News: The Associated Press reports that 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is already sprinting in his comeback from last year's torn Achilles in November. The report says he expects to be cutting soon and should be at full strength for training camp. "I'm always encouraged," Hunter said.
Analysis: Hunter should return in time for Week 1 as long as he continues to make progress, and he is expected to remain the No. 2 running back for the 49ers behind Frank Gore. LaMichael James will challenge for that spot, but Hunter is better suited as a replacement for Gore with James more as a change of pace option. Consider Hunter with a late-round pick, especially if you draft Gore in the first three rounds.
News: The San Francisco Chronicle reports 49ers running back Kendall Hunter has resumed running and will be ready for the start of training camp. Hunter suffered a torn Achilles last November and finished with 371 yards on 72 carries with two touchdowns in 11 games.
Analysis: Hunter is expected to compete with LaMichael James for touches behind Frank Gore during camp so his health heading into the season will be very important. Keep an eye on his progress going forward as the 24-year-old has averaged a solid 4.6 yards per carry through his first two years in the NFL. Hunter has value mainly as a handcuff option in Fantasy but might not be worth a look in all formats on Draft Day with James expected to see a larger role in 2013.
News: Comcast Sportsnet believes that if running back Kendall Hunter is healthy for training camp he'll be the "clear-cut No. 2 running back" behind Frank Gore. Hunter tore his Achilles in late November and was replaced by rookie LaMichael James.
Analysis: Hunter had some nice games before he got hurt and could develop into a capable dual-threat running back someday. But with his knee in iffy shape coming off a late-season injury and Frank Gore still dominating carries (and James also in the mix), there's not much appeal to Hunter right now.
News: The 49ers placed running back Kendall Hunter on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. USA Today first reported Hunter was expected to miss the rest of the season with an injury he suffered Week 12 at New Orleans. The Sacramento Bee then reported Hunter sustained an Achilles tear, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Analysis: Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James are about to get a boost in playing time now that Hunter is out for the season. However, Frank Gore is still healthy and will continue to be the Niners' lead back. Hunter was a good handcuff option for Gore owners and was a startable flex option when San Francisco had favorable matchups. Fantasy owners can now drop him in Fantasy.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter, who left San Francisco's Week 12 win over the Saints with an ankle injury, is scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday, according to coach Jim Harbaugh. Hunter was hurt in the third quarter of the 31-21 when he had his ankle rolled up on by Jonathan Vilma. He had to be helped off the field and was carted back to the locker room with team trainers. Hunter finished with 28 yards rushing on four carries prior to leaving the contest.
Analysis: There is no word on the severity of Hunter's injury just yet, so Fantasy owners will have to keep an eye on his status moving forward. Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James would likely move into his backup role if he is sidelined for any amount of time, so owners who own Hunter may want to seek on of those options out of the waiver wire, just to be safe. Despite seeing a limited number of touches each week. Hunter can be considered a viable low-end option when healthy most weeks. The 49ers take on the Rams in Week 13.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter left Week 12 against the Saints with a foot injury. Hunter had his left foot rolled on by Jonathan Vilma on a carry in the third quarter. He had to be helped off the field and was carted back to the locker room with team trainers.
Analysis: Hunter looked to be in a great deal of pain when he left the contest and it is usually never a good sign when a player is carted off the field. However, there has been no official announcement made by the team just yet, so owners should keep an eye on his status moving forward. Hunter had 28 yards rushing on four carries prior to leaving the contest.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter looks to have a favorable matchup on tap in Week 12 against the Saints. New Orleans enters the contest allowing a league-worst 157.8 yards per game on the ground. The Saints have surrendered nine rushing touchdowns while yielding an average of 23.2 Fantasy points to opposing RBs, which ranks 30th overall.
Analysis: Hunter was able to find the end zone for the second time of the season in San Francisco's contest against the Bears last week and now looks to have another favorable matchup on tap. However, the 24-year-old's carries continue to vary from week to week, which makes it hard to start him most weeks. While the 49ers do boast the league's most potent rushing attack -- averaging 165.5 yards on the ground per game -- Hunter's value continues to be that of a handcuff option to Frank Gore. Only owners in the deepest of formats should consider rolling with Hunter as a flex option this week.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter registered his second rushing touchdown of the season in Week 11 against the Bears. Hunter burst into the end zone on a 14-yard scamper in the second quarter, capping off an eight-play, 96-yard scoring drive. He finished with 27 yards on five carries in the 32-7 win and also caught one pass for 3 yards. Frank Gore led the team in rushing as he finished with 78 yards on 17 carries.
Analysis: Hunter's TD run was impressive as he dragged a Chicago defender with him for a few yards on his way into the end zone. The 24-year-old continues to show flashes of his potential, but unfortunately doesn't see many carries as Gore's primary backup. Unless Gore sustains some type of injury, Hunter's touches will continue to be limited each week. Continue to view him as merely a handcuff option heading into Week 12 against the Saints.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter looks to have a tough matchup on tap in Week 10 against the Bears. Chicago enters the contest ranked fourth in run defense, allowing 92.3 yards rushing per game. The Bears have surrendered just two scores on the ground this year while yielding an average of 10.7 Fantasy points to opposing RBs, which ranks third overall. Hunter has rushed for 316 yards on the season.
Analysis: Hunter continues to see his carries vary from game to game, which makes it almost impossible to start him most weeks. While the 24-year-old has shown flashes of what he can do when he has been on the field, he continues to be used primarily as Frank Gore's backup, making him merely a handcuff option. Only owners in the deepest of formats should consider rolling with Hunter as a flex option this week.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter did not see many touches in Week 10 against the Rams. He gained 15 yards on three carries and also caught an 8-yard pass in the 24-24 overtime tie. Hunter finished third on San Francisco in rushing behind running back Frank Gore (97 yards) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (66 yards).
