Raheem Mostert Injury Update Improves Fantasy Value in NFC Championship Game Against Packers

Max Staley
Raheem Mostert walks it into the end zone against the Seattle Seahawks.
Raheem Mostert walks it into the end zone against the Seattle Seahawks. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Raheem Mostert had seemingly grabbed control of the San Francisco 49ers' backfield, but the NFC Divisional Round Game told a different story. Tevin Coleman handled 22 carries to Mostert's 11.

Some of that disparity is due to the fact that Mostert went down with a calf injury once the 49ers were ahead of the Minnesota Vikings, 27-10. While that is a bit of a concern for his value going forward, it appears Mostert will be good to go for the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

Raheem Mostert Fantasy Outlook

The injury update is certainly a positive for Mostert, but the re-emergence of Coleman really clouds his fantasy outlook.

From Week 13-17, Coleman only played more than 30 percent of the snaps on one occasion (Week 16, 42 percent). In the 49ers' first playoff game, however, Coleman saw 46 percent of the snaps – the most he's seen since Week 12. Of course, Coleman's usage is a bit inflated because of the injury to Mostert, but he handled the increased role well, rushing for 105 yards on 22 carries.

This San Francisco backfield is a mess for fantasy purposes, as Matt Breida got in the mix on 17 percent of the snaps, and even Deebo Samuel is a threat in the run game, tallying at least one carry in six consecutive weeks.

Accounting for the injury, Coleman checks in at RB3 in our Championship Round fantasy rankings, while Mostert isn't too far behind (RB5), and even Breida cracks our top 8, checking in at RB7. With the options being limited, it'll be hard to avoid this backfield, but it's difficult to know which RB to trust.

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