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San Francisco 49ers free safety Adrian Colbert likely will miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain he suffered Sunday.The 49ers placed Colbert on injured reserve Monday and signed quarterback Tom Savage to a one-year contract to take his roster spot.Coach Kyle Shanahan estimated Colbert would be sidelined for six to eight weeks. He would be eligible to come off IR for the 49ers' second-to-last game Jacob McQuaide Jersey , at home against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 23.But Shanahan talked as if Colbert, a second-year player out of Miami, will be shut down for the season. Rookie D.J. Reed will get the first opportunity to start at free safety in his absence."It's tough. It's part of football, though," Shanahan said. "It's not the first time that's happened. Colbert is one of those guys who got his opportunity last year because a lot of guys went down."The 28-year-old Savage, who made nine starts over three seasons with the Houston Texans, originally signed with San Francisco last Tuesday. He was waived Saturday when the 49ers promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Rams because of injuries in the secondary.But Savage was quickly re-signed to provide San Francisco with a third quarterback alongside starter C.J. Beathard and backup Nick Mullens. The 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 3 to a torn ACL.Shanahan remained firmly committed to Beathard on Monday despite a shaky performance in Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Rams.Beathard threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, giving him seven interceptions and three lost fumbles in five games (four starts). San Francisco (1-6) is winless since Beathard took over for Garoppolo."We've had 18 turnovers this year," Shanahan said. "I've watched every single one, definitely more than once. I recommend you guys (the media) do it too. You guys will see there's a lot of people involved in each one."The 49ers have an NFL-worst minus-15 turnover ratio, and the offense is only half the problem. San Francisco has forced just three turnovers — one interception and two fumbles — in seven games.Colbert is one of a few second-year defensive players — linebacker Reuben Foster and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon are others — who haven't made the impact that was anticipated after their promising rookie seasons.Addressing his group of second-year defenders as a whole, Shanahan said: "Those guys worked extremely hard in the offseason. They came in ready to take it to another level and they haven't done that so far. That stuff's hard."Shanahan praised Colbert, however, saying the free safety was enjoying a strong game Sunday before hurting his ankle while trying to intercept interception on a deep pass in the third quarter.NOTES: Running back Matt Breida is day-to-day after tweaking his left ankle Sunday, but "his strength is good," Shanahan said. ... Receivers Marquise Goodwin (ankle) and Pierre Garcon (knee) and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (stinger) will be evaluated Wednesday. ... Foster (shoulder) is expected to practice Wednesday. With the fantasy playoffs coming and the byes over, it's time for your waiver wire approach to change.No longer are you stashing players for future impact. If you have a chance at the playoffs, you know your established starters. Unless injuries strike, you don't want to take a player off of waivers and slide him right into your lineup.It's also time to clear out guys you won't ever start in favor of depth. If you are not going to use mediocre or unreliable players like Frank Gore or Michael Crabtree, cut them loose. What you need now is insurance at the all-important running back position. It's the only position where your top player can suffer an injury and the backup becomes immediately relevant. You should be rostering the top NFL backups of your starting running backs if they are available. If your starting running back gets injured Greg Zuerlein Jersey , you will not have to fight for his services on the waiver wire If you add him now.This approach, however, does not work at other positions. Backup NFL QBs are usually not the types you will want to start at all in fantasy, and the position is deep in one-QB leagues anyway. When a No. 1 NFL WR is injured, the No. 2 guy on the team is often already rostered if he is fantasy relevant. So focus on the preventative measures at RB for your playoff push.In some cases, such as New Orleans or the Chargers, two RBs are already useful and widely owned. Otherwise, here is a quick rundown of who you need to add or own as the handcuffs to your starting RBs if applicable. The backup to add is in parentheses. We list situations where the handcuff is clear, possibly unowned and the starter is usually or often a regular and important part of your lineup, even as a flex. Even if the backup is nowhere near as talented or productive as the current starter, an opportunity for adequate statistical output will be there if the starter gets injured.Rams: Todd Gurley (Malcolm Brown)Giants: Saquon Barkley (Wayne Gallman)Chiefs: Kareem Hunt (Spencer Ware)Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott (Rod Smith)Panthers: Christian McCaffrey (Cameron Artis-Payne)Steelers: James Conner (Jaylen Samuels)Bengals: Joe Mixon (Giovani Bernard)Broncos: Phillip Lindsay (Royce Freeman)Patriots: James White/Sony Michel (Rex Burkhead)Cardinals: David Johnson (Chase Edmonds)Packers: Aaron Jones (Jamaal Williams)Texans: Lamar Miller (Alfred Blue)Seahawks: Chris Carson (Mike Davis)Redskins: Adrian Peterson (Kapri Bibbs)Falcons: Tevin Coleman (Ito Smith)Of course, that does not mean there are not any other adds to be made off waivers this week. There are indeed a few who have become relevant mostly because of injuries. Of the backup RBs listed above, Burkhead, who just came off injured reserve for New England, could fill in as either a runner if Sony Michel gets hurt again or as a receiver if James White goes down. Burkhead is only owned in 8.8 percent of leagues.Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (18.5) rushed for 88 yards and two TDs on Thanksgiving against the Bears defense, one of the best units against the run in the league. It is unclear when Kerryon Johnson may return from a knee injury and Blount has proven he is not quite done yet.Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde (38.8) could get significant work this week against the Colts with Leonard Fournette suspended for a week. In the same game, versatile Colts rookie RB Nyheim Hines (29.9) will be in line for quality duty if Marlon Mack is out with a concussion. He'll be a respectable flex play in point-per-reception leagues.Tampa Bay WR Adam Humphries (28.2) is somehow being ignored in many leagues despite 26 catches and four touchdowns in his past five games. With some other WRs like Marques Valdes-Scantling and Golden Tate disappointing recently, Humphries can plug a hole if you need it.At tight end, Jonnu Smith (5.5) had a 61-yard TD reception on Monday night and has scored in three of his past four games. Jets rookie Chris Herndon (9.9) has double figure PPR totals in four of his past six games and is deserving of regular starting consideration.