Analysis: Hunter saw his fewest carries of the season Sunday as the 49ers' gameplan changed once Alex Smith went down with a concussion. He continues to serve as the backup to Gore in San Francisco, which limits his appeal in Fantasy, but has proven to be productive when given touches. The 24-year-old could be in for another slow performance in Week 11 against the Bears so keep Hunter stashed away in most Fantasy formats at this point.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter enters Week 10 against the Rams with 301 rushing yards so far this season. That puts him on pace to surpass the 473 yards he posted during his rookie campaign. St. Louis ranks 13th in the league in run defense, giving up over 105 yards per game, and has allowed an average of 17.2 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Hunter ran for 80 on 21 carries in two games against the Rams last season. He continues to progress as a runner in his second season in the NFL as he is averaging 5 yards per carry and has been stealing touches from Frank Gore. The running game in San Francisco still runs through Gore, however, so Hunter continues to be more of a handcuff option in Fantasy. Plan on leaving Hunter for the deepest of Fantasy formats in Week 10.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter was not much of a factor in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Hunter racked up 49 total yards from scrimmage in the 24-3 defeat, with most of that coming on the ground as he rushed for 43 yards on 10 carries. He also hauled in one pass for 6 yards but was unable to get into the end zone. Frank Gore led the 49ers in rushing as he finished with 55 yards on the ground on 16 carries.
Analysis: Hunter averaged 4.3 yards per carry Monday night, but once again had his touches limited. However, that is the way life is for a reserve RB, and unfortunately that likely won't change as long as Gore stays healthy. Fantasy owners should also keep in mind that Brandon Jacobs also seems to be healing up and could also be in the mix to see some carries. Fantasy owners should continue to view Hunter as merely a handcuff option when the 49ers welcome the Rams to town in Week 10. San Francisco is on a bye in Week 9.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter will be looking to make a bigger impact in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Hunter has racked up just 57 rushing yards on 13 carries over his last two games and has not found the end zone over that stretch. Arizona enters the contest ranked 20th in run defense after allowing an average of 102.9 rushing yards per contest. The Cardinals have surrendered four TDs on the ground while yielding an average of 15.4 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the year.
Analysis: Hunter has started to get a bit more involved in the offense over the past few weeks, but his Fantasy value is still mostly tied to Frank Gore. As long as Gore is healthy, Hunter's touches will continue to vary from week to week depending on a number of different factors such as the score, etc. While he looks to have somewhat of a favorable matchup on tap this week, Hunter still should be considered merely a handcuff option in most formats heading into Week 8. Only owners in deeper formats should consider rolling with the 24-year-old as a low-end flex option.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter received his second-most carries of the season in Week 7 against the Seahawks Thursday. Unfortunately, while teammate Frank Gore ran wild on the tough Seahawks defense, Hunter had less success. Hunter finished the game with just 31rushing yards on nine carries, while bringing in two catches for 14 yards. The 49ers went on to win the game, 13-6.
Analysis: Much of Hunters Fantasy value lies in the fact that he should be able to fill in ably for Gore in the event of an injury. Gore did suffer bruised ribs Thursday, however he told reporters that the issue was not a serious one. As long as Gore is around, Hunter will find limited opportunities to get going. He remains worth owning in most Fantasy leagues as a handcuff option, but Hunter is a risky start on a weekly basis. Dont plan on relying on him against a tough Cardinals defense in Week 8.
News: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter heads into the Week 7 Thursday night game against Seattle with a tough task ahead of him. Hunter faces a tough rush defense in the Week 7 game as he runs behind Frank Gore. Seattle is allowing the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs on the year. They have not allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 3 and have given up just two all season. No RB has topped 100 yards against them.
Analysis: Hunter did fairly well against Seattle last season in his last game against the team. He rushed 12 times for 73 yards in that game despite Gore being healthy. Still, we expect little of Hunter as long as Gore is healthy, which he is going into Thursday's game. Hunter rushed for just 26 yards last week and is a last-resort flex option in deeper Fantasy leagues against Seattle.
News: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter tallied four carries for 26 yards during the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the Giants in Week 6. Hunter had gained at least 50 yards in each of his past two games, but was limited to just 6.5 yards per carry as San Francisco managed just 80 rushing yards total. He hauled in his lone target for six yards, which represented just his fourth reception of the season.
Analysis: Like the rest of the 49ers' running backs, Hunter was limited by the Giants' resurgent defense and was posted a lowly total after the team abandoned its running game when faced with a large deficit. He will continue to receive 4-6 carries a game as Frank Gore's backup, but Brandon Jacobs is close to returning to action. Continue to consider Hunter a reserve option in deeper Fantasy formats for Week 7 against Seattle on Thursday.
News: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter hasn't received sufficient playing time in order to be a major factor in the 49ers' offensive plans as most of his carries have come with the game already in hand and starter Frank Gore out. That was certainly the case during last Sunday's win over Buffalo when Hunter posted season highs in attempts (11) and yards (81). Hunter will likely keep the same role when San Francisco battles the Giants in Week 6; New York is allowing 111.4 rushing yards per game to opponents this season.
Analysis: Hunter's production has been on the upswing the past two weeks as the 49ers have throttled their last two opponents by a combined score of 79-3. The 24-year-old backup actually has a decent history against the Giants and rushed for a 17-yard touchdown in the teams' previous meeting during the regular season. New York is permitting an average of 15.4 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but Hunter's numbers could be limited as the game is expected to be a defensive battle. Consider him a flex option in deeper Fantasy formats for Week 6.
News: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter was able to turn in his best performance of the season during Sunday's Week 5 contest against the Bills. Hunter started off slow but was able to get going once the 49ers were able to broke the game open as he rushed for 54 yards on eight carries in the second half. Hunter finished with 11 carries for a career-high 81 yards and failed to catch his only targeted pass in a 45-3 victory.
Analysis: Hunter continues to build off his recent performance and was part of a dynamic running game that rushed for over 300 yards against a weak Buffalo defense on Sunday. He has 200 yards and a touchdown through his first five games of the season and is off to the best start of his career. However, that's not saying much since he is backing up Frank Gore, who has 432 yards rushing this season. We'll have to keep an eye on his workload next week as Brandon Jacobs could be ready to return from injury and could take some carries, especially in goal-line situations for the 49ers. Fantasy owners should view Hunter as a possible flex option in the deepest of formats heading into Week 6 at home against the Giants. New York permitted 84 yards rushing in Week 5 against Cleveland.
