25-Year-Old Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
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 s...
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.
Though coach Jim Harbaugh said that he "wouldn't count Bowman (knee) out" for Week 1, he suggested that a midseason return is a more realistic target for the linebacker.
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NaVorro Bowman: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman's ACL procedure needed to wait until his MCL had healed, but now that he has been able to address that, he's looking at a six-to-eight-month recovery period. If Bowman isn't ready to start the 2014 season, a real possibility, then Michael Wilhoite is a candidate to fill in for him at inside linebacker.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The gruesome injury occurred during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, with Week 1 of the 2014 season less than nine months away. Despite the early optimism, Bowman won't necessarily be ready for the start of 2014, as a torn ACL generally requires 7-to-12 months of rehab. The first step is having surgery, and the sooner that happens the better Bowman's odds of being ready by Week 1.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman suffered the gruesome injury late in Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Seahawks and had to be carted off the field. He was injured, after recovering a fumble that he forced on Seattle's Jermaine Kearse, although it was subsequently taken from him, as he laid motionless on the ground. He will likely have an MRI in the next few days, which will confirm the severity of the injury.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman had been leading the team with 14 total tackles, before exiting the game. He injured his knee, while attempting to recover a fumble that he forced on Seattle's Jermaine Kearse. If the injury turns out to be as gruesome as it was live, the defensive player of the year candidate may be in trouble for the start of the 2014 season, but an MRI will be needed to confirm he severity.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Given the style of game he plays, it's a rarity to be able to blame Bowman for anything. However, he allowed the ball to roll right past him on an Atlanta onside kick, and the Falcons were able to recover and drive down the field toward the winning score. But when a Matt Ryan pass deflected off a receiver, it was Bowman who came up with the pick and ran it back 89 yards for a game-clinching touchdown. He now has 135 tackles (111 solo), which ranks sixth overall in the NFL.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bowman couldnít 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. Itís 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. Itís less likely that Bowman will improve his tackle total, however, as 143 is a high bar, particularly given that heís competing with Patrick Willis for tackles in a defense that doesnít 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.