49ers DL Tank Carradine returns to practice, sets target date to return


49ers DL Tank Carradine returns to practice, sets target date to return

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Tank Carradine returned to practice on Wednesday, closing the door on any other 49ers currently on injured reserve to play this season.

Teams are allowed to bring back two players from the injured list who were on the team’s 53-man roster at any point.

The 49ers opted to go with Carradine now, rather than wait a month for defensive lineman Arik Armstead. Carradine was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 25 with an ankle injury. He is eligible to play on Nov. 26 against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12.

“It’s a tough decision, but we feel Tank has got a good chance to at least be back for these last six games where we know Arik would have been only the last two,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We had to make a decision (Wednesday), so we’re going to go with Tank right now.”

The 49ers activated defensive lineman Ronald Blair on Saturday. He played 39 of the 49ers’ 77 defensive snaps and registered three tackles.

Carradine saw action in the first three games of the season as the team’s defensive end in base situations. The 49ers allowed 3.5 yards per rushing attempt in three games with Carradine and 4.1 yards a carry in the six games without Carradine.

Designated for return
--DL Tank Carradine (ankle)

Ineligible to return this season
--DL Arik Armstead (hand)
--WR Aaron Burbridge (hamstring)
--OL Joshua Garnett (knee)
--WR Pierre Garçon (neck)
--LB Jimmie Gilbert (knee)
--OL Garry Gilliam (knee)
--TE Cole Hikutini (knee)
--CB Prince Charles Iworah (quadriceps)
--CB Asa Jackson (hamstring)
--DB Chanceller James (knee)
--DL Chris Jones (calf)
--DB Don Jones (knee)
--LB Donavin Newsom (concussion)
--LB Malcolm Smith (pectoral)
--DB Jaquiski Tartt (forearm)
--DB Jimmie Ward (forearm)
--RB Joe Williams (ankle)

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target ex-49er Frank Gore in Week 7


Fantasy football waiver wire: Target ex-49er Frank Gore in Week 7

Next week marks the halfway point of the regular season in fantasy football. It also opens a stretch when most of the NFL is out of action.

26 of 32 teams will have their bye weeks in Weeks 7-12, beginning with four (the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Seattle Seahawks) in Week 7. If you haven't really had to turn to your bench so far during this fantasy season, you will next week. 

With that in mind, here are four flex-eligible players to target on the fantasy-football waiver wire ahead of Week 7. Each is owned in fewer than 45 percent 

Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins RB (Owned in 11.8 percent of ESPN leagues, 10 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Age is but a number for the 35-year-old Gore. The former 49ers running back rushed 15 times for 101 yards, and caught a pass for 18 yards in Miami’s overtime win against the Chicago Bears. He also out-carried Kenyan Drake, who's over a decade younger than Gore, for the third consecutive week. 

The Detroit Lions, Gore’s opponent in Week 7, entered their bye week giving up the fourth-most points against running backs by Yahoo’s count, and the fifth-most by ESPN’s. There aren’t many other lead backs available on the waiver wire, so keep Gore in mind if you’re desperate for another running back. 

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR (39.3 percent of ESPN leagues, 44 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Godwin bounced back from a poor performance in Week 4, catching six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in a close loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He tied Desean Jackson for the team lead in targets (nine), and scored a touchdown for the fourth time in five games. 

The 22-year-old surely benefitted from the Bucs playing catch-up in the second half, and he has a tough matchup against the Cleveland Browns next week at home. But with so many high-end wide receivers (Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, Doug Baldwin, and Davante Adams, among others) on byes next week, Godwin is a solid streaming option.

Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears WR (32.6 percent of ESPN leagues, 22 percent of Yahoo leagues)

A bye week sandwiched Gabriel’s strong outings in Week 4 and Week 6. For the second straight week, Gabriel crossed the 100-yard threshold, catching five passes (on five targets) for a season-high 110 yards. He added 10 rushing yards on one carry. 

Gabriel has proven to be an explosive option for a Bears offense that seems to be finding its stride. He’ll have a tough test in Week 7 against a solid Buffalo Bills secondary, but still has as much big-play upside as any available wide receiver. 

Chester Rogers, Indianapolis Colts WR (11.7 percent of ESPN leagues, 16 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Rogers scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 6, catching four passes for 55 yards against the New York Jets. For the third straight week, Andrew Luck targeted the third-year pro 10 times, and Rogers once again led all Colts wide receivers in targets. 

Headed into Sunday, T.Y. Hilton (chest/hamstring) did not practice, and sat out for the second straight week. There’s no word yet whether or not Hilton will return in Week 7, but if he does not or remains hobbled, Rogers remains a worthwhile waiver-wire option. 

NFL Picks: 49ers vs. Packers Week 6 score predictions

NFL Picks: 49ers vs. Packers Week 6 score predictions

Before the injuries started to pile up for the 49ers, their prime time game against the Packers was supposed to be must-see TV. But with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon out for the year, the 49ers (1-4) take on Green Bay (2-2-1) as 9-point underdogs.

Kyle Shanahan needs a big performance from his defense, and as Matt Maiocco writes, defense end DeForest Buckner is one of four 49ers players to watch against the Packers.

Here's how writers covering the game and others from around the country see the game playing out:

Nick Wagoner, ESPN.com: Packers 31, 49ers 17

Rob Demovsky, ESPN.com: Packers 37, 49ers 17

Elliot Harrison, NFL.com: Packers 30, 49ers 14

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Packers 31, 49ers 13

John Gworek, Athlon Sports: Packers 30, 49ers 16

Matt Barrows, The Athletic: Packers 24, 49ers 20

David Lombardi, The Athletic: Packers 26, 49ers 20

Tim Kawakami, The Athletic: Packers 30, 49ers 24

Marcus Thompson, The Athletic: Packers 34, 49ers 17

Tom Silverstein, Journal Sentinel: Packers 37, 49ers 17