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Matt Breida Injury Update Boosts Tevin Coleman Fantasy Outlook Against Cardinals in Week 11

Jason Schandl
Cleveland Browns v San Francisco 49ers
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Matt Breida has seemingly been a constant on the San Francisco 49ers' injury reports with an array of minor health issues, but the ankle injury he suffered Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 looks like it may cost him at least one game for the first time this season.

The San Francisco 49ers' backfield being banged up is nothing new, as Tevin Coleman missed three games early on, but Breida's absence should have a different impact. Coleman has been the clear lead back when healthy, and the team went with a committee approach when he was out, clouding everyone's fantasy outlook.

Coleman is already averaging 16.8 opportunities (14.3 carries plus 2.5 targets) per game since returning, while Breida has averaged 11.3 carries and 2.2 targets per game during that time.

Even though Coleman won't soak up all of Breida's volume (look for Raheem Mostert to play a bigger role), even just picking up some of the slack should be enough to help elevate him to the status of a true workhorse.

Making things even sweeter for Coleman in Week 11, the 49ers draw a great matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed above-average fantasy production to RBs, while they're also conceding the NFL's sixth-most points per game (28.1). Accounting for Breida being sidelined, Coleman sits at RB14 in our Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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