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RB Shaun Draughn - San Francisco 49ers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): The chances that we are going to see Carlos Hyde again this year seem to go down every week. Blaine Gabbert played respectable football at Seattle and Draughn might be a low-end RB2 in PPR going forward if that keeps up.

Week 12: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Back in Week Three Carlos Hyde (now on the shelf with a foot injury) was starting for the 49ers - these days it is Shaun Draughn. Draughn rushed for 12/37/0 and caught 8-of-11 targets for 40 yards during the 49ers' loss to the Seahawks last week - he was the only running back to handle the ball during the contest. There hasn't been much running room due to the state of the 49ers' passing offense, but Draughn is getting opportunities, at least. The Cardinals' rush D is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 93.5 yards allowed per game, with seven scores handed over to date. Over the past four weeks (three games), the Cardinals check in at 13th in the NFL averaging 18.2 fantasy points given up to opposing backs - Cincinnati managed 28/99/2 rushing vs. Arizona last week. This is a bad matchup for the sputtering 49ers' offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs ATL 44 16 58 0 5 4 38 0 0 9.6
11 at SEA 48 12 37 0 11 8 40 0 0 6.7
12 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs SEA (12 / 37 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 40 / 0 rec)

Draughn's day began auspciously, with -2 yards and a fumble in his first two carries. From there, however, he showed why running backs are interchangeable provided one's skills and previous experience with a specific blocking scheme fits the situation. When asked to carry the ball, Draughn adeptly let his zone blocks develop and hit the cutback lane hard if and when it appeared. His paultry yards per carry was mostly the result of those lanes not appearing, although his best run of the game came in one such instance. Four minutes into the third quarter, Draughns got the call on an outside zone run, but the 49ers hardly blocked anyone. He ran away from immediate penetration, broke two tackle attempts at the line of scrimmage while turning the corner off left end, and then cut back inside to avoid another Seahawk, picking up an extra 5 yards and a first down in the red zone. Draughn's biggest contribution, however, came as the safety valve for Blaine Gabbert, which was utilized early and often due to Seattle's consistent pressure. Draughn's longest reception was on a second-quarter dumpoff as Gabbert narrowly avoided a safety. He ran an angle route, and reached back to make a cradling catch on a pass that was thrown slightly behind him. Stopping on a dime like that meant Cliff Avril was in poor position to make the tackle, so Draughn was able to run away from him and pick up 16 additional yards after the catch.

2015 Week 9 vs ATL (16 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

The ability of a journeyman running back to go immediately from street free agent to a starting role -- and then proceed to post 96 scrimmage yards in his debut, no less -- is a testament to the interchangeability of the position in today's NFL. That said, Draughn is a veteran of zone-blocking run schemes, so his was a relatively easy transition. Thirty of his 58 rushing yards came on one second quarter carry that was as much about coaching tactics as it was about individual skill. On 1st-and-10 from the Falcons 45-yard line with two minutes left in the half, San Francisco lined up in a four-receiver set, which for all the world looked like an obvious pass play. (The 49ers offense doesn't just have an air of predictability; it has a gale-force wind of it.) Instead, Draughn took the handoff on a draw. The play was blocked horribly, but Draughn broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, ran away from several Falcons defenders for 15 yards, and got a downfield block from Vance McDonald to gain the final 15. The rest of his runs were underwhelming, but a positive portent for Draughn's usage in the event of future Carlos Hyde absences is that he was a three-down back all game unless the 49ers were in a short-yardage situation.


Latest News

49ers | Shaun Draughn sees plenty of touches (Sun Nov 22, 11:28 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn carried 12 times for 37 yards in the Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks, and he added eight receptions for 40 yards. Draughn was targeted 11 times.

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49ers | Shaun Draughn to start against Seattle (Fri Nov 20, 05:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn will make another start in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to head coach Jim Tomsula.

Our View: Draughn is just a low-end flex play against a tough Seahawks run defense.
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