Raheem Mostert Fantasy Football Value Appears Firmly Limited by Matt Breida Heading into Week 2

Dan Israeli
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Following Tevin Coleman's high ankle sprain diagnosis, which will keep him on the sidelines for multiple weeks, Matt Breida solidified his status as the top San Francisco running back to own in fantasy football.

While Breida has struggled with injuries in the past, even dealing with dehydration in Week 1, he is poised for a big Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Behind him now on the 49ers depth chart is Raheem Mostert, who was a popular waiver wire pickup in deep leagues following Coleman's injury.

Despite Coleman's in-game injury, Mostert played just 29 percent of the snaps against Tampa Bay in Week 1. The number is skewed a bit by Coleman starting the game, but Mostert still served as the clear backup behind Breida, who managed 15 carries despite also missing part of the game.

Mostert looked good when he was out there, gaining 40 yards on nine carries. A physical runner, he could be a threat for goal-line attempts, but will likely cede most of the carries between the 20s and passing down work to Breida.

Another thorn in the side of Mostert owners that are hoping for a viable flex play in Week 2 is the 49ers' promotion of RB Jeff Wilson from the practice squad. Wilson is clearly a bigger threat to Mostert's role than he is to Breida's, and there is a chance that both Wilson and Mostert split carries as breather backs.

While Mostert is no better than a desperation flex play with an uncertain role in Week 2, he is still a smart hold in deeper leagues for RB-needy teams. Breida has not been the model of health in his short career, and with Coleman already on the shelf, Mostert could step into a starting role if further injury was to befall the San Francisco backfield.

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