News: Brock (toe) returned to the field Sunday and recorded three tackles (all solo) in the loss to Denver.
Impact: The good news for Brock was that he returned and didn't aggravate the toe injury that had kept him out since Week 1. The bad news is that he was beat deep on a couple of plays. Having Peyton Manning as your first assignment coming off an injury is a tough task, so Brock should have a better week against a weak Rams offense after the Week 8 bye.
News: Wilhoite recorded seven tackles (all solo) in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
Impact: The seven tackles were a season-high, and Wilhoite now has 33 combined tackles through seven games. Outside of the tackles, he hasn't provided much value anywhere else. NaVorro Bowman (knee) is eligible to return but will still need weeks of recovery before being ready to take the field, so Wilhoite should continue to be a solid source of tackles for the time being.
News: Borland led all 49ers with eight tackles (seven solo) and also recorded a sack in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
Impact: Borland got the start in place of the injured Patrick Willis (toe) and produced similar statistics to the All-Pro linebacker. Willis' toe injury isn't considered serious, and he'll likely make a return after the team's upcoming bye week. But if he misses any more time, Borland would gain immediate IDP value.
News: Dawson hit a 22-yard field goal Sunday but missed from 51 in the loss to the Broncos.
Impact: The miss was Dawson's first from 50-plus this season, but he's still a respectable 13-for-16 in field goal attempts. His home and away splits are glaring, though, as he's a perfect 11-for-11 at home as opposed to 2-for-5 on the road. The 49ers return home to face the Rams after the bye week, making Dawson a solid option to consider in week 9.
News: Ellington had his best day from a fantasy perspective Sunday, catching three of his four targets for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Impact: Ellington has been the team's primary kick and punt returner, but he's been used sparingly in the offense game plan. The majority of Ellington's production came in garbage time with Blaine Gabbert at the helm, so Sunday's performance was likely more of an anomaly than a sign of things to come for the rookie.
News: Johnson (hip) suited up Sunday and led all 49ers' receivers with five catches for 79 yards and a score in the blowout loss to Denver.
Impact: Johnson was dealing with a minor hip injury coming into the game, but he was always expected to play Sunday. He served as a safety valve for Colin Kaepernick after Vernon Davis (back) proved to be unreliable in the first half with a pair of crucial drops. Johnson has seen a healthy 13 targets over the last two weeks, making him a target for those in PPR and deeper leagues coming out of the bye next week. It would be tough to trust him (or any 49er receiver) in standard leagues due to the inconsistency of the team's passing game and Colin Kaepernick's tendency to spread the ball around.
News: Crabtree only gained 27 yards on three catches (seven targets) in Sunday's blowout loss to the Broncos.
Impact: It was a pretty disappointing performance from Crabtree, considering the 49ers were playing from behind and throwing the ball for the majority of the game. He's averaging 4.6 receptions and just 46 yards per game, which is decent for PPR leagues, but pretty underwhelming for those in standard formats. Crabtree and Anquan Boldin continue to split the majority of the targets in this offense, but neither has stepped up and become a consistent fantasy option.
News: Lloyd caught three of his six targets for 63 yards in Sunday's blowout loss to the Broncos.
Impact: Lloyd followed his one-catch, 80-yard touchdown day with more reasonable output Sunday. The 33-year-old is showing that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. He's too far down the depth chart to be relied upon in standard leagues, but the 49ers are showing increased confidence in the veteran. Lloyd is worth monitoring in deeper leagues in case any of the 49ers' starting wideouts go down with injury.
News: Hyde gained 15 yards on three carries Sunday, while adding eight yards on a pair of receptions, in the 42-17 loss to the Broncos.
Impact: The 49ers abandoned the run game early in this one after the Broncos built a healthy lead by halftime. Like his fellow back, Frank Gore, Hyde doesn't provide much value in the passing game, so duds like Sunday's will happen whenever the 49ers fall behind early. Hyde is still second fiddle in San Francisco's backfield but should have more success against a soft St. Louis defense after the bye week.
News: Gabbert saw the field for the first time this season Sunday, completing 3-of-7 pass attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown in the blowout loss to the Broncos.
Impact: Gabbert was called into action once the game was well out of hand, so little should be read into his rare appearance Sunday. Barring a serious injury to starter Colin Kaepernick, Gabbert will remain on the bench going forward.
News: Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday for a fractured left ankle sustained in the third quarter of Sunday night's loss at Denver.
Impact: Coach Jim Harbaugh says the injury is similar to what nose tackle Ian Williams suffered in Week 2 of the 2013 season at Seattle that required four operations and kept him sidelined until training camp. Kilgore was hurt when linebacker Brandon Marshall inadvertently ran into his lower leg at the end of run by Frank Gore during a 42-17 loss to the Broncos.