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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 5 45 279 6.2 2 4 3 7 2.3 0 40.6 8.1
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 Elijah Mitchell
RB3RB3 Tyrion Davis-Price
RB4RB4 Jordan Mason
RB5FB1 Kyle Juszczyk
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Elijah Mitchell questionable with groin injury
McCaffrey not on injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jan 27, 4:01 pm

San Francisco
#49ers game status report for for NFC Championship Game vs. Eagles: Christian McCaffrey is not on the injury report and will play (as he said himself on Thursday) OUT QB Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) QUESTIONABLE RB Elijah Mitchell (groin) CB Ambry Thomas (ankle) (Jennifer Lee Chan on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey was dealing with a calf issue last week but appears to be good to go for San Francisco's NFC Championship game against the Eagles. Deebo Samuel (ankle) is also absent from the report. Mitchell's status remains up in the air as he was limited on Friday. We'll have a better idea of his true status on Sunday.


Injury CMC working through some calf discomfort
Expects to play in NFC Championship
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jan 23, 6:10 pm

San Francisco
Not only was it difficult for Christian McCaffrey to find room to operate against the Dallas Cowboys’ fast and aggressive defense, he was dealing with a bothersome calf condition. McCaffrey played 44 of the 49ers’ 66 offensive snaps, and spent periods of time on the sideline in the second half with Elijah Mitchell taking over for the other 22 snaps. McCaffrey confirmed the calf discomfort and expressed optimism he will be ready for the 49ers’ NFC Championship Game matchup against the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. “Nothing bad, all good,” McCaffrey said. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It is worth noting that HC Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday that McCaffrey and Mitchell (groin) are day-to-day. Mitchell has benefited from how often the 49ers are playing with the lead during their 12-game winning streak and handled more work than most thought was possible in the wake of the McCaffrey trade, but that workload could be put to the test against the Eagles this weekend. If CMC is a full-go for Philadelphia, he should be on the field for roughly 75 percent of the snaps.


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.



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
18 ARI W 38-13 5 55 11.0 2 0 0 0 - 0 17.5
WC SEA W 41-23 9 2 0.2 0 3 2 25 12.5 1 8.7
DP DAL W 19-12 14 51 3.6 0 0 0 0 - 0 5.1
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

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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