RB Matt Breida - San Francisco 49ers
|5-11, 190||Born: 2-28-1995||College: Georgia Southern||Drafted: ---|
Week 21: bye week
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Matt Breida's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 16 vs CHI (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Like clockwork, Breida aggravated his lingering ankle injury early in the game, and did not return. Before he left, Breida was able to find the open cutback lane on an outside zone and gain 11 yards. This was San Francisco's longest rush of the game.
2018 Week 15 vs SEA (17 / 50 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Breida's pedestrian performance on paper was also a pedestrian performance on film. His gains as a receiver were due to either well-executed screen passes or being wide open in the flat. As a runner, there simply wasn't much running room all game, such that even Walter Payton wouldn't have gained much more than the 50 yards Breida did. It should be said, however, that Breida's hard running and cut-back ability turned a handful of 1-to-4-yard gains into 5-to-8-yard gains.
2018 Week 13 vs SEA (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Breida aggravated his never-ending ankle injury during pregame warmups. He still started, but ceded first-half playing time to Jeff Wilson and didn't have a touch in the final 27 minutes of game time. Speaking of that last touch, it was quintessential 2018 Breida, what with gaining 26 yards on a well-designed screen pass, but having to hop off the field after being tackled from behind; never to be seen again.
2018 Week 12 vs TB (14 / 106 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Not good for fantasy football was Breida ceding almost of garbage time to backup du jour, Jeff Wilson. And there was a lot of garbage time in this one! Good for fantasy football was pretty much everything else. Despite (still) nursing an ankle injury, Breida used his seemingly indestructible legs to once again show a level of agility and explosiveness he shouldn't be able to muster at the moment. On his first long run, which came on San Francisco's first play, Breida made an impromptu cutback at the line of scrimmage to turn no gain into 33 yards. On his second long run (21 yards), he followed the lead blocks of Kyle Juszczyk and a pulling Mike McGlinchey on a toss sweep, then accelerated through the hole and avoided two tackles at the second level of the defense. Breida's fantasy day could have been even more productive if not for a 1-yard touchdown that was not awarded and was not reviewed despite it looking for all the world like the ball broke the plain of the goal line.
2018 Week 10 vs NYG (17 / 101 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
Breida's first carry, an off-tackle run for eight yards, was a sign of things to come. Indeed, all of his long gains ended up being near carbon copies: Outside runs through huge lanes that resulted from perfect blocking. On his inside carries, Breida ran tough and made lemonade out of lemons on several occasions, but there just wasn't much daylight to be had. Despite his gaudy per-carry average, Breida showed more individual skill on his targets. On his touchdown catch, he lined up in the right slot, ran a post across the field, and made a spinning, leaping catch over two defenders. On another reception, a 19-yard catch and run, Breida ran a West Coast staple, the angle route, out of the backfield, and used a stutter step to beat Alec Ogletree to the inside as if he wasn't even there.
2018 Week 9 vs OAK (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Knowing the final score no doubt introduces a modicum of hindsight bias here, but Breida probably should have sat this one out. Eight of his carries gained 3 yards or less and both of his carries that gained double-digit yardage were of the "untouched through a wide-open hole" variety. In short, he showed all the explosiveness of a running back nursing an ankle injury on a short week.
2018 Week 8 vs ARI (16 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When a player like Breida gets cleared after being a game-time decision, especially one that's been injured constantly for the past 3 months, it's hard to tell whether his ineffective performance was due to the injury or bad blocking. Pero, porque no los dos? Ten of Breida's 16 carries went for 3 yards or less, and review of the All-22 reveals this was due to the latter. But at the same time, only one of Breida's carries went for 10 yards or more despite good blocking, which suggests a tad bit of the former as well. A carry midway through the first quarter was emblematic of this. At full strength, Breida would have easily broken off a big run after hurdling a grounded 2nd-level defender, but he tripped after the hurdle, fell down, and vented his own frustration about not getting more yardage on the play.
