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Finding 2022’s Fantasy Football Breakout Running Back: Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ersElijah Mitchell has college and rookie stats that compare favorably to former Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray and Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew.

• Mitchell’s glaring weakness is the lack of receiving production, which makes him a risky pick in PPR and 0.5PPR formats.

• Mitchell’s current ADP at RB24 makes him a slight value, according to the PFF consensus fantasy rankings.


Mitchell emerged as the unlikely lead back for the 49ers last season as a sixth-round rookie. The Day-3 pick was very productive on the ground, averaging nearly 90 rushing yards per game when healthy and finishing at the top-24 for his position in seven of the 11 weeks he played. Mitchell compares favorably to a number of running backs who finished top-20 in PPR leagues during their second seasons. 

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