Kendall Hunter rushed for 46 yards on six carries during Saturday's preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans. The Niners' two offseason additions at running back, Brandon Jacobs and rookie LaMichael James, both suffered leg injuries during the loss.
Analysis: X-rays on Jacobs' knee came back negative, and James doesn't believe he will miss much time. Still, the injury situation should give Hunter a chance to seize the Niners' primary backup role. At the moment, Hunter appears to be the necessary late round pickup if you're looking to handcuff Frank Gore late in you fantasy draft. He certainly looked good Saturday against what was a stout run defense last season. Considering Gore's injury history, you would be wise to keep tabs on Hunter. Depending on how a few chips fall, he could prove extremely valuable down the road.