The Duel

Would You Rather: Start Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman or Matt Breida in the Fantasy Football Playoffs

Jason Schandl
Raheem Mostert celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Saints.
Raheem Mostert celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Saints. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers' backfield has been a mess this season. Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and even Jeff Wilson have popped up on the fantasy radar.

However, we seem to be getting a bit of clarity as to who the top fantasy option in the group will be for the rest of the season.

Coleman had appeared to fall behind Mostert on the depth chart in Week 13, and Mostert kept his No. 1 spot even with Breida returning from injury in a Week 14 shootout against the New Orleans Saints.

Once the top dog in the group, Coleman now has just eight carries on 21 snaps across his last two games. At this point he's not only someone you shouldn't trust to start in Week 15, but he's also safe to drop if you really need the roster spot.

Breida was playing in his first game back from injury, so his 12 snaps against the Saints might've been a result of the 49ers easing him back into action. He did still see seven touches, and he appears to be firmly ahead of Coleman as the No. 2.

Mostert has now played at least 60 percent of the Niners' offensive snaps in back-to-back games, tallying a total of 29 carries and four receptions in that time. He posted 23.4 and 24.9 PPR fantasy points in those games, and while that efficiency isn't going to be sustainable, his workload keeps him firmly in play.

The San Francisco backfield is poised for a big week ahead as well, taking on an Atlanta Falcons team that checks in at No. 26 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings.

Our Week 15 PPR fantasy football rankings have Mostert at RB22, while Breida and Coleman are unranked, sitting outside the top 36 at the position.

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