Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers
There was an unexpected changing of the guard last week as Raheem Mostert took over Alfred Morris’ role in the 49ers backfield. Mostert cashed in on the opportunity turning 12 carries into 87 yards (7.25 YPA) and made Morris look like he was running in slow motion. Although coach Kyle Shanahan pumped the brakes on Mostert this week declaring he’s not ready to completely hand him Morris’ job, he certainly can’t deny the explosion Mostert brought to the backfield as the 49ers surprisingly went toe-to-toe with the Packers.
Mostert is a fourth year journeyman who came into the league undrafted. He has spent time with the Browns, Dolphins, Ravens and Bears before calling San Francisco home in 2016. Mostert has been primarily a special teams player who brings upside as a punt and kick returner. He offers a similarly impressive athletic skill set as Matt Breida with a 4.42 second 40-yard dash time.
A wait and see approach is best this week until we get clarity on exactly what kind of a role both Mostert and Morris will now settle in with. The fact that Matt Breida has been nursing nagging injuries since the preseason, however, could point to Mostert seeing somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-10 touches per game with room to grow.
The 49ers boast an above average run blocking offensive line and have an incredibly friendly rest of season schedule. The 49ers running backs have opponents who rank inside the top-10 for most fantasy points allowed to the position in four of their last nine games. They won’t see anyone who ranks better than 19th against the position until a Week 16 matchup against the Bears. Mostert is a solid grab worth stashing for now who could become a weekly flexworthy player.