San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham is coming off the physically unable to perform list and should be returning to the practice field, but that doesn't mean he'll be back this week. Manningham said that he is going to "ease my way into it," according to a post on the team's official website.
There was some hope that Manningham would be ready to go and give the 49ers some much-needed help at the receiver position, where they have Anquan Boldin and ... essentially nobody else. Manningham would immediately step into the No. 2 wide receiver role ahead of Kyle Williams, but it sounds like there is zero chance he plays in Week 7 and it even seems unlikely he's ready to go for Week 8 as well.
The 49ers have a bye in Week 9, and Manningham making his return following that week off seems like a smart bet.
Fantasy Impact: Manningham is still available in many leagues. It's rare that a receiver coming off this kind of injury would be in high demand, but fantasy owners hurting at the wide receiver position might want to consider him. Teams are paying attention to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, and if Manningham waits until after the bye week, he should look rejuvenated rather than rusty, and could be a solid WR3 for your fantasy team.