College: Georgia Southern | 7 years
Height: 5'9" | Weight: 205 lbs
Birth Date: 5/3/1992
Depth Chart: RB1.3
2020 Bye Week: 11
Total Pts: 11.9
Avg Pts: 11.90
Rank: 10 RB
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San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon should be heavily involved in the team's offensive gameplan in Week 2 against the New York Jets. McKinnon carried the ball three times for 24 yards and caught three of his five targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Last week's game was his first NFL action since 2017, so there's good reason to believe the team will use him more heavily going forward now that he's shaken off the rust, so to speak. Expect McKinnon to see around 10 touches in Week 2, with over half of his touches coming in the passing game. He's a great flex or RB3 option in PPR leagues. In non-PPR, he's a bit more risky with a lower ceiling, but can still be considered as a flex option.
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon ran for 24 yards on three carries and added 20 yards along with a touchdown on three targets in Week 1 versus the Arizona Cardinals. Week 1 was his first official game with the 49ers and his first game action since the 2017 season as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy Spin: Head coach Kyle Shanahan has long considered McKinnon to be a weapon in the passing game, and that was on full display in this contest. McKinnon's contributions in this game were likely somewhat the byproduct of the team's current state of affairs at receiver, but an efficient performance like this will only help his cause to get more work. He's a good bet to remain involved in a similar fashion against the New York Jets' tough run defense in Week 2.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon made his long-awaited debut with the team in Week 1 and helped give the offense a bit of a spark. McKinnon carried the ball three times for 24 yards and reeled in three catches for 20 yards and a touchdown. McKinnon signed with the 49ers prior to the 2018 season, but tore his ACL before the season started. He then missed the entirety of the 2019 season after a setback from knee surgery in the preseason. Raheem Mostert led all 49ers running backs in carries with 15 and was also active in the passing game with four catches on five targets. McKinnon should certainly have a role in the offense going forward and is someone worth adding in deep PPR leagues and monitoring in all leagues.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon has gained some hype through his training camp performance so far. Matt Barrows of The Athletic remarked on McKinnon's speed, saying that, "None of the team's linebackers can keep up." McKinnon also received praise from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who said he "brings a little bit of everything" and "sees the field very similar to a quarterback." McKinnon missed all of last season due to a torn ACL and this year, he'll be competing for playing time with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman. McKinnon is likely third in the pecking order behind those two right now, but if he can break some big plays early in the year, he'll certainly find himself with a heavier workload.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon has collected $15.5 million the last two years without even playing a snap for the 49ers because of a knee injury, but he's working extremely hard as he tries to come back in 2020. I work like Im broke, McKinnon said. Its hard to stop working. He has looked sharp in the early days of training camp, but both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman remain ahead of him on the running back depth chart. However, McKinnon should be a roster lock if he's healthy, and he could see plenty of work as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, especially with Deebo Samuel (foot) and Jalen Hurd (knee) injured. In deeper PPR leagues, McKinnon should be worth at least a late-round flier.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon has been one of the more impressive players at training camp, according to Cam Inman of The Mercury News. In particular, McKinnon's route running out of the backfield has looked crisp. It is welcomed news for the 28-year-old, as he has missed the entirety of the past two seasons with injuries. McKinnon may be able to carve out a role for himself as a pass-catching, third-down back, but he has to battle Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman for touches. If McKinnon continues his strong play, the 49ers backfield may become even more of a headache for fantasy owners.
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) has looked sharp catching passes out of the backfield during training camp, according to QB Jimmy Garoppolo. 'Even just throwing routes on air this offseason, he runs them differently than most running backs and he has a feel that's like a receiver, but he feels space like a quarterback,' Garoppolo said.
Fantasy Spin: McKinnon has missed consecutive seasons while recovery from a knee injury, but he will rejoin the backfield in 2020. It sounds like he could carve out a role on passing downs, but for now, he is a late-round flier in PPR formats, at best.
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon will have opportunities on third downs in 2020, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Fantasy Spin: McKinnon hasn't played either of the last two seasons, but he was widely viewed as one of the best pass-catching running backs when he was signed as a free agent following the 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are likely to begin the 2020 season with much higher fantasy value, but McKinnon could emerge by midseason if able to stay healthy.
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is nearing the end of his rehab process, where he will shift his focus from running straight ahead to attempting to 'simulate some of the cutting that goes on at that position, specifically.'
Fantasy Spin: If McKinnon remains in San Francisco, he would probably be used primarily as a third-down running back and in passing situations, which would only give him fantasy value in PPR formats.
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said all the signs are encouraging for running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) to make a strong recovery from his knee issues. McKinnon was signed by the 49ers two years ago to be their primary pass-catching third-down back, but he has yet to play a single snap for them because of his knee injury. McKinnon has struggled with making cuts while running in the past while rehabbing from his injury, but the Niners are hoping he can finally get past the hurdle this year. Even though Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson Jr. are around, McKinnon could be the team's primary third-down back if he's finally healthy in 2020. But he'll need to prove himself to fantasy owners before he becomes a staple again in PPR leagues.
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) plans to work out this offseason at Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson's gym in Houston, as he continues to recover from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. McKinnon said his knee feels normal and he hasn't experienced any pain or soreness recently. He has been doing a lot of running, including hill sprints, as well as balance work since being medically cleared to resume working out in February.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) has been steadily increasing his workload on his twice surgically repaired right knee, and he is planning on working out with Redskins veteran running back Adrian Peterson at his gym in Texas. Peterson took McKinnon under his wing when the two played for the Vikings. "I feel like it's my last test to really see how it feels," McKinnon said. "There's a lot of hard work going on down there. That's really where I'm going to amp it up as hard as I can and see where it goes." Even though Matt Breida was traded, the Niners have plenty of bodies in the backfield with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson Jr., but McKinnon could carve out a third-down pass-catching role in 2020 if he's recovered from his knee issues. He could become a sleeper in PPR leagues.
San Francisco 49ers RB JaMycal Hasty is expected to compete with RB Jerick McKinnon for the third-down back job during training camp. Hasty is expected to also be a solid contributor on special teams.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation to see if Hasty is able to beat out McKinnon for the job. Both players are risky fantasy options at this point and could be avoided in drafts.
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon likely will make the final roster if he can stay healthy because he can be a third down back and a target in the passing game, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Fantasy Spin: McKinnon has dealt with injuries over the past few seasons and would only see a handful of touches if he stays with the 49ers. He probably would only have some value in point-per-reception leagues.