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Friday, September 30, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: KENDALL HUNTER RB SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last Sunday San Francsico 49ers RB Frank Gore injured his ankle in the second half of their victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  Gore, who is no stranger to injury, has yet to practice this week and has stated publicly that he is not sure whether he will play or not.  So with a nice matchup this week against the run-defense challenged Philadelphia Eagles, it would be a good idea for fantasy football players to get to know backup RB Kendall Hunter a bit better.  So lets dig in and find out what Hunter could offer and if he is someone who can be of use this week.

As far as Hunter is concerned, the rookie back was a fourth round pick in the 2011 draft and has appeared in all three games for the team after a very good preseason where many thought the team should start him and let the contract-unhappy Gore go.  Coming from an explosive offense in college at Oklahoma State, Hunter was known as a guy who can both run and catch the football.  His opportunities were next to nothing in his first two pro games however and it took Gore hitting the sidelines next week for Hunter to show the masses what he could do.  He would up helping the 49ers clinch the win over the Bengals by running for 26 yards on 9 carries while also catching 2 passes for 12 yards.  One of the 9 rushes resulted in his first score of his career.  Yes a small sample but Hunter showed in that small dosage that he can contribute in both facets of the game while also hitting the end zone.

If Gore does in fact sit out this week, Hunter would get a chance to go against an Eagles team that allowed Carnell Williams to run wild on them in Week 1, get gashed by pretty much every Falcons offensive player in Week 2, along with the same deal happening against the Giants last week.  The strength of their team lies in the secondary so the Eagles can be run on as we have seen this season.  Hunter thus could be a sneaky play for those who are hurting in the running back department.  I am talking to you Gore and Ryan Grant owners.  He likely wont blow it up Sunday but those in PPR leagues could get a boost for this week.  He just might do enough to keep you afloat for a bit.

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