• Tevin Coleman

  • RB
  • , New York Jets
  • 29
  • 206 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Tevin Coleman - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at New York Jets

Tevin Coleman only had four carries for 18 yards in Week 1 against the Cardinals, but that might be a product of the poor air quality more than a true indication of his role. It’s still possible the 49ers use a hot-hand approach, so fantasy owners shouldn’t immediately drop Coleman based on the first game. It certainly isn’t a good start however, to see Raheem Mostert get 15 carries, compared to just four for Coleman. Owners should leave him out of fantasy lineups until further notice.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Tevin Coleman - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Tevin Coleman had some good games last year, but found himself largely backing up Raheem Mostert as the season came to a close. Coleman is worth rostering, because he should still get some change-of-pace touches, but all indications are that Mostert is going to be the starter this season as well. Until that changes, it’s hard to trust having Coleman in your lineup, even in a pretty good matchup.

UPDATE: Coleman's status is in question due to poor air quality. I would avoid him this week.

by Bob Harris

SF RB Tevin Coleman - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
As SI.com's Grant Cohn put it, "Tevin Coleman should have played well last season for the 49ers, but didn't. ..." Cohn conceded it was Coleman's first season on the team, but having played for HC Kyle Shanahan from 2015 to 2016 in Atlanta, Coleman knew the offense -- one of the most running-back-friendly offenses in the NFL. Plus, he had one of the league's best blockers in George Kittle paving the way for him. The 49ers averaged 5.0 yards per carry whenever Kittle was on the field last season. And yet, somehow Coleman averaged only 4.0 yards per carry in 2019, despite all the advantages the 49ers provided him.

Fantasy Downside
Maybe Coleman never was 100% healthy (he injured his ankle during the season opener). Maybe he wasn't comfortable on a new team. Maybe he will improve this season.

2020 Bottom Line
As of today, however, Coleman is the No. 2 behind Raheem Mostert, who closed the door during Week 13 against the Ravens. After that game, Coleman never had more than five carries from Weeks 14-17. Then, when Mostert suffered a calf injury against the Vikings in the playoffs, Coleman looked like the player the Niners were hoping for when they signed him in free agency. Remember: Jerick McKinnon, who hopes to return from a knee injury this season, and Jeff Wilson both remain on the roster although Matt Breida was traded to the Dolphins.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Tevin Coleman - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Seattle Seahawks

Tevin Coleman saw 42% of the team’s offensive snaps last week, but he still had only five carries for 33 yards. He’s taken a backseat behind Raheem Mostert and with Matt Breida still around as well, it’s hard to trust Coleman to return to fantasy relevance in the final week of the season. The Seahawks have been about average against the run this year, but the matchup really doesn’t matter if Coleman can’t get touches. There’s no indication things will change this week, and fantasy owners should sit him or leave him on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Tevin Coleman - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at New Orleans Saints

Tevin Coleman was held to just six yards on five carries last week against the Ravens while Raheem Mostert had 19 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown. While it’s likely the 49ers will run with the hot hand and Coleman could very well step up in any given game, the reduction in touches last week makes it hard to trust any of the 49er running backs. Plus, Matt Breida may be back in the lineup this week, further muddying the waters. Against the Saints – fifth in aFPA to opposing running backs this season – it might be best to sit Coleman and the rest of the San Francisco backfield until we get more clarity and a better matchup.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Tevin Coleman - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Baltimore Ravens

Tevin Coleman had a touchdown last week but he wound up with only 49 total yards on 13 touches, and averaged just 3.5 yards on 11 carries. Coleman is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry this season and has been largely ineffective outside of a monster performance against the Panthers in late October. He’s still averaging 14.9 total touches per game though, giving him a high floor each game.

This week, Coleman faces a Ravens defense that has been stellar for much of the season but actually ranks 18th in aFPA to opposing running backs. If the 49ers are going to have success against the Baltimore defense, they’ll likely need Coleman to be productive. With his touches and opportunity, he has RB2 upside in any given week, though we have him ranked on the lower end of that tier against the Ravens after they shut down the Rams on Monday night.

by Brandon Niles

SF RB Tevin Coleman - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 vs. Green Bay Packers

Tevin Coleman has struggled the past three games after a huge outing against the Panthers when he scored four touchdowns. Since then, he’s gained a total of 77 yards on the ground and hasn’t found the end zone. However, he’s still active in the passing game, catching nine balls for another 93 yards during that stretch. That production helps compensate for a lack of yards on the ground, and he should improve with his workload. He’s averaging 15.1 touches per game, and that’s hard not to like.

The Packers rank 23rd in aFPA to opposing running backs, so there should be some upside for Coleman to get back on track this week. With Matt Breida likely still out, he should get another fairly full workload, giving him what should be a high floor in a pretty good matchup. We have him ranked in RB2 territory this week and he’s worth gambling on in most leagues, hoping he’ll get back on track after a few disappointing games.

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