turned to Blake Bell (four catches, 43 yards) the rest of the game. While nothing was officially announced, this is the sort of performance that causes a 3-11 team to explore other options at tight end.

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  • 49ers' Vance McDonald: Active Sunday
    By RotoWire Staff

    McDonald (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game San Francisco reports. McDonald confirmed his clean passage through the concussion protocol with full practices both Thursday and Friday. As the 49ers' No. 1 tight end, he should see plenty of action against a Cincinnati defense that has strangely endured the second-most TE targets this season, yet the 118 looks have equated to only 63.5 receiving yards per game and one touchdown.

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Completed Games

WK OPP TAR RECPT REYD REAVG RETD FPTS
1 MIN 1 1 5 5.00 0 0
2 @PIT 1 0 0 0 0 0
*3 @ARI 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 GB 2 1 7 7.00 0 0
5 @NYG 3 2 9 4.50 0 0
6 BAL 1 1 10 10.00 0 1
7 SEA 1 1 1 1.00 0 0
8 @STL 2 1 13 13.00 0 1
9 ATL 5 2 19 9.50 0 1
10 BYE - - - - - -
11 @SEA 4 4 65 16.25 1 12
12 ARI 7 6 71 11.83 1 13
13 @CHI 3 2 18 9.00 0 1
*14 @CLE 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 CIN 4 1 10 10.00 0 1
16 @DET 7 5 61 12.20 1 12
17 STL 5 3 37 12.33 0 3
PROJECTION 48 31 326 10.52 2.3 38.8

FULL STATS

Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK OPP FPTS
1 09/13 Los Angeles Rams 25 8.25
2 09/18 @Carolina Panthers 8 6.21
3 09/25 @Seattle Seahawks 23 8.22
4 10/02 Dallas Cowboys 1 4.63
5 10/07 Arizona Cardinals 17 7.11
6 10/16 @Buffalo Bills 14 6.75
7 10/23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 6.50
8 BYE - - -
9 11/06 New Orleans Saints 33 12.38
10 11/13 @Arizona Cardinals 17 7.11
11 11/20 New England Patriots 6 6.00
12 11/27 @Miami Dolphins 12 6.50
13 12/04 @Chicago Bears 18 7.25
14 12/11 New York Jets 2 4.75
15 12/18 @Atlanta Falcons 29 9.38
16 12/24 @Los Angeles Rams 25 8.25
17 01/01 Seattle Seahawks 23 8.22

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Career Stats

Season Tar Recpt ReYd ReTD ReFD ReAvg FPTS
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 46 30 326 3 15 10.87 50
2014 6 2 30 0 0 15.00 3
2013 19 8 119 0 5 14.88 11
3 Year Avg 24 13 158 1 7 12.15 21
Career 71 40 475 3 20 11.88

FULL CAREER STATS