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  • TE
    • Vernon
    • Davis
    • # | Height/Weight: 6-3/250
    RecYdsTDsAvg
    29404413.9
    QB
    • Drew
    • Brees
    • #9 | Height/Weight: 6-0/209
    AttComYdsTDs
    401250306628

    Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    364.6
    391.1
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    199.3
    296.4
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    165.3
    94.7
    Points Per Game
    24.5
    28.7
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    35.4
    44.9
    Time of
    Possession
    30:59
    26:41
    49ers
    Saints

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    277.2
    462.8
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    182.9
    305.0
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    94.3
    157.8
    Points Per Game
    13.4
    27.3
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    32.6
    38.8
    49ers
    Saints
  • San Francisco Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16DBAntoine BetheaShoulderPROBABLEStrong safety Jaquiski Tartt is listed as the starting strong safety for the 49ers heading into Sunday against St. Louis.

    With news of Antoine Bethea (pectoral) being placed on season-ending IR, the 49ers will call on their second round pick from this year's draft to start at safety. Tartt has the size and athleticism to play the position. He is more known for his big-hit ability rather than his coverage, so it would be safe to assume that he will be a modest source of tackles, rather than interceptions while he is starting.

    (Updated 10/28/2015)
    04/27/16DLGlenn DorseyKneeQUESTIONABLEGM Trent Baalke claims Dorsey is making "very good progress" in his recovery from an ACL tear, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Regarding Dorsey's availability for Week 1, Baalke went on to say, "I'm never going to give a definitive [answer] because I don't know. He could always have a setback coming up. But right now he's making progress, he looks good, his mind's in a great place, and ready to roll."

    Despite this endorsement of health, Dorsey is almost certainly slated for the PUP list to start training camp. However, he won't necessarily begin the season there. Dorsey suffered the torn ACL last season against the Seahawks on Nov. 22, and although occurring late in the season, he could certainly be "ready to roll" come opening day. Comparatively, DT Geno Atkins suffered an ACL tear in Week 9 of the 2013 season, and was good to go for Week 1 of 2014.

    (Updated 05/05/2016)
    04/27/16RBShaun DraughnKneePROBABLEDraughn 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.

    (Updated 03/02/2016)
    04/27/16RBCarlos HydeFootPROBABLEHyde indicated Wednesday that his surgically-repaired left foot has recovered to the point that he feels he would be ready to play in a game at this time if the 49ers had one, the San Jose Mercury-News reports. "My foot's feeling great. I'm ready to go." Hyde relayed Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, the running back -- who missed the 49ers' final nine games last season with a stress fracture in his foot -- suggested that he shouldn't have much of an issue transitioning to new coach Chip Kelly's offense. "I'm already familiar with this type of offense," Hyde said. "I played it (at Ohio State), the up-tempo, no-huddle offense. I'm excited to be in it." Now that Hyde's foot (in his words) has "healed up just fine," the running back will look to approach the coming season in good health/fitness, and with that in mind, he has slimmed down to 225 pounds, which the report suggests is seven pounds lighter than he was last season. Assuming continued health, Hyde remains the 49ers' clear-cut top back, which leaves Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, Kendall Gaskins and Jarryd Hayne to jostle for slotting behind him in the team's 2016 backfield.

    (Updated 04/06/2016)
    04/27/16QBColin KaepernickLeft shoulderPROBABLEKaepernick (shoulder/knee/thumb) has resumed throwing a "bit," the Sacramento Bee reports.

    The report adds that doctors are expected to medically clear the QB "by the end of the month or soon thereafter." As Kaepernick's health trends in the right direction, he remains with the 49ers, and now that the NFL draft has happened, a potential trade involving him seems less and less likely. At this stage, the 49ers roster five signal-callers -- Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Thad Lewis, Dylan Thompson and Jeff Driskel -- with the stage set (for now at least) for Kaepernick and Gabbert to battle for the No. 1 job.

    (Updated 05/04/2016)
    04/27/16LBMichael WilhoiteAnklePROBABLEWilhoite (ankle) has signed a one-year deal with the 49ers, The Mercury News reports.

    Wilhoite found himself in an opportunistic position in 2015, with both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland announcing their retirement prior to the season, and proved to be a serviceable middle linebacker. The fifth-year player finished the 2015 season with 85 combined tackles in 12 games, but forced no fumbles and recorded only one interception, limiting his fantasy value. The 49ers did not go after any middle linebackers in the 2016 NFL Draft, yet Wilhoite will still receive competition from Gerald Hodges for a starting spot beside NaVorro Bowman. Hodges is much younger than Wilhoite and finished the 2015 campaign strong, racking up 32 combined tackles in the 49ers' last three contests.

