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About ale522

sports and financial markets enthusiast. Native San Diegan, diehard Padres, adopted Warriors and ex-Chargers fan

ale522 has written 1076 articles so far, you can find them below.


Pierre Garcon Seeking First Touchdown As 49er

Despite leading all San Francisco 49ers receivers in snaps, Pierre Garcon has been unable to capitalize. The veteran pass catcher enters Week 5 with zero touchdowns and just 141 receiving yards on 11 catches. The 49ers receiving unit is currently decimated by injuries, with Dante Pettis (knee) ruled out and Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) limited but... Read More

1 year ago

Jimmy Garoppolo Undergoes Knee Surgery

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his torn left ACL. Garoppolo suffered the season-ending injury in Week 3 but couldn’t go under the knife until swelling subsided. The estimated timetable for his return is nine to 10 months, which puts him on track to be ready during training camp.... Read More

1 year ago

C.J. Beathard Only A Risky QB2 Option

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard faces a formidable challenge in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals 10th best pass defense (250.3 yards per game). Beathard showed no timidity in Week 4, slinging the rock 37 times for 298 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also threw two critical picks and failed to complete any... Read More

1 year ago

George Kittle Emerging As Matchup-Proof

After racking up 125 yards and a score from San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard in Week 4, tight end George Kittle is making the case for being both matchup and quarterback-proof. Seemingly the apple of Beathard’s eye, Kittle enters Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals third amongst tight ends with 316 receiving yards on... Read More

1 year ago

Alfred Morris Avoidable In Week 5

The outlook for San Francisco 49ers running back Alfred Morris is dimming as the team enters Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. Morris logged a season-low 14 snaps in Week 4 and registered only 18 total yards on four touches. Averaging 13 carries through the first three weeks, this was a major setback. The Niners... Read More

1 year ago


49ers Defense Facing Rookie-Led Cardinals

The San Francisco 49ers defense enters Week 5 sixth-worst in points allowed (29.5 per game) and tied for second-to-last in turnovers (three). The squad draws rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals, the league’s worst offense by a wide margin. Rosen has instilled some life into the Cardinals and through one-plus games, thrown a... Read More

1 year ago

Dante Pettis Ruled Out For Week 5

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. Pettis avoided a serious injury after being carted off in Sunday’s game but he’s considered week-to-week. Pettis generated some buzz early in the year but hasn’t recorded a stat from scrimmage in two weeks. With wide... Read More

1 year ago

Joey Lucchesi Caps Off Impressive Rookie Year

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi finished his rookie campaign with six innings of two-run ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He allowed four hits, no walks and fanned eight, ending the year with a 4.08 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 10.0 K/9 over 26 starts (130 innings pitched). While Lucchesi struggled in the homestretch, he was... Read More

1 year ago

Kendrick Bourne Scores In Week 4

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne caught 3-of-4 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Week 4’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Bourne scored on a two-yard pass from quarterback C.J. Beathard in the first quarter and got in extended run with receivers Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and Dante Pettis (knee) hampered by... Read More

1 year ago

49ers Optimistic On Joe Staley's Knee Injury

The San Francisco 49ers believe tackle Joe Staley (knee) avoided a serious injury in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Staley went down in the first half and did not return. He was seen limping with a brace on his right knee after the game but the Niners are optimistic there isn’t significant damage... Read More

1 year ago


C.J. Beathard Fearless In 2018 Debut

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard completed 23-of-37 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also added 19 yards on seven rushes. Beathard’s big play was an 82-yard touchdown strike to tight end George Kittle as the Niners nearly upset the heavily-favored Bolts. Encouragingly,... Read More

1 year ago

Marquise Goodwin Banged Up In Loss

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) grabbed 2-of-4 targets for just 24 yards in Week 4’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also gained four yards on his lone carry. Goodwin suffered a hamstring injury in the first half but reportedly returned to action. Goodwin’s myriad injuries was likely a factor in... Read More

1 year ago

Pierre Garcon Remains Fantasy-Irrelevant

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon nabbed 4-of-7 targets for 52 yards in Week 4’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Garcon was second on the team in targets but quarterback C.J. Beathard opted to spread the wealth to eight different receivers on the afternoon. Garcon now has just 141 yards with zero touchdowns... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Breida Quiet With 12 Touches

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (shoulder, knee) ran nine times for 39 yards and snagged all three of his targets for 32 yards. Breida was effective when he touched the ball but the running game took a backseat to quarterback C.J. Beathard’s air attack. Breida suffered an apparent shoulder injury during the game... Read More

1 year ago

Alfred Morris A Nonfactor In Week 4

San Francisco 49ers running back Alfred Morris gained 14 yards on four carries while securing 1-of-3 targets for four yards in Week 4’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Niners gained only 76 yards on the ground so there wasn’t much opportunity for Morris as quarterback C.J. Beathard aired it out most of the... Read More

