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What to do with JaMycal Hasty, Jerick McKinnon in Week 9 fantasy football

We go over JaMycal Hasty, Jerick McKinnon’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the 49ers Week 9 matchup against the Packers on Thursday Night Football.

JaMycal Hasty #38 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown against Bryan Mone #92 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on November 01, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Game status update: Tevin Coleman is INACTIVE as expected.

The 49ers backfield lost another member just as quickly as they had earned him back and are left with only two options at the position for this Thursday night. Tevin Coleman joined several teammates in the injury ward on Sunday as he exited with a knee injury. He will be joining Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson on the sideline this week, leaving JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon to handle all of the ground work for the 49ers. Do either of these backs belong in your starting lineups? We break down the fantasy analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: 49ers RBs JaMycal Hasty, Jerick McKinnon

Had it not been for an abundance of injuries, we may not have seen much of JaMycal Hasty this season. However, as fate would have it, he has been thrust into what appears to be a lead back role. Hasty outcarried Jerick McKinnon following Coleman’s Week 8 departure, finishing the game with 12 carries for 29 yards and one touchdown. He added one reception for two yards to finish with 10.1 PPR points. Hasty looks to be the early down back of choice in this offense and he just so happens to be facing off against the friendliest defense to RBs this weekend. The Packers allow and average of 4.66 yards per carry to running backs and have allowed 10 rushing TDs and 4 passing TDs to the position. If there’s ever a game for Hasty to have a breakout performance, this is likely it. Hasty can be started as a low end RB2 this week.

McKinnon received just three carries for a total of -1 yards, even with the partial absence of Tevin Coleman in Week 8. His redemption came in the form of a touchdown on one of those three carries and in the passing game, as he had four receptions for 40 yards. McKinnon finished the game with 13.9 PPR points. As was discussed above, McKinnon has a great match-up this weekend. His volume may be low, but his involvement in the passing game sustains his value, especially in the absence of key targets like George Kittle and Deebo Samuel. McKinnon can be started as a flex this week with a plus match up and added value in PPR leagues.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start JaMycal Hasty as an RB2.

Start Jerick McKinnon as a flex.