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Kyle Juszczyk, Joe Staley expected back for Week 10, boosts Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida stock

These are key returns for the run game.

Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers takes a knee on the final play of the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 Monday Night Football, and they expect a pair of key players returning from injury. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk and offensive tackle Joe Staley have both said they plan on returning for this week’s game.

Juszczyk is recovering from a sprained MCL. He told the media on Tuesday that he could have had a chance to return last week, but the quick turnaround to Thursday made it difficult.

“I feel amazing,” Juszczyk said Tuesday at the 49ers practice facility. “I feel 100 percent, ready to ride. If we had had a chance to practice and I actually had a chance to hit some people last week, there might have been an opportunity for me to play, but since it was a Thursday it made things tough.”

Staley is recovering from a broken fibula. He told the media he expects to play barring any setbacks over the next five days.

“I feel good,” the six-time Pro Bowl left tackle said. “If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be out there this week. Today, I was out there for the full practice, which was the first time. Barring any type of setback, the plan is to play.”

Fantasy football impact: 49ers RBs Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida

If Staley and Juszczyk both return, this is a big help for Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. Fantasy owners have cashed in even with the injury issues, but the run game is decidedly better with Staley, and particularly with Juszczyk. The fullback is the best blocking fullback in the league and his versatility is a key cog in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Coleman is an RB2 and Breida is an RB3 for the time being. They don’t bump up a full tier with these returns, but fantasy owners can bump up their expectations.