RB Matt Breida - San Francisco 49ers
|5-11, 190||Born: 2-28-1995||College: Georgia Southern||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Breida was close to healthy enough to play in Week 13, but Raheem Mostert might have slammed the door shut on him getting enough work to be fantasy relevant going forward. He's not an essential hold.
General News (Wed Dec 4): practiced fully on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Dec 3): hopefully will be able to play in the Week 14 game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Week 14: at New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Tough matchup. The San Francisco offense is a decidedly run-dominant one, which is no surprise under coach Kyle Shanahan. And try as he might, he can no longer ignore the impact that Raheem Mostert has made on an attack that had stagnated by midseason. Over the past 3 weeks, with Matt Breida injured and Tevin Coleman running on fumes (2.1 yards per carry), Mostert has turned 31 rushes into 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dating back to last season, over 20 games in this offense, Mostert has posted a wild 6.3 yards a carry. This remains a multi-headed backfield, especially with Breida looking probable to return for Sunday. With the opportunity likely to be spread so thin, it's hard to project much volume for any of the three. But for fantasy players not averse to risk, Mostert does look like the strongest option. His role may actually be the stablest right now, and there's no denying his dynamism as a big-play magnet. Due to a variety of factors, the New Orleans run defense remains one of fantasy's toughest matchups. Game flow tends to favor the 10-2 Saints, keeping volume and production down for their opponents. And it's a strong unit to boot, anchored by an underrated front line capable of controlling the point of attack. The second level is a bit inconsistent, but has a few run-stuffing stars, including potential All-Pro Demario Davis at linebacker. Altogether, they've allowed just 2 runners to top 70 yards in a game, stifling the likes of Christian McCaffrey (64), Ezekiel Elliott (35), and Chris Carson (53) along the way. The 49ers boast a dynamic ground game, but they'll have to take control of the game early to reap the rewards in this matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
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
2019 Week 10 vs SEA (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Latest News49ers | Matt Breida back at practice (Wed Dec 4, 01:35 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story 49ers | Matt Breida may play in Week 14 (Mon Dec 2, 08:06 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) hopefully will be able to play in the Week 14 game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. link to story 49ers | Week 13 San Francisco 49ers inactives (Sun Dec 1, 11:39 AM) - The San Francisco 49ers have declared DL Dee Ford, TE Levine Toilolo, OT Joe Staley, QB C.J. Beathard, RB Matt Breida, PK Chase McLaughlin and WR Dante Pettis inactive for Week 13. Our View: Raheem Mostert will be the #2 back again this week with Breida out.
link to story 49ers | Matt Breida ruled out for Week 13 (Sun Dec 1, 10:57 AM) - Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 13's game against the Baltimore Ravens. link to story 49ers | Matt Breida could miss Week 13's game (Sun Dec 1, 09:29 AM) - Contrary to a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) is not expected to play in Week 13's game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. link to story More News
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