Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams pass defense is no joke, but if this juggernaut of a team has one weakness on either side of the ball, then it is their run defense. Two weeks ago in a close win over the Seattle Seahawks, both Chris Carson and Mike Davis ran all over them. In last week’s close win over the Denver Broncos, Philip Lindsay quietly shined and could have had a big day if the Broncos coaching staff were competent.
In any case, the Rams must contend with a San Francisco 49ers backfield of Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert, and Alfred Morris. Of those three backs, Breida is the biggest breakout star, having torn apart defenses week after week in 2018. Breida has also been playing through multiple, painful injuries and excelling, which is a testament to both his athletic ability and toughness.
It may not be wise for the 49ers to run Breida into the ground, so giving defenses a heavy dose of Mostert would be wise. Against the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, it was Mostert – and not former Washington star Alfred Morris – who emerged as an excellent No. 2 option behind Breida.
Mostert looked explosive all night long, helping the 49ers scare the Packers until the final seconds. He ran for 87 yards on 12 carries and looked like the most dangerous player on the 49ers offense besides track star Marquise Goodwin.
Los Angeles had better watch out for Mostert, and he’s a great deep sleeper to insert into fantasy lineups, especially if the 49ers decide to play it safe by scaling back Breida’s workload.