News: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter is looking to build off his best performance of the year last week as he heads into a favorable matchup against the Bills at home in Week 5. He rushed for a season-high 56 yards on eight carries and scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 4 against the Jets. Hunter, who is expected to take the backseat to Frank Gore, will encounter a Buffalo defense that has not fared well against the run, allowing 247 yards on the ground against the Patriots last week.
Analysis: This could be one of the few chances that Hunter will get to surpass the 100-yard mark, as the Bills have been terrible against the run this season. Buffalo allowed both Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden to eclipse the 100 yards last week against the Patriots, who are not known to have a solid running game. Hunter has 29 touches for 123 yards through his first four games, averaging just a bit over seven touches per game. He'll try to make the most out of his workload against a Buffalo defense that has allowed 24.50 Fantasy points per game thus far. Owners should view Hunter as a possible flex option only in deeper formats heading into Week 5.
News: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter posted eight carries for a season-high 56 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers' 34-0 win over the Jets in Week 4. Hunter was one of three players to register a rushing touchdown as he punched in a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. It was his third career touchdown and first since he reached the end zone against the Giants on Nov. 13, 2011.
Analysis: Hunter has been limited during the early part of the season, but received additional playing time Sunday when the game was easily in hand. But it symbolizes a rebound from his poor Week 3 performance when he failed to generate any yards on four carries against Minnesota. Hunter's playing time is determined squarely on the availability of Frank Gore, who had 62 yards on 21 attempts. Fantasy owners should continue to view Hunter as a possible flex option only in deeper formats heading into Week 5 against Buffalo.
News: For the first time in his career, San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter finished without any yards in a game last Sunday at Minnesota. He's hoping it's only a one-time deal entering Week 4 at the Jets. Hunter was part of a limited running attack against the Vikings and watched quarterback Alex Smith finished with more yards (26) on the same number of carries (four). Hunter did have one reception for two yards, but now faces a New York defense that is allowing 148.7 rushing yards per game this season.
Analysis: Hunter's four attempts last Sunday marked the second straight game his carries have decreased since he rushed nine times in the season opener at Green Bay. And his playing time could be further dented as Brandon Jacobs is nearing a return to action following a knee injury. But Hunter continues to remain behind Frank Gore as the leading ball-carrier and is producing just 3.6 yards per game. The Jets are yielding an average of 23.6 Fantasy points a week to opposing running backs this year, but should not be viewed as a worthwhile option for Week 4.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter did nothing Sunday at Minnesota in Week 3. Hunter had four carries for no yards and one catch for 2 yards.
Analysis: Hunter will only have Fantasy value if Frank Gore suffers an injury. He is not worth using in the majority of leagues in Week 4 at the Jets.
News: 49ers backup running back Kendall Hunter has yet to see a significant role heading into Week 3 against the Vikings. Hunter has just 14 carries for 64 yards and two catches for 21 yards in two weeks playing behind starter Frank Gore. This could be a difficult week to count on Hunter with Gore healthy since the Vikings have been solid in run defense thus far in holding Maurice Jones-Drew to 95 total yards in Week 1 and Donald Brown to 45 total yards in Week 2.
Analysis: Hunter's Fantasy value will come if Gore suffers an injury. Until then he is worth stashing on your bench. Don't plan on starting him in most leagues against the Vikings.
News: For the first time in his career, 49ers running back Kendall Hunter turned the ball over Sunday, as he lost a fumble on a kickoff in the first half. He managed to hold onto the ball on offense, rushing five times for 23 yards, with two catches for 21 yards, as the 49ers defeated the Lions, 27-19.
Analysis: Hunter remains one of the more talented backup running backs in the NFL, which makes him absolutely worth owning in all Fantasy formats, but generally worth avoiding as a starter. He usually gets between 5 and 10 touches per game, and he still has 138 touches from scrimmage without a fumble in his career despite his first turnover Sunday. The 49ers will continue to use him in relief of starter Frank Gore, but as long as Gore is healthy, Hunter remains a reserve-only Fantasy option moving forward to Week 3 against the Vikings.
News: The 49ers are on the verge of setting an NFL record for mistake-free football offensively, as they have now made it through six games in a row without turning the ball over. A big part of that has been the play of backup running back Kendall Hunter, who has yet to turn the ball over in 17 NFL games, entering Sunday against the Lions. Hunter credited running backs coach Tom Rathman for his successful streak, which has now reached 121 carries. "It's one thing he always talks about. That's the first thing that always comes out of his mouth," Hunter told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Analysis: Hunter got his season started last week with a 41-yard game against the Packers on nine carries, and that should be the workload we expect from him most weeks as long as he is the backup. Hunter showed he can be a viable Fantasy option when given the chance last season at times, but he rushed for just 33 yards against the Lions last season. Hunter remains a solid handcuff option worth keeping on the roster in most Fantasy formats, but he should not be starting on a weekly basis, given his current role.
News:Kendall Hunter was the No. 2 running back for San Francisco in Week 1 against Green Bay with Brandon Jacobs (knee) inactive. He finished second on the team with 41 yards on nine carries in the 30-22 win. Hunter also returned one kickoff for 31 yards.
Analysis: Hunter proved last season to be a solid backup for Frank Gore in San Francisco and averaged 4.6 yards per carry Sunday. His role will likely change once Jacobs returns, however, so keep an eye on the situation going forward. The 23-year-old is a solid handcuff option in Fantasy but should remain reserved in the majority of formats heading into Week 2 against the Lions. When Hunter faced Detroit a year ago, he gained 33 yards on eight carries.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter saw 112 carries behind Frank Gore during his rookie campaign and averaged 4.2 yards per rush. Heading into Week 1 against the Packers, however, he is not expected to see a ton of touches. Green Bay ranked 14th in the league against the run a year ago, giving up nearly 112 yards per game, and allowed an average of 17.9 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Hunter was the primary backup for Gore a year ago but with Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James now in the fold, his role could be diminished this season. Owners know that Gore and Jacobs can be injury-prone so it is worth stashing the 24-year-old in deeper Fantasy formats as a handcuff optoin. Heading into Week 1 against the Packers, however, Hunter should remain reserved in the majority of leagues.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter received just four carries in Thursdays preseason finale against the Chargers, and he finished the game with only 23 yards on the ground. He finished the preseason with 104 yards on 18 carries, as he seems to have locked up the primary backup position behind Frank Gore, with Brandon Jacobs still nursing a knee injury.
