When the San Francisco 49ers used a third-round pick at the 2021 NFL Draft on former Ohio State running back Trey Sermon, it was clear that they had some big plans for him down the line. However, the 22-year-old has been turning heads at 49ers training camp, showing off his route-running and pass-catching skills. Now, Sermon has some legitimate value as a handcuff option ahead of the upcoming fantasy football season.
Trey Sermon Fantasy Outlook
After spending his first three years of college football with Oklahoma, Sermon joined the Ohio State Buckeyes for his final year. He ended up playing eight games for the team, rushing for 870 yards and 4 touchdowns on 116 attempts. Unfortunately, his role in the passing game was limited as he only caught 12 balls for 95 receiving yards.
Nevertheless, Sermon proved his pass-catching value in the three previous seasons, making 36 receptions for 391 yards and 3 TDs with the Sooners. That's the type of player the 49ers have been seeing at training camp.
Raheem Mostert is set to be the 49ers starting RB on a lot of unofficial depth charts, however, Sermon finds himself as the No. 2 back on a lot of those lists. There's a good chance that the rookie could see some quality starter touches this season, especially with Mostert's injury track record. The 29-year-old has only played a full season once since joining the league in 2015 and has missed 15 games over the past three years. The fact that he's not that remarkable of a pass-catcher shows that there's a possibility for Sermon to eat into some of his downs on passing plays.
Currently, Sermon is listed as RB37 on Fantasy Pros with an average draft position of 95.3. He's also listed as RB40 on The Duel's fantasy football rankings.
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