RB Matt Breida - San Francisco 49ers

5-11, 190Born: 2-28-1995College: Georgia SouthernDrafted: ---

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Week 15: vs Atlanta Falcons - $4100

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The 49ers boast the league's second-most run-dominant offense, pounding the ball on 50% of their snaps; only the Ravens run it more. But that volume divvies up several ways each week, which works for coach Kyle Shanahan but limits the upside of all three relevant backs. Raheem Mostert has been a great story, running explosively (6.0 yards per rush) to the point of leading the backfield in snaps, carries, and yards over the past 2 weeks. Mostert's usage is likely capped around 10-12 rushes a week, but he's a flex consideration in fantasy with that wild efficiency. (It's likely not a fluke, either: Mostert put up 7.7 per carry in a change-of-pace role last season.) Matt Breida returned from injury last week and ran well, opening the day with a 28-yard scamper and ending with 54 on just 6 attempts. Breida is quick and dynamic, but spent last Sunday as Mostert's caddy and may stay in that role. He's a bit fragile, and Shanahan has rarely used him heavily. At the moment, Tevin Coleman isn't part of the festivities, with just 19 rushes for 51 yards over the past 3 weeks. Coleman drew just three carries in last Sunday's shootout, and he didn't do himself any favors by failing to convert a 3rd-and-1 chance. All told, this is one of football's most productive attacks, but it's never easy to nail down the distribution. That makes Mostert and Breida volatile, if high-upside, fantasy plays on any given week. The Atlanta run defense remains a relatively weak unit, and it's been beaten consistently on an efficiency level by good backs. But overall, there's been notable improvement throughout this group, and this isn't the cakewalk fantasy matchup it once was. Dating back to Week 5, only a single runner (Chris Carson) has cracked 70 yards against the Falcons, and they've done excellent work in bouts with Todd Gurley (18 for 41), David Johnson (12 for 34), and the red-hot Latavius Murray (9 for 14 over 2 games). Tackle Grady Jarrett remains a dominant force inside, routinely tying up blockers and blowing up plays in the backfield himself. And the linebackers are strong: Deion Jones has long been an active run-stopper, but De'Vondre Campbell has taken a big step forward this year. Overall, this matchup is nothing to fear for fantasy purposes, and Kyle Shanahan's attack does project well for Sunday. But the days of blindly plugging any Falcons opponent into a lineup are over, or at least on hold.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
11 vs ARI 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 5000 0.00 0.00
12 vs GB 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 4900 0.00 0.00
13 at BAL 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 4900 0.00 0.00
14 at NO 12 6 54 0 1 1.0 4 0 0 4600 6.80 1.48
15 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds * 10 * * 1.2 * * * * * *
15 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 1.1 * * * * * *
15 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 1.0 * * * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Matt Breida's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 14 vs NO (6 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec - 6.8 points, $4600)

Breida first touch didn't come until just before halftime, but it gained a crucial 28 yards that set San Francisco up for a scoring drive that gave them their first lead of the game. On the play, Breida cut back and accelerated through a huge hole up the middle. Kendrick Bourne blocked two Saints out of the play, which allowed Breida to get to the secondary and turn on the jets. Deep into the fourth quarter, San Francisco was able to extend their lead to 45-40 thanks to Breida picking up 15 yards on three consecutive carries that put his offense in chip shot field goal range.

2019 Week 10 vs SEA (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec - 4.5 points, $4900)

Completely on-brand, Breida left the game early due to injury. Before doing so, all of the carries before his last one came against eight-man boxes, and so they mostly went nowhere.

2019 Week 9 vs ARI (15 / 78 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec - 11.2 points, $5000)

Nearly two-thirds of Breida's 94 scrimmage yards came on three plays: Two runs of 31 and 19 yards respectively in which he wasn't touched until the end; and a 9-yard reception in which he wasn't covered on a shallow cross across the middle.

2019 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec - 6 points, $4800)

Breida gained 32 of his 50 scrimmage yards on two plays. On San Francisco's first drive, which ended in a touchdown, Breida ran untouched for 15 yards down to the Panthers 2 yard line after faking a handoff, then turning around to catch a shovel pass. This was more a particularly clever design by Kyle Shanahan than anything. Then, just before the 49ers scored their third touchdown, Breida took an outside zone pitch 17 yards down to Carolina's 10 yard line -- once again untouched until being tackled.

