The San Francisco 49ers backfield remains up for grabs, but all signs are pointing to rookie Trey Sermon acting as the starter again in Week 4. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has reiterated that Elijah Mitchell's status remains "in limbo" as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury.
Elijah Mitchell Injury Update
Mitchell has been a limited participant in practice this week after being forced to miss the team's Week 3 contest. He is set to take over the starting gig when 100% healthy, but it seems like that will not be until next week at the earliest. The 23-year-old is progressing well according to reports.
Trey Sermon Fantasy Outlook
Mitchell's absence would boost Trey Sermon's fantasy outlook in a big way. He would be in line to see double-digit carries against a Seattle defense that is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. The Seahawks are also giving up 4.5 yards per rush attempt (T-No. 22 in NFL).
Sermon ended up playing in 59% of the offensive snaps in Week 3 and the only other ball-carrier to see action was fullback Kyle Juszczyk. The 2021 third-round pick finished with 34 total yards on 12 touches. More importantly, Sermons scored a touchdown on his only red zone touch of the night.
Fantasy managers should keep an eye on Mitchell's status heading into the weekend. Assuming he is eventually ruled out, Sermon immediately moves into FLEX consideration. He could even sneak into RB2 territory if his volume increases in what is expected to be a close game.
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