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Previewing Raheem Mostert for Super Bowl DFS

Thre 49ers’ Raheem Mostert had a historic performance in the NFC title game. We break down his performance to date, his DraftKings and FanDuel salaries, and what to expect for Super Bowl 54.

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert celebrates the victory against the Green Bay Packers following the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium.  Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers square off in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, February 2nd. We’ll be breaking down everything you need to know to prepare your daily fantasy football lineups for the big game. We’re starting with a player-by-player preview for the skill position players on the two teams.

Raheem Mostert was outlandishly good in the NFC title game and has and has attracted a lot of attention ahead of the Super Bowl. He unexpectedly broke the 49ers’ postseason rushing record against the Green Bay Packers last week by rushing for 220 yards and four scores on 29 carries in his team’s 37-20 victory. Mostert spent years bouncing from practice squad to practice squad before becoming San Francisco’s feature running back toward the end of the regular season. Now he’s on the radar as a sleeper to win Super Bowl MVP.

DFS Super Bowl price

DraftKings Captain: $14,100
DraftKings Flex: $9,400
FanDuel: $13,500

DFS opponent position ranking

DraftKings: 23rd
FanDuel: 28th

Season performance

Mostert didn’t record a carry until Week 4 and didn’t sit atop the running back depth chart until Week 12, when he rushed for 45 yards and a score on 19 carries against the Packers. He then proceeded to tally at least one touchdown in each of his next six appearances. He reached the end zone seven times between Weeks 13 and 17. He did all this while continuing to excel on special teams.

Playoff performance

Tevin Coleman had the hot hand for San Francisco in the Divisional Round. The 105 rushing yards and two scores he finished with against the Minnesota Vikings forced Mostert into a backup role. Mostert still totaled 58 yards on 12 carries, but that was far from his level of production in the closing weeks of the regular season. A week later, Mostert was off to a hot start before Coleman went down with a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the NFC title game. The lack of competition for touches allowed Mostert to maximize his potential and put together a historic performance. He rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns in the 49ers win.

Matchup

Kansas City has made a habit of falling behind to teams early in the playoffs, but has actually been solid against the run so far. The Chiefs are giving up 89.5 rushing yards per game during this postseason and have only allowed opponents to punch in two scores on the ground. Their offense even made the run heavy Tennessee Titans air the ball out some, despite having NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry. How well San Francisco’s secondary holds up will likely have a huge effect on how much work Mostert gets.

DFS pricing and analysis

Mostert is the most expensive 49ers player in Showdown and trails all of the Chiefs’ key players. He will likely be one the most popular captain picks, behind Patrick Mahomes. His value as a flex play should be on par with that of Tyreek Hill ($11,000), Damien Williams ($9,800), and Travis Kelce ($9,600). I don’t think you can risk not rostering Mostert after his latest performance.