• Elijah Mitchell

  • RB
  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 24
  • 200 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
When Mitchell was healthy, he was the clear lead back for the 49ers, averaging 18.8 carries and 1.7 receptions per game. There is still a narrative going around that there’s uncertainty in a Kyle Shanahan backfield, but those of us that spent big FAAB on Mitchell last year know that that’s simply not the case. Shanahan rode Raheem Mostert as his lead back as long as he was healthy, and once Mostert went down, he tabbed Mitchell as his RB1. Mitchell didn’t disappoint; he averaged 4.65 YPC and had the fifth-highest yards after contact per attempt (per Pro Football Reference). The 49ers drafted Tyrion Davis-Price in the third round to replace Mostert, who signed with the Dolphins as a free agent. There are early indications that they want to use Davis-Price as a complement to Mitchell, to help keep Mitchell healthy.

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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

SF RB Elijah Mitchell - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Coming off a 963-yard rookie season, Elijah Mitchell proved ideal for Kyle Shanahan's scheme with his ability to get wide, make the correct cuts, and run through arm tackles. As CBSSports.com noted, Mitchell's rise came without warning as he was drafted well after Trey Sermon, and veteran holdovers Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. seemed to have the edge in experience. But Mostert and Wilson were sidelined by injuries, Sermon was a huge disappointment, and Mitchell became a prime waiver-add after Week 1. He suited up for 11 games last year, missing the other six with a combination of shoulder, rib, finger, head and knee issues. Still, Mitchell, who ran the ball anywhere from 21 to 27 times in each of the final five regular-season games in which he played, finished 14th among running backs in PPR points per game and appears to be heading into 2022 with the lead role in his possession -- even if there are reasons for concern.

2022 Fantasy Downside
NBCSports.com's Matt Maiocco reports that Shanahan appears determined to deploy more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. Maiocco went on to explain there are legitimate concerns about Mitchell’s durability. He had a "clean-up" procedure on his knee after a season in which he also missed time due to shoulder, ribs, finger and head injuries. Beyond the six games missed due to injury, Mitchell saw his average per carry drop to just 3.1 yards per attempt in the postseason. At this point, Maiocco believes Wilson is behind Mitchell in the pecking order with Trey Sermon and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price behind Wilson.

2022 Bottom Line
It goes without saying Mitchell's potential success in 2022 will hinge on his health, but it's also worth noting if he leads the 49ers in rushing in 2022, he'll be the first running back to repeat under Shanahan's tutelage since Devonta Freeman in 2015-16. All that said, as the lead component in this offense, Mitchell remains a solid RB2 for fantasy purposes.

2022 Strength of Schedule - SF

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17W18
20
@CHI
28
SEA
13
@DEN
12
LAR
14
@CAR
27
@ATL
7
KC
12
@LAR
BYE29
LAC
4
@ARI
1
NO
11
MIA
5
TB
28
@SEA
15
WAS
26
@LV
4
ARI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@DET19104105.4700000.0016.416.435/5563.6%
2@PHI1742002.47211025.505.37.343/7061.4%
3GB--------------
4SEA--------------
5@ARI943004.78219029.506.28.244/6567.7%
6BYE--------------
7IND18107105.9400000.0016.716.737/5666.1%
8@CHI18137107.6100000.0019.719.736/5664.3%
9ARI836004.50543058.607.912.939/5966.1%
10LAR2791003.3700000.009.19.136/6852.9%
11@JAX--------------
12MIN27133104.93535067.0022.827.849/7070.0%
13@SEA2266103.00318036.0014.417.449/5884.5%
14@CIN--------------
15ATL--------------
16@TEN--------------
17HOU21119005.67211125.5019.021.036/6258.1%
18@LAR2185004.0500000.008.58.537/7052.9%
Per game18.8287.550.4504.651.7312.450.091.827.2113.2715.0040.09/62.6464.32%
Totals207963504.65191371207.21146165441/68964.32%