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Appleton Papermakers Blue Est. 2004
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1


College: Georgia Southern | 6 years
Height: 5'9" | Weight: 205 lbs
Birth Date: 5/3/1992
2020 Bye Week: 11

Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 263 RB

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

McKinnon battled knee injuries for the second straight season and did not play a game with the 49ers. He has missed each of the last two seasons with the 49ers because of knee issues. His career is at a crossroads. McKinnon needs to prove he is healthy before he is giving a roster spot. McKinnon had 40-plus receptions each of his previous two seasons before knee issues sidelined him. McKinnon is a strong back with good speed and playmaking ability. He has some big-play ability and makes plays in the pass-ing game.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: McKinnon has some upside if healthy and getting playing time. But he needs to prove he can get back on the field before you give him a roster spot. He is a risk. For now, expect around 400 total yards and 20 receptions. Consider anything more than that a pleasant surprise.

RotoBaller's Outlook

When the Minnesota Vikings drafted him, Jerick McKinnon was supposed to be the next Adrian Peterson. And then he wasnt. He was ravaged by injury throughout the early part of his career, and despite his S.P.A.R.K. score being through the roof, he still could not outpace Matt Asiata to win the outright starting job in the eventual absence of Peterson.This was all supposed to change in the running back friendly system in San Francisco in 2018. One thing did come true. It was running back friendly. Just not for McKinnon who again was bitten by the injury bug. This time he missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in training camp. The injury allowed the likes of Raheem Mostert, andMatt Breidato succeed in his place.With Jimmy Garoppolo returning from his own torn ACL, the offense which had to rely heavily on the run game at times last season should see focus more on the passing game. The passing game weapons andincoming runner Tevin Coleman, who Kyle Shanahan is familiar with from Atlanta, will make it difficult for Jerick McKinnon or any of the backs there to separate themselves in this committee. Therefore, the most valuable player for fantasy the one with that requires the least draft investment and still has a substantial role.This would potentially make the player to own in the San Francisco backfield Matt Breida not McKinnon. McKinnon may still be living on his athletic numbers from the combine, but with Coleman and Breida outperforming him in recent years he could quickly end up the third option in that backfield. That is not an ideal situation to take a risk on with a draft pick in the eighth round. That is especially the case when Breida is available in the 12th round with the same upside potential.

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Player Notes
May 30 5:53pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

May 10 10:33am ET

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.

From TheHuddle

May 9 9:10pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

May 9 10:53am ET

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.

From TheHuddle

May 8 1:30pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

May 3 1:53pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Apr 4 5:43pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Mar 17 3:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon agreed to a restructured contract Tuesday, March 17, and will return to the team for the 2020 season, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: McKinnon hasn't played a game for the Niners since signing a four-year, $30 million contract in 2018. Even if healthy to start 2020, he's now squarely behind Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. He won't be a fantasy option heading into the season.

From TheHuddle

Mar 17 3:10pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon agreed to a restructured deal for the 2020 season on Tuesday, according to a league source. McKinnon signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the team in 2018, but he has yet to play for them because of injuries. He had a torn ACL right before the 2018 regular season and was on season-ending Injured Reserve last summer. McKinnon was originally scheduled to make $6.8 million in salary and bonuses in 2020. He's a true pass-catching option out of the backfield when healthy, but the Niners also have Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Jeff Wilson Jr., so McKinnon is buried on the depth chart.

From RotoBaller

Feb 25 3:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon will be asked to take a pay cut for the 2020 season, according to general manager John Lynch Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Fantasy Spin: McKinnon has yet to play a regular-season game for the Niners due to multiple injuries. If he's kept on the roster for 2020, he won't carry much fantasy value behind Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida.

From TheHuddle

Feb 25 2:10pm ET

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said that the team will work on a pay cut for running back Jerick McKinnon (knee). McKinnon said he's willing to do whatever it takes to stay with the team, so he'll have to take a pay cut or be cut after not playing in a single game with the team the last two seasons due to injuries. Even if Matt Breida is signed away by another team as a restricted free agent, McKinnon would start the 2020 season behind Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman in the backfield. And that's assuming he's fully healthy to begin the year. Unless there are multiple injuries to San Fran's top backs, McKinnon should go undrafted in the majority of leagues this fall.

From RotoBaller

Feb 5 3:43pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon said he hopes to remain with the 49ers and indicated that he would be open to restructuring his contract.

Fantasy Spin: McKinnon missed the entire 2019 season because of an injury and is behind Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida on the depth chart. Fantasy players can keep an eye on his situation because he may have some fantasy value if he joins a new team.

From TheHuddle

Feb 5 3:30pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) wants to stay with the 49ers moving forward. "Im willing to do whatever... The organization knows I want to be a part of this team, so when that time comes there will be a talk between both parties," McKinnon said. McKinnon signed as a free agent before the 2018 season and hasn't played a single game with the Niners due to knee troubles. Even if Matt Breida were to walk in free agency this year, McKinnon would be down the depth chart behind Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, and that's assuming he still has anything left after his serious knee injury that has kept him out the last two seasons. McKinnon is off the fantasy radar for now.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 03-Feb-2020: SFO - Off IR - knee
  • 31-Aug-2019: SFO - On IR - knee
  • 04-Feb-2019: SFO - Off IR - torn right ACL
  • 03-Sep-2018: SFO - On IR - torn right ACL
  • 14-Mar-2018: SFO - Signed, Unrestricted FA - Four-year contract (through 2021)
  • 14-Mar-2018: MIN - Declared Free Agent
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