Typically in fantasy football, it is wise to draft running backs who receive the lion’s share of the touches for their respective teams. We are talking guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley, versus guys who belong on those dreaded running back committees.
The latter looks to be the case when it comes to the San Francisco 49ers’ three running backs. Running back Matt Breida breaks this down right here as it pertains to his projected workload and that of Jerick McKinnon’s and Tevin Coleman’s for 2019.
“They’ve talked to us about it. They’ve said, ‘Hey, we’re going to use all you guys,’” Breida said, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “… All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but we’re all going to be used in the offense.”
This is just peachy. Head coach Kyle Shanahan would appear to have no cares about fantasy football if what Breida said winds up being the plan.
When on the field last year, Breida racked up 814 rushing yards and carried the ball at 5.3 yards per tote. He also managed 261 receiving yards and scored a total of five times in 14 games.
He was considered to be the lead back with McKinnon sidelined with a torn ACL last year. But, McKinnon will return healthy and both will join Coleman who has former experience working with Shanahan. The team did not sign Coleman in free agency just to have him take a backseat.
Coleman last rushed for 4.8 yards per carry and was a vulture at the goal line after tallying nine touchdowns in Atlanta.
We could throw a dart at which one to draft in fantasy. Or better yet, perhaps it is best for us to avoid it altogether. Flex points at the most look to be scored if all three running backs team up on the field each week.
Personally, the only 49ers I would trust this year in fantasy would be quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle. That’s it.