RB Tevin Coleman - San Francisco 49ers
|5-11, 206||Born: 4-16-1993||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Coleman was the third fiddle in the 49ers backfield. He can be dropped.
Week 15: vs Atlanta Falcons - $4000
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
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Tevin Coleman's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs NO (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0.6 points, $5100)
With game flow quickly devolving into a back-and-forth shootout, Coleman hardly played. All three of this touches came on a single, 3-and-out drive early in the third quarter.
2019 Week 13 vs BAL (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec - 2.5 points, $5900)
Coleman started, but several short carries ending in a tackle upon first contact led Kyle Shanahan to quickly bench him in favor of Raheem Mostert, the much hotter hand. After Mostert's number was called on five consecutive plays, Coleman briefly re-entered to give him a rest. One carry and zero yards later, he went back to the bench.
2019 Week 12 vs GB (11 / 39 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec - 12.9 points, $6200)
Coleman faced stacked boxes and was a victim of a couple of poor blocks, but he did show improvement in eluding tacklers on his two best runs of the game. On his touchdown, he powered through three tacklers who seemingly bottled him up at the 1-yard line. And on an 11-yard run in the second quarter, he made consecutive jump cuts to elude linebacker Kyler Fackrell to the outside and cornerback Jaire Alexander back to the inside. It should also be noted that five of Coleman's six second-half carries came with the 49ers up 30-8 midway through the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec - 9.2 points, $6100)
Vintage Coleman, this was. Except for one carry, he only gained what was blocked for him. Becase Arizona frequently employed eight-man boxes on running downs, that meant not a lot. In the passing game, he could have had a walk-in touchdown on a swing pass at the goal line, but Jimmy Garoppolo led him toward the goal line, whereas Coleman kept his route flat. He did have a 37-yard catch to start the second half, however. On that play, Coleman actually lined up in the slot and ran a shallow cross uncovered through Arizona's short zone. After the catch, he used his speed to run untouched down the sideline until being touched by Budda Baker. Then he went down.
2019 Week 10 vs SEA (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec - 11.2 points, $5600)
Two-thirds of Coleman's rushing yards came on an untouched run up the middle midway through the first quarter. Otherwise, he was stymied by Seattle's constant use of eight-man boxes. Coleman's second-best play came as a receiver out of the backfield, evading a Bobby Wagner tackle to gain 16 yards that extended San Francisco's game-tying drive at the end of regulation. Unfortunately, not only did Coleman not touch the ball after that, he didn't play a single snap in overtime because of the 49ers exclusively using their four-minute offense personnel.
2019 Week 9 vs ARI (12 / 23 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec - 5.6 points, $5500)
Coleman was stymied by the constant parade of eight-man boxes employed by Arizona. That said, there were a couple of opportunities to slip one tackle and produce a big gain, but Coleman couldn't do it. For instance, on consecutive runs at the end of the first quarter, Coleman was poised to be one on one with the Cardinals' single-high safety, but he went down at first contact just as the wide open running lane opened up.
2019 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 105 / 3 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec - 40.8 points, $5000)
One should never assert that a player with 118 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns had anything less than a great game. However, taking a second look at Coleman's performance reveals almost all of his production came before being touched by a defender. Coleman's first touchdown was a simple inside handoff that went 19 yards untouched. His second was on a screen pass to the left flat, where he ran 16 yards untouched. His third was on another inside handoff, which he took for 48 yards; again untouched. It wasn't until Coleman's fourth touchdown where he had to contend with potential contact because it was on the goal line. And yet, even then, he waltzed into the end zone from 1 yard out having been slightly nudged through a wide open lane. Again, Coleman had a great game. He just wasn't Jim Brown out there or anything.
2019 Week 7 vs WAS (20 / 62 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec - 8.1 points, $5600)
For the first 55 minutes of game time, Coleman had been doing what he always does: Gaining what's blocked for him, and not a yard more. But then on San Francisco's final win-cementing drive, he made a couple of individual plays that essentially ended the game. On a 9-yard run with five minutes left, he made a nice jump-cut to the inside to elude a tackler at the line of scrimmage. Coleman also converted a crucial first down on outside zone to allow San Francisco to further bleed the clock. And on the final scrimmage play of the drive, Coleman used a bounce outside and a burst of speed to escape immediate penetration into the backfield. This eventual 6-yard gain made the 49ers' field goal attempt with less than a minute left a 28-yarder instead of more like 40; which was a significant difference given the field conditions.
2019 Week 6 vs LAR (18 / 45 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec - 14.1 points, $4400)
Coleman was the clear lead back, especially in the red zone, because Matt Breida was managing an ankle injury during game. Coleman didn't make much of the opportunity, as he almost exclusively only gained what was blocked for him. Just about the only carry on which this wasn't the case was his first quarter touchdown. On the play, safety John Johnson was unblocked off the left edge, but Coleman was able to stiffarm him to the ground and sprint for the pylon. He could have had another goal line touchdown in the second half, but he dropped a pass completely uncovered in the right flat.
2019 Week 5 vs CLE (16 / 97 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 15.7 points, $4400)
Coleman didn't show any signs of being adversely affected by the ankle injury that kept him out of San Francisco's prior two games. On the other hand, he was mostly untouched for the vast majority of his rushing performance, including a 19-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half, a 15-yard run early in the second quarter, and a 15-yard run midway through the third quarter.
2019 Week 1 vs TB (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec - 7.6 points, $5000)
Coleman didn't do much of anything as a runner before leaving the game with an ankle injury, but he did have a 31-yard gain as a receiver. Of course, it was one of those "pick that's not a pick" plays, wherein Coleman ran free on a shallow cross because Kyle Juszczyk baited two Buccaneers defenders to run into each other. At the end of the play, Coleman did the same thing he did at the end of seemingly all of his runs, i.e., went down upon first contact.
Latest News49ers | Tevin Coleman a forgotten man (Sun Dec 8, 08:09 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman ran three times for six yards and wasn't targeted at the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8. link to story 49ers | Tevin Coleman on verge of 500 (Thu Dec 5, 12:40 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman needs 46 more rushing yards to reach 500 for the season and give the team its first trio of 500-yard rushers in a season since 1954. link to story 49ers | Raheem Mostert leads Niners backfield (Tue Dec 3, 09:09 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert played 42 offensive snaps against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Dec. 1. RB Tevin Coleman played just 10 and RB Jeff Wilson Jr. played five. link to story
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