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Inactives: Ponder remains 49ers' No. 2 QB

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Inactives: Ponder remains 49ers' No. 2 QB

LOS ANGELES – Christian Ponder will remain as the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback on Sunday when the 49ers play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Colin Kaepernick will make his 10th consecutive start of the season after replacing Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers are 0-9 in Kaepernick previous nine starts this season.

Ponder was inactive for the 49ers’ first 12 games of the season before getting promoted over Gabbert last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Ponder did not see action in the 49ers’ 41-13 loss. He has not attempted a pass in an NFL game since the 2014 season.

Outside linebacker Tank Carradine, a second-round draft pick in 2013, was a healthy scratch. Carradine has no sacks in 13 games in which he has appeared this season.

Within the past week, the 49ers placed wide receivers Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton, tight end Blake Bell, cornerback Jimmie Ward and linebacker Nick Bellore on injured reserve.

The 49ers added wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, tight end Jim Dray, cornerback Prince Charles Iworah and linebackers Carl Bradford and Wynton McManis to the team’s 53-man roster.

49ERS INACTIVES
QB Blaine Gabbert
RB Mike Davis
CB Dontae Johnson
C Marcus Martin
T Joe Staley
DL Glenn Dorsey
OLB Tank Carradine

RAMS INACTIVES
WR Michael Thomas
QB Case Keenum
DB Lamarcus Joyner
S Maurice Alexander
G Cody Wichman
T Greg Robinson
DE Matt Longacre

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Calvin Ridley in Week 4

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Calvin Ridley in Week 4

It was a bad week for injuries in fantasy football. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's season appears to be over after a knee injury, while top options like Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (groin) and Giants tight end Evan Engram (knee) left their respective games with injuries.

Then again, it's never a good week for fantasy football injuries. Thus, it's always important to stay on top of the waiver wire, and keep your team ready in the inevitable event that injuries strike. To that end, here's who you should target going into Week 4. 

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins QB (Owned in 7.8 percent of ESPN leagues)

Tannehill continued to improve in Week 3. He threw for 289 yards and three touchdown passes, and added 26 more yards on the ground. He faces a tough task in New England against the Patriots in Week 4, but there's hope for the Dolphins signal-caller.

While Tannehill is winless in five starts at New England, the Patriots have been porous against opposing fantasy QBs this season. Plus, the Texas A&M product has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three starts in Foxboro. Give Tannehill a look, especially if you need Jimmy Garoppolo insurance. 

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons WR (40.8 percent of ESPN leagues)

Let's get this out of the way: It's unlikely the rookie will haul in seven catches for nearly 150 yards, plus three touchdowns, every week from now on. But, the No. 26 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has arrived as a legitimate fantasy option. 

He was targeted eight times on Sunday, surpassing Julio Jones as Matt Ryan's favorite target against the Saints. Ridley will have a favorable matchup, too, against a Bengals defense that has given up two receiving touchdowns each week. There will be downs, but the potential for ups like his monster performance Sunday make Ridley a must-target.

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals WR (23.7 percent of ESPN leagues)

Boyd caught a touchdown for the second straight game in Week 3, and crossed the 100-yard threshold for the first time in 2018. He was targeted seven times, tying for fourth on the team. That doesn't sound like a lot, but Boyd is likely in line for mroe looks. 

With Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis unsure if A.J. Green (groin) will play in Week 4, Boyd could become Andy Dalton's most-targeted wide receiver. He's got plenty of big-play ability, too, so you should make the third-year pro a priority on the waiver wire this week.

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers WR (33 percent of ESPN leagues) 

Williams caught four passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams Sunday, leading the Chargers in targets (seven) just one week after he was only targeted twice. But, Williams has now caught touchdowns in back-to-back games, and has scored double-digit points in standard PPR leagues every week. 

Even if the 23-year-old can't reach the ceiling of his Week 3 breakout, he still has a decent floor. Williams will have a good opportunity to keep it up in Week 4 against a 49ers defense that's given up at least 300 passing yards each of the last two weeks.

49ers report card: Grades on offense, defense in 38-27 loss to Chiefs

49ers report card: Grades on offense, defense in 38-27 loss to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Things couldn't have gone much worse for the 49ers in their 38-27 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

But the most devastating moment occurred late in the game when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with what the team believes is a torn ACL in his left knee. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday to confirm the season-ending diagnosis.

Here is a look at this week’s 49ers grades:

Rushing offense

Matt Breida and Alfred Morris again proved to be a good 1-2 punch, as both players enjoyed productive days. Breida followed his 138-yard performance against Detroit with a 90-yard day against Kansas City -- and he did his damage on just 10 rushing attempts. Morris gained 67 yards on 14 carries.

The offensive line did a good job of creating holes and cut-back lanes for the backs.

Grade: A

Passing offense

There were a couple of dropped passes, and Garoppolo missed a couple of throws, but the passing game still had a statistically productive day. Garoppolo completed 20 of 30 passes for 251 yards, with TD throws to Kyle Juszczyk and Marquise Goodwin. The 49ers struggled with the silent count, though, as the Chiefs' defensive front seemed to often beat the offensive line off the ball. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey gave up back-to-back sacks in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers also weren't very good on third downs, converting just two of nine opportunities.

Grade: B-minus

Rushing Defense

There still were way too many missed tackles, but overall, the 49ers’ run defense was very good. Kareem Hunt averaged just 2.4 yards per rushing attempt, as he gained 44 yards on 18 carries. The 49ers did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage in the run game, allowing inside linebackers Fred Warner and Reuben Foster to combine for 18 tackles.

Grade: A

Passing Defense

The 49ers have plenty of excuses with all of their injuries in the defensive backfield, but we grade performances here and don't soften the grade when starters are out of the lineup.

The pass rush wasn't very good, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was able to pick apart the 49ers' defense for 314 yards and three TDs. Tight end Travis Kelce caught eight of the 10 passes thrown his way for 114 yards. Cornerback Richard Sherman left the game near the end of the first half with a calf injury. But even before that, the 49ers’ secondary wasn't playing with confidence.

Grade: F

Special Teams

The 49ers’ strategy was simple: Punt the ball away from Tyreek Hill. Some of Bradley Pinion’s punts sailed out of bounds well shy of the intended mark. Hill returned just one of four punts and managed only 5 yards. Pinion’s net average was 35.8 yards. Conversely, Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt produced a 43.0 net average. Robbie Gould made two field goals but also missed an extra point.

Grade: D

Overall

The 49ers made a second-half push to sort-of, kind-of get back in the game. But there simply was no coming back from a 35-7 deficit after the Chiefs scored touchdowns on each of their five first-half offensive possessions. Not only did Mahomes lead the Chiefs into the end zone every time they touched the ball in the first half, they made it look absurdly easy.

But the worst part of this game for the 49ers wasn't the 11-point loss. It was the many injuries they endured along the way.

Grade: D

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