26-Year-Old Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Bowman recorded his third-straight season with at least 135 tackles, and 2013 was his best in the NFL, finishing with 145 tackles, including 120 solo stops, five sacks, two interceptions and four forc...
NaVorro Bowman Contract Information:
Signed a five-year contract extension in November of 2012 that will keep him in San Francisco through the 2018 season. Adjusted contract for 2014, converting $3.27 million of $4 million base salary into a signing bonus.
Bowman (knee), who is still required to miss one more game, will need "several" weeks of practice to feel comfortable playing, CSN Bay Area reports.
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NaVorro Bowman: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman suffered an ACL tear in last season's NFC Championship game, so this move isn't overly surprising, as he was expected to be out until at least the halfway point anyway. He'll now miss through Week 6 at the minimum but may not be available to help the 49ers' defense until the final few weeks of the year. Excluding drafts with very deep benches, Bowman can likely be ignored as an IDP consideration until the second half.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)This should come as no surprise, as Bowman wasn't expected to return from the ACL tear he sustained in the NFC Championship Game last season until midseason at the earliest. By going on the PUP list, he won't be able to rejoin the team until Week 7, which would be on the low end of his expected recovery time.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Moreover, the report adds that Bowman -- who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he sustained in the NFC Championship game -- is not expected to be cleared for the start of the regular season. Bowman, who has topped the 140-tackle mark in each of the last three seasons, will thus see his IDP value restricted to that of a potential in-season addition.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Harbaugh only said that he heard Bowman was doing "really well," but also reiterated that the linebacker would likely open the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. His fantasy value as an IDP obviously plummets given that he will probably miss the first half of the season, but if all goes right for him, he could be a sneaky play in the second half.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman underwent surgery earlier this month to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, and given the timing of the procedure, a Week 1 return would be pushing things. When healthy, Bowman is a productive tackler, so his recovery will be worth tracking in the coming months, though his IDP utility in 2014 will presumably be restricted to that of an in-season pickup.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
It seemed like an unfathomable suggestion just two years ago, but Bowman appears to have surpassed Patrick Willis as the top fantasy producer on the 49ers defense. The Penn State product entered his second season as a starter in 2012, finishing with 143 stops (92 solo) after totaling 136 tackles (107 solo) in his first year as a starter in 2011. With those two entries on his résumé, Bowman looks like a near lock to finish among the league's top-five tacklers as long as he plays a full season. Although he's an elite talent in his own right, that Bowman is surrounded by other great players means opponents can't single him out in the game plan. And Bowman almost never leaves the field – he logged 1,007 snaps on defense last year despite playing on a unit that often made quick work of opposing offenses.
Bowman couldn’t have been much better in his first season as a starter in 2011, as his 143 tackles ranked seventh in the league, and his 111 solo stops ranked second. Bowman was one of the primary contributors in a historically great San Francisco run defense last year, and he was only 22 years old. It’s reasonable to expect improvement in 2012, particularly in the sack and interception categories. Bowman has the athleticism of a defensive back and figures to be more disruptive in coverage and as a pass rusher this season. It’s less likely that Bowman will improve his tackle total, however, as 143 is a high bar, particularly given that he’s competing with Patrick Willis for tackles in a defense that doesn’t spend much time on the field. Bowman has an extremely high floor, in any case, because offenses will forever be more worried about Willis and the Smiths than him.
Bowman will start at inside linebacker. He could provide IDP value by racking up tackles playing next to Patrick Willis.
Bowman is a skilled rookie who will likely back up veteran Takeo Spikes at inside linebacker in anticipation of becoming a starter in 2011.