No. 1: Running Back Raheem Mostert
Feel like taking a big gamble? Why not grab running back Raheem Mostert?
First, remember what you read about Matt Breida, his injuries and the likelihood his on a limited-attempt number in place by Kyle Shanahan. Then tack on just how many rush yards the Cardinals have allowed this year.
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Mostert, who entered this year as the No. 3 option, was primarily a special teams ace and seldom-used offensive threat. But that’s changed the last two weeks, as he has now taken over primary backup duties over the veteran, Alfred Morris.
In Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers, Mostert led all San Francisco ball carriers with 12 rushes for 87 yards. The following week against the Rams, Mostert rushed for only 59 yards on seven carries. But his two catches for 19 yards made the mere handful of Mostert’s fantasy football owners a bit happier if they were in PPR leagues. That effort earned him 11.8 fantasy PPR points, which isn’t a bad option for a RB2 or FLEX player in a pinch.
Both the Packers and Rams have significantly better run defenses than that of Arizona. And despite now being owned in just over 20 percent of ESPN leagues, Mostert should be enough of an intriguing option for teams looking to add a runner to fill in a spot at the last minute.
His numbers could see a nice spike especially if Breida is either limited or comes out early in Week 8.
The 49ers and Cardinals kick off on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:25 p.m. from University of Phoenix Stadium.