    (Updated 05/04/2016)
    04/27/16DLIan WilliamsAnkleQUESTIONABLEWilliams' contract with the 49ers has been reworked into a one-year deal worth up to $6 million due to the uncertainty surrounding his availability for the beginning of the upcoming season, CSN Bay Area reports.

    Williams initially agreed to a reported five-year, $27.5 million contract with the 49ers following a career year last season, but after he couldn't pass a team physical due to multiple offseason ankle surgeries, Williams contract was reworked into a one-year deal. A player that's had numerous procedures to his left leg during his pro career, Williams' status for the start of the 2016 is in question following his latest operations, leaving the 49ers in need of some depth up front in case he's unavailable.

    (Updated 03/21/2016)
    New Orleans Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16QBDrew BreesFootPROBABLEThe agent for Brees (foot) and Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis have talked about a contract extension, which head coach Sean Payton thinks "will get done very easily," reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

    Brees' contract is not set to expire until 2017, but an extension would permit the team to lower his huge salary cap number and presumably allow the Saints to be more active in free agency. Further reading between the lines, the fact that there has been no recent mention of the torn plantar fascia he suffered at the end of last season is likely a good sign for Brees' offseason prognosis. As such, there is little reason to believe that Brees will not be healthy and ready for action when official offseason training activities begin later this spring.

    (Updated 02/26/2016)
    04/27/16RBMark IngramShoulderPROBABLEThe Saints restructured Ingram's (shoulder) contract Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    Ingram parlayed a career-high 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 into a four-year contract last March. On pace to break those marks this past season, he played through a shoulder concern in Weeks 12 and 13, before the Saints discovered that a torn left rotator cuff was to blame. Surgery was quickly ordered up, ending his season with 769 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He further expanded his game, though, with career bests in receptions (50) and receiving yards (405). Following the adjustment to his contract, a portion has been tabbed as a signing bonus, with the remaining to be spread across the years left on the deal.

    (Updated 03/30/2016)
    04/27/16DLCameron JordanBackPROBABLEJordan recently underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his lower back, ESPN.com reports.

    Jordan carried a lingering back injury through most of last season, causing him to miss practice time over the course of the campaign. Still, the Pro Bowler managed to post 10 sacks in 2015, and is averaging exactly that many over his last three seasons. Despite his recent operation, Jordan is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.

    (Updated 02/29/2016)
    04/27/16DBKeenan LewisKneePROBABLELewis underwent hip surgery Monday, The New Orleans Advocate reports.

    Lewis was placed on season-ending injured reserve recently due to hip and knee complications, and had surgery on his hip labrum Monday to correct that ailment. The veteran will now aim to get healthy ahead of next season, while the Saints' porous defense tries to at least finish this season respectfully.

    (Updated 12/07/2015)
    04/27/16RBMarcus MurphyAnklePROBABLEMurphy (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    The Saints' backfield has taken hits in quick session over the last week, with Murphy joining Mark Ingram (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (leg) on injured reserve. While Murphy had just one carry in his rookie season, he served as the Saints' primary returner, racking up 25.0 yards per kickoff return and 9.3 yards per punt return. In his stead, C.J. Spiller will likely take on a portion of those duties.

    (Updated 12/16/2015)
    04/27/16RBC.J. SpillerLegPROBABLESpiller (leg) gained 112 yards on 36 carries and 239 yards on 34 receptions in 13 games in his first season with the Saints.

    2015 was an unmitigated disaster for Spiller, as he failed to meet fantasy owners' high expectations after signing with the Saints this offseason. Rather than serving as the Saints' backfield pass-catching option, a la Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles, Spiller missed nearly all of training camp following arthroscopic knee surgery and struggled to earn playing time after he returned to health. Spiller is still under contract for another three years, but with Mark Ingram emerging as a receiver and Tim Hightower exploding back onto the NFL scene, not to mention the possible return of Khiry Robinson, Spiller will likely enter a crowded Saints' backfield in 2016.

    (Updated 01/11/2016)
    04/27/16DBP.J. WilliamsHamstringPROBABLEThe Saints placed cornerback P.J. Williams on injured reserve, reports NFL.com. Williams will miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring. He was a third-round pick in 2015.
 
 
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