Analysis: Hunter thrived as a backup last season, rushing for 473 yards on 112 carries and emerging as one of those running backs you have to keep an eye on, in case they get a starting job. Hunter will need an injury to get that opportunity, but Gore has missed time over the last few seasons with injuries. Gore appeared in all 16 games last season, but Hunter is still worth owning in many Fantasy formats, as a handcuff option for Gore owners as well as a potential late-round sleeper. The 49ers open the season in Week 1 with a game against the Packers, and Hunter should be reserved in all formats, barring an injury ahead of him on the depth chart.
News: 49ers running back Kendall Hunter had an impressive night during Saturday's preseason contest against the Texans. With Frank Gore being limited to just two carries and Brandon Jacobs being carted off after suffering a knee injury, Hunter took advantage and led the 49ers in rushing as he got to see some snaps with the first-team offense. Hunter finished with six carries for 46 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per clip. He was also involved in the passing game, as he was targeted twice and hauled in one reception for three yards.
Analysis: Hunter looked pretty solid as he continues to have a productive training camp and preseason. He has rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries through his first two preseason games this year. Hunter has a chance to share rushing and passing duties with Frank Gore, and he could be worth a late-round pick in all leagues. Gore will get the majority of carries, and if healthy, Jacobs and James will work in certain situations as well, but Hunter could still have value in deeper leagues.
News: Comcast Sports Net reports that 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is having a good training camp. Hes really starting to understand all the different things that go into playing running back in this league," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "Which is more than carrying the ball. Its pass-protection, route-running, catching the ball, ball security and the special teams aspect of things as well. It remains to be seen how the four running backs on the roster -- Frank Gore, Hunter, Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James -- will split time in the regular season, but based on the praise from his coaching staff, Hunter will be a big piece of the 49ers' 2012 campaign. As coach Jim Harbaugh put it, "I think he really has a chance to have a big year."
Analysis: Hunter appeared in all 16 games as a rookie, rushing for 473 yards and two touchdowns. He has a chance to share rushing and passing duties with Frank Gore, and he could be worth a late-round pick in all leagues. Gore will get the majority of carries when healthy, and Jacobs and James will work in certain situations as well, but Hunter could still have value in deeper leagues.
News: At 5-foot-7, running back Kendall Hunter is listed as the shortest player on the 49ers roster, but he is determined not to let that affect his standing with the team. Hunter, who rushed for 473 yards and two touchdowns on 112 carries as a rookie last year, used the offseason to improve his pass protection. He is hoping the additional work will lead to more playing time this season. "As a running back, if you cant block you cant play. I've heard that a lot since I got here," Hunter said Tuesday. "You watch (Frank) Gore and it's amazing how he can just block people like that."
Analysis: Hunter is hoping to use his small stature as an asset as he takes on a charging linebacker that is nearly 75 pounds heavier than him. "I feel like I have an advantage over those big guys," he said. "I can get under them and stay low." Hunter will need every advantage he can get in order to rack up playing time as San Francisco added Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James to a backfield that already included workhorse Frank Gore. He should cut into Gore's playing time on passing downs, and could be a useful option in PPR leagues. Look for him in the deeper rounds of Fantasy drafts at this point.
News: 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman told the Sacramento Bee that while he likes the depth the team has at the position, "I don't know if everyone's going to be happy with the time that they get." The Niners added Brandon Jacobs and rookie LaMichael James to a group that includes long-time starter Frank Gore and second-year rusher Kendall Hunter. But Rathman believes that Hunter has improved his game thanks to his participation in offseason workouts. "Kendall is the type of guy that's going to do everything he can to get better. But it is a huge advantage for him being in the offseason program this year. ... [H]e's going to be a lot further along when the season gets here because he'll know what he's doing. And he's looked very good in the OTAs. It shows."
Analysis: Rathman ultimately believes that everyone's playing time in the Niners backfield will be settled in training camp. We think Hunter is pegged as a passing downs back for San Francisco and thus a candidate for five touches or so per week. We would consider him late in deeper PPR drafts but that's about it.
News: While there was some speculation that the 49ers would enter the season with Kendall Hunter backing up Frank Gore, it turns out that the team had other plans. The 49ers signed running back Brandon Jacobs to a deal, providing a quality "big man" to back up Gore. That could mean that Hunter ends up filling a third-down role regardless of whether or not Gore is able to play at any point during the season.
Analysis: Hunter might actually fall off of standard draft boards with the arrival of Jacobs. He still has some nominal value in PPR leagues and formats that reward special-teams yardage, but is a late-round pick at best.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter tallied 23 yards on six carries during the 49ers' 36-32 victory over New Orleans in their NFC Divisional Playoff game on Saturday. Hunter had a long gain of 11 yards as he posted an average of 3.8 yards per attempt. He also had one catch for 13 yards.
Analysis: Hunter took a backseat Saturday's game as the 49ers utilized a surprisingly effective passing performance. He also finished with 66 fewer yards than starting RB Frank Gore, who also matched the team lead with seven receptions. Hunter will continue to be used as a change-of-pace back and his scoring opportunities will be limited in the NFC Championship. Consider him a low-end Fantasy option in playoff formats for now.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter enters Week 17, the final week of the regular season, expecting to see a full load of work in the game at St. Louis. The 49ers control their own destiny and a win would secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. Hunter will be facing a Rams team he did next to nothing against in the Week 13 contest with five carries for just 4 yards without a score. That said, the Rams enter Week 17 having allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Just last week, Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall went for 116 yards and a TD against the Rams and Isaac Redman and John Clay also scored rushing touchdowns in that game.
