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RB Jerick McKinnon - San Francisco 49ers

5-9, 209Born: 5-3-1992College: Georgia SouthernDrafted: Round 3, pick 96 (2014)

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McKinnon was seen grabbing the back of his right knee and missed the rest of practice on Sunday, August 12. He had an MRI on the knee and it showed only a calf strain

Summary

McKinnon has drawn a ton of offseason buzz (currently being drafted solidly in Round 3) for a back with such a shaky resume. There's lots of reason for excitement over McKinnon, who still stands as one of our all-time SPARQ superstars: his 2014 combine work is still credited as the NFL's best SPARQ score in known memory. He's caught 84 passes for 676 yards over the last 2 years, and he now joins a Kyle Shanahan offense that's generated a top-15 fantasy running back in 5 of the last 6 years. Still, McKinnon has struggled to be productive in a lead role. He's averaged just 3.59 yards per carry over the last 2 seasons (309 attempts in all) and consistently managed to lose the bellcow when put there. All told, McKinnon is less of a sure thing - albeit with more ceiling - than ADP-mates Jordan Howard and Derrick Henry. He's a stout RB2, though he downgrades markedly in non-PPR leagues. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 14, 10, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 18, 20
Overall Redraft - 24, 19, 19, 20, 23, 24, 24, 24, 26, 26, 30, 31, 41
RB Redraft PPR - 13, 8, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21
Overall Redraft PPR - 24, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 23, 24, 27, 27, 28, 29, 31, 42, 56
RB Dynasty - 15, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 18, 18, 18
Overall Dynasty - 36, 22, 28, 34, 37, 40, 44, 72

Stats and Projections

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2015 MIN 16 52 271 2 29 21 173 1
2016 MIN 15 159 539 2 53 43 255 2
2017 MIN 16 151 570 3 68 51 421 2 2
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.3 182.0 * * 56.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 15.5 193.0 * * 61.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 200.0 * * 60.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 221.0 * * 59.2 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Jerick McKinnon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 23
RB: 13
Overall-PPR: 21
RB-PPR: 13

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Latest News

49ers | Jerick McKinnon out until Week 1 (Fri Aug 17, 11:06 AM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (calf) will be out the rest of the preseason, according to general manager John Lynch.

Our View: The 49ers could easily employ a three-headed committee in Week 1 against the tough Vikings defense with McKinnon and Matt Breida both likely coming off of layoffs. It might be a situation to avoid in Week 1 lineups. Calf strains can be tricky and subject to re-injury, so we'll be watching practice reports and McKinnon's return closely.
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49ers | Plethora of 49ers will be held out (Thu Aug 16, 03:24 PM) - San Francisco 49ers LB Arik Armstead (hamstring), RB Matt Breida (shoulder), OT Garry Gilliam (concussion), TE George Kittle (shoulder), WR Max McCaffrey (undisclosed), RB Jerick McKinnon (calf), CB Richard Sherman (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (leg), DE Solomon Thomas (concussion) and CB K'Waun Williams (ankle) are not expected to play in Week 2 of the preseason.

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49ers | Jerick McKinnon injury update (Sun Aug 12, 08:33 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (calf) has been diagnosed with a calf strain and will be re-evaluated next week, according to the team.

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49ers | Good news for Jerick McKinnon (Sun Aug 12, 06:41 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon's (knee) MRI showed only a muscle strain in his knee, according to a source.

Our View: We can breathe a lot easier. McKinnon will probably sit for at least a week, if not the rest of the regular season. Joe Williams should be the lead back, but Jeremy McNichols, Raheem Mostert, and UDFA Jeffrey Wilson will also get more work.
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49ers | Jerick McKinnon hurts knee in practice Sunday (Sun Aug 12, 04:42 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is scheduled to undergo an MRI after he suffered a right knee injury in practice Sunday, Aug. 12. He was helped off by trainers and remained on the sidelines for the rest of practice, although he was seen signing autographs on his way back to the locker room.

Our View: There was concern even though he didn't seem to be in a lot of pain. We hope for the best, but fear the worst here. McKinnon should be much lower on your board until we get results. Matt Breida can slot into McKinnon's spot and workload once he returns from his shoulder injury, which should be around Week 1 if not before. Even if this isn't significant, McKinnon may sit a bit, which gives Joe Williams ample opportunity to redeem himself.
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