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There are very few things in fantasy tougher than deciding who to start in your lineup on a Sunday. Start the wrong player and suddenly you'll have the dreaded bench pop off while the player you started scores roughly 1.2 fantasy points. What often makes this process even harder is when your two fantasy players suit up for the same team.
There are only so many touches to go around in any given game, so that means it is generally not the wisest decision to start two teammates at the same position, especially when they're running backs. So, for the San Francisco 49ers, who should you start: Alfred Morris or Matt Brieda?
Let's start off by looking at their production through two games:
Matt Brieda: 22 rushes, 184 yards, 1 touchdown, 4 receptions, 26 yards
Alfred Morris: 26 rushes, 86 yards, 2 receptions, 32 yards
Usage-wise, the two running backs have gotten roughly the same amount of touches, but as we can clearly see, Breida has done a lot more with his touches than Morris. Even if you remove Breida's big 66-yard run from Sunday, he's still averaging 5.6 yards per carry, which is significantly better than Morris' 3.3 yards per carry.
Even if the usage remains the same, Brieda is the better start. If the production trend continues, Brieda will likely start to get more carries and touches than Morris anyway.
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