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San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard is a true game-time decision for tonight's Thursday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders. If he can't suit up, it'll be rookie Nick Mullens, out of The University of Southern Mississippi starting for the 49ers.
49ers’ QB CJ Beathard is, in the words of one source this morning, “truly 50-50 for tonight’s game (vs. Raiders)” due to a wrist injury that has left him struggling to grip football. If Beathard can’t start, 49ers’ QB Nick Mullens would.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2018
San Fransisco fans may want to cover their eyes tonight as Mullens is the same guy that turned the ball over five times in the preseason, on just 93 snaps. Luckily, he'll potentially be taking on a Raiders defense tied for fourth-most touchdown passes allowed (2.14) per game this season.
#49ers possible TNF starting QB Nick Mullens committed 5 turnovers in 93 preseason snaps. Equivalent of about a game and a half.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 31, 2018
Raiders running back Jalen Richard actually played with Mullens at Southern Mississippi and said, "He's been in every type of game, good and bad."
In the end, it doesn't appear like starting Mullens is going to win your fantasy matchup this week, but he could lose it for you. The Raiders defense would become a D/ST fantasy option with him under center and Marquise Goodwin and George Kittle take immediate nosedives.
Raiders bettors will also be doing somersaults on their front lawns with the idea of getting 2.5 points in this ever-more-likely scenario against the 49ers on Thursday night.
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