Complete 2014 Projections

The default order for player projections is based on ESPN.com's recommended draft rankings, which take into account projected total points as well as upside and risk.

Position: ALL | QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST | K | FLEX
     
PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
1. Frank Gore, SF RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics27611284.19161410166
2014 Projections25911234.38151300169
2014 Outlook: Late in his career, Gore just keeps defying logic. In his age-30 season, he submitted his third straight year of 16 games played and 8 or more rushing TDs. The Niners have preserved Gore by essentially removing him from the game plan in passing situations. And now players like Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore threaten to assume more of the early-down workload too. The touchdowns still figure to be there for a bruiser on a good offense, but it wouldn't be a shock to see Gore's yardage slip.
2. Vernon Davis, SF TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics845285016.313000156
2014 Projections905785014.912000155
2014 Outlook: Big Vern was the No. 2 TE in fantasy last year, quite a rebound from his No. 15 ranking in 2012. It turns out all those theories suggesting Davis and Colin Kaepernick couldn't coexist were as ridiculous as they sounded. The duo seemed to like each other just fine inside the red zone, where Davis scored 9 of his 13 TDs. In a run-heavy offense with Michael Crabtree healthy and Stevie Johnson aboard, we'd argue that Davis won't be a top source of yardage or receptions. But the possibility of double-digit TDs keeps him elite.
3. Michael Crabtree, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics331928414.9100032
2014 Projections11480104313.061120141
2014 Outlook: After missing the first 11 games of 2013 with an Achilles tear, Crabtree showed some rust in the final five games of the regular season, averaging just 6.4 fantasy points. But he put on a show in the playoffs. His 11 catches of 10 or more yards -- and four gains of 20 or more -- prorate to top-10-caliber totals over the course of a 16-game season. It was further proof that when Crabtree is healthy, he's the primary target of QB Colin Kaepernick.
4. Anquan Boldin, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics13085117913.972110153
2014 Projections1096996714.042140121
2014 Outlook: Boldin had a late-career revival last season, putting up his highest number of targets (128) and yards (1,179) since 2006. And he did it with a nice variety, scoring 86 fantasy points on short passes (seventh in the NFL) and compiling 593 yards on vertical throws (21st). So why do we have him ranked so low? For starters, the 49ers aren't going to throw the ball a lot; they ranked last in the NFL last season with 417 pass attempts. And Boldin's opportunities will only shrink with Michael Crabtree back to 100 percent, the addition of Stevie Johnson and the presence of Vernon Davis, coming off a 13-TD season.
5. Steve Johnson, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics1005259711.53110073
2014 Projections864859012.3400081
2014 Outlook: After three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Johnson exploded out of the gate for 17 catches, 236 yards and 2 TDs in his first three games. But as injuries mounted, he totaled only 35-361-1 the rest of the way. The most disturbing metric of all was Johnson's 33 fantasy points on vertical passes -- half of his 2011 and 2012 totals. Working in an offense with Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin could take some coverage pressure off Johnson, but it will also limit his workload.
6. Carlos Hyde, SF RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics----------------
2014 Projections652854.421281046
2014 Outlook: Considered by many to be the top RB in the 2014 draft, Hyde landed in an awful spot for his short-term fantasy value. Frank Gore is still chugging along for the 49ers, Kendall Hunter remains by the Bay and Marcus Lattimore is trying to return from injury. A 230-pound thumper with one-cut ability, Hyde, who had 35 TDs in his final two seasons at Ohio State, evokes comparisons with Stephen Davis. Someday he might be a backfield bell cow -- and he should be a first-round rookie pick in dynasty leagues -- but this year he can't even lay claim to clear handcuff status.
7. Kendall Hunter, SF RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics783584.63213046
2014 Projections643004.72964046
2014 Outlook: After three seasons, it's probably time to admit that the Niners don't view Hunter as a future full-time back. That's a shame. Sure, he's on the smaller side (5-7, 199), but he doesn't run like a little guy. His 1.83 yards after contact over the past three years is a better mark than those of Arian Foster, Steven Jackson and, yes, Frank Gore. Nevertheless, the 49ers will ride Gore again in 2013, and if the 31-year-old falters, Hunter will have to fight rookie Carlos Hyde and rehabbing Marcus Lattimore for touches. That makes it tough to trust Hunter even as a handcuff.
8. Marcus Lattimore, SF RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics000.000000
2014 Projections211034.91426018
2014 Outlook: After the 2010 college football season, Lattimore looked like a future top-10 pick, having run through SEC defenses with a rare size/speed/moves combo. Unfortunately, he tore up both knees before he could skip to the pros, and the second incident was a horrific shredding of his right ACL, MCL and PCL. After sitting out his rookie year with the Niners, Lattimore is reportedly running well in a straight line, though whether he'll ever recapture his elusiveness is a question. Frank Gore, 31, is still the bell cow by the Bay, and Kendall Hunter is in the backup mix. But the 49ers want to ease in Lattimore too. Fully healthy, he and rookie Carlos Hyde look like the RBs of the future.
9. LaMichael James, SF RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics12594.9021606
2014 Projections000.000000
10. Quinton Patton, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics533411.3012605
2014 Projections0000.000000
11. Vance McDonald, SF TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics19811914.900008
2014 Projections0000.000000
12. Bruce Ellington, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
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2014 Projections0000.000000
13. Brandon Lloyd, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
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2014 Projections0000.000000
14. Kassim Osgood, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics111717.000001
2014 Projections------------------
15. David Reed, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics3122.000000
2014 Projections------------------