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What Week 1 tells us about 49ers running backs in fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football upside of the 49ers’ running backs ahead of Week 2.

Raheem Mostert of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by De’Vondre Campbell #59 of the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Santa Clara, California.  Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers were upset by the Arizona Cardinals 24-20 on Sunday, and weren’t as productive on the ground as they usually are. Raheem Mostert had a strong debut at running back, but it’s unclear if he’s suited to be a true feature back. We’ll address the fantasy football potential of the 49ers’ backfield here.

Fantasy football analysis: 49ers RBs Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon

Mostert burst onto the seen late last year and has earned a significant role in the offense early in 2020. He led the 49ers with 15 carries and amassed 56 rushing yards. His biggest contribution was the 75-yard touchdown pass he caught, which accounted for the bulk of his fantasy points. Mostert’s average of 3.7 yards per carry isn’t promising, and I expect Coleman to be more involved moving forward.

Coleman was questionable to play in Week 1 because of a pre-existing condition that could’ve been aggravated by the poor air quality in San Francisco. While he was ultimately ruled active, it’s entirely possible that the 49ers were being cautious with him. Coleman only registered four carries for 18 yards. His health shouldn’t be as much of an issue in New York next weekend, and he’s proven in the past that he can be effective alongside Mostert. McKinnon was productive in limited work after missing two years of football, and is worth keeping an eye on.

Week 2 recommendation

Mostert is a viable play as an RB2 in season-long fantasy. The question is whether or not Coleman gets more work than McKinnon in coming weeks. It seems likely, but look for Kyle Shanahan to roll with a three-headed monster when he can.