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|The 49ers took a flier on Lattimore in the fourth round of this year's draft even though he has little chance of playing in 2013 due to the horrific knee injury that ended his collegiate career. The South Carolina product would have otherwise been a first-round selection given his solid size, speed and athletic ability, and there is a chance he could take over for Frank Gore in the 49ers starting lineup at some point down the road. And it's worth noting that San Francisco has some experience going this route, having acquired Gore in the 2005 draft despite his injury issues. Even though there are no assurances that Lattimore will fully recover, he is worth stashing on your dynasty league roster because of his potential.
| Lattimore hoping to practice next week -- Thu Nov 14 6:05 pm --|
Does not anticipate playing a game in 2013
|Marcus Lattimore said he hopes to go through his first practice with the 49ers next week. Lattimore said he hasn't officially been given word that he'll be cleared for practice, but Tuesday is the last possible day to trigger a three-week window during which players on the NFI list can rejoin practice. Lattimore has yet to don pads and put on a 49ers uniform. But he also has said that the carrot in relation to the monotonous rehabilitation work he's been doing is to join practice with his teammates.
"It would be important to have my mind ready for the next year - real excited about it," he said. (Sacramento Bee)|
FF Today's Take: The thought all along was that Lattimore would be stashed away on NFI or IR in 2013 in hopes the Niners could have him healthy next season. Lattimore said he's been running at full speed, cutting like an NFL running back, so dynasty-league owners can begin to prepare offers for a first-round talent at running back in an excellent situation for fantasy success. The obvious caveat is whether or not Lattimore can stay healthy.