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Running Back, San Francisco 49ers

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Draft: 2021 Round 6 (10)
College: Louisiana
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 218 DOB: 1998-05-02 Age: 24

Season Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2021 SF 11 207 963 4.7 5 20 19 137 7.2 1 146.0 13.3
2022 SF 4 40 224 5.6 0 4 3 7 2.3 0 23.1 5.8
2022 (Projected) SF   241 1,110 4.6 8   22 179 8.1 1 182.9  

2022 Outlook
Depth Chart
Mitchell wasn't the 49ers' rookie back fantasy owners focused on coming out of last year's draft, but the sixth-round pick ended up being the team's leading rusher with 963 yards on 207 carries (4.7 YPC), which was almost 700 yards ahead of Jeff Wilson amongst 49ers' backs. That he did it while appearing in just 11 games qualifies as both good news and bad. The good is that those 87.5 rushing yards per game trailed just four other backs. The bad is that he basically missed a third of the season due to injury.

There were several maladies for Mitchell, who suffered a concussion to go along with rib, shoulder, and knee injuries. The latter resulted in a "cleanup procedure" during the offseason, which is the most recent euphemism for "minor" surgery. He's expected to be full go in camp, but it's still a bit of a red flag that his debut campaign took such a physical toll on him. Mitchell reportedly plans to bulk up to around 215 pounds after playing closer to 200 as a rookie, so we'll see if that keeps him on the field.

Also working against Mitchell is Shanahan's history since joining the 49ers in 2017. During his five years on the job the 49ers have had a different leading rusher every single season: Carlos Hyde ('17), Matt Breida ('18), Raheem Mostert ('19), Wilson ('20), and Mitchell ('21). They also invested a third-round pick on Tyrion Davis-Price, who should give them a physical option they lacked last year. Between his durability concerns and San Francisco's tendency to chew up and spit out RBs, Mitchell carries enough risk to be viewed as no more than a high-end RB3.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Christian McCaffrey
RB2RB2 Jordan Mason
RB3FB1 Kyle Juszczyk
RB4RB3 Tyrion Davis-Price
RB5RB5 Elijah Mitchell
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Christian McCaffrey back at practice Thursday
Missed practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Dec 1, 6:04 pm

San Francisco
Christian McCaffrey said he dodged a bullet with his knee issue, said he’ll play in full Sunday. “I feel great,” he said. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury but apparently is planning on playing this week against the Dolphins. Elijah Mitchell has been put on the shelf for at least the next six weeks, meaning McCaffrey should see around 20 touches in this game. We could see more of Deebo Samuel in the backfield this week as well.


CMC, Elijah Mitchell sharing the load?
HC reacts to Mitchell getting more carries in Week 10
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 14, 7:20 pm

San Francisco
Head coach Kyle Shanahan reacted to a question about the 49ers' decision to give 18 carries to Elijah Mitchell in his first game from IR versus only 14 for Christian McCaffrey in Week 10 against the Chargers. "We were hoping the carries would come out about even. That was kind of our goal before the game started. … You just never know how the game goes. Then at the end there, we were just trying to hammer it down, we were just feeling (Mitchell), so we kept him out there," Shanahan said. (49ers.com)

FFToday's Take: There seems to be a lot of panic about how involved Mitchell was Sunday night, but some context is needed here. McCaffrey handled 11 of the first 16 carries by San Francisco running backs and was plenty involved as a receiver (six targets, four catches) throughout. Fantasy managers should actually be thrilled Shanahan doesn't want to run CMC into the ground and is willing to give Mitchell more of the four-minute work. Assuming Shanahan sticks to this kind of script, CMC will remain a top-three fantasy back and Mitchell has some appeal as a strong flex option in any game the 49ers are expected to win.


Injury Elijah Mitchell on the shelf for several weeks
MCL sprain in Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 12, 5:20 pm

San Francisco
49ers’ RB Elijah Mitchell is expected to be sidelined about two months with the sprained MCL that he suffered Sunday at Chicago, per league sources. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: With Mitchell likely out until the early part of November, Jeff Wilson steps into a big role that should make him a regular fantasy starter. While Wilson will see his workload cultured from time to time by Deebo Samuel and Trey Lance, he should be expected to handle at least 15 touches on a regular basis. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues should consider stashing Tyrion Davis-Price and/or Jordan Mason just in case Wilson cannot hold up for very long.


Injury Elijah Mitchell leaves Week 1 with knee injury
Left locker room with a brace on his right leg
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 11, 4:58 pm

San Francisco
Saw #49ers RB Elijah Mitchell leaving the locker room with a substantial brace on his right leg. He was not bending it as he was slowly making his way to the bus, but he was not on crutches. (Jennifer Lee Chan on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Mitchell (6-41-0) was bothered by various injuries last season so leaving early in the first game of 2022 isn't going to help his injury-prone label. He missed a good portion of training camp this season with a hamstring injury. With rookie Tyrion Davis-Price inactive, The 49ers turned to Deebo Samuel (8-59-1) and Jeff Wilson (9-22) as their main running backs against the Bears.



2022 Gamelog Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at CHI L 10-19 6 41 6.8 0 0 0 0 - 0 4.1
10 LAC W 22-16 18 89 4.9 0 2 1 -1 -1.0 0 8.8
11 at ARI W 38-10 9 59 6.6 0 0 0 0 - 0 5.9
12 NO W 13-0 7 35 5.0 0 2 2 8 4.0 0 4.3

2021 Gamelog Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DET W 41-33 19 104 5.5 1 0 0 0 - 0 16.4
2 at PHI W 17-11 17 42 2.5 0 2 2 11 5.5 0 5.3
5 at ARI L 10-17 9 43 4.8 0 2 2 19 9.5 0 6.2
7 IND L 18-30 18 107 5.9 1 0 0 0 - 0 16.7
8 at CHI W 33-22 18 137 7.6 1 0 0 0 - 0 19.7
9 ARI L 17-31 8 36 4.5 0 5 5 43 8.6 0 7.9
10 LAR W 31-10 27 91 3.4 0 0 0 0 - 0 9.1
12 MIN W 34-26 27 133 4.9 1 6 5 35 7.0 0 22.8
13 at SEA L 23-30 22 66 3.0 1 3 3 18 6.0 0 14.4
17 HOU W 23-7 21 119 5.7 0 2 2 11 5.5 1 19.0
18 at LAR W 27-24 21 85 4.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 8.5
WC at DAL W 23-17 27 96 3.6 1 2 1 -11 -11.0 0 14.5
DP at GB W 13-10 17 53 3.1 0 4 3 18 6.0 0 7.1
CC at LAR L 17-20 11 20 1.8 0 3 3 50 16.7 0 7.0
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff CC = Conference Championship

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