49ers fantasy football: Average draft position for top targets in 2021
By Peter Panacy
49ers fantasy football: RB Trey Sermon
Running backs can make or break your fantasy football championship, both in terms of actual production and injury.
The 49ers are interesting here, as Kyle Shanahan has frequently used a running back by committee over the years, which led to players like Raheem Mostert leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns in 2019 before giving way to Jeff Wilson Jr. doing the same in 2020.
But Wilson is out with a knee injury now, meaning Mostert will split duties with the Niners’ third-round rookie, Ohio State’s Trey Sermon.
Sermon’s ADP of 11.11 is awfully favorable for a late-round stash, and it would be worth considering in some keeper/dynasty leagues, too. Particularly with Mostert a free agent in 2021.
Sermon had a knack for coming up big in high-profile games for the Buckeyes last year, and the early indications from San Francisco’s offseason programs have been nothing but positive.
For an RB3 stash, don’t be afraid to pluck Sermon up.
49ers fantasy football: RB Raheem Mostert
Mostert is in a similar situation as George Kittle: a high-profile player with an equally corresponding ADP, yet the injury concerns should make 49ers fantasy football owners a bit worrisome heading into 2021.
Mostert, too, missed eight games last year with a myriad of injuries, and the fact the Niners drafted Sermon is an indication they’re not comfortable with Mostert assuming a bell-cow role.
True, Mostert has never been that kind of player. But his attractiveness as a home-run threat of a ball-carrier who has tremendous upside as a pass-catcher (great for PPR leagues) will earn him high positioning on draft day.
In Rounds 4 or 5, this might be OK. But it would be wise for Mostert owners to grab a handcuff, perhaps someone like Sermon who’d see an increased workload if Mostert misses time this year.
And we should probably expect he will.