The 2020 fantasy football season is quickly approaching, and with it, and here are four 49ers in the sleeper bin to keep your eye on.
As the 2020 fantasy football season approaches, it’s always smart to look for players who could potentially have fantasy success that will either be available late in drafts or not drafted at all. Players like this make or break a fantasy season. Anyone who had Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner in 2018 will remember the value of having a late-round superstar.
Perhaps the best part of a late-round value in fantasy football is the ability to brag about it to one’s fantasy league afterward. The point is, finding great values in the later rounds of a fantasy draft is crucial. In this piece, we’ll take a look at four San Francisco 49ers players who have the potential to be huge late-round values.
Fantasy Football Gem No. 4: 49ers RB Tevin Coleman
If you watched the 49ers play football at all last year, you probably remember the breakout of running back Raheem Mostert. Mostert emerged as the 49ers’ workhorse back towards the end of the season and cemented his place as the team’s leading rusher in the playoffs.
However, fellow running back Tevin Coleman was regularly involved in the offense as well and had a couple of solid fantasy weeks.
Because of head coach Kyle Shanahan’s penchant for mixing up the team’s leading rusher week to week, Coleman already held a fair amount of fantasy value going into the 2020 season. He is currently going around the eighth round of a standard 12 team fantasy draft, according to FantasyPros. Even with Mostert entrenched as the Niners’ lead back, Coleman’s ability and Shanahan’s craftiness make Coleman a value in the eighth round because of his potential to break out any given week.
But then Mostert requested a trade from the 49ers over a disagreement about his contract. Essentially, Mostert wants to be paid like the team’s best running back. Which is fair, he is. But, the 49ers don’t need him. They have proven that they are able to put up incredible rushing numbers regardless of which back is on the field. As Mostert does not have much leverage, it seems unlikely that the team signs him to a new deal.
If Mostert were to leave, Coleman’s fantasy value would skyrocket. Coleman would likely be the 49ers’ leading back, and would instantly become a startable fantasy football asset every week. That possibility, combined with the value he holds even if Mostert is with the team in 2020, makes Coleman an incredible value in the 8th round.