Buy or Sell | Dynasty Value of NFC West Backfields

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Alex Kurpeski

San Francisco 49ers

Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman are far from the sexiest names at the running back position for fantasy. After all, Breida is an undrafted free agent with lingering ankle injuries and Coleman is Devonta Freeman’s former understudy who could never quite live up to the hype. Yet this season, the duo has been unstoppable for the 49ers in their quest for dominance. Combined, Breida and Coleman have accounted for 1,215 scrimmage yards and 8 total touchdowns, while missing a couple of games each. As a singular entity, Breida and Coleman would be a top 5 rb in all formats, thus investing in both could pay dividends down the line. From week to week the results may vary, but both Breida and Coleman figure to be solid RB2s as long as the Niners offense keeps rolling. Behind them, Jeff Wilson is an intriguing stash, as the second year back has been impressive when given touches. As for Raheem Mostert and Jerrick McKinnon, their upsides will forever be capped by their age and injury history, respectively. 

Verdict: Buying Breida, Coleman, and Wilson as a handcuff, Selling the rest of the 49ers backs

Seattle Seahawks

Chris Carson is a rock solid starter for the Seahawks, as he appears poised to bruise his way to another 1,000 yard campaign. Due to the ineffectiveness of former first rounder Rashaad Penny (virtually unusable at this stage due to fumbling issues), Carson is the clear cut RB1 in one of the league’s best offenses for the foreseeable future. For this backfield its Carson or bust. 

Verdict: Buying Carson, Selling the rest of the Seahawks running backs

Los Angeles Rams

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. It was not long ago that Todd Gurley was the most unstoppable force in the NFL, dominating fantasy football from 2017-2018. Yet, today’s version of Gurley is much different. Tasked with a version of load management due to his degenerative knee, Gurley has been average at best for the Rams this season, with just 525 rushing yards through nine games this season after tallying 868 in the same amount of games in 2018. Darrell Henderson was supposed to be a big addition to this backfield, but we have yet to see much from him, as he has yet to tally more than 50 yards in any game this season. Likewise, Malcolm Brown has proven to be a mediocre backfield mate for Gurley, as he has been equally ineffective compared to Henderson, despite a significantly higher touch and snap share. In conclusion this backfield is a shit show, so steer clear. 

Verdict: Selling the Rams backfield

Arizona Cardinals

Speaking of jumbled and depressing backfields, I have no f*cking idea what is going on in the desert right now. Is David Johnson injured? Is he in the doghouse? What’s up with Chase Edmonds? Will the team continue to stick with Kenyan Drake as the starter? With more questions than answers, I would sell this backfield as soon as possible. 

Verdict: Selling the Cardinals backfield

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