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CMC, Elijah Mitchell sharing the load?

Fantasy Football, NFL News
November 14, 2022

HC reacts to Mitchell getting more carries in Week 10

Head coach Kyle Shanahan reacted to a question about the 49ers’ decision to give 18 carries to Elijah Mitchell in his first game from IR versus only 14 for Christian McCaffrey in Week 10 against the Chargers.

“We were hoping the carries would come out about even. That was kind of our goal before the game started. … You just never know how the game goes. Then at the end there, we were just trying to hammer it down, we were just feeling (Mitchell), so we kept him out there,” Shanahan said. (49ers.com)

Nerdy Football Analysis: There seems to be a lot of panic about how involved Mitchell was Sunday night, but some context is needed here. McCaffrey handled 11 of the first 16 carries by San Francisco running backs and was plenty involved as a receiver (six targets, four catches) throughout. Fantasy managers should actually be thrilled Shanahan doesn’t want to run CMC into the ground and is willing to give Mitchell more of the four-minute work. Assuming Shanahan sticks to this kind of script, CMC will remain a top-three fantasy back and Mitchell has some appeal as a strong flex option in any game the 49ers are expected to win.

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