Matt Breida was looking like one of the best values of the early 2019 fantasy season, but he will come out of Week 8 with two major dings to his value for the rest of the season – an injury and Tevin Coleman's breakout.
First and foremost, Breida injured his ankle during the first half against the Carolina Panthers. He was seen back on the sidelines for the second half, but didn't play another snap the rest of the way. He'll also most likely be questionable, at best, heading into the team's Week 9 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals on "Thursday Night Football."
Tevin Coleman Fantasy Outlook
The other bad news for Breida is Coleman's continued ascension as the lead back for the 49ers. Coleman feasted on the Panthers' defense, totaling four touchdowns and over 100 yards on the ground. In four games since returning from a Week 1 high-ankle sprain, Coleman has scored six total touchdowns while getting the majority of the carries for San Francisco.
Breida still has plenty of talent, and a penchant for playing through injuries, despite suffering so many of them. Still, the emergence of Coleman over the past few weeks, combined with his new ankle injury, could spell the end of Breida's RB2 days in fantasy football this season.
He'll still benefit from playing in one the league's most run-heavy attacks, and because he has big-play ability. Despite that, Breida is staring down a short week with "Thursday Night Football" approaching, and will be viewed as a boom-or-bust FLEX option upon his return to the 49ers lineup, just as long as Coleman continues to get the lion's share of touches.
With so many running backs and only a certain amount of touches to go around, things can change quickly in the San Francisco backfield.
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