Tevin Coleman Fantasy Outlook Improving as 49ers Clear Lead Back Heading into Week 7

Mike Esposito
San Francisco 49ers v Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers v Los Angeles Rams / John McCoy/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers' offensive backfield has been one of the toughest running-back-by-committee situations to navigate this year, but it looks like Tevin Coleman is emerging as the leader of the pack.

After playing just 33 percent of San Francisco's offensive snaps in Week 5, the 26-year-old back saw action in 56 percent of the team's offensive plays in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams.

To put that in perspective, fellow running backs Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert saw action in 35 percent and 9 percent of the Niners' offensive snaps last weekend, respectively.

Coleman's snap count against Los Angeles is an encouraging sign for his fantasy owners and he definitely took full advantage of the amount of work he saw, tallying 14.1 PPR points on the afternoon. However, Coleman's fantasy owners should still be slightly cautious going forward, as Breida (13.58 PPR points per week) has been more than productive enough to eat into the Coleman's workload.

Despite the still-crowded nature of the San Francisco backfield, Coleman is still a must start this weekend. The 17th-ranked running back in our Week 7 PPR Rankings, Coleman has a favorable matchup against a Washington Redskins' defense that has allowed 21.6 fantasy points per game (No. 26 in the NFL) to opposing running backs this season, putting him in the RB2 conversation for this Sunday.

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