Analysis: Hunter is still going to be overshadowed by Frank Gore in the Week 17 game, but the backup did manage to rush 12 times for 73 yards last week at Seattle. That should count for something as Gore has been banged up and Hunter has provided a nice change of pace. Hunter is likely to see double-digit touches once again. Of course, the 73 yards he gained last week is a season high and it will be tough for him to duplicate those numbers. While Hunter has a decent shot at scoring a touchdown, he's not going to give Fantasy owners peace of mind with a start. Consider Hunter just a last-resort option in Fantasy for Week 17.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter turned in his best performance of the season in Week 16 against the Seahawks. Hunter finished with a career-best 76 yards on 12 carries in the 19-17 victory, but was unable to find the end zone. His longest run of the afternoon went for 24 yards and he averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Hunter also caught one pass for 11 yards to finish with a combined 87 yards on 13 total touches.
Analysis: Hunter continues to serve as Gore's primary backup, which means if Gore is healthy he likely won't see a ton of touches. However, the 49ers already headed for the postseason, many feel coach Jim Harbaugh could opt to give his starters some rest next week. If he chooses to sit Gore, Hunter would likely see the majority of carries heading into Week 17 against St. Louis. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on what Harbaugh decides to do next week. Owners should continue to consider Hunter merely handcuff option to Gore, unless told otherwise.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter has rushed for just 26 yards over the last three games and could be in for another slow performance in Week 16 against the Seahawks. Seattle enters Saturday ranked 11th in the league in run defense, giving up under 107 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 16.4 Fantasy points to opposing running backs. When the division foes met earlier in the year, Hunter carried the ball twice for 4 yards.
Analysis: Hunter has gained more yards through the air than running the ball lately as he continues to see minimal touches behind Frank Gore. San Francisco will likely pound the rock on Saturday so there is a chance he could break off a long run. But considering his role and recent production, consider Hunter a No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option for Week 16.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter was not much of a factor in Week 15 against the Steelers. Hunter finished with just 26 total yards on a combined four touches in the 20-3 victory. He did most of his damage through the air, racking up 24 of his yards on a pair of receptions. Hunter was held to just 2 yards rushing on two carries in the win and wound up averaging 6.5 yards each time he touched the ball.
Analysis: Hunter continues to serve as Gore's primary backup, which means if Gore is healthy he likely won't see a ton of touches. Unfortunately for Fantasy owners, that is exactly what happened on Monday night. Still, with the 49ers already guaranteed a spot in the postseason, San Francisco may choice to rest Gore over the next two weeks. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on how coach Jim Haurbaugh decides how to distribute the carries heading into Week 16 against the Seahawks. However, owners should continue to consider Hunter merely handcuff option to Gore, unless told otherwise.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter may get more of a workload in Week 15 against Pittsburgh. With Frank Gore not 100 percent, the 49ers may lean on Hunter more as the season winds down. It won't be an easy assignment though as the Steelers boast one of the best defenses in the league. Pittsburgh has given up just six rushing scores in 13 games and has been allowing 97 yards on the ground per outing.
Analysis: Even if Hunter and Gore share carries on Monday night, neither will have an advantage against a tough defense. Opposing team's running backs are averaging 13.69 Fantasy points per game against the Steelers defense. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on how coach Jim Haurbaugh decides how to distribute the carries moving forward, but as long as Gore is healthy enough to play Hunter should be considered more of a No. 4 RB or flex option for Week 15.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter wasn't much of a factor in Week 14 against the Cardinals. Hunter, who continues to serve as Frank Gore's primary backup, finished with 10 total touches for 39 yards in the 21-19 loss. He did most of his damage on the ground, racking up 20 yards rushing on eight carries. He also caught two passes for 19 yards, but was unable to find the end zone in the defeat.
Analysis: Hunter was unable to rack up many yards on Sunday, but could be gearing up for a strong finish to the season. With the 49ers already guaranteed a spot in the postseason, San Francisco appears to be taking the cautious approach with some of their players. One of those seems to be Gore, who only had 10 carries on Sunday. Kendall got eight in the contest and was regularly rotated in backfield throughout the game. While Gore will still be the team's primary rushing option, Kendall could see an increase in touches over the next few weeks. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on how coach Jim Haurbaugh decides how to distribute the carries moving forward. If Hunter is expected to see an increased role moving forward, he could be worth using as a low-end No. 3/high-end No. 4 Fantasy RB in Week 15 against the Steelers.
News: After racking up 25 carries over a three-game stretch back in November, 49ers RB Kendall Hunter has not seen much touches of late. Hunter, who has rushed for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns thus far, has only racked up nine carries over his last two contests. The 49ers take on the Cardinals in Week 14. Arizona enters the contest ranked 20th in run defense, allowing 123.5 yards on the ground.
Analysis: Hunter continues to serve as Gore's primary backup, which has really limited his touches of late. While the rookie has shown flashes of his potential in his limited opportunities, his value in Fantasy will continue to be low as long as Gore is healthy. Owners should continue to consider Hunter a solid handcuff option to Gore heading into Week 14.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter did not see many touches in Week 13 against the Rams. He gained just 4 yards on five carries and also had two catches for 24 yards in the 26-0 win.
Analysis: Hunter has totaled just 55 yards over the last two games as he continues to see a limited role behind starter Frank Gore. While he has been able to put together some decent performances, his value in Fantasy will continue to be low as long as Gore is healthy. Plan on leaving him on the bench in the majority of Fantasy leagues for Week 14 against the Cardinals. Hunter remains a solid handcuff option to Gore, though.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter will be going up against a poor run defense in the Rams in Week 13. St. Louis ranks last in the NFL against the run, giving up 159 yards per game, and have allowed an average of 21.1 Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Hunter has rushed for 106 yards with one touchdown over his last four games.
Analysis: Hunter was not able to find much room to run last week against the Ravens but has a much more favorable matchup with the Rams on Sunday. While Frank Gore is expected to see the majority of the carries, the rookie could see some extra work as the 49ers will likely pound the rock with their two capable running backs. Also there is a change for a blowout, which would likely equate to extra carries for Hunter. Consider Hunter a low-end No. 3/high-end No. 4 Fantasy RB for Week 13.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter had four carries for 14 yards during the 49ers 16-6 loss at Baltimore in Week 12 on Thursday night. Hunter was held to less than 30 yards for the second game in a row as starting RB Frank Gore carried the workload for San Francisco. Hunter also finished with a catch for 13 yards -- the third consecutive game hes had a reception -- while being targeted once by QB Alex Smith.
