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RB Shaun Draughn - San Francisco 49ers

6-0, 205Born: 12-7-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: ---

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Week 7: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carlos Hyde (14/52/0 rushing) teamed with on-again starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick (8/66/0 rushing) and Mike Davis (5/13/0 rushing with three targets for 1/6/0) to power the 49er's rushing attack last weekend - Shaun Draughn also got a rare carry (1/2/0 rushing). There wasn't much going on in this phase because the 49ers chased the Bills all day long and wound up on the wrong end of a 45-16 drubbing. Hyde has posted 109/429/6 rushing and seen 14 targets for 13/66/0 receiving this season, but as soon as Kaepernick got back in the mix his number of touches and productivity declined. We'll see if the decline continues in Week Seven. The Buccaneers' rush defense gave up just 32/89/1 to the Broncos two games ago, after coughing up 33/137/2 to the Rams. Then Carolina whacked the defensive front with 25/136/2 on the ground in Week Five (without Cam Newton under center - he was out with a concussion) - as you can see, Tampa has been pretty porous for opposing running backs in recent weeks. Over the last three weeks (two games), Tampa is averaging 20.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing running backs (12th-most in the NFL). This is a good week for Hyde to bounce back if that's going to happen in the Hyde/Kaepernick rushing tandem.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at SEA 17 5 10 0 2 1 2 0 0 1.2
4 vs DAL 17 2 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 0.8
5 vs ARI 9 2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.1
6 at BUF 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.2
7 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 1 * * * *
7 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 1 * * * *
7 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Once the 49ers grabbed a 14-0 lead, Draughn was destined to be a non-factor, as that's a game script designated as "Carlos Hyde time." It also didn't help Draughn's snap count that San Francisco rarely found themselves in unduly long down-and-distance situations. To wit, his final two touches of the game came on consecutive plays midway through the second quarter: a draw on 2nd-and-17 followed by a dumpoff on 3rd-and-13.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Like Carlos Hyde, Draughn was a victim of San Francisco's overwhelmed offensive line in the running game. In the passing game, he once again wasn't used as "the receiving back," as many had assumed before the season. In Draughn's 17 snaps, the only play anyone might remember tomorrow is Gabbert prematurely dumping the ball off to him, the throw bouncing off his helmet, and him getting blown up by linebacker Bobby Wagner.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (9 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Continuing the trend from Week 1, Draughn did not replace Carlos Hyde in passing situations (See "one target, zero receptions"). Practically the entire second half qualified as a passing situation, and yet Hyde was on the field more often. Used primarily as a runner, Draughn, like Hyde, faced an uphill battle with respect to finding open running lanes. His first two carries went for minus-five and minus-three yards, respectively. If not for a rare chasm opening in the middle of Carolina's run defense during an 18-yard carry during the second quarter, Draughn would have finished with minus-three yards on eight carries.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (7 / 18 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

A more important insight than Draughn's scoring was his usage pattern. He played on all downs, so he wasn't a third-down specialist. But he only played 21 of 81 snaps, so it's not like he's in any meaningfgul time-share with Carlos Hyde. The truth, as far as we can tell through one game, is that Draughn's role is to give Hyde a breather in their no-huddle offense. And these breathers don't have any rhyme or reason insofar as he doesn't come in for a whole drive or even for an entire series of downs. No, it's more like, "Does Hyde need a breather for a play or two? OK, send Draughn out there." With this being the case, Draughn didn't help his cause when he lost a fumble in the midst of a late-half drive that had reached Rams territory.


Latest News

49ers | Shaun Draughn to share workload (Wed Oct 19, 10:05 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn was limited to just one rush and no receptions on one target in Week 7 with RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) exiting early. He and RB Mike Davis are expected to split carries if Hyde is sidelined, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

Our View: The situation is one fantasy owners should avoid. With the split there may not be much fantasy production to go around. We've got Davis as a RB3/flex while Draughn is more of a RB4/flex in Week 7.
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49ers | Carlos Hyde expected to miss Week 7 (Wed Oct 19, 02:14 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, and is not expected to play in Week 7.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to take note here. The 49ers play against the Buccaneers on Sunday (at home), so don't expect more than RB3/flex production. RBs Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn likely would split carries if Hyde is ruled out.
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