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) is expected to practice next week, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
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NaVorro Bowman: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The 49ers must either add Bowman to their roster or place him on injured reserve by Tuesday, and this report suggests there is a good chance they take the latter option. Bowman could still be activated and placed on IR at a later date too, so he won't be totally out of the woods if he is activated next week. All in all, Bowman's status remains uncertain until the 49ers make an official decision.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman is in the stretch run of his recovery from ACL and MCL tears suffered in last January's NFC Championship Game at Seattle. His current workout regimen includes running and change-of-direction at close to full speed, but the 49ers must decide by next Tuesday whether to introduce him to practice, which opens a 21-day window in which he can be activated, or place him on season-ending injured reserve. Expect caution to be exercised due to the serviceable play of replacement Michael Wilhoite at inside linebacker.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The 49ers must make a decision by next Tuesday whether to open a 21-day window, during which Bowman either must be activated from the PUP list or placed on injured reserve. Considering the more-than-steady play of Michael Wilhoite and Chris Borland at inside linebacker, the team is unlikely to rush the latter stages of Bowman's recovery from last January's torn ACL.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Wednesday would obviously be the optimistic return date for Bowman, and if he's limited (or worse) this week, there's a good chance he won't play Sunday against the Giants. That said, it definitely sounds like he's nearing a return to game action, and those in IDP leagues should have him on their radars.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman remains on the 49ers' PUP list after tearing his ACL in January, but is edging closer to a return to practice. The All-Pro linebacker has been sprinting and working on change-of-direction running for the past several weeks. As a result, Bowman reportedly may be able to return toward the end of November, although the 49ers haven't yet pinned down a definitive timetable for when they expect him back in action.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bowman is reportedly on track in his recovery from a gruesome knee injury suffered last January, but the All-Pro linebacker will still need a significant amount of practice time before he's able to play. His timetable for return is set beyond Week 9 and possibly even longer, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Until further notice, Michael Wilhoite will continue to start at inside linebacker. Wilhoite ranks third on the 49ers with 20 tackles (15 solo) through five games.
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.