Analysis: As long as Gore is healthy, Hunters chances will be limited just like on Thursday night. Hunter finished with 10 fewer attempts than Gore as he posted an average of 3.5 yards per carry. The 23-year-old rookie does have solid potential and is two yards shy of surpassing 300 rushing yards on the season. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end option in deeper formats for Week 13 against St. Louis.
News: With starting RB Frank Gore nearing full strength, San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter has seen his offensive production decrease recently. Hunter netted just 27 rushing yards last Sunday against Arizona as most of his 11 carries came late with the game well in hand. His 2.5 yards per attempt was his lowest output since the season opener against Seattle (2.0) when he's recorded at least one carry in a game.
Analysis: Hunter might not receive more chances to shine as the 49ers are expected to lean heavily on Gore during their Week 12 matchup at Baltimore. Hunter, who has notched a reception in back-to-back games, is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season. But with Gore close to full strength, Hunter is unlikely to top double-digits in carries and remains a low-end No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option against the Ravens in Week 12. Baltimore is surrendering an average of just 13 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter had an opportunity to get some work in as the 49ers kept RB Frank Gore on the bench during the entire fourth quarter of their 23-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. Unlike in previous weeks where Hunter took full advantage of limited opportunities, this time Hunter picked up just 27 yards on 11 carries, with one catch for 15 yards and no touchdowns.
Analysis: Hunter could have been a decent option for Fantasy owners, as Gore's carries were going to be limited because of a knee injury and a weak opponent. However, Gore carried the brunt of the load for three quarters, and when Hunter got his shot, he couldn't do anything with it. The 49ers travel to Baltimore in Week 12, and the Ravens are the second best defense against Fantasy RBs, so don't view Hunter as a starting Fantasy RB, unless Gore has a setback with his knee.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter may see an increased role in the offense, as Frank Gore's status remains somewhat unclear following his knee injury in Week 10. When he was in the game, Gore was totally unproductive, picking up zero yards on six carries, probably due to an ankle injury he was trying to work through. Because of his ineffectiveness, it's possible the 49ers will limit his role and split the carries between the two backs and spread the workload out between both.
Analysis: Hunter's situation puts Fantasy owners in a tough place, as over his last six games, he's averaged 5.3 yards per carry while spelling Gore. Last week, following a knee injury to Gore, he picked up 40 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. He has shown himself to be a viable alternative to Gore in the offense when needed, and Gore's status for Week 11 remains somewhat up in the air. However, because Gore, when healthy, is a clear No. 1 Fantasy RB, Hunter can't be considered more than a No. 3 RB or Flex option.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter had six carries for 40 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers' 27-20 win over the Giants in Week 10. Hunter raced into the end zone on a 17-yard run during the fourth quarter to give San Francisco a 27-13 lead. It was the second touchdown the 49ers scored in a span of 61 seconds to secure the victory. Hunter also had one catch for four yards while being targeted three times by QB Alex Smith.
Analysis: Hunter led the team in rushing after starting RB Frank Gore left in the second quarter with a knee injury. Hunter, who was dealing with an ankle injury himself, finished with his best rushing total since Week 5 against Tampa Bay (65). The rookie now has two touchdowns in his backup role this season. Gore is expected to play against Arizona in Week 11, but Fantasy owners should be ready to pounce on Hunter in case that changes.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter is active for Week 10 against the Giants after dealing with an ankle injury in practice last week. He was a full participant in practice all week and was considered probable on the team's injury report.
Analysis: With starting RB Frank Gore also banged up, theres a good chance Hunter will be more involved in the game plan than usual on Sunday. He could see 5-10 touches, but remains a low-end option in the majority of Fantasy formats with Gore still in the lineup.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 10 vs. N.Y. Giants. He practiced in full all week. New York ranks 25th in the league in run defense, giving up over 127 yards per game, and have allowed an average of 18.5 Fantasy points per week to RBs.
Analysis: It's good to see Hunter probable for Week 10, but his role will remain the same now that Frank Gore is also probable with an ankle injury of his own. Hunter might see 5-10 carries, but he remains at best a No. 4 Fantasy RB.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter was listed with an ankle injury on Wednesday's practice report but was able to practice in full as he prepared for Week 10 against the Giants. New York ranks 25th in the league in run defense, giving up over 127 yards per game, and have allowed an average of 18.5 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Hunter continues to see carries for the 49ers but it is clear that he is still the backup to Frank Gore. Gore has been nursing an ankle injury, however, so the 23-year-old could see a larger role on Sunday if he is unable to go. Owners should keep an eye on the situation going forward as it will likely determines Hunter's Fantasy value for Week 10. But since Gore is expected to play, consider Hunter as more of a No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option against the Giants.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter backed up another 100-yard rushing performance from starter Frank Gore on Sunday in Washington. Hunter rushed eight times behind Gore for 25 yards. Hunter did not make a catch in the passing game and was not targeted by QB Alex Smith.
Analysis: Hunter will be running against the Giants at home in San Francisco in Week 10 and New York has been allowing plenty of Fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Giants have been routinely allowing 100-yard rushers against them and are good to allow a touchdown per game at least. Unfortunately, those numbers will likely go to Gore and not Hunter. Unless something happens to Gore, Hunter will remain a last-resort option in Fantasy play.
News: San Francisco RB Kendall Hunter rushed just three times for 26 yards Week 8 against Cleveland as he continues to be little more than a change of pace for starter Frank Gore. Hunter enters Week 9 at Washington having not topped 65 yards or nine carries this season and has only scored one touchdown. Hunter has no history against the Redskins and Washington has been pretty solid against the run this season.
Analysis: Washington has only allowed the 18th-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. That said, the defense is wilting because the offense can't keep them off the field. Just last week against Buffalo, Fred Jackson rushed 26 times for 120 yards and added three catches for 74 more against Washington. Of course, whatever the Redskins give up will likely go to Gore. Hunter should only be considered a last-resort in Fantasy circles for Week 9.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter was not much of a factor in Week 8 against the Browns. Hunter finished with just 26 rushing yards on three carries in the 20-10 contest and was unable to find the end zone. He averaged 8.7 yards per carry and had a long of 26 yards on the afternoon.