2019 Week 7 vs WAS (8 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec - 4.6 points, $5300)

Breida started to get things going late in the first half, with a couple of nice cutbacks on outside zone for 20 total yards. Unfortunately, he wasn't used in the final 25 minutes of game time due to a possible concussion.

2019 Week 6 vs LAR (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec - 10.3 points, $5100)

Breida played less than usual because he was nursing an ankle injury for most of the game. There weren't many holes to run through, but he did have a couple of explosive runs in the third quater. One inolved spinning out of a hit at the line of scrimmage, creating 8 yards out of nothing. The second saw Breida explode through a hole, and nearly spin out of another tackle 9 yards downfield.

2019 Week 5 vs CLE (11 / 114 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec - 30.9 points, $5100)

Although Breida's highlight reel got much of the attention in the aftermath of this game, astute observers will recognize that a) his was basically a two-play performance, and b) the defense didn't come within yards of him on either of said plays. To wit, on Breida's 83-yard touchdown to start the game, blocks by Kyle Juszczyk and George Kittle catapulted him to the second level of the defense, and his 4.39-forty warp drive sent him to the end zone untouched. Similarly, rookie Cleveland linebacker Mack Wilson seemed to get defeated by Breida's presnap shift, as well as his pivot route out of the backfield.

2019 Week 3 vs PIT (14 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec - 10.8 points, $5400)

For the second straight week, Breida played only around 40 percent of snaps despite Tevin Coleman's absence. And once again, he looked like San Francisco's best running back nonetheless. Although the offensive line created gaping holes for him, Breida made defenders miss on multiple occasions. One he probably wishes he'd have made miss was linebacker Devin Bush on a third quarter carry that netted five yards, but could have gone the distance given Bush was the last line of defense between Breida and the end zone.

2019 Week 2 vs CIN (12 / 121 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec - 17.2 points, $5200)

There are three main takeaways from Breida's performance against Cincinnati. First, although he started, he played only 29 pecent of snaps; fewer than "backups" Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. Relatedly, Breida came off the field when San Francisco advanced into the red zone. Finally, and on a more positive note, what with play-calling producing wide-open running lanes and receiving routes on play after play, Breida had the single-most impressive display of individual skill among the 49ers' skill position players. On 3rd-and-1 at Cincinnati's 49-yard line midway through the second quarter, Breida took a handoff and immediately ran into the backside of center Weston Richburg. However, he saw a cutback lane to his right and took it, but cornerback William Jackson III had him dead to rights on backside contain. No worries, Breida jump cut to the right as Jackson III dove at his legs, then jump cut back to the left to juke linebacker Nick Vigil out of his shoes. After that Herculean effort to gain that first yard, the final 33 yards of the run were a relative piece of cake.

2019 Week 1 vs TB (15 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 3.7 points, $4000)

Because of linebacker Lavonte David playing like a heat-seeking missile, only three of Breida's touches went for more than three yards, two of which came on consecutive third quarter plays. The first of these gained 10 yards off left tackle, 5 of which came after Breida juked cornerback Vernon Hargreaves out of his shoes. On the next play, also out of the rare 22 personnel (two running backs, two tight ends), Breida slithered through heavy traffic off right tackle and picked up 13 yards.

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49ers | Matt Breida efficient but quiet (Sun Dec 8, 08:07 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida rushed six times for 54 yards, adding one catch on his lone target at the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8.

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49ers | Matt Breida fully practices (Fri Dec 6, 04:34 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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49ers | Week 14 injury report for San Francisco (Fri Dec 6, 03:43 PM) - San Francisco 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) and DT Jullian Taylor (elbow) were unable to practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints. WR Dante Pettis (knee), OT Joe Staley (finger) and WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot) were limited Friday, Dec. 6, and are listed as questionable. RB Matt Breida (ankle), DE Dee Ford (quad, hamstring), DL D.J. Jones (ankle), TE George Kittle (knee, ankle), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and CB Richard Sherman (knee) were able to practice in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Staley's status is key for an offensive line that will need all hands on deck to slow down a hot Saints pass rush.
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49ers | Matt Breida full practices Thursday (Thu Dec 5, 05:16 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 5.

Our View: Breida will be back this week to cloud up an already difficult to discern backfield situation for the 49ers. There are three backs who should get touches, with Raheem Mostert clearly the hottest hand, but also the one that had the lowest status coming into the season.
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49ers | Matt Breida back at practice (Wed Dec 4, 01:35 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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