Fantasy Football: 3 running backs you should avoid in 2020

Raheem Mostert, 49ers
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Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers’ rushing attack is among the best in the league. Kyle Shanahan’s system makes almost any running back look great. The problem is, Shanahan does not just use one running back. It is always multiple.

Mostert last year really came on strong in the second half of the season. From weeks 12-17, he was the “main guy” in the backfield and the Fantasy Football success came with it. Most of it, however, was from touchdowns.

From weeks 12-16, he had one touchdown every game, and in Week 17 Mostert had two. The carries and yardage were not necessarily there for Mostert though. Just once he went over 14 carries, and just once he went over 100 yards. So even when he was the “main guy” in the backfield, Mostert wasn’t getting great volume.

The 49ers did trade Matt Breida this offseason, so there’s one guy gone from the committee. But it sounds like Jerick Mckinnon could finally be returning from his two-year injury absence. Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson Jr. still remain in the fold as well.

Right now, Mostert’s ADP on ESPN is 60.5, a solid fifth or sixth round pick. That is a little too rich for a guy that won’t command the backfield enough. Mostert is more of an upside RB3 on a roster than a starting RB2.