The San Francisco 49ers backfield is officially a mess for fantasy football players. Tevin Coleman was the starter in Week 1 before being sidelined by a high ankle sprain. Matt Breida was viewed as the next starter, but he and Raheem Mostert exchanged top honors in rushing yards.
Coleman returned in Week 5 and appeared to take the lead role. Breida got significant work as a complementary option, but Coleman was the No. 1 guy for fantasy football players. However, the past two weeks, Mostert has taken on the top role. Mostert backed up Coleman when Breida injured his ankle, and Mostert has led the team in rushing three straight weeks.
The Shanahan family has a long history of developing impressive backfields from under the radar players. They also have a history of creating headaches for fantasy football players, and Kyle Shanahan is back at it with the 49ers.
Fantasy football analysis: 49ers running backs
This situation could very easily change, but for the time being, Mostert is the guy to start in this backfield. Coleman was the No. 2 back in Week 13, but Breida supplanted him in Week 14, leaving Coleman as the third back.
In the past two weeks, Mostert has rushed for 215 yards and hauled in 48 receiving yards, with three total touchdowns. He’s averaging 7.4 yards per carry, and head coach Kyle Shanahan has acknowledged Mostert has forced his way into the conversation for more work.
Mostert is worth a start this weekend against the Falcons. Breida appears to be the No. 2 back and Coleman the No. 3 back. The Falcons have been decent against running backs, giving up the 13th fewest fantasy points to the position. You’re best suited sitting Breida and Coleman this week.
And if Coleman re-emerges as the starter? Well, such is life. I have Coleman on my fantasy roster and am resigned to benching him and watching him go off against his former team.
Raheem Mostert: Start
Matt Breida: Sit
Tevin Coleman: Sit