Fantasy Football 2020: The RBBC World of Kyle Shanahan

by Alex Kurpeski

Dislaimer: This article is written assuming Raheem Mostert stays in San Francisco.


In our final committee watch article (for now), we will discuss the team with the ultimate dedication to the RBBC approach, the San Francisco 49ers. In 2019, the Niners offense finished second in team rushing yardage to only the record-setting Baltimore Ravens without featuring a 1,000 yard rusher. San Francisco’s backfield was essentially a three-way split between Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, and Raheem Mostert, with Mostert and Coleman leading the way with a 32% touch share each. With Breida having been jettisoned off to South Beach, Mostert and Coleman could see a larger share of the offense this season, with their only recognizable competition coming from the injury prone Jerick McKinnon and fourth-stringer Jeff Wilson Jr. 


Mostert broke the committee apart down the stretch last season, rushing for 379 yards and six touchdowns in the final five games of the season, earning the lead role in the team’s rushing attack. While Coleman and Breida broke down due to injuries as the season chugged along, Mostert only got stronger, culminating his breakout season with a 220 yard, 4 touchdown performance in the NFC Championship against the Packers. An equally adept rusher and receiver, Mostert could very well continue to dominate the touches in 2020 if he keeps playing at the same level. 


Not to be forgotten, Coleman was signed to be the team’s starter in the offseason prior to 2019. The fourth-year back saw at least 10 carries in seven of the first nine games to begin the season, scoring all 7 of his touchdowns during this range of games. Even though he lost his role as the power back to Mostert, it’s possible that Coleman reclaims his status as the lead dog in the team’s backfield with an impressive preseason. 


McKinnon’s role could be one of the most important to monitor, as when healthy he has been one of the league’s best third-down backs. The key word there is ‘healthy’, as the pass-catching specialist has missed both of the last two seasons with ACL injuries. With Breida gone, there’s a need for a player of McKinnon’s cut in the Niners backfield. If he can stay on the field, the veteran could be one of the most intriguing fantasy assets on the team. 


As for Wilson, the long time depth piece has been transferred back-and-forth between the practice squad and the active roster for his first two seasons in the league, performing admirably when called upon. While he may have to fend off undrafted rookies JaMycal Hasty and Salvon Ahmed, the pandemic shortened offseason should give Wilson the edge in their competition. 


Raheem Mostert


  • 879 rushing yards
  • 170 ATT
  • 5 rushing TDs
  • 18 receptions
  • 157 receiving yards
  • 1 receiving TD
  • 157.6 fantasy points (RB24-33)


Tevin Coleman


  • 653 rushing yards
  • 148 ATT
  • 6 rushing TDs
  • 12 receptions
  • 84 receiving yards
  • 0 receiving TD
  • 121.7 fantasy points (RB36-43)


Jerick McKinnon


  • 372 rushing yards
  • 90 ATT
  • 1 rushing TD
  • 44 receptions
  • 381 receiving yards
  • 3 receiving TDs
  • 143.3 fantasy points (RB31-38)


Jeff Wilson Jr.


  • 204 rushing yards
  • 46 ATT
  • 2 rushing TDs
  • 5 receptions
  • 44 receiving yards
  • 0 receiving TD
  • 41.8 fantasy points (RB75-83)


If healthy, I’m expecting McKinnon to replace Breida’s role as the passing down back in this committee. I think once again we’re going to be seeing Kyle Shanahan use a heavy committee approach that limits the individual upside for each of the guys involved.

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