Analysis: Hunter had been seeing an increased number of carries of late, but that trend reversed on Sunday. In fact, rookie had registered at least eight carries in each of the team's last four games, but he wasn't needed against Cleveland. Unfortunately for Kendall, Gore is arguably the hottest RB in the league right now, so his touches could begin to dwindle moving forward. As long as Gore is healthy, he will see the bulk of the work, which will continue to limit Kendall's touches and Fantasy value. Consider the 23-year-old a low-end No. 3/high-end No. 4 Fantasy option heading into Week 9 against Washington.
News: 49ers rookie RB Kendall Hunter will be hoping to see a decent number of carries in Week 8 against the Browns. Hunter, who remains listed as No. 2 on the depth chart behind RB Frank Gore, has racked up at least eight carries in each of his last three games. Cleveland enters Sunday's contest ranked 19th in run defense, allowing 119 yards per game. The Browns have only surrendered two touchdowns on the ground and are allowing an average of 15.7 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season.
Analysis: While Hunter continues to serve as Gore's primary backup, the 49ers have been integrating him more and more into the offense of late. The 23-year-old has seen at least eight touches in each of the team's last three games after getting a combined 11 total carries over the team's first three contests of the season. However, as long as Gore is healthy, he will see the bulk of the work, which will continue to limit Kendall's touches and Fantasy value. Consider a low-end No. 3/high-end No. 4 Fantasy option heading into Week 8.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter made two separate runs for nine yards in the fourth-quarter drive that produced the winning touchdown in a 25-19 victory over the Lions in Week 6. Hunter finished with 33 yards on eight carries on the afternoon.
Analysis: Hunter played an important role for the 49ers during a critical drive, but ultimately, he didn't produce much for Fantasy owners. As long as Frank Gore is healthy, he will get the bulk of the touches, leaving Hunter with relatively little opportunity to contribute. Normally, he can be considered as a low-end No. 3 RB at best, but the 49ers will have their bye in Week 7.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter is coming off the highest rushing yardage total of his young career, as he carried the ball nine times for 65 yards against the Buccaneers in Week 5. Hunter will face a stiffer test in Week 6, when the Niners travel to Detroit. Opposing teams have not been testing the Lions' rushing defense, as running backs have been averaging fewer than 20 carries per game against them. The Lions have allowed just one touchdown to a running back all season, and they have allowed running backs the fourth-fewest Fantasy points per game among all teams. Hunter has 133 rushing yards on 29 carries so far this season, and he has one touchdown.
Analysis: Hunter has been getting a decent share of touches lately, carrying the ball nine times in each of the last three games, and he has also been getting a handful of targets. Hunter, however, has yet to show that he can gain big yardage with any regularity. Especially with Frank Gore running on a healthy ankle now, Hunter should be considered as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB option. Longer-term, Hunter has value as a handcuff option to Gore.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter did not get the start in Week 5 against the Buccaneers as Frank Gore was at full strength. He was still able to post some stats, however, gaining 65 yards on nine carries in the 48-3 win. Hunter had a long run of 44 and averaged 7.2 yards per rush. He also had one kick return for 22 yards in the victory.
Analysis: Hunter posted his highest rushing performance of the season on Sunday but was still second on San Francisco behind Gore (125 yards). The rookie has proven that he can make plays when given the opportunity and will probably continue to see several touches per game so keep an eye on his progress going forward. But as long as Gore is healthy, his Fantasy value will be lessened. Heading into Week 6 against the Lions, consider Hunter as a low-end No. 3/high-end No. 4 Fantasy RB. He remains a solid handcuff option to Gore though.
News: Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said on Wednesday that it is very possible that rookie RB Kendall Hunter will continue to have a role in the offense even with RB Frank Gore in better health. Kendall is doing very well, grading out very well and making the most of his opportunities, Harbaugh said.
Analysis: Hunter had 100 yards from scrimmage in 11 touches against the Eagles. Gore reported feeling much better on Wednesday in regards to his ailing ankle and should see a majority of the carries in Week 5. However, Harbaugh is hinting that Hunter could still see a fair amount of touches. Will that be enough to maintain him as a viable RB in Fantasy? Maybe, maybe not. He should be viewed as merely a low-end No. 3 RB -- at best -- for now. Monitor his playing time in Week 5 against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have allowed just two touchdowns this season to opposing RBs (both coming in Week 2 vs. Minnesota). They have held opposing RBs to a combined 89 yards over the past two weeks.
News: 49ers RB Kendall Hunter drew the start Week 4 against the Eagles as RB Frank Gore was hobbled by an ankle injury. However, Gore still outproduced Hunter, who rushed for 38 yards on nine carries. His longest rush went 14 yards. Hunter did managed 62 yards on two catches. Gore paced the rushing attack with 127 yards and one touchdown.
Analysis: Although Hunter didn't have a better day than Gore, he did prove that the 49ers could be productive with a two-headed rushing attack. That's not to say that the 49ers won't lean on Gore when he is at 100 percent, but Hunter has certainly earned his way into regular touches. It's just that he will get backup touches as long as Gore is active, so Hunter remains a low-end Fantasy option heading into Week 5 against the Bucs.
News: 49ers RB Frank Gore (ankle) is active for Week 4 at Philadelphia, but Kendall Hunter will get the start at running back for San Francisco.
Analysis: The reports early in the week were that Gore and Hunter were going to split carries Week 4, whether or not Gore was active. It seems he is good enough to play, but maybe not 100 percent. It seems Hunter is going to be in the mix for carries Week 4, so consider him a No. 3 Fantasy RB or flex option.
News: 49ers RB Frank Gore is officially listed as questionable for Week 4 at Philadelphia with an ankle injury. Gore is expected to play Sunday, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh, but Kendall Hunter is expected to share carries Week 4, according to a report earlier in the week from the Sacramento Bee.Analysis: Hunter's exact workload remains to be determined, but it is clear he would be in line for more touches than he has been getting to this point. He got two carries in Week 1 against Seattle and did not get any work in Week 2 against Dallas. Last week, with Gore ailing, he was given nine touches that went for 26 yards, including his first career touchdown. The Eagles have allowed the third most rushing yards in the NFL this season, allowing an average of 131.3 yards per game. Hunter may be a sleeper option as a flex player or No. 3 RB in deeper leagues, but remains a wild card with his exact role unclear.
