Sunday AM update: The two notable injuries impacting this group is Rams linebacker Micah Kiser listed as questionable with a groin injury and Jeffery Wilson listed as questionable with a calf injury. Raheem Mostert was one of the few bright spots for the 49ers in Week 5. The 49ers will look to lean on both him and McKinnon to control the clock. Given the 49ers offensive line issues, the short passing attack could be of particular note in this game.
The San Francisco 49ers entered 2020 with one of the more crowded offensive backfields in the NFL. That remains true at the midpoint of October, as Raheem Mostert has returned to health while Jerick McKinnon finally made his 49ers debut after several years lost to injuries. Along with Jeff Wilson, the group has the potential to aggravate fantasy managers all year.
Fantasy Football analysis: 49ers RBs Raheem Mostert, Jerick McKinnon, Jeff Wilson
Now back in the fold, Mostert has reclaimed his spot atop the 49ers’ depth chart. Last week against the Miami Dolphins, the veteran running back saw 11 carries for 90 yards with another 29 yards coming on three catches. While much of the backfield work remains in flux, Mostert looks like the lone exception and should expect the majority of the workload moving forward.
The outlook isn’t so obvious for McKinnon. After receiving 28 carries over two starts in Mostert’s absence, McKinnon got just three total touches in Miami. Part of the low output relates to how the game unfolded, as the 49ers quickly found themselves down multiple scores and needed to funnel the offense through the passing game to catch up. Still, McKinnon probably won’t receive double-digit touches as long as Mostert remains healthy.
While the 49ers used Wilson slightly more against the Dolphins, he has only one game this season with more than four total touches. That alone should concern anyone considering Wilson absent injuries clearing a path for him.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Mostert as an RB2.
Sit McKinnon and Wilson.