1 year ago


George Kittle Makes Long House Call

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle grabbed 6-of-8 targets for 125 yards and a score in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Kittle’s touchdown came on an 82-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter to spark the Niners’ comeback attempt. Kittle is now up to 316 receiving yards on 18 catches and appears to... Read More

1 year ago

Manuel Margot Plays Hero In Season Finale

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot went 3-for-5 with a homer and triple while scoring the game-winning run Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also swiped his 11th base of the year. The strong showing caps a broadly disappointing season for the 24-year-old, who finishes with a .245/.292/.384 slash, just eight homers and 101 R+RBI.... Read More

1 year ago

Dante Pettis Suffers Knee Injury

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis was carted off the field with a knee injury during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers. It looks like Pettis’ day is done and another potential long-term knee injury for the Niners. Pettis did not register a target before exiting. Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon will... Read More

1 year ago

Ryan Fitzpatrick Pulled In Blowout

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was yanked in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears. The Bucs were getting blown out 38-3 by halftime and quarterback Jameis Winston will be under center for the remainder of the game. Fitzpatrick was 9-for-18 for 126 yards and an interception prior to exiting. It’s possible the Buccaneers just... Read More

1 year ago

Tyler Eifert Carted Off Field

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (leg) was carted off the field in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons. Eifert suffered a gruesome injury when his ankle was rolled up on and he was immediately placed in an air cast. This looks like a long-term injury for Eifert who has struggled to stay healthy throughout... Read More

1 year ago


Matt Breida, Alfred Morris Active For Week 4

San Francisco 49ers running backs Matt Breida (knee) and Alfred Morris (knee) are active Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers. This was the indication all week so both will revert to their normal running back by committee duties. Breida has been the better runner through three weeks and is safe to fire up as... Read More

1 year ago

Eric Lauer Finishes 2018 Strong

San Diego Padres rookie starter Eric Lauer wrapped up his season Friday with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball (none earned). Lauer caps off the year with an impressive 1.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.2 K/9 across 20 1/3 frames in September and is firmly in the driver’s seat for a starting job next season.... Read More

1 year ago

Eric Hosmer Goes Yard In Loss

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer went deep for his 18th homer Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Friars free-agent splash of 2018 has endured a disappointing year, slashing .252/.320/.398 with seven steals and 140 R+RBI. Hosmer’s strikeouts were way up this year and his OPS has dipped over 160 points compared to last... Read More

1 year ago

Brett Kennedy Undergoes Knee Surgery

San Diego Padres starter Brett Kennedy (knee) underwent debridement surgery in his left knee on Wednesday. His rehab should take a couple months and he expects to resume throwing in November. Kennedy earned his first crack at the big leagues this season with an impressive 10-0 record at Triple-A El Paso but struggled in the... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Breida A Game-Time-Decision

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Chargers. Breida, who turned in a full practice Thursday, was limited Friday. Breida was quoted as saying he’s a game-time-decision. It’s uncertain if the development is a setback or merely just dependent on how Breida feels... Read More

1 year ago


Freddy Galvis Displaying Talent For Potential Suitors

San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis is finishing 2018 on a high note, currently riding a four-game hitting streak and collecting 20 knocks in his last 43 at-bats (.465 average). After a poor offensive showing early on, Galvis walloped six homers in August and is batting .298 with 10 extra-base hits in September. His .247/.300/.382... Read More

1 year ago

Alfred Morris At Risk Of Unfavorable Game Flow

San Francisco 49ers running back Alfred Morris (knee) enters Week 4 with an established role but game flow could be a risk to his fantasy contribution. With second-year quarterback C.J. Beathard under center, the 49ers could struggle to consistently move the chains against the Los Angeles Chargers. Morris has handled at least 12 carries in... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Breida Looks To Build Off Strong Start

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (knee) was a full participant in Thursday’s practice. He should be ready to roll in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers, who are ninth-worst in the NFL with 120.3 rush yards allowed per game. Breida is tied for the NFL rushing lead with 274 yards (8.6 YPC)... Read More

1 year ago

George Kittle A Top-10 Option Even With Beathard

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle remains fantasy-relevant even with second-year quarterback C.J. Beathard taking the helm in Week 4. Kittle leads all 49er skill players with a 78 percent snap share and has grabbed 12-of-20 targets for 191 yards. He is still looking for his first touchdown. However, Kittle fantasy owners should recognize... Read More

1 year ago

Kirby Yates Should Secure Padres 2019 Closer Role

San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates worked around two walks to collect his 12th save Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants. Handshakes have been rare for the 31-year-old journeyman since he took over for Brad Hand, but Yates has amassed six saves in September. He holds exceptional season numbers with a 2.07 ERA, 0.92... Read More

1 year ago


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