News: The Sacramento Bee reports that 49ers RB Frank Gore is likely to share carries with Kendall Hunter if he plays in Week 4 at Philadelphia. Gore was limited in Wednesday's practice after playing through an ankle injury in the second half of his Week 3 game in Cincinnati.
Analysis: Hunter's exact workload remains to be determined, but it is clear he would be in line for more touches than he has been getting to this point. He got two carries in Week 1 against Seattle and did not get any work in Week 2 against Dallas. Last week, with Gore ailing, he was given nine touches that went for 26 yards, including his first career touchdown. The Eagles have allowed the third most rushing yards in the NFL this season, allowing an average of 131.3 yards per game. Hunter may be a sleeper option as a flex player or No. 3 RB in deeper leagues, but remains a wild card with his exact role unclear.
News: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh talked about the play of rookie RB Kendall Hunter on Monday, a day after he scored his first career touchdown against the Bengals. "I think he did very well, graded out very well," Harbaugh said. "He made some tough runs, including the touchdown run. Caught a pass, got a first down and did some very good things.
Analysis: Harbaugh was noncommittal about whether Hunters role would increase going forward. Frank Gore admitted Sunday that he played with a banged up ankle against the Bengals, but on Monday Harbaugh said Gore should be good to go for Week 4. Only time will tell. Hunter would likely be the top option to replace Gore if he is ever on the sidelines due to injury. But Hunter remains just a handcuff Fantasy option heading into Sunday's game against the Eagles.
News: San Francisco 49ers rookie RB Kendall Hunter scored his first career touchdown in Week 3 in Cincinnati, scoring on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter -- the only touchdown of the game. Hunter finished the game with 26 yards on nine carries. He added two catches for 12 yards.
Analysis: After the game, it was revealed that starter Frank Gore dealt with an ankle injury in the second half. That allowed Hunter to get his first significant playing time of the young season. Gore added that he was unsure if he would be able to play in Week 4 against the Eagles, making Hunter possibly a viable starting option for Fantasy owners in the upcoming scoring period. The Eagles have been poor against the run this season and Hunter could be qualified as a viable No. 3 RB or flex option if he is in line for significant touches. Follow this situation closely as it develops this week, but Hunter could be worth a punt off the waiver wire where available.
News: San Francisco rookie RB Kendall Hunter made his NFL debut on Sunday against Seattle. He had two carries for 4 yards in the 49ers 33-17 win. Frank Gore got the bulk of the work carrying the ball 22 times, while Hunter's touches came on short-yardage situations.
Analysis: Hunter is Gore's backup and could see an increase in touches down the road, but for now he is still just a handcuff option in Fantasy leagues. Don't bank on starting him unless something happens to Gore, which could always happen. He's not worth starting in Week 2 against Dallas.
News: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that RB Kendall Hunter, the 49ers' fourth-round pick from Oklahoma State, has moved ahead of RB Anthony Dixon on the depth chart and will be the backup for RB Frank Gore. However, he said that there will be a rotation and all three will play in games.
Analysis: Hunter has provided a late-game spark in each of the preseason games and it was enough to earn the No. 2 job. The team will give all three backs playing time, so the rookie remains a low-end option at best for now as long as Gore is healthy. Hunter is worth a late-round flier in seasonal drafts, a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and an early-round choice in rookie-only formats.
News: 49ers rookie RB Kendall Hunter totaled 40 yards on eight carries vs. Houston in Saturday's preseason game. He did not start.
Analysis: Hunter is only going to earn more and more playing time with good rushing averages and flashes of speed like he had Saturday. He's worth a late-round flier in seasonal drafts, a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and an early-round choice in rookie-only formats.
News: 49ers rookie RB Kendall Hunter made his preseason NFL debut in Friday's game against the Saints, and he was solid when given the ball. He carried the rock seven times for 29 yards on the night, notching a long of 13 yards along the way. Hunter also served as the primary kick returner, fielding two for 40 yards.
Analysis: Hunter is a versatile and talented back out of Oklahoma State, but he is competing for carries with several backs. Frank Gore remains one of the few featured backs in the NFL, and Anthony Dixon is as capable as any change-of-pace back in the league. Hunter figures to get some touches early on, but we can't imagine it being enough to warrant much Fantasy value. Target him only in the late rounds on Draft Day in seasonal formats.
News: The San Jose Mercury News reports that 49ers GM Trent Baalke thinks highly of RB Kendall Hunter, who was drafted in the fourth round out of Oklahoma State. Were not looking him as a change-of-pace back. We think hes a four-down back," Baalke said. "He can run the power game, he can get to the edge, he can catch a ball out of the backfield, he can pass-protect and he can return punts and kickoffs Hes got a very good combination of quickness, strength and bursts. Is he a 4.3 guy? No. But he has very good competitive speed. You dont see him get caught from behind. I really like the way he finishes his runs."
Analysis: Hunter carried 271 times last season for 1,548 yards and 16 touchdowns while also making 20 catches for 101 yards. Hunter will compete with Anthony Dixon to be the No. 2 RB behind Frank Gore. We can see Hunter playing a role for the 49ers but not a significant one. Still, if you draft Gore and Hunter earns the role as the backup option then he would be worth a late-round pick in seasonal leagues. He's definitely worth drafting in dynasty/keeper leagues, and he should be considered with a mid-round selection in rookie-only formats.
News: The San Francisco 49ers have selected Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter with the 115th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Hunter carried 271 times last season for 1,548 yards and 16 touchdowns while also making 20 catches for 101 yards.
Analysis: Hunter has the makings of a great change-of-pace back in the NFL. Expect him to settle in on the depth chart behind Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon in San Francisco, making him useless in seasonal leagues but a worthy late-round flier in dynasty/keeper leagues and a middle-round choice in rookie-only drafts.