2018 Week 7 vs LAR (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For what seems like the umpteenth time this season, Breida suffered what initially appeared to be a major injury, only for it to turn out to not be as bad as initially feared. A more influential duo of factors contributing to Kyle Shanahan shutting Breida down for the day were a) Raheem Mostert playing well in his brief absence, and b) the more-lopsided-than-it-looks 22-7 deficit at halftime. Breida did lose a fumble on his first carry after returning in the second quarter, but Shanahan's not the kind of coach that would bench such an important piece of his offense because of that.
2018 Week 6 vs GB (14 / 61 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For seemingly the umpteenth time this season, Breida staved off the reaper. The fact that he was wholly uninvolved in the 49ers' passing game was even more of a surprise. One explanation was the use of Kyle Juszczyk in one-back sets more than usual, especially in the second half. In the rushing game, Breida's touchdown run was a perfect display of his athleticism, as he successfully performed the rare goalline spin move after initially being stopped at the line of scrimmage.
2018 Week 5 vs ARI (8 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Breida was on pace for a huge game before leaving the game for good with an injured ankle on the last play of the first quarter. He made the most out of wide open running lanes, but also maximized yardage when there was nothing open. To wit, on the play he got hurt, he broke two tackles at the line of scrimmage before being twisted down from behind after creating three yards out of thin air. Breida's touchdown came on a cleverly designed screen pass at the goal line, wherein C.J. Beathard faked the handoff to him, waited a beat, and then shoveled the ball to him for an easy score.
2018 Week 4 vs LAC (9 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Breida played more than twice as many snaps as Alfred Morris due to the 49ers game plan involving more passing than running. This actually opened up space for Breida's carries, as he had four runs of five yards or more. His longest run of the day was on the first play of San Francisco's second drive. The designed hole behind left tackle was wide open with fullback Kyle Juszczyk leading the way, and so Breida was able to scamper for 12 yards untouched before going out of bounds. Suprisingly, he wasn't utilized much at all as a receiver, with his biggest receiving gain coming on San Francisco's ill-fated final drive. It was a bubble route with him lined up in the slot. He caught the pass five yards behind the line of scrimmage with two blockers in front of him. The were late in arriving, however, so Breida had to make two tacklers miss in order to gain his 20 yards on the play.
2018 Week 3 vs KC (10 / 90 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Although about 40 percent of Breida's rushing yardage came with San Francisco down two or more scores, his longest run came on the first play of their second drive. The run was designed as an outside zone right, but Breida saw there was no hole to run through and cut back across the field into wide open space. He also had an odd long run (21 yards) in the third quarter, where Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled the snap, but was able to recover it in time to pitch the ball to Breida on an improvised sweep left. Breida was relatively quiet in the passing game, although he did continue to get lined up out wide as a receiver more than most NFL backs do.
2018 Week 2 vs DET (11 / 138 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
The hint of a big game came early, when Breida took a handoff on the 49ers first play and ran for 28 yards, the final 10 of which carrying Teez Tabor on his back. Also on that run, Breida juked Glover Quin out of his shoes at around the 11-yard mark. Another long run, a 66-yard touchdown near the end of the third quarter was practically a carbon copy. He was able to navigate through the initial traffic on an outside zone, and then juke a safety -- this time Quandre Diggs -- about 10 yards downfield. The difference here was that Diggs' swing-and-miss also took out the only other tackler in the vicinity. From there, finding the end zone simply took a cut back across the field and lead-blocking from Pierre Garcon for the final 35 yards. A third long run immediately preceded the touchdown and appears to have been the same play, just with the formation and run direction flipped. In the end, One hundred fourteen of Matt Breida's 138 rushing yards came on these three carries, but they weren't fluky occurrences, either.
2018 Week 1 vs MIN (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
As was the case in San Francisco's third preseason game, Breida did not start, instead substituting in for Alfred Morris when the down-and-distance situation warranted. Especially odd was that, for a running back who figures to be the pass catcher of the two, Breida wasn't utilized much there either; ditto the red zone.
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